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Engineering Environmental Planner

Salary: $26.11-$31.88 hourly / $4,542-$5,545 monthly / Range: 5874

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, Senior.

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 environmental regulations.


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 permit conditions.
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 contractors.


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 bulldozer.

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