Planning Job Boards and General Job Lists

This document “Planning Job Boards and Job Lists” is an informal document prepared as a general reference item.  It is intended for students and former students of the Geography – Earth Science Department at Shippensburg University to use in the job / career search process.   The appearance (or lack thereof) does not reflect any particular judgment about or endorsement of an organization.  The list merely reflects an effort to best connect students and former students to organizations that may have appropriate job listings / advertisements.   It is not in any way an official document of the department or university.   

Planning Job Boards (6)

APA National and State Chapter Websites

American Planning Association (APA) -

American Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter (APA / PA) -

American Planning Association, Maryland Chapter (APA/MD) -

American Planning Association, New Jersey Chapter (APA/ NJ) -

American Planning Association, Virginia Chapter (APA/VA) -

American Planning Association, New York City Metro Chapter (APA/NY) -

American Planning Association, Oregon Chapter (APA/OR) -

Links to other chapter websites may be found at the Chapters webpage of the American Planning Association at

Other Planning Job Boards (2)

Planetizen -

Cyburbia -

Sustainability jobs and educational resources

This information comes from a new website focused on sustainability education and careers - Here are a few sections of the site that are most relevant to job seekers and students interested in additional education or leadership opportunities in sustainability.

An overview of careers in sustainability, including a salary calculator that factors in position and location (city & state):

A comprehensive list of colleges that offer programs in sustainability-related fields:

A college student action guide with over 10,000 words on building sustainability campaigns on campus, finding funding, and reaching goals:

Other environmental, GIS, and planning related listing sources in no particular order (4)


Land Trust Alliance -


GIS Jobs Clearinghouse -


New Jersey Geographic Information Network -


Pennsylvania Land Trust Alliance -

These web sites have their flaws (advertising; other universities; mash-ups), but may be useful (14)


Conservation Job Board -


Environmental Career Opportunities -


Environmental Jobs and Careers -


GeoCommunity - -


GeoSearch -


GIS Crossing (Employment Crossing) -




Government Jobs –


Jobs in Wildlife -


MyGISJobs -


NC State University, Dept. of Forest and Environ. Resources Jobs Board -


Texas A&M, Agri. And Life Sciences Job Board -

Job Aggregators (for lack of a better term; these often prove less useful to our graduates) (5)


Career Builder -
Indeed -


Monster -


Simply Hired - -

Regional Newspapers (4)


Harrisburg Patriot News -


Philadelphia Inquirer -


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette -


Washington Post -

Individual Organizations  


Non-Profit (6)


Appalachian Trail Conservancy -


Chesapeake Bay Foundation -


Natural Lands Trust -


The Nature Conservancy -


The Conservation Fund -


Western Pennsylvania Conservancy -

Private Sector (67+)


Advantage Engineers -






Alpha Consulting Engineers -


Alpha Environmental Management (Alpha EMC) -


American Environmental Services -


ARM Group -


Booz Allen Hamilton -


Buchart Horn -


Burns & McDonnell -


BL Companies -


Brinjac Engineering -


Cardno TEC -


CDM Smith -


CH2M Hill -


Clarion -


CS Davidson -


Dawood -


DB Hartt -


Delta Development Group -


Dewberry -


EA Engineering, Science, and Technology -


ELA Group -


EMS Environmental -




Environmental Planning and Design -


Gannett Fleming -


GES (Groundwater & Environmental Services, Inc.) -


Geo-Technology Associates -


Greenhorne and O’Mara (which has now joined Stantec) -


GeoDecisions -




Golden Specialty -


GTS Technologies -


Hanover Engineering -


Herbert Rowland and Grubic (HRG) -


Johnson Mirmiran Thompson (JMT) -


K & W Engineers -




Kennedy and Associates -


Keystone Consulting Engineers (KCE) - 


Kleinfelder -


Liberty Environmental -


Maser Consulting -


McCormick Taylor -


McKenna Associates -


Michael Baker -




Network Building + Consulting -


Oasis Environmental -


Parsons Brinckerhoff -


Pennoni -


Rettew and Associates -


RBA Group -


RK&K -




Simone Collins -


Skelly and Loy -


Snyder Secary & Associates -


SSM Group -


T & B Planning -


Tetra Tech -


Triad Engineering -


URDC (Urban Research & Development Corporation) -


URS Corp -


VHB (Vanasse Hangen Brustlin) -


Whitman, Requart & Associates (WR & A) -


WRT (Wallace, Roberts, & Todd) -

Quasi-Governmental (4)


Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (Philadelphia) -

Maryland – National Capital Park and Planning Commission -




Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (Pittsburgh) -


Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (Harrisburg) -

Quasi-Governmental - Conservation Districts (2)


Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts -


Virginia Soil And Water Conservation Districts -

Pennsylvania State Governmental Jobs


DCNR (Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources), DEP (Dept. of Environmental Protection), and PennDOT (Penna. Dept. of Transportation) hire those with your skill sets, but all hiring is done via the State Civil Service Commission.

                Internship Specific Positions –


                DCNR -


                DEP -


                PennDOT –  


PA Hist. Preservation -

Federal Jobs


USA Jobs -


Most federal employment is done through the USA Jobs web portal.  For information on jobs NOT listed with USA Jobs, consider the following specific departments and agencies:


CIA – cartographers, geographers -


National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGIA) -

The following departments and agencies use USA Jobs, but additional employment information may be found as noted.  This is only a selected list that speaks more to environmental planning, conservation, natural resources, and geospatial technologies.  It is not a comprehensive listing.


State-Level Employment for the Nearby States


New Jersey -


Maryland -


New York -


Ohio -


Virginia –


West Virginia -

State-Level Employment for the Other States (in progress)


California -


Ohio -


Washington -

Local Government Jobs – County Level (this section is a work in progress) 

Pennsylvania Counties*


Adams -


Allegheny -


Berks -


Bucks -


Chester -


Cumberland -


Dauphin -


Franklin -


Lancaster -


Montgomery -


Philadelphia -


Westmoreland -


York -


*several of the unlisted counties have websites that do not clearly or comprehensively list jobs.  These will not be placed on the list.

Pennsylvania Municipalities (selected or larger municipalities; some of these cities, such as York, utilize services of larger job boards such as


Harrisburg, City of -


Pittsburgh, City of -


York, City of -

Maryland Counties


Carroll –


Frederick –


Howard -


Montgomery -


Prince George’s –


Washington –


Note: Many county and regional scale Maryland jobs are listed at

New Jersey Counties


Camden –


Hunterdon –


Mercer -


Warren -

Washington, D.C. -


Don’t forget your general resources at Shippensburg University in the Career Development Center –

Note:  Many environmental jobs are found with organizations or units within organizations that are not primarily environmental or planning related.  For example, most mid-sized to larger companies have environmental compliance officers and staff.  These types of positions are not likely to be listed at any of the above job boards/listings/ links.

Job Titles, Majors, and Key Words


Below is an assortment of terms – job titles, majors, and keywords - that broadly closely relate to Geography – Earth Science departmental majors.   Although not every person who considers applying is qualified for each position, this provides a reasonable set of search terms when looking for jobs.

Federal –


intern, cartographer / cartographic technician, conservation, community planner, ecologist, environmental coordinator, environmental protection specialist, environmental engineer, facilities planner, foreign affairs officer, forester / forestry technician, GIS, geographer, geography, physical geographer, geoinformation specialist, hydrologist, information technology specialist, land law examiner, land management planner, land surveyor, meteorology / meteorology technician, natural resources specialist, outdoor recreation planner, park guide, park manager, park ranger, physical scientist (including physical scientist / environmental), planning and environmental coordinator, planning and environmental specialist, rangeland management specialist, regional economist, social science analyst, soil scientist, statistician, urban studies




Conservation program specialists, DCNR ranger, DCNR ranger trainee, park manager, park ranger, park ranger 1, environmental education specialist, environmental trainee, environmental projects construction inspectors and supervisors, forest technician, forester, geologic specialist, licensed professional geologist, planners and environmental planners, soil scientist, surveyors, survey technicians, transportation planning specialist trainee, wastewater treatment plant operator / operator trainee, water treatment plant operator.


Compiled by George Pomeroy, Geography – Earth Science Department, Shippensburg University.  Last updated 11/19/14.