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Senior Air Quality Specialist


LSA’s Fresno office is seeking a Senior Air Quality Specialist with a minimum of 5 years of professional experience and a BS/BA in an engineering, science, environmental, or urban planning field. Candidates should be able to demonstrate excellent writing, presentation, interpersonal, and time management skills, in addition to an active interest in planning issues and environmental review. The successful candidate will manage and prepare air quality studies, conduct research, and help prepare environmental assessments/documents and technical studies. 

The following skills are desired:

·        Working knowledge of air quality principles, analysis methodologies, and regulatory guidelines;

·        Working knowledge of greenhouse gas and climate change analysis methodologies and regulatory guidelines;

·        Understanding of Air Quality Management District and Air Pollution Control District regulatory programs and their relationship to the federal Clean Air Act;

·        Ability to perform air quality and greenhouse gas technical analyses in support of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation for various public and private projects; 

·        Ability to prepare the air quality and greenhouse gas sections of complex CEQA and NEPA documents, including but not limited to, environmental impact statements/reports, environmental assessments, and mitigated negative declarations; and

·        Working knowledge of air quality models, including CalEEMod, EMFAC, CALINE4, AERMOD models;

·        Ability to be an active team member for large environmental projects in order to perform assigned tasks within project scope, budget, and schedule with a commitment to quality work products and deliverables.


LSA’s greatest asset is its employee ownership. LSA offers excellent compensation and benefits, including competitive pay; medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, long-term care, group life and AD&D insurance plans; vacation, sick, and holiday pay; an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP); and a Profit Sharing and Savings Plan (with 401k and company match). LSA is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify.


Please visit LSA's job portal to apply for this position at: http://lsa.net/careers/openings/


(Posted August 1, 2019)


County of San Luis Obispo

Division Manager - Planning

Salary: $98,883.20 - $120,203.20 Annually

Definition

Under direction, plans, organizes and directs the operations and activities of an assigned division or major function; coordinates and directs communications, information and personnel to meet County needs and assure smooth and efficient division or function activities; supervises and evaluates the performance of assigned personnel; and does other related work as required.

Typical Tasks and Representative Duties

(Not in order of importance)

  • Plan, organize and direct the operations and activities of an assigned division or major function such as current planning, public information and technology and long-range planning; assure programs, projects and activities comply with established laws, codes, ordinances, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel; interview and select employees; recommend transfers, reassignment, termination and disciplinary actions; coordinate subordinate work assignments and review work to assure compliance with established standards, requirements and procedures; oversee the development and implementation of training functions.
  • Establish and maintain division or major function, program and project timelines and priorities as assigned; estimate time, personnel and resource requirements for projects, operations and activities; calculate and prepare cost estimates; monitor progress of projects and modify activities to meet established objectives and timelines as appropriate; review completed projects to assure proper quality control.
  • Provide consultation to County personnel, outside agencies and the public concerning division or function operations and activities; respond to inquiries, resolve issues and conflicts and provide detailed and technical information concerning related laws, codes, plans, ordinances, regulations, policies and procedures; assist in the formulation and development of policies, procedures, strategic plans and programs; participate in the preparation and administration of adopted County plans and ordinances.
  • Direct the preparation and distribution of correspondence, staff reports, and informational materials related to assigned functions; review and evaluate documents submitted by governmental agencies and outside organizations concerning compliance requirements; oversee permit processing and issuing related to assigned division or function as directed.
  • Participate in the development, preparation and monitoring of the annual budget for assigned division or function; analyze and review budgetary and financial data; control and authorize expenditures in accordance with established limitations.
  • Attend and conduct a variety of meetings as assigned; represent the Department at various groups, commission, boards, committees, hearings, conferences and other outside functions as directed; prepare and deliver oral presentations; serve as Hearing Officer for Planning Department hearings or on the Subdivision Review Board for items such as minor use permits, lot-line adjustments, road names and administrative fine appeals.

Employment Standards

Knowledge of:

  • Management of operations and activities of an assigned division or major function
  • Current legislation affecting assigned division
  • Applicable codes, ordinances, requirements, regulations and safety precautions affecting assigned division
  • Current County requirements for assigned division, functions, programs and projects
  • Practices, procedures, standards and techniques involved in assuring County compliance with established requirements
  • Scheduling and quality control for inspection activities
  • Current applicable County and State laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures affecting assigned division
  • Practices and procedures involved in the investigation and resolution of planning, land-use, inspection, environmental, construction, enforcement and permit issues and disputes
  • Budget preparation and control
  • Principles and practices of administration, supervision and training
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy
  • Technical aspects of field of specialty
  • Basic public relations techniques

Ability to:

  • Plan, organize and direct the operations and activities of an assigned division or major function

Coordinate and direct communications, information and personnel to meet County needs and assure smooth and efficient division or function activities

  • Supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel
  • Interpret, apply, explain and assure compliance with applicable laws, codes, ordinances, regulations, policies and procedures
  • Collaborate and consult with others in the development and implementation of division or function programs, projects, polices, procedures, goals and objectives
  • Oversee the investigation and timely resolution of planning, land-use, environmental, construction, inspection, enforcement and permit issues and disputes as directed
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others
  • Operate a computer and assigned office equipment
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
  • Direct the maintenance of a variety of reports, records and files related to assigned activities

Education and Experience

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in urban and regional planning, architecture, landscape architecture, geography, natural resources management, environmental, physical or life science, or a closely-related field. (Job-related experience may substitute for the required education on a year-for-year basis.) In addition, five years of experience in urban and regional planning or environmental review and analysis, two years of which were in a supervisory position. (A master's degree or bachelor's degree in two fields such as life science and planning is desirable and may substitute for one year of non-supervisory professional experience.)

Licenses and Certificates

A valid driver's license is required at the time of application. A valid CALIFORNIA driver's license is required at the time of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment.

This class specification generally describes the duties and responsibilities characteristic of the

position(s) within this class. The duties of a particular position within a multi-position class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class. Accordingly, the essential functions of a particular position (whether it be a multi-position class or a single-position class) will be identified and used by medical examiners and hiring authorities in the selection process. If you have any questions regarding the duties or the working conditions of the position, please contact the Personnel Department at (805) 781-5959.


To apply, visit https://apptrkr.com/1558080


Supervising Planner

Salary: $83,657.60 - $101,691.20 Annually

Definition

Under direction, plans, assigns, reviews and supervises the work of assigned Planning and Building staff; performs a variety of tasks in support of programs assigned to the Department of Planning and Building including: public information, long range planning, current planning, environmental review, natural resources management, housing, economic and energy conservation, information services and other related work as required.

Incumbents in this classification are responsible for implementing Department policies, ensuring that quality standards are maintained; coordinating between sections; performing related administrative tasks; independently performing professional work in all areas and supervising as assigned.

Typical Tasks and Representative Duties

(Not in order of importance)

  • Supervises, mentors and evaluates the performance of assigned staff; interviews and selects employees and recommends appointments, transfers, reassignments and disciplinary actions; establishes work schedules; assigns employee duties and reviews work to ensure accuracy, completeness and compliance with established standards, requirements and procedures; develops and implements training for subordinate staff on an ongoing basis
  • Assists in the development of staff in technical areas, appropriate conduct and customer service, and the Departmental and County mission, vision, values, policies and procedures
  • Performs and/or oversees a variety of the most complex technical tasks relative to the assigned area of responsibility which may include: land use planning and environmental review, including determination of compliance with local, state, and federal laws, regulations and policies
  • Prepares and presents staff reports, plans and other studies on complex and controversial cases being submitted to the Administrative Hearing Officer, Subdivision Review Board, Planning Commission, and Board of Supervisors
  • Conducts and facilitates group meetings to obtain input on policy development and planning decisions
  • Participates in the development of program processes, process improvements, and desk manual policies and procedures
  • May direct the development of new systems to be used in the planning process
  • Recommends needed general plan, code and/or ordinance changes; prepares appropriate amendments and staff reports to take through the adoption process and assists in the development and implementation of those changes
  • Mediates and resolves conflict with staff, public and other County departments and agencies consistent with Department and County values
  • Acts as the initial arbitrator of disputes that arise during all phases of the planning process
  • Coordinates planning and environmental review efforts with other sections, units and divisions within the Department, other County departments, and local, state and federal agencies
  • Attends various conferences, workshops and training meetings
  • Participates in the development, preparation and administration of the budget, submits budget recommendations and monitors expenditures
  • May represent the Division Manager, Environmental Coordinator, Deputy Director or Director at various meetings, community groups, advisory committees, public hearings and/or speaking engagements
  • May act as the Administrative Hearing Officer at Planning Department hearings
  • May act for the Division Manager, Environmental Coordinator, Deputy Director or Director in his/her absence

Employment Standards

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and methods of employee supervision, leadership, training and evaluation
  • Principles and practices of project management and administration procedures, including personnel practices, budget preparation and work organization
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy
  • Effective conflict resolution techniques
  • Effective techniques of written and oral communication, including technical report writing and public speaking skills
  • Planning and Building Department office organization, procedures and standards as well as strategic direction and goals
  • Principles, practices and techniques pertinent to land use planning and environmental review
  • Local, state and federal laws and regulations and policies that relate to land use planning and environmental review
  • Site plans, architectural drawings, topographical maps, landscape plans, grading plans and technical report review and resource evaluation
  • Standard office procedures, practices and methods

Ability to:

  • Communicate effectively, verbally and in writing
  • Supervise, train and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel in a fair and impartial manner
  • Prioritize work and meet critical deadlines, taking appropriate initiative to complete work
  • Motivate staff to achieve high performance standards
  • Review project proposals in detail and advise applicants
  • Write and review staff reports, policies, ordinances and correspondence using correct grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Foster a spirit of teamwork and support when interacting with staff and others
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with county, state and federal officials, architects, engineers, contractors, planning representatives, the general public and others contacted in the course of work
  • Interact with the public, co-workers, and other agency staff tactfully and courteously and display a professional demeanor in difficult or emotional situations
  • Read, understand and interpret regulations and policies, compile and analyze relevant information and draw valid conclusions to develop recommendations to resolve issues
  • Use sound judgment in researching, interpreting, applying and explaining appropriate laws, codes, ordinances, regulations, policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Keep accurate records; prepare concise and effective reports, correspondence and other materials
  • Make concise and professional formal and informal presentations on technical material, including public hearings and community meetings
  • Use software and other automation related techniques for personal computers to maximize staff efficiency
  • Read, learn, interpret, apply and explain Departmental policies and procedures, rules, laws, and technical information found in building codes and related regulations
  • Direct, coordinate and implement major planning and environmental projects and programs
  • Administer land use and environmental policies and regulations with good judgment, firmness and impartiality
  • Administer and monitor contracts for completion of work specified and expenditures

Education and Experience

Graduation from an accredited institution with a Bachelor's degree in urban and regional planning, architecture, landscape architecture, geography, natural resources management, environmental, physical or life science, or a closely related field. (Job related experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.) In addition, a minimum of four years of professional experience in urban and regional planning or environmental review and analysis, at least one of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity. (A Master's Degree or Bachelor’s Degree in two fields such as in planning and public administration or natural resources management and housing, community development and energy conservation is desirable and may be substituted for one year of non-supervisory professional experience.)

Licenses and Certificates

A valid driver’s license is required at the time of application. A valid CALIFORNIA driver’s license is required at the time of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment.

Other Specifications

Recruitment for Supervising Planner positions may be conducted according to the section or program in which a vacancy exists. Specialized experience requirements, dependent upon the needs of the Planning Department, will be set forth specifically at the time of recruitment.

This class specification generally describes the duties and responsibilities characteristic of the position(s) within this class. The duties of a particular position within a multi-position class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class. Accordingly, the essential duties of a particular position (whether it be a multi-position class or a single-position class) will be identified and used by medical examiners and hiring authorities in the selection process. This information will also be made available for review at the time of any recruitment for that position and at such other times as reasonably required.


To apply, visit https://apptrkr.com/1558092


City of Stockton


ASSOCIATE PLANNER

Monthly Salary: $5,651.97- $7,256.68

The City of Stockton is recruiting for an Associate Planner. The Community Development Department is composed of the Planning and Engineering Division, Building and Life Safety Division, and Business Operations Division. The operations center of the Department is located at the Permit Center where the public is served in all aspects of land use, permitting, and development construction. A primary purpose of the Department is to plan for future growth, infrastructure, and service demands of the City in accordance with the General Plan; and provide reviews of proposed land use and property development in accordance with the General Plan, zoning ordinance and building and life safety codes.  


Education/Experience:

Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in city, regional or urban planning or a closely related field, and two years of professional planning experience at a level equivalent to the City's Assistant Planner. Sub professional or professional planning experience may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of two years. A Master's degree in city, regional or urban planning may be substituted for one year of the professional planning experience.

Final Filing Date:      August 23, 2019 5:00 p.m.

For a full job description and on-line application, please go to www.stocktongov.com/jobs   EOE



WSP USA


Senior Permitting Lead 


As part of the Rail Delivery Partners (RDP), WSP USA provides a variety of planning, environmental, engineering, and design services in support of the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) in its efforts to build and operate a statewide high-speed rail system. The California High Speed Train (CHST) project is an 800-mile high-speed rail passenger service, which will run from Sacramento in the North to San Diego in the South, with major interchange hubs in between, including San Francisco and Los Angeles.  This will be the first, true high-speed rail project in America, with trains operating at up to 220 mph.

 

WSP USA is currently initiating a search for a full-time Senior Permitting Lead for our Sacramento, California office.

 

The position will be in Sacramento with occasional travel (<20%) between Sacramento, Bay Area, and Central Valley; areas within the geographic reaches of these CHST project sections. The employee will work in a climate-controlled office under artificial light as well as be required to attend in-person field meetings and/or in-person meetings at field offices (e.g. agency and/or regional consultant’s offices, etc.) on an on-call, on-demand basis. On occasion, travel to other areas of California that include the Central Valley and northern California to other project offices and/or work sites and/or in-field in-person meetings may be required. In-field meetings may consist of multiple days in consecutive order and involve a range of physical exertion levels.


Duties and Responsibilities:

 

She/he will lead and manage the State and federal permit application and consultation processes for the San Francisco to San Jose and San Jose to Merced CHST project sections as well as provide support to Central Valley permitting and compliance efforts as needed. She/he will lead and manage task assignments, oversee and review work conducted by other staff including consultants such as complex analyses and studies, and interface with government agencies, legal counsel, stakeholders and the public.  She/he will report directly to the CHST Statewide Permit, Mitigation and Compliance Lead. Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Working interactively with CHSRA staff located throughout the State, regional consultants, environmental and engineering consultants, legal counsel, and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in the strategy development, preparation, and acquisition of necessary permits from the applicable resource agencies
  • Lead and manage the State and federal permitting and consultation processes needed to support issuance of Notices of Determination (NODs) and Record of Decisions (RODs), State and federal permitting processes, and development and integration of a mitigation plans
  • This role begins with early informal consultations, such as prior to development of Checkpoint A Purpose and Need, through to permit and agreement document issuance and mitigation fulfillment.
  • Responsible for implementation and/or or compliance with:
    • Memoranda of Understanding: National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. § 4321 et seq)/Clean Water Act Section 404 (233 U.S.C. § 1344)/Rivers and Harbors Act Section 14 (33 U.S.C. § 408) Integration Process for the California High Speed-Train Program, which articulates the agreed to process for compliance with Section 404 and 404(b)(1) of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and Section 14 of the Rivers and Harbors Act (“Section 408”)
    • Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)/National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA/NMFS)
    • Section 401/402 of the CWA - State Water Resources Control Board
    • Section 1600 et seq and Section 2081 of the Fish and Game Code - California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
    • McAteer-Petris Act - San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
    • Development and implementation of compensatory and habitat mitigation plans, in accordance with the USACE/USEPA 2008 Final Rule, including review of title reports, drafting/reviewing mitigation plans sections, etc. consistent with the Authority’s Regional Mitigation Policy.
  • Development of supporting technical documents associated with the State and federal regulatory processes such as wetland delineation reports, CRAM, biological resources reports, etc.
  • Serving as the main point of contact for the natural-resource and regulatory agencies relative to the areas of natural resource mitigation, permitting, and compliance demonstration for their assigned CHST project section regions;
  • Engage with natural resources and conservation stakeholders.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor Degree in Biological or Wetland Sciences or a related field
  • Strong knowledge of federal and State regulatory processes, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), state and federal environmental laws, processes and guidelines, and compensatory mitigation compliance and planning
  • Ability to serve as technical support to the analysis of environmental impact documents, permit application and consultation documents in compliance with applicable governing statutes and regulations, and development of compensatory mitigation planning
  • Minimum 12 years in progressively-responsible relevant experience
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills 
  • Strong analytical and verbal and written communication skills
  • She/he must have the ability to work independently, problem-solve through creative processes and establish partnerships with project management, CHSRA staff, government agencies, other organizations and stakeholder groups
  • Must be able to function well in a fast-paced environment under demanding deadlines and changing priorities and conditions.

Preferred Qualifications (a plus)

  • Master Degree in Biological or Wetland Sciences or a related field
  • Experience with construction compliance and design-build projects
  • CA experience

Talent is the essence of meeting our client’s objectives, goals and challenges.  If this sounds like a fit for you, we’d love to have that first discussion of you joining our team.



Senior Permitting and Compliance Specialist 


WSP USA provides a variety of planning, environmental, engineering, and design services in support of the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) in its efforts to build and operate a statewide high-speed rail system. The California High Speed Train (CHST) project is an 800-mile high-speed rail passenger service, which will run from Sacramento in the North to San Diego in the South, with major interchange hubs in between, including San Francisco and Los Angeles.  This will be the first, true high-speed rail project in America, with trains operating at up to 220 mph.

 

WSP USA is currently initiating a search for a full-time Senior Permitting and Compliance Specialist for our Fresno, California office. She/he will support the preparation of State and federal permit applications and amendments and compliance implementation and oversight for the Central Valley portions of the CHST project. The position will require working interactively with the CHSRA personnel and their consultants, WSP USA staff located throughout the State, contractors, legal counsel and the Federal Railroad Administration in the procurement of necessary permits from the applicable resource agencies. 

 

The position will be in Fresno with occasional travel (<20%) between Sacramento, Fresno, and project site areas within the Central Valley geographic reach of the CHST Project. The employee will work in a climate-controlled office under artificial light as well as be required to attend in-person field meetings and/or in-person meetings at field offices (e.g. agency and/or regional consultant’s offices, etc.) on an on-call, on-demand basis. On occasion, travel to other areas of California that include the Central Valley and northern California to other project offices and/or work sites and/or in-field in-person meetings may be required. In-field meetings may consist of multiple days in consecutive order and involve a range of physical exertion levels.

Duties and Responsibilities:

 

She/he will serve in an oversight capacity for the CHSRA on one or more project segments of the CHST project currently under construction relevant to compliance with State and federal natural-resources laws and regulations. She/he will report directly to the CHST Infrastructure Delivery Environmental Support Unit Lead. Specific duties and responsibilities include: Related duties and responsibilities include will:

  • Facilitation of meetings with a variety of parties, including contractor(s), 3rd parties, and regulatory agency staff, as well as program management consultants and CHSRA staff to achieve understanding and consensus for a variety of natural resource related environmental compliance issues.
  • Work with a multidisciplinary team of environmental and engineering professionals to provide field review of biological conditions, quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) of CEQA/NEPA documentation and natural resource permit amendments, cultural resource protocols, and compliance implementation and reporting.
  • Utilize a working knowledge of the federal/State Endangered Species Act to assist with interpretation and proper implementation of the permit/Biological Opinion requirements and conditions.
  • Perform field audits, review compliance reporting, and deal with and resolve enforcement and non-compliance issues with natural resource permits issued by California Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, etc. Develop and maintain productive relationships with the various parties.
  • Facilitation of project issues and resolutions to CHSRA region and headquarters staff through written and verbal communication.
  • May include having primary responsibilities for troubleshooting and providing support for environmental compliance databases software. S/he may also have primary responsibilities for QA/QC and interpretation of GIS and/or right-of-way mapping and reviewing construction plans and specifications.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge or familiarity with MS SharePoint, Access, or other databases used for environmental compliance tracking and verification
  • A minimum Bachelors of Science or Arts in Environmental Studies, Natural Resource Management, Wildlife Biology, Anthropology, or similar area of study
  • Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following practice areas: wildlife biology, natural resources, regulatory permitting (Clean Water Act, CDFW regulations, etc.), CEQA/NEPA, cultural resources, or similar
  • Demonstrated understanding and/or experience with construction compliance
  • Can work independently and productively in a dynamic, fast-paced work environment with multiple deadlines and stakeholders
  • Be self-motivated, efficient, and organized.
  • Can establish and maintain good working relations with construction personnel, contractor management, and Authority/program management staff
  • Minimum 10 years in progressively-responsible relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications (a plus)

  • Master Degree in Biological or Wetland Sciences or a related field
  • Experience with design-build projects

Talent is the essence of meeting our client’s objectives, goals and challenges.  If this sounds like a fit for you, we’d love to have that first discussion of you joining our team.



About WSP USA

 

WSP USA is the U.S. operating company of one of the world's leading engineering and professional services firms. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the transportation, buildings, energy, water and environment sectors. With nearly 7,000 people in 100 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper. www.wsp.com/usa

 

WSP provides a progressive mix of benefits including medical, dental 401k and long term disability focused on a providing health and financial stability throughout the employee’s career.

 

At WSP, we want to give our employees the challenges they seek to grow their careers and knowledge base.  Your daily contributions to your team will be a key piece in our meeting client objectives, goals and challenges, are you ready to get started? 

 

WSP USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

 

The selected candidate must be authorized to work in the United States.



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