CEQA Regulatory Environmental Planner

  • Ventura County
  • Ventura, California 93009, USA
  • Sep 13, 2018
Full time Communication - Public Outreach Environmental Planning - NEPA Environmental Science - Engineering Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater

Job Description

Description

Under direction (III level) to general direction (IV level), performs progressively responsible planning work for CEQA/NEPA environmental processing, regulatory permitting, and compliance associated with Watershed Protection District (WPD) capital improvements, operations and maintenance, and other projects. This position will coordinate among engineers, project managers, regulatory staff, consultants, and field personnel during all phases of project development, construction, and operations and maintenance, as well as on various technical or legal aspects of programs, some of which may be controversial or politically sensitive. Planner III is the fully functioning journey-level planner and may act as project team leader or program coordinator; Planner IV acts as a team leader and program coordinator, and may act as first line supervisor.

PAYROLL TITLE:  Planner III - IV

The ideal candidate has extensive experience:

  • Managing the CEQA/NEPA process for a variety of project types;
  • Developing and analyzing alternatives, exploring construction types/methods and innovative design solutions to reduce impacts;
  • Preparing and giving public presentations regarding projects, impacts, and the environmental process;
  • Interpreting and complying with a variety of federal, state, and local regulations;
  • Preparing mitigation plans and executing mitigation measures;
  • Resolving problems, both administrative and technical; and
  • Practicing good judgment, tact and flexibility.

This candidate must have excellent organizational and time management skills, the ability to lead project teams and special meetings, as well as develop and maintain positive working relationships with coworkers, members of the public, elected officials, regulatory agency staff, and others.

APPROXIMATE SALARIES
Planner III   $2,592.79 - $3,643.46 biweekly
Planner IV   $2,896.32 - $4,274.46 biweekly

Incumbents may be eligible to receive an educational incentive of either 2.5%, for an Associate's degree, 3.5%, for a Bachelor's 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 pay depending upon operational needs and certification skills.

Planners are represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and are not eligible for overtime. 

Examples Of Duties

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conduct CEQA/NEPA processing of District projects;
  • Prepare consultant scopes of work and contracts, manage and track consultant work;
  • Develop and implement habitat mitigation/restoration plans;
  • Track mitigation compliance and regulatory processing using project management methods;
  • Conduct field investigations of project sites to identify environmental issues and evaluate construction compliance, and to ensure direct knowledge of the location or project under study;
  • Prepare wetlands and endangered species permit application packages for regulatory agencies using standard forms;
  • Negotiate permit conditions with regulatory agency staff;
  • Manage and track project budgets and work tasks;
  • Assist with researching/developing grant applications to fund District projects, and managing grant compliance;
  • Track changes in environmental legislation and procedures;
  • Provide general information to the public in response to questions about projects, planning programs, applicable ordinances, policies and procedures;
  • May act as project team leader and program coordinators; and
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Typical Qualifications

EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERIENCE: Considerable (at the III Level) to extensive (at the IV level) experience in environmental compliance processing and regulatory permitting which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. This can be obtained by completion of a Bachelor's degree in biology, botany, ecology, earth sciences, land use planning or environmental studies AND at least three (3) years (for Planner III) to four (4) or more years (for Planner IV) of progressively responsible professional (CEQA/NEPA) environmental report writing and processing experience, regulatory permitting, and contract/project management.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS  

  • Must possess and maintain a current, valid California driver license.
  • Proficiency in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and various GIS software is essential.

DESIRED

  • habitat restoration design and field execution experience
  • familiarity with basic construction practices
  • map reading

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Comprehensive knowledge of:

  • the principles, practices and techniques of urban, regional, and watershed planning;
  • federal, state, and local laws and regulations relating to planning, land use, and environmental protection;
  • research and statistical methods; local flora, fauna, and watershed ecology;
  • language and procedures associated with CEQA, NEPA, the federal and state Endangered Species acts, Clean Water Act, California Department of Fish and Game Code, and other pertinent regulations.

Ability to:

  • interpret rules and regulations,
  • convey information and communicate effectively,
  • manage contracts and projects,
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships, and prioritize and execute multiple tasks effectively

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Sector

Government- Local/Regional

Salary

$67,412.47 - $111,135.91 Annually