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Engineering Environmental Planner, Senior

Salary: $31.75-$38.76 hourly / $5,523-$6,742 monthly / Range: 6266

DEFINITION: Under direction, performs and supervises the review and analysis of environmental impacts of engineering projects, including roads and flood control; depending on specialty, provides expertise in environmental regulation and/or biology to departmental management and operations staff; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is distinguished from the class of Engineering Environmental Planner in that incumbents at the Senior level are assigned more complex or controversial projects and work under less supervision, represent the department in more complex negotiations, provide a higher level of professional expertise, and negotiate and administer consultant contracts of higher value. In addition, the Senior class may supervise the work of an Engineering Environmental Planner.

This class is further distinguished from the Planner class series 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.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

Both Specialties:

1. Conducts field inspections to determine need for projects; assesses compliance with environmental regulations; conducts field and technical research to compile data for complex or controversial projects; evaluates environmental impact of road construction, debris clearing, and other engineering projects, and determines appropriate mitigation measures; interprets county, state, and federal environmental quality and protection regulations.
2. Prepares documents such as: environmental assessments, EIR's, EIS's, negative declarations, and categorical exemptions; negotiates 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 work; negotiates and administers contracts with consultants; reviews work of contractors to ensure that tasks are completed in accordance with the timelines and standards of quality set forth in the contract; authorizes payment to contractors.

The Permitting Specialty emphasizes negotiating permits and permit conditions with regulatory agencies. In addition to the general duties performed by either specialty, incumbents in this specialty may also perform the following duties:

1. Analyzes project plans to determine appropriate level of environmental review and assesses compatibility with policies; writes project descriptions, including cost estimates.
2. Prepares and/or supervises the preparation of project permit applications to regulatory and other agencies; presents applications and environmental documents in public hearings of various regulatory or decision-making bodies for approval.
3. Acts as an internal consultant to staff of Public Works and other County departments on environmental law, regulations, and permitting.

The Biology Specialty emphasizes monitoring engineering projects, conducting plant and wildlife surveys, and designing revegetation projects to mitigate environmental effects of engineering projects. In addition to the general duties performed by either specialty, incumbents in this specialty may also perform the following duties:

1. Conducts surveys to determine the number and species of plants, fish, and wildlife resources, including sensitive species, in areas affected by engineering projects; prepares plans to restore vegetation and/or animal habitat in affected areas; cultivates and maintains restoration plants for planting in affected areas to mitigate environmental effects of engineering projects.
2. Prepares monitoring and survey results in narrative form for legally required documents.
3. Acts as an internal consultant to staff of Public Works and other County departments on biological issues, especially those related to revegetation and habitat mitigation and monitoring.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:

Permitting Specialty

1. Possession of a bachelor's degree in environmental studies, environmental law, planning, geography, life sciences, or a closely related field, and two years of professional experience in land-use planning or environmental review; 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.

Biology Specialty

1. Possession of a bachelor's degree in biology, horticulture, zoology, wildlife management, or closely related natural science, and two years of professional experience in land-use planning or environmental review; 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.

Both Specialties:

Knowledge of: the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the associated environmental review processes and documents; techniques used to assess and evaluate environmental impact on wildlife, plant life, and other natural resources; field and technical research practices; data compilation techniques and reporting practices; methods used to minimize and/or mitigate the environmental impact of engineering projects; English grammar, usage, and syntax.

Ability to: collect and analyze data; interpret and apply environmental regulations to specific project plans and field circumstances; make public presentations to staff, management, representatives of other departments/agencies, and elective or appointed bodies; establish and maintain working relationships and conduct informal negotiations with other County departments, outside agencies, and private consultants; work independently and make independent decisions; prepare narrative reports; act as liaison between various regulatory agencies and the department served; assign and review the work of others; train and evaluate staff; 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.

Biology Specialty: In addition to the knowledge and abilities listed above:

Knowledge of: provisions of the state and federal Endangered Species Acts and issues related to sensitive species; principles of biology, botany, zoology, and ecology; public health laws, regulations, and practices related to herbicide use and water supply; environmental restoration and mitigation techniques.

Ability to: learn local flora and fauna; identify flora and fauna in the field.

A California Class C Driver's License may be required for certain positions in this class.

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; quicksand. 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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