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Natural Resources Planner | County of Ventura

POSTION: Natural Resources Planner

ORGANIZATION: County of Ventura, Planning Division

LOCATION: Ventura, CA

Additional details and application information online at governmentjobs.com/careers/ventura. This recruitment is accepting applications on a continuous basis until sufficient applications to meet business needs are received, and may close at any time; therefore, it is to your advantage to apply as soon as possible.  A first review of applications is anticipated to occur on or around January 8, 2018, and subsequent reviews may be conducted until sufficient applications are received to meet business needs.

DESCRIPTION

Incumbents in this position may receive an educational incentive of either 2.5% for an Associate degree, 3.5% for a Bachelor's degree, or 5% for a post graduate degree that is not required to work in the classification.  Incumbents may also be eligible for bilingual incentive depending upon operations need and certification skill.
 
Under general direction, performs progressively complex professional planning work involving data collection and analysis, report preparation and public contact; assists in zoning and/or planning administration; and performs related duties as required.
 
The ideal candidate will have a Master's degree in Urban Planning or a related field and at least five (5) years of relevant current planning or permit processing experience; with preference given to candidates with some experience processing mining, oil and gas entitlements.  The ideal candidate will have project management, critical thinking, and independent decision-making skills; must be able to review and process entitlement applications, prepare written staff reports, and CEQA environmental documents, and have experience presenting to boards and commissions.  Additionally, the candidate must have a strong work ethic; the ability to prioritize tasks and work on a variety of projects with competing deadlines and be adaptable and open to new situations, ideas and challenges.  Technical experience with the development and management of mineral resources (e.g. Geology, Air Quality, or Engineering) is desired. 

DUTIES

Duties may include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Serve as the principal liaison among the County [as the Lead Agency for Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA)], Office of Mine Reclamation (OMR), and surface mining operators for SMARA-related activities, and provide general information to the public in response to questions about mining projects and the County SMARA Program, as well as mining-related ordinances, policies, and procedures. 
  • Review reclamation plans, review conditions of mining entitlements, review financial assurances, conduct field inspections, and prepare annual reports to the OMR for surface mining operations, pursuant to the requirements of SMARA. 
  • Process discretionary permit applications for proposed oil and gas projects. 
  • Process amendments to reclamation plans, new mining entitlements, and modifications to existing mining entitlements, pursuant to the requirements of SMARA, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and local land use regulations. 
  • Prepare written staff reports and make oral presentations at decision-maker hearings in order to provide planning recommendations to decision-makers. 
  • Coordinate and/or negotiate with other individuals, groups, sections, divisions, departments and agencies on various technical or legal aspects of the County SMARA Program and oil and gas programs; some of which may be controversial or politically sensitive. 
  • Research, compile, synthesize, analyze, and interpret information and data necessary to meet planning objectives. 
  • Coordinate projects, define problems and alternative solutions, and set objectives as part of the ongoing planning process. 

The Natural Resource Planner (Planner IV) is represented by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and is not eligible for overtime compensation.

Typical Qualifications

These are entrance requirements to the exam process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.
 
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE
Extensive experience in land use planning which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge, skills and abilities.  The required knowledge, skills and abilities can be obtained by completion of a Bachelor's degree in urban planning or a related field and four (4) or more years of progressively responsible planning or related experience including some California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) experience.
 
Substitution:  Additional experience or non-related degrees may be substituted for the required education and experience required for each level.
 
DESIRED: 

  • Master's Degree in Urban Planning or a related field.
  • Five (5) or more years progressively complex work experience in land-use planning.
  • Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA) experience.
  • Oil and Gas knowledge or experience.
  • Experience processing applications for complex land use entitlements.
  • Three (3) or more years of experience processing land-use projects that required preparation of initial studies and complex California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documents.
  • Working experience in the role of project lead or project manager on land use planning projects.
  • Three (3) or more years of experience presenting staff reports and recommendations before decision making bodies (e.g., Planning Commission, City Council, Board of Supervisors, etc.).
  • Technical experience with the development and management of mineral resources (e.g., Geology, Air Quality or Engineering).
  • Two (2) or more years of experience writing land use policies or zoning ordinance updates as the project lead. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Comprehensive knowledge of principles, practices, and techniques of planning program areas; federal, state, and local laws and regulations relating to planning, land use and environmental protection of program areas.
 
Working knowledge of research and statistical methods; interagency relationships; map reading.
 
Working ability to collect, analyze and interpret data; formulate recommendations; solve problems at increasingly complex levels with each successive step in the job series; speak and write effectively; prepare technical reports; establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public and other agencies to provide information and coordinate planning efforts.
 
Supplemental Information
Work is performed primarily in an indoor environment, but regular on-site inspections are required, sometimes involving hazardous terrain.  Also, requires occasional climbing, crouching, kneeling, balancing and keyboard entry.

RECRUITMENT PROCESS

FINAL FILING DATE:  This recruitment is accepting applications on a continuous basis until sufficient applications to meet business needs are received, and may close at any time; therefore, it is to your advantage to apply as soon as possible.  A first review of applications is anticipated to occur on or around January 8, 2018, and subsequent reviews may be conducted until sufficient applications are received to meet business needs.
 
To apply on-line, please refer to our web site at www.ventura.org/jobs.  If you prefer to fill out a paper application form, please call (805) 654-5129 for application materials and submit them to County of Ventura, Human Resources, 800 South Victoria Avenue, L-1970, Ventura, CA  93009.


 

Contract Planner | Rincon Consultants

Location: Oakland, CA | Monterey, CA | San Luis Obispo, CA | Santa Barbara, CA | Ventura, CA | Los Angeles, CA

Job Type: Full-Time/Regular

 

Rincon Consultants, Inc. is a highly qualified professional consulting firm comprised of environmental scientists, geologists, biologists, planners, soil scientists, wetland scientists, GIS professionals, architectural historians, LEED accredited professionals, and visual information specialists. We provide a wide range of services in environmental impact assessment, urban planning, soil and groundwater assessment & remediation, and biological & cultural resources, focusing on California's unique and challenging regulatory and policy environment.

Recognized as a 'Best Places to Work' in 2015, we invest in our employees through competitive salaries, benefits and incentive programs designed to further the professional development of each employee in line with the firm's business goals and needs.

We have an immediate opening and excellent professional growth opportunity for a Contract Planner to join our team in our Oakland or Los Angeles Office.

The Contract Planner will:

Provide contract planning services for government agencies and/or for private individuals or corporations, with emphasis on providing temporary current and/or long range planning services, assist private clients with alcohol permitting within select municipalities, and provide assistance preparing high quality CEQA/NEPA documents.

  • Prepare environmental assessments, technical studies, and land use planning documents for government clients or private individuals or corporations
  • Assist in company outreach/marketing and business development efforts in the southern California region
  • Conduct field work necessary to complete high quality technical studies, CEQA/NEPA documents, project proposals, and general land planning studies for specific projects as assigned
  • Attend meetings and public hearings as part of contract planning and/or CEQA/NEPA services as required to serve existing and potential projects
  • Coordinate and consult with federal, state, and local regulatory agencies
  • Perform all other duties as assigned by your supervisor(s)

Experience and Skills

  • Qualified candidates should hold a BA/BS degree or higher in environmental science, urban planning or a related discipline, with between 3 and 10+ years of experience in municipal planning, environmental impact assessment, land development/entitlements, and/or urban design. 
  • Strong development plan review, communication, critical thinking, writing, presentation skills, and an understanding of land use policy and zoning regulations are required. 
  • Experience with preparing CEQA documents is also required. 
  • AICP certification, experience in coastal development planning, and experience in architectural/design review is also preferred. 

Please apply at our Careers page at www.rinconconsultants.com

Senior Environmental Planner/Scientist-Transportation Focus | Rincon Consultants
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA | Oakland, CA
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular

 

Rincon Consultants, Inc. is a highly qualified professional consulting firm comprised of environmental scientists, geologists, biologists, planners, soil scientists, wetland scientists, GIS professionals, architectural historians, LEED accredited professionals, and visual information specialists. We provide a wide range of services in environmental impact assessment, urban planning, soil and groundwater assessment & remediation, and biological & cultural resources, focusing on California's unique and challenging regulatory and policy environment.

Recognized as a 'Best Places to Work' in 2015, we invest in our employees through competitive salaries, benefits and incentive programs designed to further the professional development of each employee in line with the firm's business goals and needs.

We have an immediate opening and excellent professional growth opportunity for a Senior Environmental Planner/Scientist-Transportation Focus to join our team in our Oakland or Los Angeles Office. 

Senior Environmental Planner/Scientist – Transportation Focus

Rincon Consultants is seeking a Senior Planner/Environmental Scientist with experience in transportation (roadway, transit, rail) projects. The Senior Planner will be responsible for conducting and overseeing research, field work, impact analysis, report preparation, and business development related to CEQA/NEPA and related technical studies. The Senior Planner will:

  • Write and manage the preparation of complex CEQA/NEPA documents for roadway, transit, and rail projects
  • Engage with urban design teams providing environmental planning and review for TOD or other multi-modal projects
  • Oversee and train junior staff on CEQA/NEPA and other planning/environmental requirements
  • Interface with clients and make public presentations to agency decision-making bodies
  • Perform agency consultation and ensure environmental regulatory compliance
  • Perform various business development functions, including proposal preparation and active involvement in transportation-related planning/environmental organizations
  • Demonstrate confidence in decision-making and be recognized by clients and peers as having expertise in CEQA/NEPA and related technical areas

Experience and Skills

  • BS/BA Degree in applicable field and 10 years of increasingly responsible experience required
  • Advanced Degree (Masters/PhD) preferred
  • Experience in a private environmental consulting firm preferred
  • Experience working with and/or for Metro, Caltrans, FTA, FHWA and/or local or a regional transportation/transit agency preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to lead a large multi-disciplinary team
  • Excellent organization, schedule and budget management skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite Applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project)

Please apply at our Careers page at www.rinconconsultants.com

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