The Department of Land Use and Transportation Planning (LUTP) provides the regional framework to connect land use to transportation systems, respond to population growth, preserve the environment, and sustain economic prosperity. San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan is a long-range plan that is a blueprint for a sustainable future for the San Diego region. The Plan includes many capital improvement projects that will undergo a comprehensive environmental review process to ensure that impacts to the region’s unique and valuable natural resources are avoided, reduced, or mitigated prior to implementation. Capital improvement initiatives included in the Plan include highway projects, light and heavy rail projects, and active mobility projects. Environmental reviews also are completed for the San Diego Regional Bicycle Plan as well as non-transportation related regional projects related to beach sand replenishment and habitat restoration.
The Environmental and Public Facilities Planning section also is responsible for several important agency programs including implementation of the TransNet Environmental Mitigation Program, coordination of regional habitat conservation planning, regional energy and climate change planning, shoreline preservation planning, and water quality and water supply planning coordination.
Environmental Planner Role
The Senior Environmental Planner will lead environmental compliance efforts for various SANDAG projects. The position will support the environmental review process for capital improvement projects planned for the region through the development of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documentation, secure federal and state regulatory permits and approvals, and oversee construction monitoring compliance, and post-construction compliance of any mitigation reporting. The Senior Planner will work directly with the agency’s engineering staff and outside environmental consultants to coordinate the environmental review of projects.
This position is ideal for a seasoned planning professional with experience in environmental review and permit compliance. We anticipate significant career development will occur while working on the types of duties and responsibilities described below and through mentoring and close collaboration with senior staff. Examples of primary responsibilities may include:
Experience and Qualifications
Numerous factors contribute to an individual’s ability to be successful in any given role. For this position, we are searching for a candidate who has a strong technical background and an aptitude for analytical thinking and problem solving, who is responsible, organized, and demonstrates initiative. Excellent communication skills, the ability to work collaboratively, and the use of sound judgment are important.
The minimum education, training, and experience qualifications include a bachelor’s degree with major course work in regional/environmental planning, environmental science, geography, public administration, or a related field and five years of recent experience in environmental planning, including some lead or supervisory experience. An advanced degree is desirable.
The following information describes the specific types of career experiences that are most relevant to this position.
Salary and Benefits
SANDAG rewards the efforts of its employees with a comprehensive compensation package. Competitive salaries are supplemented with a flexible offering of health, financial security, and time-off benefits to meet the work and life needs of employees and their families.
The annual salary range for the Senior Environmental Planner position is $67,580 to $112,454 per year.
Our benefits include traditional health, dental, and vision insurance as well as employee assistance, wellness, and work/life balance programs. Retirement and financial security benefits are provided through a pension plan and deferred compensation program. To support the need to rest and rejuvenate, employees are provided with a bank of paid time off in addition to paid holidays.
How to Apply
We encourage all interested candidates to apply for this position by completing a SANDAG Employment Application form. Resumes, cover letters, and work samples may be submitted in addition to the Employment Application but are not a substitute for this document.
The Employment Application can be downloaded in PDF format from the SANDAG website. Alternatively, a copy can be requested by calling (619) 699-1900 or emailing email@example.com. Completed applications and related materials can be submitted via email, fax, regular mail, courier, or delivered by hand. See our Careers / How to Apply webpage for additional information.
Applications for the Senior Environmental Planner position will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, February 2, 2018.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), SANDAG will accommodate persons who require assistance in order to apply for a position at SANDAG. Applicants requiring an accommodation due to a disability during any stage of the recruitment and selection process, including requesting this document and related application materials in an alternative format, should make their needs known by contacting Human Resources at (619) 699-1900, (619) 699-1904 (TTY), fax (619) 699-6905, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To help us further evaluate the skills and experience of individuals interested in this position, applicants are asked to respond to the Supplemental Questions below. The information can be up to 500 words per question and should be submitted with the Employment Application. This is considered a required component of the application; applications received without a response will be screened out of the selection process.
1. SANDAG implements a multibillion dollar, multimodal transportation improvement program. What challenges and opportunities do you see in providing environmental support for projects in this program?
2. Describe your experience with implementation of CEQA and NEPA, obtaining regulatory permits, and tracking environmental compliance before, during and after construction of infrastructure projects?
Candidate Selection and Notification
Following the close date for applications, all candidates will receive written confirmation that their application was received. The hiring manager will begin reviewing and evaluating applications within a few days of the close date. The best qualified candidates will be invited to continue in the selection process. All candidates will receive written notification as to the final outcome of their application.
The SANDAG website contains a wealth of information about our various project and program areas. The Careers section of the site lists all of our current Job Openings as well as information on how to apply for positions and Frequently Asked Questions about our recruitment process.
In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, applicants hired by SANDAG must show acceptable proof of identity and evidence of authorization to work in the United States.
SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.