Senior Environmental Planner
Regulatory Review Unit, Planning Division
The Senior Environmental Planner will be based within the Regulatory Review Unit in the Council’s Planning and Performance Division. The Planning and Performance Division is made up of an interdisciplinary team of dedicated environmental scientists, planners, and engineers charged with developing, implementing, and tracking progress on the Delta Plan.
The Regulatory Review Unit is responsible for tracking and reporting on the status of proposed projects that may be subject to Delta Plan regulations, reviewing proposed projects, reviewing and commenting on California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documents, advising local and state agencies on Delta Plan consistency, and supporting the Council’s legal staff with appeals and responses to public records requests. The Council regulates a broad variety of projects including certain general plan amendments, land use permits, water supply projects, levee improvements, ecosystem restoration projects, transportation projects, and more. The Senior Environmental Planner will be the lead for local and regional land use planning expertise, but may be called upon to track, review, and advise on other types of projects as needed.
The Senior Environmental Planner will also support Division-wide projects and initiatives. Such projects and initiatives may include developing Delta Plan amendments; developing CEQA compliance documents; and conducting research, analyses, and stakeholder outreach on environmental justice, climate change adaptation, and other priority topics related to Delta management. Occasional travel to/within the Delta may be required.
Please see the Duty Statement link, found in the Additional Documents section, for more information.
In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
Knowledge/ Skills/ Abilities
- Knowledge of local and regional land use planning authorities and best practices
- Knowledge of California water resources and environmental programs and policies
- Knowledge of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process and requirements
- Exceptional organizational skills
- Strong technical writing capability
- Working knowledge of MS Excel and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- Strong research and analytical skills and attention to detail, including checking facts
- Ability to track, organize, and manage large amounts of data
- Ability to analyze data, reach and support sound conclusions
- Ability to work well independently and as a team member
- Ability to interact with various levels of staff, management, and stakeholders within and outside the organization in a professional and courteous manner
- Ability to handle varying and sometimes large workload volumes, manage multiple priorities effectively, and meet deadlines
- High ethical standards
- Possession of an advanced degree in city and regional planning, urban planning, public policy, environmental sciences, water resources, or civil/environmental engineering
- Demonstrated expertise in at least one Delta Plan subject matter area: water supply, ecosystem restoration, land use, water quality, or flood risk reduction
- Proficiency in MS Excel and GIS
- Proactive approach to problem-solving
- Willingness and ability to accept increasing responsibility and demonstrate capacity for development
The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.