Engineering Environmental Planner
Salary: $26.11-$31.88 hourly / $4,542-$5,545 monthly / Range:
DEFINITION: Under general supervision, reviews, analyzes, and
reports on environmental impacts of engineering projects, including
roads and flood control; and performs related duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class provides entry to the
Engineering Environmental Planner series. During the probationary
period, incumbents learn to apply various environmental laws and
regulations in reviewing proposed projects. After the probationary
period, incumbents are expected to work at the journey level, on
routine and less controversial projects. Incumbents work with a
lesser degree of technical independence, as their work will
typically be reviewed by an Engineering Environmental Planner,
This class is further distinguished from the class of Planner in
that incumbents, in addition to performing the environmental review
of projects proposed by their respective departments, also
participate in determining the need for projects, and consult with
appropriate departmental staff to ensure that projects are completed
in a feasible manner that is also in compliance with applicable
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Analyzes plans of less complex or controversial projects to
determine appropriate level of environmental review and assess
compliance with environmental regulations and compatibility with
policies; evaluates environmental impact of road construction,
debris clearing, and other engineering projects, and determines
appropriate mitigation measures; writes project descriptions,
including cost estimates; researches county, state, and federal
environmental quality and protection regulations to provide advice
to departmental staff on compliance requirements.
2. Prepares project applications and documents, such as
environmental assessments, EIR's, EIS's, negative declarations, and
categorical exemptions; prepares necessary permit applications;
conducts routine negotiations on mitigation methods and permit
conditions with regulatory agencies; performs environmental
monitoring to ensure that the department is in compliance with
3. Prepares Requests for Proposal for environmental consulting
contracts of smaller value; negotiates and administers contracts
with consultants; reviews work of contractors to ensure that tasks
are completed in accordance with the timeliness and standards of
quality set forth in the contract; authorizes payment to
1. Possession of a bachelor's degree in environmental studies,
environmental law, planning, geography, life sciences, or a closely
related field; or
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is
equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides
the required knowledge and abilities.
Basic knowledge of: environmental issues and planning principles.
Knowledge of: English grammar, usage, and syntax.
Ability to: learn the provisions of the California Environmental
Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA),
and the associated environmental review processes and documents;
collect and analyze data; interpret and apply environmental
regulations to specific project plans and field circumstances;
establish and maintain working relationships and conduct informal
negotiations with other County departments, outside agencies, and
private consultants; work independently; prepare narrative reports;
act as liaison between various regulatory agencies and the
department served; review the work of others; learn the goals and
operations of the department served; learn to prepare Requests for
Proposal; learn to negotiate and administer contracts; learn to read
engineering drawings; travel independently throughout the County;
organize and prioritize the work of several projects.
A California Class C Driver's License may be required.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: Depending on assignment, knowledge of
hydrology or civil engineering may be desirable.
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Independent travel throughout the County
will be required. Incumbents may be exposed to a variety of
hazardous and/or unpleasant field conditions, including: wet, rainy,
cold, or hot weather; poison oak.
Some positions may require physical exertion, such as: walking on
uneven terrain for distances up to 1� miles; climbing; using a
machete to clear brush; occasional light lifting; driving a