Seattle, WA, USA
GENERAL PURPOSE: Under general direction, performs a variety of professional level environmental planning functions and analysis for area of assignment; ensures environmental compliance of Sound Transit's link light rail projects through various stages of environmental review including project development, final design, permitting, construction, and operations; manages and coordinates assigned projects and contracts; develops scopes of work and schedules; and interacts with a variety staff members and consultants to complete projects or tasks. This job posting may be used to fill multiple positions.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.
Supports environmental permitting for Sound Transit projects including federal, state, and local environmental permits. Typical permits include Section 404 and 401 Water Quality Act Permits, Hydraulic Project Approvals, Local Shoreline Development Permits, and Local Critical Areas Review. Permit support includes reviewing ecosystems reports, identifying permits required, preparing and reviewing permit applications, tracking permit conditions for compliance, and close coordination with a variety of staff from local governments and jurisdictional agencies.
Supports the development of natural resource (wetlands, water resources, wildlife and habitat) mitigation strategies for assigned Sound Transit Projects; assists with the identification of mitigation opportunities and needs for projects; tracks changes to mitigation regulations; works with federal, state, and local agencies on project mitigation requirements; collaborates with environmental staff during natural resource mitigation site selection and assists in developing scope, schedule and budget for final natural resource mitigation design package.
Assists with endangered species act (ESA) compliance for Sound Transit projects; assists with review of ESA consultation documents for new projects as well as ESA reinitiation documents as projects change and new species are listed.
Supports and oversees the environmental review for Sound Transit projects to ensure that the Agency complies with local, state, and federal environmental regulations; supports large projects by taking lead roles on selected issues including natural resource impact analyses, development of mitigation strategies, and other resources as assigned; facilitates and coordinates with internal staff and outside stakeholders; provides information, solicits input, and presents Agency's perspective or position; communicates with a range of internal and external stakeholders, researches and analyzes information, issues, environmental regulations and policies; processes and documents public and third party comments; coordinates the distribution and notification for environmental documents; maintains the Agency's Administrative Record and documentation for projects; coordinates and administers environmental review for smaller projects.
Ensures that the Agency is meeting its environmental commitments; supports the Agency in the implementation of its environmental commitments; reviews and ensures that projects contract specifications and drawings include the appropriate environmental commitments; and reviews real property acquisitions for consistency with environmental documents, as needed.
Coordinates, oversees, and monitors contracts, as assigned, for environmental review and implementing environmental commitments such as for preparing environmental studies and documents; develops scopes, schedules, and budgets; oversees contracts and assures contract compliance on assigned projects; develops recommendations on consultant services and other project needs, advises project managers of project conflicts and proposes resolution; contracts management includes reviewing and approving invoices; secures contract change orders as required; and coordinates communications among agency staff, contractor, and outreach staff to provide the most up-to-date information and any proposed actions.
Provides support for other Division activities including reviewing project designs, environmental permitting and compliance; prepares and reviews materials to support Board actions; and conducts research and analysis of environmental regulations.
Provides support to the Division/Department on matters as directed; serves as staff on a variety committees as assigned; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence; attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the fields related to area of assignment; incorporates new developments as appropriate; ensures processes, policies and practices are interpreted and applied consistently and effectively; ensures accountability and compliance with all current and applicable state and federal laws, Agency policies and procedures, rules and regulations.
It is the responsibility of all employees to follow the Agency safety rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to their assigned duties and responsibilities, which could include systems, operations, and/or other employees.
It is the responsibility of all employees to integrate sustainability into everyday business practices.
Other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education and Experience: Bachelors Degree in environmental studies, environmental science, land use, biology, or closely related field and two years of experience with environmental planning, environmental permitting or project management, preferably in the transit industry and/or in public sector agencies; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience. Required Licenses or Certifications: Possession of a valid State Drivers License. Required Knowledge of:
Environmental and land use laws and regulations and practices related to compliance.
Federal, state, and local environmental permitting requirements.
Environmental management and policy.
Operations, services and activities of an environmental planning program.
State and federal environmental laws, regulations, and industry practices, policies and procedures as they relate to environmental issues.
Current trends and professional literature in the area of environmental planning, primarily related to natural resources (wetlands, streams, buffers, wildlife habitat, natural resource permitting and mitigation implementation)..
Federal, state, and local transportation planning requirements.
Project management techniques and principles.
Principles and practices of governmental budget preparation and administration.
Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.
English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
Computer applications such as Sharepoint, MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Required Skill in:
Utilizing computer applications such as Sharepoint, MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other department staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups and the general public.
Applying principles and practices of local, state, and federal environmental laws and regulations.
Interpreting and applying local, state and federal environmental laws, regulations, and industry practices, policies and procedures as they relate to environmental issues.
Analyzing and synthesizing information in a concise manner and make recommendations on strategies to resolve environmental issues.
Analyzing problems, identifying alternative solutions, and preparing recommendations.
Contract management and oversight of scope, quality, schedule, and costs.
Multi-tasking competing priorities.
Preparing and analyzing complex data and comprehensive reports and communicating to a broad range of audience, as appropriate.
Responding to inquiries and in effective oral and written communication.
Applying project management techniques and principles.
Working cooperatively with other departments, Agency officials, and outside agencies.
Preparing, coordinating, and reviewing consultant scopes, budget and schedules.
Closing 2/20/2018 5:00 PM Pacific
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