The Watershed Management Planner is responsible for providing technical expertise on stormwater quality matters as the administrator for the City's local Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) and Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) Program, the Chesapeake Bay Act program, and leads the City's watershed wide planning efforts. The goals of these important environmental programs include reducing the impact of development and redevelopment on Alexandria streams, the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay, by complying with local, state and federal stormwater, water quality and flood plain management regulations; reducing the potential for stormwater threats to public health, safety and property, and pursuing grants to assist in efforts to improve stormwater quality City-wide in support of City's Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) general permit for stormwater discharges.
What You Should Bring
You bring your expertise in environmental stormwater planning; local, state and federal stormwater and environmental regulations; and excellent communication skills. You will provide technical expertise on stormwater quality matters to committees, government councils, the development community, staff, etc., and serve as the department's key advisor on environmental projects and issues. You use your excellent communication skills while serving as the City's VSMP, E&SC Program, and Chesapeake Bay Act administrator.
The Opportunity – Examples of Work
Manages and refines stormwater quality compliance initiatives in support of the City's Stormwater management Program to mitigate stormwater quality and quantity impacts from development projects for complex, multi-faceted stormwater planning initiatives in specific high profile development areas;
Manages special projects and studies, including directing the work o a team or work group of planners, engineers and planning technicians or other staff, from within and outside of the Department to include contracting consultants, preparing schedules, and administering project budgets;
Reviews development site plans for compliance with Chesapeake Bay and VSMP regulations and other aspects of the City's Environmental Management ordinance, and acts and VSMP, Bay Act and Erosion and Sediment Control coordinator for the City;
Represents the Department's positions at public hearings before the City Council, Planning Commission, and/or Environmental Policy Commission, among others, and represents the Department or City and serves as an internal expert on panels, committees, and technical advisory committees;
Works with internal staff and across the organization to implement aspects of the City's Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit;
Prepares detailed papers, presentations and reports on complex stormwater and watershed projects/initiatives, small area plan initiatives and amendments, stormwater facility proposals, City Council docket items, watershed policies, among others;
Coordinates with City agencies, the development community, business owners, homeowners and condo owners' associations, community representatives, environmental organizations, and residents to provide technical expertise, engage in watershed planning efforts, in the development of program work, major planning, and policy recommendations, and offer environmental education and resources;
Responds to citizen and public entity inquiries and concerns regarding Resource Protection Area (RPA) and resident complaints of illicit discharges and/or dumping;
Analyzes proposed Federal, State, City legislation/regulations affecting environmental planning program area, manages the preparation of technical response comments and formulates policy to address changes; and
Performs related work as required.
About the Department
The Department of Transportation and Environmental Services (T&ES) strives to improve the overall quality of life within the City of Alexandria through the development of a superior infrastructure. In order to contribute to the physical, social and economic growth of the City of Alexandria, the T&ES employee team provides services of the highest quality in the areas of engineering, environmental quality, traffic control, transit, construction and inspection, surveying, street, sewer and fire hydrant maintenance, and resource and recovery collection.
Minimum & Additional Requirements
Bachelor's degree in Planning, Environmental Science or Engineering or equivalent with at least five years of professional experience in watershed management or a closely related environmental field. Three years of experience in managing environmental resources in a public or private setting and possess a strong commitment to serving the needs of a diverse population. Proficient at implementing programs to meet environmental targets related to permit requirements.
Valid driver's license issued by state of residence; Certification as a Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Program Administrator or ability to obtain within six months; Certification as a Virginia Stormwater Program Administrator or ability to obtain in six months.
Proficient at reviewing and interpreting construction development plans, to include the Virginia Runoff Reduction Method (VRRM) spreadsheet; working knowledge of Chesapeake Bay and VSMP regulations Notes
This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks including but not limited to drug testing, criminal background.
11:59 PM Eastern