Environmental Planner

You’re a consultant at heart. You love applying your superior communication skills and expertise to new challenges, for the benefit of others. You want to be part of a team that works and succeeds together while helping you grow and reach your career goals. You’re looking for a purpose-driven, nimble firm where you can work closely with clients, stakeholders, and your internal team. We’re Floyd|Snider and we’ve been looking for you.

We’re an employee-owned environmental consulting firm offering strategy, science, and engineering solutions in the private and public sectors. Independently owned and operated since 1996, Floyd|Snider has consistently been recognized as one of the premier firms in the Northwest and a top place to work. We love it here because we don’t do cookie-cutter work; we work collaboratively on complex, fascinating projects.

Now we’re looking to add a new environmental planner who exemplifies our commitment to technical excellence, environmental responsibility, and customer service to our collaborative team.

As our new environmental planner, your priority will be the success of our clients in their quest to obtain environmental permits and approvals for their projects. We work with a range of municipal, port, state, and private clients, with a variety of project proposals, with particular focus on infrastructure or habitat projects along the water’s edge.

You’ll be a key member of the team to make these projects happen, working with engineers and technical experts, and working directly with the regulatory agencies.

You will lead or assist in developing permitting plans and strategies that meet client needs while balancing regulatory requirements. Then you’ll use your knowledge of environmental regulations to put together strategic and complete applications.

You will also work with regulatory agencies beginning early in the process to confirm the approach for approval, understand key points of compliance or potential environmental impacts, and what is needed in your applications to satisfy their specific requirements.

Your projects will each be unique and so will your workload as you intake new projects; synthesize technical content from multiple sources; interact with your team, engineers and technical experts, consulting agencies and stakeholders; and stay in touch with the clients to guide their applications to success.

You’ll love the level of interaction you have with clients and partners. The scope of contact will be much broader than you might find elsewhere. Our size allows us to give clients a boutique kind of experience that we find much more engaging and enjoyable. You’ll hit the ground running here with the mentorship of our senior planners and support of principals who will invest in you and your growth.

Beyond your relevant knowledge and expertise, we’re looking for someone who is:

  • A critical thinker – you ask probing questions and synthesize complex information to fully understand the project and its context, and then develop that into a strategic permitting approach.
  • Thorough – the information you’ll handle can be dense, the regulations are complex, and the projects are all different. You take care to review the details because you know that details make a successful application.
  • Fast-paced – our work is often on a critical path for clients, so our schedules can be compressed. You love a deadline and rise to the occasion when the pressure is on.
  • An exceptional writer – you can turn technical information into reader-friendly content without losing the meaning.
  • Caring – the success of your clients and colleagues matters to you, and that shows in how you work with them.

The Details

This is a full-time, permanent position with an excellent compensation package, which includes a competitive salary, commensurate with experience. Planners with 4 – 5 years of experience earn $82.5K - $87.5K annually and have the position title of Environmental Planner I, while planners with 6 – 8 years of experience earn $87.5K – $100K annually and have the position title of Environmental Planner II. We offer quarterly merit-based bonus opportunities, equity and ownership options, 401K, medical insurance, vision insurance, dental insurance, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance. We also offer 11 paid holidays and 20 days of paid time off per year.

Floyd|Snider provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes core hours 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Most staff are expected to work onsite 2 – 3 days per week, depending on their distance from our office.

Project and field work may require you to work in excess of your standard billable work week, but Floyd|Snider provides extra time off in the form of comp time to recognize this effort. Regional travel is a small part of this role. You won’t typically go more than 3 hours away, and we’ll cover all your expenses.

Your professional growth is a priority to us. You’ll have our support to further your career with ongoing educational opportunities, and to participate in conferences.

Working With Us

We’re a socially responsible business that considers all our stakeholders – environment, planet, community, and supply chain. We’re serious about doing business better. These values led us to become a Certified B Corporation. That’s why we are always finding ways to give back, and so will you with one week of paid volunteer time each year.

We are a spectacular group of people, and if you enjoy partnering to solve real, complex, and important problems, then this is the place for you.


Here’s our list of must-haves:

  • Degree in environmental science, planning, policy, or a related field
  • 4 - 8 years of experience with environmental reviews and permitting
  • Demonstrated experience with federal, state, and local permitting, including strong familiarity with the following:
  1. In-water permitting using Joint Aquatic Resources Permit Applications
  2. Comprehensive land use and shoreline development permit applications
  3. SEPA and NEPA documentation
  4. Ability to review engineering drawings, construction documents, and other technical studies
  5. Strong writing skills and experience writing in a professional context
  6. Ability to plan and facilitate client and partner meetings
  7. Consulting experience in the Puget Sound region

Anything on this list would be an asset, but is not required:

  • Qualification as a junior Biological Assessment author with WSDOT
  • Experience with natural resources mitigation planning
  • Experience with wetland or OHWM delineations
  • Experience preparing and/or reviewing environmental compliance plans
Salary Description
$82.5k - $100k