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Santa Barbara Air Pollution Control District | Air Quality Specialist I

Organization: Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District

Position: Air Quality Specialist I

  • Position Description: The Air Quality Specialist I is the entry and training level class of the series. Incumbents work under immediate supervision and may perform routine tasks in land use and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review, air quality and transportation planning, emissions inventory, and air quality and meteorological forecasting, assistance in implementation of special projects, including grant and incentive projects, and education and outreach.  Complexity of tasks increase over time as the incumbents become familiar with District rules and develop a working knowledge of local, state, and federal laws governing air pollution. The Air Quality Specialist II is the fully experienced journey-level class of the series. Incumbents work under general supervision while performing the more difficult and complex assignments requiring an in-depth working knowledge of District rules and the regulatory framework of air pollution control at both the state and federal level. The Air Quality Specialist III is the advanced journey-level class in the series; works with minimal supervision and may either be a lead worker or supervise a project providing guidance and oversight to other professional staff.

  • The Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable of State and Federal regulations governing air quality control, CEQA requirements, principles and practices used in transportation and air quality planning, as well as statistical methods and mathematical concepts used in environmental and air quality planning.  The ideal candidate will have an understanding of relationships between transportation planning, physical designs, demographic, environmental, and socio-economic variables and air quality goals as well as underlying principles of complex processes in physics, chemistry, natural sciences, and meteorology as they relate to air pollution control and analysis.  The candidate will possess and demonstrate sound judgment when dealing with the public, grant applicants, the regulated community and other agencies. Additionally, the candidate will be a skilled communicator, capable of interpreting and articulating technical information and requirements of APCD rules, the Health and Safety code, and California and Federal Clean Air Acts.  Knowledge and/or previous experience working with specialized programs and applications for air quality planning, emissions measurement, grant and incentive programs, and assessing atmospheric conditions is highly desired.

  • How to Apply: Visit ourair.org/employment-opportunity. Interested individuals must submit all application materials no later than 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 29, 2018.

Assistant Land Use Planner | Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has an opportunity for an Assistant Land Use Planner to be based in our Santa Barbara, California office.  This individual will be mentored and trained by two Senior Land Use Planners in addition to working with many land use, real estate, and natural resources attorneys.

The Planner will work as independently as possible on various tasks, ranging from assisting private property owners through the application and permitting process at various local, state, and federal agencies; providing due diligence analysis and advice to potential buyers of property; and assisting in litigation related to land use entitlements and the California Environmental Quality Act. The firm represents a number of public agency clients, which provides the Planner with the responsibility of assisting in preparation of environmental analyses, staff reports, findings, and conditions of approval.  The projects vary in location from within Santa Barbara County and throughout California.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Assist clients during agency review of development applications;

  • Analysis of applicable federal, state, and local policies, ordinances, specific plans, general plans, permits, conditions of approval, and state and federal regulations;

  • Coordination with experts on various environmental topics associated with land development and environmental review;

  • Abstract information from aerial photographs, subdivision maps, census reports, planning and building permits, etc., for analysis in planning studies;

  • Analyze geographic information systems data and creates maps;

  • Assist  in the preparation of plans, maps, graphs and other visual aids;

  • Participate in field inspections to gather data relevant to planning projects and the development review process;

  • Analyze and comment on documents such as staff reports and environmental documents prepared to comply with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) such as Exemptions, Negative Declarations, or Environmental Impact Reports;

  • Conduct in-depth property specific research including the review of deeds and other legal documents;

  • Assist with outreach to community groups, government agencies, developers and the public;

  • Perform related duties as required.

  The successful candidate will have knowledge of the following:

  • Research and data collection methods;

  • Principles and practices of planning and zoning administration

  • State and local laws and regulations associated with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Water Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Coastal Act, Williamson Act, and Endangered Species Act;

  • Relationship of land use planning to the requirements of other local government departments such as Fire Department and Environmental Health;

  • Principles of effective internal and external client service;

  • Effective writing and presentation techniques;

  • Statistics and math applicable to planning and property development;

  • Common computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, internet, and geographic information systems.

  The successful candidate will have the ability to:

  • Learn the principles, concepts and techniques related to planning and zoning administration;

  • Learn to review project descriptions, plans or field conditions and apply policy and code provisions to determine conformance;

  • Interpret the zoning ordinance and other policy documents;

  • Collect and analyze data;

  • Prepare clear and concise reports and other communications;

  • Communicate rules and procedures tactfully and effectively;

  • Work on several projects or issues simultaneously;

  • Work independently or in a team environment;

  • Build relationships and work respectfully, tactfully and creatively with clients, the public, agencies and staff.


Please send cover letter & resume to Colleen Wheeler, Staff Recruiting Manager, via email at cwheeler@bhfs.com.

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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