Planner III-Environmental Review

Appointment Type: Temporary Exempt (TEX)
This is a Temporary Exempt (TEX) position and it is excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section 10.104 and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.

This position is being filled as TEX due to lack of an available eligible list from which a Permanent (PCS) appointment can be made. A 5298 Planner III – Environmental Review Civil Service examination is currently in development and will be administered within the next several months in order to produce an eligible list. It is the intent of the Planning Department to fill this position as Permanent when the eligible list is available. The candidate selected for this TEX position must participate and be successful in the 5298 Planner III – Environmental Review examination and then selected through an open competitive process in order to be considered for Permanent appointment.

Introduction
The San Francisco Planning Department has openings for a 5298 Planner III – Environmental Review to work on environmental review work in our Environmental Planning Division.

San Francisco Planning Department (CPC). The San Francisco Planning Department plays a central role in guiding the growth and development in our City. The Department works with other City agencies and the community to help achieve great planning for a great city.

Our mission, under the direction of the Planning Commission, shapes the future of San Francisco and region by: generating an extraordinary vision for the General Plan and in neighborhood plans; fostering exemplary design through planning controls; improving our surroundings through environmental analysis; preserving our unique heritage; encouraging a broad range of housing and a diverse job base; and enforcing the Planning Code.

The Department serves a broad range of constituents, including the citizens of San Francisco, community organizations, elected and appointed policymakers, builders, architects, property owners, tenants, and advocacy groups. All rely on the City’s General Plan and the Planning Code to achieve the City’s development goals.

Environmental Planning Division. Staff in the Environmental Planning Division review projects for potential environmental impacts on the City of San Francisco and its residents, a process known as environmental review. Reviews are conducted pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) as well as Chapter 31 of the San Francisco Administrative Code, which provides guidelines for implementing the CEQA process.

For more information about CPC, visit http://sf-planning.org.

This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic, inter-disciplinary, and innovative department and share in our vision to make San Francisco the worlds’ most livable urban place – environmentally, economically, socially and culturally.

Position Information
Under direction, the Planner III – Environmental Review performs difficult and complex environmental review work pursuant to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and participates in all phases of environmental review.

The essential duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Reviewing and directing the work of consultants and/or other internal staff in the preparation of various environmental impact documents, including Exemptions, Negative Declarations, and Environmental Impact Reports according to CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) and other applicable laws; maintains project schedules while meeting requirements for adequate review;
  • Analyzing, evaluating and preparing reports and environmental impact documents on complex projects, in coordination with Current and Citywide planner staff, related to General Plan policy, area plans, project plans, land use, housing programs and other development proposals requiring analysis of impacts related to technical issues such as preservation and transportation planning, air quality, geology and seismology, wind, shadow and hazardous waste contamination;
  • Keeping abreast of current case law and applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.; coordinating with the City Attorney’s Office for legal advice;
  • Interpreting and explaining legal, technical and procedural aspects of environmental review to the public, boards and commissions (potentially in controversial situations or under a high-level of public interest); prepares technical reports and correspondence;
  • Performing other project management duties related to the preparation of environmental documents, including preliminary conferences, public interaction, intra and inter-agency coordination, meetings with consulting specialists and presentation of reports to the Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors and other agencies;
  • Exercising understanding of planning code requirements and other permitting processes, in order to effectively share responsibility of staffing the Planning Information Counter;
  • Coordinating specific administrative functions related to case intakes, case tracking, and collections of appropriate fees;
  • Coordinating specific areas of technical functions of the environmental review process (or the Environmental Planning division’s responsibilities), such as air quality functions, archaeology functions, preservation, etc.

Planner IIIs may be required to attend meetings or participate in work-related activities outside of normal working hours (evenings and weekends) in various community locations. Some positions may require possession of a valid driver license, or may require specialized experience in order to perform department specific planning duties.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university AND four (4) years (8000 hours) of verifiable full-time equivalent experience either:
A. performing environmental review functions OR
B. in a city/regional/urban planning environment preparing documents for entities such as California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), California Department of Fish and Game, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Regional Water Quality Control Board, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

OR

2. Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in city/regional/urban planning, environmental studies, architecture, law, earth sciences, geography, economics, landscape architecture, civil engineering, urban studies or public administration AND two (2) years (4000 hours) of verifiable full-time equivalent experience either:
A. performing environmental review functions OR
B. in a city/regional/urban planning environment preparing documents for entities such as California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), California Department of Fish and Game, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Regional Water Quality Control Board, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Desirable Qualifications
The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

  • At least two (2) full years of progressively responsible work experience as a manager/author of CEQA or NEPA documents (primarily EIRs and Negative Declarations, or federal equivalents), where the applicant’s principal full time work assignment was as a project coordinator or manager responsible for preparation and completion of environmental review documents.
  • Extensive experience in: applying requirements of CEQA and local procedures regarding CEQA; Chapter 31 of the San Francisco Administrative Code; making public presentations; interacting with members of public, governmental officials, professional and technical specialists, project sponsors, other agency representatives, etc.

Note: Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

HOW TO APPLY:
Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process.
Visit https://www.jobaps.com/SF/sup/BulPreview.asp?R1=TEX&R2=5298&R3=082325 to view the job listing and to begin the application process.

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