Senior Environmental Planner (Transit) – Durham, NC or Raleigh, NC

Do you have a passion for transit, mobility, equity, and the environment?

Three Oaks Engineering seeks an experienced planner to join our growing transit practice!

Our transit practice provides environmental and transit planning support for our clients’ transformative public transit, active transportation, and multimodal transportation projects.

We work on a range of projects such as bus rapid transit, light rail, commuter rail, passenger rail, fixed-route bus, transit emphasis corridors, bus stop optimization, bus access improvements, multimodal roadway improvements, sidewalks, bike lanes, multi-use paths, and greenways.

We seek planners who are passionate about planning people-oriented transportation solutions that help improve mobility, respect the environment, and strengthen communities.

You will collaborate with a team that cares about our work, grows and learns together, and supports each other.

We believe in finding the right person for the position!

You will love this job if:

    • You are passionate about public transportation, mobility, equity, and the environment.

    • You understand environmental and transit planning principles and seek out best practices.

    • You are an excellent writer and communicate clearly and concisely, with acute attention to detail.

    • You are a self-starter with strong time management and organizational skills.

    • You are flexible and adapt quickly to changing deadlines and priorities.

    • You are comfortable working independently to lead tasks and collaborating with a team of planners, environmental scientists, engineers, and public involvement specialists to synthesize information and develop deliverables.

In this position, you will:

Evaluate community and environmental needs, primarily for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) projects –

Analyzing data, authoring reports, and helping prepare National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents, such as:

    • Categorical Exclusions (CE) / Documented Categorical Exclusions (DCE).

    • Environmental Assessments (EA).

    • Environmental Impact Statements (EIS).

Provide transit and transportation planning support –

Reviewing transit plans, analyzing data, and preparing written reports, such as:

    • Feasibility studies, alternatives analyses, corridor studies, and capital project studies.

    • Fixed route bus corridor plans, transit emphasis corridor studies, and high-capacity transit studies.

    • Transit gap analyses, transit access improvement studies, and bus stop optimization assessments.

Engage with people –

Supporting public engagement, public involvement, and public outreach in a variety of ways, including:

    • Facilitating or staffing meetings with agencies, organizations, leaders, residents, businesses, and transit riders.

    • Planning, supporting, and staffing public meetings and events.

    • Developing public involvement, public engagement, and public outreach materials.

    • Summarizing engagement feedback to help inform planning, design, and decision-making.

Required Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in planning, geography, environmental science, civil or environmental engineering, public administration, public policy, or a related field.

    • Seven or more years of professional environmental, transit, transportation, or related infrastructure planning experience, including experience contributing to:
        • Planning studies for transit service and amenities, active transportation or transit access, or multimodal projects.

        • Environmental documents prepared in compliance with NEPA.

        • Public involvement, such as planning public meetings and events, developing outreach materials and presentations to support public meetings and events, or meeting and event staffing.

    • Ability to analyze and summarize spatial data (GIS), demographic data (Census), transit data (ridership, stop-level, service quality, customer experience, and field data), and environmental screening data (desktop or field data).

    • Knowledge of state and federal environmental laws, regulations, industry best practices, policies, and procedures related to environmental review, screening, and documentation.

    • Familiarity or willingness to learn Federal Transit Administration (FTA) programs, regulations, policies, and standard operating procedures related to transit and environmental planning.

    • Proficiency in using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, Outlook, and Adobe Acrobat.

Preferred Qualifications – a plus, but not required!

    • Master’s degree in planning, geography, environmental science, civil or environmental engineering, public administration, public policy, or a related field.

    • Professional certifications or licenses, such as AICP, PE, CEP, ENV SP, or other related professional certifications.

    • Project management experience.

    • Demonstrated environmental planning experience supporting high-capacity transit projects, such as Bus Rapid Transit, Light Rail Transit, or Commuter Rail Transit, including direct experience:
        • Preparing NEPA documentation, such as EIS, EA, DCE, or NEPA re-evaluations for transit projects.

        • Developing stand-alone reports, such as Title VI equity analyses or Section 4(f) evaluations.

    • Proficiency using NEPAssist, EJScreen, Climate and Environmental Justice Screening Tool – CEJST, Equitable Transportation Community- ETC Explorer, NCDOT ATLAS, or other related environmental screening tools.

      Even if you do not think your current skill set checks every box, but this role aligns with your strengths and career goals, we want to hear from you!

Special Requirements

    • The ability to remain stationary in a vehicle for travel, at a desk, or in a meeting room when needed to carry out an essential job-related function.

    • The ability to move around built environments, natural terrain, or onboard transit vehicles when necessary to conduct occasional field investigations or interviews.

    • Access reliable transportation when needed to conduct a job-related essential function.

    • Occasional travel within North Carolina, South Carolina, or Virginia.


Three Oaks offers exceptional benefits, including health, dental, flexible spending account, monthly health stipend, and matching 401(k), as well as flexible work schedules and the opportunity to grow with the company. The salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and capabilities.

To Apply

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The start date for this position is flexible. Please send resume and cover letter via email to and reference Senior Environmental Planner (Transit) in the subject line.

Three Oaks is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit and promote employees regardless of age, race, sex, color, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or other legally recognized basis.

About Three Oaks Engineering

Three Oaks Engineering is a growing, sustainably oriented, woman-owned business comprised of talented and motivated individuals who focus on helping our clients implement infrastructure projects with careful consideration of community and environmental needs. We are searching for like-minded individuals to work in a collaborative atmosphere with the goals of delivering outstanding products and superior client service while providing our employees opportunities for growth and advancement along with the flexibility to balance business and family. We pride ourselves on maintaining the kind of corporate culture envisioned by our founders, who wanted to create the type of workplace where they wanted to work.

Three Oaks’ Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI)

At Three Oaks Engineering, we believe creating a workplace that values and encourages DEI leads to a stronger team and better outcomes for our clients and is essential to achieving our mission of being a sustainable partner in our community. We are dedicated to fostering an inclusive work environment where everyone feels welcomed, respected, and empowered to contribute their unique skills and perspectives. We value diversity in all its forms, including diversity of thought, experience, and background.

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