The District is currently conducting a recruitment for the position of Environmental Planner I/II in the Planning and Climate Protection Division. There is one (1) position. This is an open recruitment for a full-time, represented position. DEFINITION
Under direction, performs professional environmental planning work, including conducting planning studies, environmental impact reviews, and transportation/air quality program activities; performs related work as assigned.
Environmental Planner I is the entry level class of this specialized professional planning series. Initially under close supervision, incumbents perform a wide range of professional planning duties while learning the more skilled and complex tasks associated with environmental planning and assessment. As experience is gained, duties become more diversified and are performed under more general supervision. This class is alternately staffed with Environmental Planner II and incumbents may advance to the higher level after gaining experience and demonstrating proficiency which meet the qualifications of the higher level class.
Environmental Planner II is the journey level class in this specialized series, fully competent to perform a wide range of professional planning duties associated with air quality and environmental planning. This class is distinguished from Senior Environmental Planner in that the latter provides lead direction to environmental review staff as well as performs more complex and specialized work requiring considerable professional knowledge and the use of significant independent judgment, and may provide lead direction for defined tasks.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES (Illustrative Only)
Assists in developing and implementing transportation control measures.
Plans and conducts assigned research studies and prepares reports and recommendations regarding transportation/air quality programs.
Prepares and/or reviews environmental reports to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations and legislation.
Receives and reviews environmental impact documents to determine the project's impact on air quality.
Responds to inquiries from local officials, consultants, and the public related to environmental planning issues.
Prepares, reviews and edits environmental impact assessment documents as Lead Agency in accordance with relevant guidelines.
Analyzes issues, prepares reports and recommendations relative to land use, regional development, transportation and related issues.
Monitors compliance of city and county general plans with air quality district regulations and policies.
Assists in development of guidelines for assessing environmental impact of development projects and urban growth plans.
Administers and interprets District requirements; recommends alternatives or improvements to proposed plans to enhance compliance.
Interfaces with local, state and federal environmental control agencies and health departments regarding environmental planning issues.
Consults with District engineers and technical staff relative to environmental quality documents and permit applications.
Proposes study approaches, designs materials and monitors programs to ensure compliance with various environmental legislation and regulations.
Prepares non-attainment area plans relating to assigned work.
Represents the District at meetings with the public, other public agencies and consulting firms.
Prepares a variety of written communications, including analytical reports, correspondences and drafts of environmental assessments; directs the preparation of these materials by outside consultants and staff.
Makes effective oral presentations or prepares materials for presentation to and utilization by the Board of Directors, District staff, consultants and community groups.
May act as liaison with other agencies, divisions and local government planning departments.
Education and Experience:
A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills is:
Environmental Planner I: Equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a graduate degree in regional, urban or environmental planning or a closely related field and one year of professional planning experience. Additional relevant experience may substitute for the graduate degree.
Environmental Planner II: In addition to the above, one year of professional environmental review and planning experience.