Analyst I - Air Quality, Climate Change, and Noise
We are seeking an entry- to mid-level Analyst to support our growing Air Quality, Climate Change, and Noise practice in one of MIG’s northern California offices (San Jose, Sacramento, or Berkeley). This is a full-time, hourly position with opportunity for growth. This position will work primarily in MIG’s Planning and Environmental Management Services service area, which provides technical impact assessment services (CEQA and NEPA), environmental compliance programs, and community planning and master planning services to cities, counties, colleges and universities, and private sector clients. While MIG staff are currently working remotely due to COVID, we anticipate resuming in-office work soon (with some potential for occasional remote work). Proof of up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination with at least one booster will be required for future in-person work.
Collaborative Teammate: You will work as part of a cross-office, cross-discipline team conducting impact assessments and incorporating goals for healthy communities and environmental protection into the review process. Your colleagues will include air quality, climate change, and noise specialists, biologists, landscape architects, and planners. This team specializes in finding solutions to complex technical and regulatory issues in planning, design, and management of the built and natural environment.
Project Work: You will work with a team to:
- document existing environmental conditions in an area, research the laws, ordinances, regulations, and statutes that apply to development activities, and evaluate the environmental change that is produced by a project or activity.
- research and/or collect field data, model environmental changes, and prepare written and numeric evaluations using your technical writing, mathematical computation, and problem-solving skills.
- prepare air quality, climate change (including greenhouse gas, “GHG”), energy, and noise impact analyses pursuant to CEQA, NEPA, and other Federal, State, and local regulatory compliance requirements.
- use technical instruments and software programs to measure and predict ambient noise levels, mass pollutant estimates, and air pollutant dispersion characteristics.
Support Project Management: As you gain experience, you will build project management skills by assisting with scopes of work, budgets, schedules, and client communications.
Project Types: The projects you will typically work on will include residential, commercial, and industrial development and redevelopment projects subject to environmental analysis requirements under CEQA and NEPA. You will assess potential impacts from site-specific development proposals, as well as larger planning efforts, including Specific Plans and General Plans.
As a successful candidate, you will be able to think critically and creatively, manage time and competing priorities, work as part of a collaborative team, and maintain a sense of humor and camaraderie. In addition, you must have some combination of the following qualifications:
- A Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, physics, meteorology, sustainability, or related field demonstrating knowledge of the basic principles of atmospheric science and/or physics of sound transmission (a Master’s degree in a complementary field is a plus).
- An interest in air quality and climate change/GHG impact assessments, including emission estimation methodologies, dispersion modeling programs, permitting requirements, and government/community-based policies, issues, and approaches to planning for climate change.
- An interest in noise impact assessment, including community noise planning and traffic noise modeling.
- You can safely handle and responsibly operate sensitive technical instruments in accordance with operating procedures.
- You are professional and organized with attention to detail.
- You have excellent verbal communication and analytical and technical writing skills, including the ability to convey technical information in a clear, concise manner.
- You are an adaptable teammate who is willing to pitch in and help others, but can also work well independently.
- Software proficiency in Word and Excel, including document editing, formatting, and use of numerical equations.
- Experience working with one or more of the following models / databases / methodology documents is desired, but not required: AERMOD, CalEEMod, EMFAC, OFFROAD, U.S. EPA AP-42, SoundPLAN, RCNM, and/or TNM.
- Experience working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is desired, but not required.