Land Use/Environmental Planner III-Climate Action Plan

  • San Diego, County of
  • San Diego, CA, USA
  • Nov 16, 2020
Full time Biology - Ecology Climate Change/ Resiliency Conservation/ Natural Resources Environmental Planning - NEPA Sustainability

Job Description

Job Summary


This is a series recruitment subject to suspend on Sunday, December 20, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

The County of San Diego is committed to helping communities thrive while protecting the region's unique and diverse natural resources. Through operational excellence and attention to customer service, the Planning & Development Services (PDS) department strives to balance community, economic and environmental interests to ensure the highest quality of life for the public of San Diego County.
PDS is responsible for long range land use planning, including the County of San Diego's General Plan, Climate Action Plan (CAP), and Zoning Ordinance. The department evaluates land use projects for regulatory compliance and environmental impacts, manages long-range planning policy formulation, and related ordinances. PDS advises the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission on all land use projects, policy, and programs in the unincorporated county.

PDS is preparing to initiate a new CAP update cycle which will evaluate the community and local government greenhouse gas emission sources. The project will include an updated greenhouse gas emissions inventory and projections. Evaluation of existing greenhouse reduction measures and opportunities for new measures will be performed to determine how the 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target and 2050 reduction goal will be met.  

The Land Use/Environmental Planner III-Climate Action Plan Option will be responsible for supporting the Advance Planning Division in the development of the updated CAP and the implementation of existing sustainability programs. Through project leadership, this planner will develop ordinances, conduct research and policy analysis, develop and implement programs, engage in equitable community outreach, and other related efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the unincorporated county and at County facilities. 

This is the lead level/first supervisory class in the Land Use/Environmental Planner series. The ideal candidate will have experience in land use, environmental, and sustainability planning and have a strong understanding and practice of project management fundamentals. Relevant professional and/or academic experience can include, but is not limited to the following: development of climate action plan measures and/or climate action plan policies, GHG inventories, emissions monitoring and reporting, ordinance/policy development, community plans, agricultural conservation, clean transportation technology and trends, carbon sequestration/carbon offsets, public engagement, environmental justice, and collaborative partnerships.
Minimum Qualifications
1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency, in city and regional planning, urban planning, aviation management, landscape architecture, geography, archeology, biology with a concentration in wildlife and/or botany, geology, or any one of the following life and physical sciences, geography with a concentration in conservation of environmental quality, natural resources or physical geography, ecology, zoology, engineering with an emphasis in acoustics or environmental management, environmental science or a related field, AND, three (3) years of progressively responsible professional-level experience performing environmental analysis, planning, research, data analysis, and computations, and preparing and presenting reports and graphics as it relates to land use/environmental planning.  Experience must be at the level equivalent to a Land Use/Environmental Planner II within the County of San Diego; OR,
2. A master's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency, in one of the fields stated above, AND, two (2) years of progressively responsible professional-level experience as described above; OR,
3. One (1) year of experience as a Land Use/Environmental Planner II with the County of San Diego.

Note:  College documents, such as diplomas, official transcripts, unofficial transcripts, foreign equivalency certifications (if college education was obtained outside US), or letter of verification must
be attached during Step 1 of the online application submittal process.
 Evaluation Process
Qualified applicants will be placed on a twelve (12) month employment list based on scores received during the evaluation of information contained in their employment and supplemental applications.

Please ensure all information is complete and accurate, as the responses you provide on the supplemental application questionnaire will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system.  If you are successful in the initial screening process, your application will be reviewed individually to confirm that the information you provided is accurate and qualifying.

Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis. 

The County of San Diego and its employees embrace the Live Well San Diego vision:  A region that is Building Better Health, Living Safely and Thriving. For more information
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$85,488.00 - $104,998.40 Annually