Planning Biologist

  • Ventura County
  • Ventura, CA, USA
  • Feb 14, 2018
Biology - Ecology Communication - Public Outreach Conservation/ Natural Resources Environmental Planning - NEPA Environmental Science - Engineering Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description

Description

Under direction, performs progressively complex professional planning work involving data collection and analysis, report preparation and public contact; assists in zoning and/or planning administration; and performs related duties as required.
 
The ideal candidate for this position will be a person who possesses a combination of education, skills, and experience in the areas of biology and environmental policy planning.  This candidate will have experience developing environmental policy or regulations within a land use setting.  He or she will be a reliable and detail-oriented individual who can identify and solve problems and demonstrates strong written and oral communication skills.  The candidate selected for this position will primarily be assigned to work with Long-Range Planning staff to develop new policies and draft supporting technical documents for revisions to the County's General Plan, Area Plans, and ordinances. This candidate will also assist another biologist responsible for performing biological review of current planning projects, a task that requires experience:  conducting biological surveys, including both general surveys and surveys of endangered species or species and habitats of special concern; researching current databases (e.g., the California Natural Diversity Database) and scientific literature regarding biological resources;  experience as a regulatory specialist enforcing land use and environmental regulations that pertain to biological resources;  interfacing with stakeholders (e.g., the California Department of Fish and Wildlife); and preparing environmental documents pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  Candidate will possess a Master's degree in Biology, Environmental Planning, Natural Resource Conservation, or a closely related field.
 
Incumbents in this position may receive an educational incentive of either 2.5% for an Associate Degree, 3.5% for a Bachelor degree or 5% for a post-graduate degree that is not required to work in the classification.  Incumbents may also be eligible for bilingual incentive depending upon operational necessity and certification of skill.
 

Examples Of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • Researches, compiles, synthesizes, analyzes and interprets information and data necessary to meet planning objectives including the areas of biology and environmental policy planning.
  • Prepares written reports and makes recommendations for completion of planning projects.
  • Planner III's may act as project team leaders and program coordinators.
  • Coordinates projects, defines problems and alternative solutions, and sets objectives as part of the ongoing planning process in a program area.
  • Coordinates and/or negotiates with other individuals, groups, sections, divisions, departments and agencies on various technical or legal aspects of programs, some of which may be controversial or politically sensitive.
  • Conducts field investigations of proposed project sites in order to have direct knowledge of the location or project under study.
  • Makes oral presentations to public groups and governmental bodies to explain and clarify planning reports and recommendations.
  • Provides general information to the public in response to questions about projects, planning programs, applicable ordinances, policies and procedures.

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Sector

Government- Local/Regional

Salary

$32.41 - $45.54 Hourly; $2,592.79 - $3,643.46 Biweekly; $5,617.71 - $7,894.17 Monthly; $67,412.47 - $94,730.03 Annually $67,412.47 - $94,730.03 Annually