Green Infrastructure & Sustainability Planner

  • Harris County - Texas
  • Houston, TX, USA
  • Oct 16, 2020
Full time Climate Change/ Resiliency Environmental Science - Engineering Green Building - Sustainable Development Sustainability Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater Wetlands - Coastlines - Floodplains

Job Description

Position Description

The Green Infrastructure and Sustainability Planner will serve as an expert in urban sustainability and resilience planning, particularly as it relates to infrastructure design development, or regional master planning efforts targeting issues such as hazard mitigation, sustainable transportation / energy networks, community revitalization. This position will work closely with the Office of the County Engineer as part of the Infrastructure Resilience Team (IRT), a recently formed inter-departmental group tasked with developing the first "Flood Resilience Plan" for Harris County.

The incumbent will engage in (or be expected to lead) a wide range of analytical, hands-on, and/or collaborative community planning-related activities to help shape a comprehensive and implementable long-term resilience strategy for a large, diverse, and economically vibrant community. An interest in hazard mitigation, urban sustainability, and the integration of green infrastructure and nature-based solutions into transportation and other infrastructure systems is essential. Equity, transparency, resilience, sustainability, and robust community engagement will be constant themes in the IRT's work.

Duties for this position include, but are not limited to:
Infrastructure Resilience Team Duties

  • Researches and prepares white paper on a range of topics including community resilience, green infrastructure systems, sustainable development issues, and other topics as needed
  • Develops and executes various community planning and flood resilience planning initiatives as part of the IRT
  • Assists with strategic planning, vision development, outreach coordination and public engagement initiatives, as needed
  • Performs basic to complex analyses of community-wide data, such as projections, space requirement estimates, and impact/feasibility evaluations
  • Conducts geo-spatial analysis to support IRT planning efforts as needed
  • Ensures plans are complete, accurate, current, and in conformance with best practices and current science
  • Develops standards, performance metrics and/or other planning tools (for projects, objectives and/or community systems)
  • Manages, obtains, and validates data from various sources as needed
  • Evaluates plans/criteria to develop short and long term recommendations
  • Prepares, manages, and assists in the creation of IRT program documents such as plans, guidelines, community analysis reports, progress reports, performance assessments, informational briefs, webpage or social media content, conceptual visualizations, posters, presentations and/or educational material
  • Serves as a liaison between the Harris County Toll Authority (HCTRA) and the IRT
  • Represents HCTRA at the Harris County Community Flood Resilience Task Force (CFRTF) and public meetings
  • Prepares, manages, and coordinates HCTRA departmental reporting and/or relevant data on resilience-related projects to the CRTF
  • Leverages resources from HCTRA to assist in IRT initiatives as needed or requested

Sustainable Transportation Duties

  • Contributes to sustainable transportation planning efforts, multi-objective projects, and/or initiatives seeking to integrate road and other infrastructure systems with resilient infrastructure solutions
  • Provides direction, input, monitor quality, and ensure on-time completion of assigned projects
  • Manages resilience-related information of HCTRA projects and collaborates regularly with HCTRA Senior Staff on status of work, deliverables, schedules, and budgets as needed or requested
  • Serves in project and committee meetings as requested or assigned
  • Other duties as assigned, including special tasks involved in responding to an emergency event

This is an excellent opportunity for a person with strong organizational skills and a can-do attitude who enjoys working collaboratively across disciplinary lines, building relationships with people, and managing multiple objectives concurrently, knowing that their work is making a positive difference in our community.
Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email


  • Bachelor's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Environmental Policy / Management, Infrastructure Management, Public Administration, or related field
  • Minimum five (5) years' relevant experience in the areas of specialization or closely related field of study as outlined above


  • Advanced degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Environmental Policy / Management, Infrastructure Management, Public Administration, or related field
  • Minimum three (3) years' relevant experience in the areas of specialization or closely related field of study as outlined above

NOTE: Qualifying education, experience, knowledge and skills must be documented on your job application. You may attach a resume to the application as supporting documentation but ONLY information stated on the application will be used for consideration. "See Resume" will not be accepted for qualifications.


  • Master’s Degree or higher
  • Professional certifications in areas of specialization
  • Bilingual English and Spanish
  • Preferred demonstrated experience:
    • Working in municipal government in related programs
    • Developing standards and or performance metrics for plans, programs, projects, or goals
    • Performing basic to complex community analyses and/or fiscal and economic impacts estimates for projects
    • Preparing and hosting public engagement activities

General Information


  • Monday to Friday | 7:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Subject to occasional night and weekend hours in support of community events and public meetings

Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to the advertised closing date or at the discretion of the Hiring Department.
Employment is contingent upon passing a background check and drug screen.

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