Environmental Planner

  • Lynchburg, City of
  • Lynchburg, VA, United States
  • Nov 16, 2016
Full time Environmental Science/Engineering Natural Resources Sustainability Wetlands/Coastlines/Floodpains Watershed/Stormwater

Job Description

The Department of Community Development is seeking a qualified Environmental Planner.  Responsibilities include  managing resource and public protection initiatives through the Stormwater Management Program and various ordinances and regulations governing private development.   This position provides a chance to be part of public service in action through a variety of disciplines. Come join a great team of professionals and make the City of Lynchburg the best place to live, work, play and visit.

Essential Duties
Ensures program compliance of the erosion and sediment control program for private development within the City; assists the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation's Erosion control Specialist in conducting periodic local program review for the City;
Reviews all erosion and sediment control plans for private development to ensure protection of downstream properties from sediment runoff, as well as compliance with local, state and federal mandates;
Reviews all stormwater management plans and stormwater facility specifications for private development to ensure sound engineering practices, protection of downstream properties/residents and compliance with local, state and federal mandates;
Attends meetings of the Technical Review Committee, coordinating with other committee members to ensure site plan compliance with Erosion and Sediment Control and Stormwater Management requirements;
Provides technical assistance to local residents, site designers, contractors and developers on Erosion and Sediment Control and Stormwater Management Program guidelines, respectively; responds to questions/complaints and requests for assistance;
Verifies the issuance of land disturbing permits/bonds for development sites exceeding 1,000 sq ft;
Conducts regular inspection of all private development sites to ensure compliance with the approved erosion and sediment control plan;
 Authorizes and reviews official correction notices for plans and development sites in accordance with local, state and federal code;
When instances of noncompliance are discovered, attempts to secure voluntary conformance or take corrective action to ensure compliance, which shall include legal action if necessary; reports cases to immediate supervisor;
Inspects and certifies development sites for land disturbance bond release;
Serves as Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) flood plain manager and certifies letters of map revision LOMR's;
Manages regional stormwater management program.

Oversees various resource monitoring programs and assists with coordination of data;
Conducts field surveys of potentially impaired sites and identifies appropriate best management practices to assist with remediation;
Develops site stabilization and resource conservation plans to ensure protection of adjacent properties and watercourses;
Represents City in stakeholder meetings to assist with development of resource protection initiatives;
Assists with the development of ordinances and programs to promote consistent administration of resource protection initiatives;
Coordinates tours, seminars, workshops and programs for residents to promote responsible watershed management within the City;
Assists with interagency projects and submits grant applications to secure funding for educational initiatives and technical studies for protection of downstream resources and residents;
Coordinates and assists with the layout and design of streambank stabilization and stormwater management practices in conjunction with specialized conservation initiatives;
 Reviews site plans, rezoning petitions and conditional use petitions as assigned by City Planner.
Other duties to provide directly or indirectly services to citizens as may be assigned.
When unusual situations occur and/or the City Manager declares a State of Emergency, all City employees may be required to accept special assignments and perform as needed to ensure appropriate service delivery.

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

Minimum Education and Experience Required
QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Bachelor's degree in environmental science, engineering, planning or related field with concentrations in resource planning and management; extensive multidisciplinary experience in hydrology resource management/conservation with specific concentrations in watershed and flood protection; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Additional Requirements
Possession of valid driver's license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia and acceptable driving record according to City criteria.
Professional certification as a Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Combined Administrator or licensed Professional Engineer.
Must successfully complete IS100 and IS700 National Incident Management (NIMS) training within 90 days of employment.  May also be required to complete higher levels of NIMS training as determined appropriate for the position.

Closing date and time: 11/20/2016 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time
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Government- Local/Regional


$36,524.80 - $61,963.20