Environmental Planner Regulatory Specialist

  • Valley Water
  • San Jose, California
  • Jun 01, 2021
Full Time Environmental Services Planning and Development Regulatory and Licensing
  • Apply By: Jul 21, 2021

Job Description

Environmental Planner Regulatory Specialist


Valley Water


Salary: $9,112.13 - $11,663.60 Monthly


Job Type: Full-Time


Job Number: 01259-E


Location: CA, CA


Department: Watershed Stewardship and Planning






This posting will close without notice. Please submit your application as soon as possible.

Environmental Planning Unit (Position Code 0424)


Are you an experienced environmental planner with a solid background in natural resource permitting? Are you well-versed in the fundamentals of CEQA and/or NEPA document preparation and compliance? Do you have experience evaluating of the impact of proposed public works, capital projects, or facilities on the community and the environment? If so, consider expanding your environmental planning career with Valley Water.


Valley Water is the primary water resource agency for Santa Clara County, supplying safe, clean water, providing flood protection, and serving as an environmental steward for healthy ecosystems. Valley Water serves approximately two million people in 15 cities and manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, a state-of-the-art water quality laboratory, 400 acres of groundwater recharge ponds, and 275 miles of streams.


Valley Water's Associate Environmental Planner will provide key environmental planning and regulatory permitting support for large water infrastructure and stewardship projects. This is a journey-level environmental planning position that will focus on assisting project teams in the planning, design, and construction phases. Typical duties will include tasks and activities to comply with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements, as well as natural resource agency regulatory compliance.

This position will directly support fast-paced teams working on projects related to flood protection, pipelines, water treatment plants, dams and reservoirs, and habitat restoration.


Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Assist in the development of project environmental elements, identify potential environmental impacts, and evaluate opportunities to avoid or minimize impacts. Provide advice and guidance to project teams regarding the level of CEQA documentation required.
  • Oversee and carry out the appropriate CEQA process approved through internal decision memoranda, including exemptions, Negative Declarations (ND), Mitigated Negative Declarations (MND), Environmental Impact Reports (EIR), and related public notices; assist with developing project descriptions; solicit input from responsible and trustee agencies; identify potential significant adverse and beneficial impacts; identify alternatives.
  • Serve as liaison with internal staff and external parties on input and questions pertaining to the environmental aspect of the project or activity; receive and respond to written comments from agencies and the public; plan logistics, including the setup of scoping meetings; prepare meeting materials; moderate public hearings; collect verbal comments as necessary; and incorporate and address comments in CEQA documents.
  • Support natural resource agency permitting efforts through conducting background research, assisting in development of permitting and mitigation strategies, preparing submittals, coordinating with environmental regulators, and negotiating the need for permits and permit conditions.
  • Support environmental compliance monitoring of project activities.
  • Assist in consultant management to promote high quality contract work products: monitor progress and maintain close contact during development of work products; review work products.


Ideal Candidate's Background Includes:

Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria as listed below.


Ideal Experience:


  • Five (5) years or more of professional-level environmental planning or related experience involving the evaluation of the impact of proposed public works or capital projects or facilities on the community and the environment OR a Master's degree and three (3) years of professional environmental planning experience.
  • Preparation of CEQA/NEPA documents and/or successful regulatory permit negotiation and acquisition on complex projects, ideally for water infrastructure and/or environmental restoration.


Ideal Skills and Abilities:


  • Strong organizational, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to interpret and apply federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.
  • Assess, mitigate, monitor, and report environmental elements and impacts; evaluate thresholds of significance.
  • Research and evaluate studies, reports, papers, and related literature used in the field of environmental planning.
  • Set priorities and exercise sound independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
  • Public speaking and presentation skills.


Ideal Knowledge:


  • Working knowledge of the CEQA and/or NEPA processes as it relates to the planning, design, and construction of infrastructure projects.
  • Methods and techniques of scientific research, analysis, and reporting used in the field of environmental planning.
  • Methods and techniques of environmental impact assessment, mitigation, monitoring, and reporting.
  • Principles and practices of project management, including planning, organizing, scheduling, and controlling budget.
  • Federal, state, and regional permitting regulations, laws, processes, and practices applied in environmental planning and natural resource management, including but not limited to: Clean Water Act, Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, California Fish and Game Code, Federal and California Endangered Species Acts, and National Historic Preservation Act.
  • Specialty in key aspect of environmental planning and analysis, such as: air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, geology and soils, hydrology and water quality, noise, and vibration, and/or traffic and transportation.


Ideal Training and Education:

Equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in environmental studies, ecology, environmental planning, city and regional planning, land use planning, environmental science, natural resources management, geography, biology, chemistry, or a related field.


Required License or Certificate


Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license. Individuals who do not meet the driver's license requirement due to a disability will be considered for reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.


To review the Classification Specification, please click http://apps2.valleywater.org/About_Us/_Jobs/Salary_and_classification/_Spec_PDFs/Environmental Planner Ast I-II-Asc - 5-2019.pdf https://get.adobe.com/reader/


Selection Process


(1) The selection process may include one or more of the following: application review, application assessment, performance test, written test and/or oral interview examination.

(2) The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated based on the ideal candidate criteria listed above. Resumes are recommended.


NOTE: Position and start date is subject to availability of funds. Valley Water retains the right to repost this position as deemed necessary.

Consideration may be given to existing applicant pools within the same classification.


Valley Water's Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Policy is available for review upon request.


Valley Water will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please advise Human Resources in advance of any special needs by calling 1-408-630-2260.


Please be aware that once submitted all application materials become the property of Valley Water and will not be returned. Human Resources staff is not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.


To apply, please visit https://apptrkr.com/2232384




Copyright ©2017 Jobelephant.com Inc. All rights reserved.



Special Instructions

Please mention you found this employment opportunity on the CareersInGovernment.com job board.

Job Address

San Jose, California United States View Map