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Solid Waste & Recycling Planner

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Are you ready to take the next step in your career? Do you want to do meaningful work that improves quality of life? At Tetra Tech, you will work with high-performing teams who are passionate about using their expertise to find solutions to complex problems in water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development.


Tetra Tech BAS has an immediate opening for a full-time Solid Waste and Recycling Planner to support our Diamond Bar, California office.  The position offers opportunities to work within a large international firm on many exciting projects with an environmental focus. Our business unit focuses primarily on planning, design, construction, permitting, regulatory compliance, and program implementation for solid waste management programs and projects.  This position will provide opportunities to work on projects that focus on waste reduction, reuse, and recycling planning, alternative technologies to landfilling, green renewable energy projects, food waste prevention and reduction, waste characterization, and solid waste facility and collection program development.  The successful candidate will become part of a team that will execute projects locally and internationally that make a difference in the communities and the environment.


  • Write clearly and concisely; contribute to and assemble complex technical reports and planning documents per department standards.
  • Research and document waste management practices locally and internationally to assess and develop recommended improvements.
  • Assist in developing programs for waste reduction, reuse and recycling.
  • Conduct surveys and support public education and outreach efforts in waste prevention, recycling, and sustainability.
  • Research and review essential information contained in regulations, environmental documents (Environmental Impact Reports, Negative Declarations), General Plans, Zoning Codes, local land use permits and existing technical reports for use in technical, regulatory compliant reports and plans.
  • Coordinate and meet with, schedule, and audit commercial organic generators.
  • Coordinate and oversee waste characterization studies.
  • Read and interpret drawings such as site plans, grading plans, circulation plans and any other drawings or figures essential to technical reports.  
  • Interact with clients, regulators, office Project Managers, design and other staff as needed to develop and finalize planning, technical, regulatory compliant reports and permit application packages.
  • As needed, travel to facilities to gather information and attend meetings.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Urban and Regional Planning or similar graduate from 4-year university.
  • Two to three years of experience with solid waste planning including: waste characterization, landfill diversion planning, and food waste prevention programs is a plus.
  • Ability to write cohesive, technically complex reports, business correspondence, and a variety of other written documents.  
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from regulatory personnel, managers, clients, stakeholders, and the general public.  
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret existing project information required for regulatory compliance documents, technical design information and/or governmental regulations. 
  • Ability and willingness to perform visual inspections and characterization of trash.
  • Ability to build and maintain positive relationships with a variety of coworkers, regulators, and clients.
  • Computer skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office. CAD and other graphic design software is a plus.
  • AutoCAD, GIS and other graphic design software is a plus.

About Tetra Tech:

Tetra Tech is a leading provider of high-end consulting and engineering services for projects worldwide. We combine the resources of a global, multibillion dollar company with local, client-focused delivery in more than 400 locations around the world. We are Leading with Science® to provide sustainable and resilient solutions for our clients.

At Tetra Tech, we provide a collaborative environment that supports individual performance, innovation, and creativity. We are proud to offer competitive compensation and benefits. Learn more by visiting http://www.tetratech.com/en/benefits.


For more information on our company, please visit our website at www.tetratech.com. To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter on the Careers portion of our website at www.tetratech.com/careers.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Tetra Tech is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We invite resumes from all interested parties including women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities.

Tetra Tech is a VEVRAA federal contractor and we request priority referral of veterans for available positions.

EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability - No calls or agencies.

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