Associate/Senior Planner

  • Contra Costa Water District
  • Concord, California
  • Nov 22, 2022
Full Time Planning and Development
  • Salary: $107,702.40 - $163,529.60 Annually USD

Job Description


FLSA: Exempt

Bargaining Unit: Local 21

Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) provides water utility services to approximately 500,000 residents in Central and Eastern Contra Costa County and provides employees with a stable work environment that encourages professional growth and development.

CCWD is seeking a skilled, motivated, and team-oriented Associate/Senior Planner in the Planning Department.This position will be located at our Administrative Office in Concord, CA. We offer competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits such as medical, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement, and deferred compensation plans, plus a great working environment!

The position will help protect existing water district facilities from new development, support access to water supply for new developments requiring water entitlements including annexation to the District service area and United States Bureau of Reclamation environmental review for access to Central Valley Project Water supply. The position will support new system-wide maintenance and project improvements to District facilities by preparing environmental documentation and obtaining permit coverages. The position will also have the opportunity to focus on supporting large capital projects starting with the environmental review and permits for ensuring that environmental compliance requirements are completed. This position will also be involved with procuring environmental consultants to support ongoing maintenance and new capital projects. The position may also be involved with the District’s efforts to transfer title of untreated water system assets from the Bureau of Reclamation to the District.

  • Safety: We provide, as a top priority, a safe and healthful work environment for our team.
  • Trust: We protect the public trust with uncompromising integrity, commitment to our professional standards, full transparency, and fairness in all our business dealings.
  • Responsibility: We take ownership for our results and deliver on our performance outcomes to responsibly serve our customers, our community, and our planet.
  • Exceptional Service: We value our customers, act in their best interest, and take pride in delivering personalized service.
  • Employee Success: We share a meaningful sense of purpose in an environment that strives to offer professional growth, diversity, inclusivity, and work-life balance.
  • Teamwork: We engage in respectful, collaborative, trust-based relationships at all levels within the organization and with our business partners.
  • Continuous Improvement: We continuously seek opportunities to optimize our business practices and assets by engaging the expertise of our employees and embracing innovation.
  • Recognition: We reward the positive contributions of our employees at the organization, team, and individual levels.
  • Communication: We strive for open, effective dialogues at all levels of the organization to ensure input is valued and considered and reasons for decisions are explained.
We are looking for someone who is:
  • Has an interest and knowledge of utility infrastructure and what is required to plan, construct, and maintain existing and new utility infrastructure.
  • Understands environmental requirements and how best these can be used to efficiently support the environmental review and permit requirements for water utility projects.
  • Focused on building and assisting with the development and implementation of department goals, objectives, policies, and procedures.
  • Has experience working with environmental consultants and experts and can help secure necessary consultant services for specialized water utility requirements.
  • Understands that the District is a rate and fee-funded enterprise and is comfortable communicating with new customers and developments to collect necessary fees per the District’s Code of Regulations.
  • Can translate complex Engineering projects into well-organized environmental documents that are understandable by the public and regulatory agencies.
  • Can work independently with limited direction to ensure that project and District requirements are completed on time and under budget.
  • Committed to continuous growth and improvement.
  • Experienced with principles and practices of land use planning, land conservation, and natural resource management.
  • A clear and concise communicator, both orally and in writing,
  • A leader that exemplifies personal integrity, political savvy, strong management skills and is dedicated to public service.
What you will typically be responsible for:
  • Reviewing third party projects to determine if there are impacts to District facilities through interdepartmental coordination with Engineering, Construction, and Operations and Maintenance.
  • Working with new customers to obtain new water utility service through Local Agency Annexation and United States Bureau of Reclamation environmental review.
  • Preparing environmental reports on a wide range of Engineering, Construction, and Operations and Maintenance projects; including project conceptualization and scope development; gathering and analyzing data; providing project management oversight to professional, technical, and clerical staff and consultants; developing alternatives and recommendations; and writing and editing draft and final environmental reports.
  • As required, representing the District in public forums and agency meetings. ;
  • As required, supporting the development and implementation of departmental budgets.
  • Assisting in the development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, policies, and procedures.
  • Applying the principles of prevention through design to prioritize safety in all designs.
  • Developing and managing requests for proposals for professional and/or contracted services.
A few reasons you might enjoy this job:
  • Your desire to support water utility services for Contra Costa Water District retail and wholesale customers.
  • You will have an opportunity to learn how water utilities function and the complexity of importing, treating, and serving water from the California Delta.
  • You will have an opportunity to help implement improvements and replacements of aging infrastructure and to be a key team member supporting this effort over time.
  • You will have an opportunity to learn and implement very complex and unique environmental reviews and permit requirements.
  • Working with highly effective and collaborative teams, governmental agencies, consultants, co-workers, or professional and technical associations.
  • Negotiating scopes of work, schedules, budgets and agreements with consultants and other stakeholders.
  • Every day brings a variety of work challenges, opportunities, and rewards.

The following will also benefit candidates with a few of the unique challenges related to this job:
  • You will need to work independently with limited direction but with a firm understanding of the objectives and priorities of the District.
  • You will work on water infrastructure improvement projects that can be complex and require attention to detail of the many updates and adjustments that are required.
  • Environmental review documents must be carefully considered to stand the test of time.
  • Managing and ensuring compliance with the District’s multitude of environmental maintenance permits and work windows.
  • Being familiar with both National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) processes and requirements.
  • Acquiring intimate knowledge of both Federal and State Endangered Species Acts and how they can be managed to support the District’s water operations and land management.

For a full description of examples of duties, please visit the following links:
Associate Planner
Senior Planner

For a full listing of required qualifications, please visit the following links:
Associate Planner
Senior Planner

Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to the next step in the selection process. All candidate materials will be carefully evaluated and only those considered best qualified will be invited to the next step in the selection process.

All candidates will be notified of their status via email by no later than Friday, February 10, 2023.

The TENTATIVE Virtual Panel Interview is scheduled for TBD.

The TENTATIVE Department Oral Panel Interview date is scheduled for TBD.

Applicants requesting reasonable accommodation during any phase of the recruitment process are instructed to contact Human Resources at 925-688-8002.


Contra Costa Water District is committed to equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants. We prohibit discrimination based upon race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other actual or perceived status protected under federal, state, or local law. Employment decisions are based on individual qualifications and performance.


One of the many CCWD goals is to pursue organizational excellence through diversity, equity, inclusivity, leadership, and professionalism. We recognize the strengths of staff creativity, innovation, problem-solving, and improved decision-making resulting from diverse perspectives, and we strive to be a culturally diverse organization that values, recognizes, and supports inclusion.


A condition of employment for all CCWD positions includes successfully passing a Department of Justice Live Scan fingerprint check and completion of the federal Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9. Additionally, in compliance with federal law, CCWD participates in E-Verify.


All CCWD employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. As such, CCWD employees may be called upon to support the activities of CCWD during an emergency.

In addition to a competitive salary, for regular-status, non-temporary positions, the Contra Costa Water District offers an excellent benefits package!

International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 21 benefits include:

  • Employer-paid medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Employer-paid short term and long term disability insurance
  • Voluntary participation in the Flexible Spending Accounts for dependent care and healthcare reimbursements
  • Flexible Benefit of $50 per month; equating to $600 per year
  • Voluntary participation in the 401(a) and 457(b) deferred compensation plans with up to a 3% employer match
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • 56 hours of paid administrative leave per year in lieu of compensation time off for FLSA exempt classifications. (FLSA non-exempt positions such as Administrative Secretaries do not receive administrative leave.)
  • 40-hour vacation credit upon hire plus vacationaccrual at 10 daysduring the first year; 15 days per year accrualduring year two; with additionalaccrual increases thereafter
  • 96 hours of sick leave accrual per year
  • Employer-paid retiree health insurance for retiree and dependents. Local 21 employeescurrently contribute 2.2%of base pay on a pretax basis for this benefit. Employees hired on or after January 1, 2016 are subject to a 10-year District-servicevesting period to be eligible for fully paid retiree medical upondirect retirement from the District. The District contracts with CalPERS for medical benefits.
  • A defined benefit retirement plan; reciprocity with CalPERS and CalPERS reciprocal agencies. (Reciprocal agency service does not count toward the 5-year or 10-year vesting requirement for fully paidretiree medical.) The defined benefit is 2.35% at 55for those with classicreciprocity.New hires who are not eligible for classicreciprocity areeligible forthe 2% at 62 PEPRA defined benefit.
  • Participation in Social Security and Medicare
  • Extensive Wellness Program including 50% employer-paid gym membership, up to $40.00 per month
  • Health Insurance Credit for eligible dependents who have other medical benefit coverage
  • Educational Assistance Program up to $3,000 per year per employee
  • Employer-paid Employee Assistance Program offering counseling and referral services
  • Employees receive free admission to Los Vaqueros Reservoir that offers recreation areas, fishing, boating, and hiking trails.
  • And more!
Foradditional information and the full details,eligibility, and provisionsregarding the District's applicable benefits package, please visit:
Benefit Brochure

Closing Date/Time: 2/6/2023 5:00 PM Pacific

Job Address

Concord, California United States View Map