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Belt Collins

Environmental Planner


Primary Purpose::

Works with both public and private sector clients in obtaining land use permits and prepare environmental documents. Works with a team on planning and environmental projects and prepares related documents including applications, permit forms and environmental documents under the direction from the Director of Planning

Essential Duties/Functions:

  • Prepare (research and write) and format technical and feasibility reports up to the final submittal stage and assist with compiling the draft and final report; direct and review the preparation of reports and records by Planning Department staff.
  • Coordinate with local planning and regulatory agencies to understand requirements, community concerns and development plans.
  • Prepare Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements based on HRS Chapter 343 (as amended) or NEPA., including managing the work of subconsultants or other team members.
  • Apply professional competence with specialized knowledge of environmental issues, land use planning, community planning, and facility planning.
  • Prepare permit applications, such as:
  • Section 404 Department of Army (DA) Permit
  • Section 10 DA Nationwide Permit
  • Section 401 State Department of Health Water Quality Certification Permit
  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.
  • Special Management Area (SMA) permit
  • Shoreline Setback Variance (SSV)
  • Conservation District Use Permit (CDUA)
  • Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Consistency Review
  • Other permits that may be required for the project.
  • Assist in representing the company in public meetings, public hearings, and meetings with government agencies and with individuals or community groups as required.
  • Develop technical studies to address issues such as environmental conditions, siting, space optimization, area development, alternative courses of action, and project requirements
  • Participates in conferences and meetings involving departmental programs and functions.
  • Prepares operational budget estimates.
  • Speak effectively to individuals and groups and conduct investigations and meetings with property owners.
  • Maintain cooperative relationships with government agencies, civil organizations and the public.
  • Performs other duties as assigned to meet business needs.

Qualification Requirements:


  • Principles, practices, purposes, scope and techniques of various phases of environmental and city planning, and the preparation, maintenance and operation of a comprehensive plan for the improvement and development of a diversified urban and suburban jurisdiction.
  • Current trends in Federal, State and local environmental planning as they affect environmental and city planning.
  • Knowledge of urban/environmental planning practices and procedures.
  • Familiarity with urban, regional, and rural planning principles to facility assessment spectrum of land use and development options.
  • Familiarity with GIS tools in support of technical analyses.
  • Real estate terminology, laws, practices, principles and regulations.
  • Economic and social aspects and implications of city planning.
  • Federal, State and local laws and ordinances relating to the environment, planning, zoning, land use subdivision, and redevelopment.
  • Proven ability for performing in a lead capacity on a project.
  • Strong problem-solving, negotiation and organizational skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the editing, oversight or preparation of technical reports, and the presentation of information to clients, government entities and various committees.
  • Strong interpersonal and public relations skills to work effectively with co-workers, clients, government officials and other customers.
  • Experience implementing public involvement plans and/or managing public comments preferred.
  • Manage and mentor staff.
  • Experience working in diverse settings.
  • Knowledge of local culture preferred.
  • Work with the graphics designer to prepare graphics for reports or presentation purposes.
  • Review and comment on special studies required for a project, such as biological reports, archaeological or cultural reports, traffic studies, infrastructure studies, and other studies as may be required for the project.
  • Valid driver's license.


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, with specialization in environmental planning, city planning, archaeology, biology, economics, sociology, geography, public administration or a related field.
  • Master's degree in Urban/Regional Planning or related field, preferred.
  • Certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners preferred.


  • Combination of education and experience substantially equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with specialization in environmental planning,city planning, archeology, biology, economics, geography, public administration or a related field.
  • At least two (2) years of professional experience in city planning or related planning activities.

Working Condition:

  • Monday through Friday. Evening and weekends as needed.
  • Occasional travel or site visits may be required.

Tools and Technology Used:

  • Desktop computer
  • Presentation software
  • Spreadsheet and word processing software

Mental Requirements:

  • Requires alertness to respond to audio and visual cues from the environment, including computers, calculators, telephone systems and other staff members.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, projects, and schedules.
  • Ability to respond quickly to rush projects, multiple deadlines or emergencies.

Physical Requirements:

  • Requires sitting in office chair and typing on keyboard for long periods of time.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally, in writing and over the telephone.
  • Occasionally requires bending and lifting/transporting of moderately heavy objects; up to 30lbs.
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard, mouse, power tools, and to handle other computer components.
  • General vision, hearing, speech, walking and standing required. Turning, twisting, kneeling, and bending performed.
  • Requires alertness to respond to audio and visual cues from the environment, including computers, calculators, telephone systems and other staff members.

Contact Info: 

Interested parties please send your detailed resume and a cover letter in word or pdf file, via email at Please quote the job title on your email subject line.

Belt Collins Hawaii is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race,sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, genetic information, marital status, breastfeeding, income assignment for child support, arrest and court record (except as permissible under State law), sexual orientation, domestic or sexual violence victim status, national guard absence, or status as a covered veteran.

Employment is contingent on satisfying employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and reference checks.

All information collected is for recruitment purpose only.