Environmental Planning Program
The Department of Land Use and Transportation Planning (LUTP) coordinates the development of San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan (Plan), a framework that connects land use to transportation systems, responds to population growth, preserves the environment, and sustains economic prosperity. The Plan is a long-range blueprint for a sustainable future for the San Diego region that includes new investments in the transportation system, conservation of more open space areas to preserve natural habitat, reliance on renewable energy, and planning for and adapting to climate change in the region.
The Environmental Planning team provides expertise by leading the environmental review, permitting, and regulatory compliance activities for the SANDAG Capital Improvement Program, as well as conducting the environmental review for planning programs. Preparation of the 2019 Regional Plan is currently underway, and the Plan along with the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) are scheduled for final consideration by the SANDAG Board of Directors in Spring 2020.
Environmental Planner Roles
Two Environmental Planning positions are available. One position will support the environmental review, monitoring, and reporting functions related to capital project implementation. The second position will support the preparation of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan.
These are Limited-Term positions. One position, in support of capital project implementation, is expected to be funded through June 30, 2022. The second position, in support of preparation of the EIR for the 2019 Regional Plan, is expected to be funded through June 30, 2021. Limited-Term Employees are considered to be “at-will” and receive many of the benefits of Regular employees.
These positions are ideal for planning professionals with a strong interest in furthering their expertise in regional environmental planning, project implementation, and environmental 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:
In support of Capital Project Implementation:
In support of 2019 Regional Plan EIR Preparation:
For both positions:
Experience and Qualifications
For these positions, we are searching for candidates who have a strong technical background and an aptitude for analytical thinking and problem solving, who are responsible, organized, and demonstrate 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, or a related field and one to four years of progressive career development in environmental planning. The following information describes the specific types of career experiences that are most relevant to these positions.
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.
These positions will be filled at the Planner I, II, or Associate level depending on qualifications and experience of the selected candidates. The annual salary ranges are: Planner I - $48,522 to $77,635 per year; Planner II - $53,496 to $85,593 per year; Associate Planner - $58,979 to $94,366 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. And to support the need to rest and rejuvenate, employees are provided with a bank of paid time off in addition to paid holidays.
We encourage all interested candidates to apply for these positions 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.
These positions are Open Until Filled. The first review of applications will begin on November 9. 2018. When submitting your application, please identify which position you are applying for or if you would like to be considered for both positions.
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 these positions, applicants are asked to respond to the Supplemental Question below. The information can be up to 500 words 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.
Candidate Selection and Notification
Following the first review date for applications, candidates will receive written confirmation that their application has been received. The hiring manager will begin reviewing and evaluating applications within a few days of the first review date. Based on this evaluation, 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.
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SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer