Staff Planner (Hazard Mitigation and Climate Resilience)- BETA Group, RI or CT

BETA has an immediate opening for a Hazard Mitigation and Climate Resilience Planner to join our rapidly growing team with a variety of exciting projects in progress. 

The Staff Planner will work on a wide range of projects requiring knowledge of community planning, natural hazard mitigation, and public engagement. Familiarity with best practices in planning for climate resilience and adaptation in the Northeast is a plus. Don’t miss this opportunity to work with and learn from industry-leading planners and engineers while contributing to the success and growth of BETA’s climate resilience practice.

Main Responsibilities:
Our planners develop hazard mitigation and climate resilience plans for communities of all sizes. This individual will contribute to projects including hazard mitigation plans; natural resources, open space, facilities and services, and climate resilience elements of master plans; hazard risk and climate change vulnerability assessments; development of state and federal grant applications; public outreach strategies and initiatives; and more. Day-to-day activities will vary, though most of your work will be office-based. You may be developing a flood mitigation strategy for a Rhode Island community one day and then leading a public meeting in Massachusetts the next.

Examples of specific duties include: 
Manage municipal hazard mitigation plans and plan updates, depending on experience and expertise
Contribute to climate resilience plans, master plans, comprehensive plans, open space and recreation plans, and other projects
Prepare memos, reports, presentations, and other materials to support planning efforts and public processes 

Education and Experience:
Either a Bachelor’s degree with 2 years of relevant work experience or a Master’s degree are preferred.  Educational focus could include urban/regional planning, public policy, environmental science, public administration, or other related fields. Candidates must have legal authorization to work in the USA and a valid driver’s license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to a BETA office and meetings in different parts of the region. Preference will be given to applicants who can start in early 2022.

Basic understanding of best practices in community resilience, climate adaptation, hazard mitigation, risk assessment, nature-based solutions, social equity, and stakeholder engagement
Strong research, writing, and communication skills 
Strong design skills, including boards, presentations, and infographics
Ability to work effectively with a diverse audience of community groups, government officials (especially local elected and appointed officials), and other key stakeholders, in both urban and suburban settings
Community engagement skills, including with facilitation and public process
Full job description and application are here.




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