GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. (GZA) is seeking an experienced Urban Environmental Planner/Assistant Project Manager to join our New Jersey/New York Urban Planning team. This professional will bring knowledge, expertise, and multi-disciplinary capabilities to our private and public clients. This is a great opportunity to be an integral part of our growing practice!


  • This position is expected to be able to effectively complete assignments, train and oversee junior staff in the execution of environmental studies, planning studies, and related analysis, manage project deliverables and ensure a high level of quality control in document, plan preparation and execution.
  • Manage multiple complex planning and development projects while concurrently adhering to established budgets and timeframes. Define project scope, budget and schedule, set performance objectives, delegate assignments, monitor progress, review the work on a daily basis, anticipate and resolve issues and conflicts, identify opportunities, report findings and recommendations and document all progress and processes.
  • Provide technical support, information, and guidance to property owners, developers, attorneys and other professionals to discuss and resolve planning and development issues.
  • Conduct highly technical research and analysis, evaluate findings, identify potential threats, determine various options, and develop recommendations on operational business plans.
  • Present statistical and technical data and compile reports of the progress of programs and projects.
  • Interpret and communicate planning programs to interested groups and to the general public.
  • Develop urban design and policy recommendations; evaluating applicable codes, polices, law; prepare and make oral presentations to decision makers and clients; and facilitate public outreach/community meetings.Prepare specific site plans, master plans, design guidelines, zoning ordinances, strategic plans, feasibility studies, sustainability projections and other documents for public and private sector clients.
  • Formulate land use plans, development policies, and special planning studies, develop policy, plan alternatives, evaluate alternatives, coordinate with related agencies, departments and stakeholders; and implement policies, plans and programs, including development controls.Plan, schedule, oversee, and evaluate the work of junior staff.  Further develop staff members by providing constructive feedback to ensure continuous professional growth.
  • Identify and pursue new planning/policy business opportunities, identify resources, and provide direction on project management.
  • This position is located primarily in the corporate office but includes day travel to proposed and actual project sites, to client’s offices, government agency meetings, and other assignments outside of the office, as necessary.
  • GZA emphasizes a One Company environment, and as a member of our team, you may be asked to assist on projects and tasks outside of your primary responsibilities. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree, but a Masters in urban planning, urban design/architecture, a focus in environmental planning or geographic information systems is a plus.
  • Professional planning experience involving federal, state, and NYC environmental review, general plan, zoning and development services. Knowledge of functions, principles, methods, and techniques of public sector planning including land use planning, urban design, planning and zoning law, the municipal agencies and legal procedures involved in urban planning and environmental impact analysis.
  • Proficiency in GIS, Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD/Civil 3D and Microsoft Office applications, including Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Experience with community-based planning and neighborhood development issues and concerns and public participation techniques.
  • Experience with traffic and transportation planning issues such as evaluating travel origin and destination and assignment of traffic based on census data. 
  • Bike-ped and transit planning also a plus.
  • Experience in data gathering and research methods, conducting studies, surveys, conducting meetings with community and interagency partners, data review, analysis techniques, reporting and presentations related to community development projects.
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively with internal employees, contractors, development team members, developers and property owners, community and neighborhood groups, private citizens, public officials, and other public agency staff.
  • Experience reading and interpreting geographical information from aerial photographs, site plans, plat maps, property records, and legal descriptions.
  • Familiarity with environmental and zoning statutes:
    • City (CEQR).
    • State (SEQR).
    • Federal (NEPA) environmental review.
    • NYC Zoning Resolution and land use approval processes.
  • Strong consideration will be given to applicants who have NJ municipal land use law experience preparing applications and appearing before planning boards and zoning boards of adjustment in the State of New Jersey.

GZA is a leader in providing quality engineering consulting services to a diverse and exciting client base. We attract experienced professionals who understand proactive client service, safety, risk management and loss prevention practices, quality control, teamwork, and mentoring of younger staff. We seek employees who enjoy their work, desire continuous opportunities for learning, and want to contribute to the vision and growth of a quality, employee-owned, professional firm.

About GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

Founded in 1964 by Donald Goldberg and William Zoino, two geotechnical engineers who first collaborated while attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, GZA has grown to a nationally recognized consultancy, practicing in the areas of geotechnical, environmental, water, ecology, and construction management. Over the last five decades, we have completed over 100,000 projects, both nationally and internationally.

Our 700+ staff across 30 offices in the United States are committed to operating with integrity; seeking and embracing our clients’ most difficult project challenges; providing opportunities for each other; caring for our communities through the work we do and our charitable and volunteer initiatives; and maintaining a private ownership structure that enhances client service and provides ownership opportunities for our employees.

When you work with GZA staff – you are working with owners of the company. As we’ve grown, we have maintained a culture focused on delivering superior results, and have the significant resources needed to help our clients solve their most demanding challenges. We operate under the principles of One Company – which means that there is a free flow of knowledge and support among our employees and offices. We provide every client access to our extensive knowledge and experience base, regardless of project location or technical requirements.  The collective knowledge of the entire company is available to each client on every project, for an experience that is uniquely GZA.  

We believe our clients trust our people because of their honesty and commitment to excellence.  Clients know – and expect – that we will deliver innovative and practical solutions that will help them succeed regardless of the size or complexity of the challenges. They also know that GZA strives to reduce both their project risks and costs and deliver excellent value through a strong understanding of the entire project life cycle.

It is why we are known for excellence, built on trust.