Senior Federal Planner

  1. Denver, Orlando, Atlanta, Henderson, Austin, Alexandria
  1. Cities & development, Security, aerospace & defence
Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. Atkins has been providing infrastructure planning, engineering, construction, environmental consulting, urban planning, architecture, and program management services to public and private clients across the United States for more than 50 years.

Atkins has the depth and breadth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time-critical infrastructure projects and the urgent transition to a low-carbon economy.

Atkins seeks an energetic and highly motivated self-starter to join our Planning Group as a Senior Federal Planner. This position can sit in our Alexandria, VA; Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Orlando, FL; Denver, CO or Henderson, NV office


Under supervision of senior staff, applies technical professional proficiency to the solution of planning problems,develop master plans and facility/infrastructure strategies, coordination of project requirements with planning staff and supporting disciplines (GIS, Civil Engineers, Architects and Cost Estimators). Work entails planning activities primarily affiliated with the US Federal and Department of Defense (DoD) clients regarding land utilization, facilities and infrastructure development, transportation, and/or environmental projects.

  • Coordinates technical work requirements of planning projects.
  • Analyzes facility/infrastructure requirements, land utilization, policy & regulatory compliance,
  • traffic and environmental impacts, and funding implementation of projects.
  • Provides written and graphic input for planning products, technical memo,feasibility studies, proposals and project status reports.
  • Provides guidance to more junior planners in the design and preparation of plans and technical reports, and in the preparation of graphics, proposals, contracts, scopes of work and feasibility studies.
  • Conducts analyses to determine impact of proposed project.
  • Designs and formulates plans in graphic or written format.
  • Writes project proposal components.
  • Assists in the management of projects and acts as project manager on specific project tasks.
  • Performs such other duties as the supervisor may from time to time deem necessary.

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Planning or related field. This level may be achieved by Planners with five years experience since Bachelor's or four years since Master's. Typical incumbent has 6-7 years experience.

  • Good technical writing, computer and communications skills. May be eligible for project management training.
  • Experience in master planning, facility and infrastructure development planning, and asset management processes utilized by Federal and DoD agencies is preferred. 
  • This includes project related experience delivering master planning products,performing facility/infrastructure assessments and requirements analysis, and developing capital investment planning and programming requirements. 
  • Skills and knowledge with relevant process applications and tools utilized with Federal and DoD master planning and asset management is desirable, such as Sustainment Management Systems products (BUILDER) and DoDDD1391 processor application.
  • Ability to write and communicate verbally.
  • Ability to communicate graphically.
  • Ability to proficiently utilize key software applications listed under competencies
  • Able to work cooperatively in small teams on assigned projects.
  • Able to provide instruction to junior staff.
  • Able to delegate responsibilities, coordinate tasks, and oversee project team members on
  • projects.
  • Able to interact with clients and general public during workshops and meetings.
  • Willing to initiate necessary tasks and seeing them through to completion.
  • Willingness and knowledge of when to seek help when needed.
  • Obtain professional registrations if not certified and maintain registration.


  • AICP certification preferred.
  • Landscape Architecture certification allowed.

  • Microsoft applications: outlook, word, excel, powerpoint, project
  • Adobe applications: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat
  • Other graphic applications: Sketchup
  • CAD: AutoCAD or Microstation
  • Hand drawing
  • Technical writing
  • Verbal communication
  • Public speaking
  • Ability to process paper/electronic documents and utilize computer equipment; ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing; ability to visit project sites if necessary (both within the US and internationally). Job also requires ability to assemble and analyze data. Must submit to background checks to obtain certain permissions required for project access.

Atkins offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits package including medical/RX, dental, vision, life, disability, legal, hospitalization and other valuable voluntary options; generous time-off programs; flexible work schedules; 401(k) with employer match; professional and career development opportunities through our corporate university, as well as a highly-regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatched culture focused on client-service, quality, and tireless pursuit of excellence in all we do. Atkins is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.

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