WSP-Parsons Brinckerhoff Senior Permitting Specialist (ID# 36738) in Los Angeles, California

Senior Permitting Specialist (ID# 36738) Los Angeles, CA

Category: Environmental

Job Type: Full Time

Minimum Experience: -

Required Education: Bachelor's Degree

Job Description

WSP USA provides a variety of planning, environmental, engineering, and design services in support of the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) in its efforts to build and operate a statewide high-speed rail system. The California High Speed Train (CHST) project is an 800-mile high-speed rail passenger service, which will run from Sacramento in the North to San Diego in the South, with major interchange hubs in between, including San Francisco and Los Angeles. This will be the first, true high-speed rail project in America, with trains operating at up to 220 mph.

Position Description

WSP USA currently has an immediate need for a Permitting Specialist to provide leadership and management for the preparation of State and federal permit applications for portions of the CHSR project. The open position is located in Los Angeles. This position will require working interactively with the CHSRA personnel, WSP USA staff located throughout the State, Regional Consultants, legal counsel and the Federal Railroad Administration in the procurement of necessary permits from the applicable resource agencies.

Duties and Responsibilities

The ideal candidate would have extensive experience in permit acquisition and regulatory strategy development and implementation associated with some or all of the following: Section 404 and 404(b)(1) of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and Sections 10 and 14 of the Rivers and Harbors Act, 33 U.S.C. § 408 (“Section 408”) from the Army Corps of Engineers, Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for the US Fish and Wildlife Service and US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)/National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA/NMFS), Section 401/402 of the CWA from the State Water Resources Control Board, Section 1602 and Section 2081 of the Fish and Game Code for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Title 23 of the California Code of Regulations. Experience with authorizations to occupy and/or use National Forest System lands and related waters from the US Forest Service (USFS) is a plus. Experience with developing compensatory mitigation plans, in accordance with the USACE/USEPA 2008 Final Rule, including review of title reports, drafting/reviewing mitigation plans sections, etc. is also sought to support environmental permitting and the development of the Authority’s Regional Mitigation Program.

Each candidate must have the ability to work independently, problem-solve through creative processes and establish partnerships with project management, CHSRA staff, government agencies, other organizations and stakeholder groups. This person must be able to function well in a fast-paced environment under demanding deadlines and changing priorities and conditions. The candidate must have very strong communication skills in both written and public speaking forums.

The successful candidate will work closely with the CHSRA, legal counsel and WSP USA team members to manage federal and State regulatory processes to support issuance of Record of Decisions/Notice of Determinations (RODs/NOD), development and integration of a regional mitigation plan, as well as sustained coordination with the resource agencies and project builder through implementation and construction compliance.

The person in this position will manage task assignments, perform complex analyses and studies; oversee and review work conducted by other staff including consultants, and interface with government agencies, legal counsel and the public. Each candidate will coordinate activities and report directly to the WSP USA Statewide Permit, Mitigation and Compliance Lead.

Job Requirements

Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Biological or Wetland Sciences or a related field; a Master's Degree is a plus

  • Strong knowledge of federal and State regulatory processes, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and compensatory mitigation compliance and planning

  • Ability to serve as technical support to the analysis of environmental impact documents, permit application and consultation documents in compliance with applicable governing statutes and regulations, and development of compensatory mitigation planning

  • Minimum 7 years in progressively-responsible relevant experience

  • Excellent project management and organizational skills

  • Strong analytical and verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong understanding of NEPA and CEQA, as well as other relevant state and federal environmental laws, processes and guidelines

  • Experience with construction compliance and experience with design-build projects is a plus

  • Must be legally entitled to work in the U.S.A.

  • Must be able to work well independently and in a team environment

WSP USA is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the work place. EOE minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled.

If interested you may contact:

Stephanie Parsons

Permit, Mitigation and Compliance Lead for California High-Speed Train Project

Office: (916) 384-0867

Mobile: (916) 340-4774

EOE / Veteran/ Disability/ Gender/ Minority/ Female/ Gender Identity/ Sexual Orientation.