Pajaro Dunes Associations – Community Affairs Consultant

BACKGROUND: The Community Affairs Committee comprises members from both the Pajaro Dunes North Association and Pajaro Dunes Association (south).  The Committee’s charge is to monitor governmental actions, particularly at the local level, that affect Pajaro Dunes, take or recommend action on public issues where appropriate, and sponsor activities that build community within Pajaro Dunes and with its neighbors.

Areas of specific interest or concentration include but are not limited to maintenance and flooding of access roads, periodic breaching of sandbar on the Pajaro River, fire prevention and protection, maintenance of sea walls, regulations impacting future repair and/or replacement of structures, mosquito abatement, and water/sewer services.

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City of Big Bear Lake – Planning Director

An outstanding executive career opportunity awaits a talented planning professional in one of the nation’s premiere resort communities. The City of Big Bear Lake is four-season resort community located a short distance from the Los Angeles Metropolitan area and attracts a large number of visitors from Southern California and beyond. Serving a full-time population of just over 5,000 residents, the City covers an area of approximately 6.95 square miles on Big Bear Lake’s south shore.

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Town of Yountville – Planning Manager

The Town of Yountville seeks an energetic, enthusiastic and hard working local government professional to provide professional level management and administrative support to our Planning and Buliding Department.  Yountville has a lean organizational structure and our employees exhibit a “can do” attitude while taking a “hands on” approach to deliver a high level of services to our 3,000 residents, visitors and business community.

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County of Ventura – Planning Director for Resource Management Agency

The County of Ventura offers an attractive compensation and benefits package.  Aside from our salary of approximately $129,348 to $181,106 an employee within this position will also be eligible for the following:

  • Educational Incentive – An educational incentive of 2.5% for completion of an associate’s degree, 3.5% for completion of a bachelor’s degree, OR 5% for completion of a graduate’s degree.
  • Executive Administrative Leave – The candidate selected for this position will earn 248 hours per year, increasing to 288 hours after 5 years of service, to 328 hours after 10 years of service, and to 368 hours after 15 years of service or other public service.
  • Annual Leave Redemption – The ability to “cash in” or redeem up to 100 hours of Annual Leave per year after using 80 hours.
  • Deferred Compensation – Eligible to participate in the County’s 401(k) Shared Savings Plan and/or the Section 457 Plan. This position is eligible for up to a 3% match on your 401(k) contributions.
  • Health Plans – You are afforded a flexible credit allowance of up to $11,622 annually for purchasing medical, dental, and/or vision insurance from a group of authorized plans.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts – Employees may also participate in the Flexible Spending Accounts which increase their spending power by reimbursing them with pre-tax dollars for IRS approved dependent care and health care expenses.
  • Pension Plan – Both the County and you contribute to the County’s Retirement Plan and to Social Security.  If you are eligible, you may establish reciprocity with other public retirement systems such as PERS.
  • Holidays – 10 paid days per year which includes a scheduled floating holiday.

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City of Palo Alto – Assistant Director – Planning & Community Environment

Recognized as the global leader in cutting-edge technology, medicine and green innovation, Palo Alto (pop. 70,000) is the birthplace of the Silicon Valley. The city’s creative economy causes the population to double during the daytime as the community is home to Stanford University as well as approximately 100,000 jobs. Supported by more than 30 team members, the Planning & Community Environment Department currently encompasses Long Range Planning, Current Planning, Historic Preservation, and Code Enforcement. In the coming months, the City’s Development Services functions will be restructured into a new division within the Department.

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County of Sonoma – Permit Technician I & II

Permit Sonoma is seeking candidates with permitting experience and:

  • Proven customer service skills, with the aptitude and patience for collaborating with a wide variety of clients
  • The ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships
  • A high degree of attention to detail
  • The ability to effectively manage competing priorities, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced work environment

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City of Ventura – Community Development Director

Considered one of the most livable and desirable communities in the nation, the City of Ventura (pop. 111,790) sits in California’s Gold Coast region slightly north of Los Angeles County. A spectacular coastline and incredible climate are just two reasons why media have referred to the community as “the off-ramp to paradise” and identified it as one of the best cities in Southern California in which to live. The Community Development Department is supported by a staff of 42 FTE and a FY2018-19 budget of $11.5M.

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SF Bay Conservation & Development Commission – Environmental Scientist/Coastal Planner

The award-winning San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) is a State of California government agency located in the City of San Francisco with regulatory and planning responsibilities over San Francisco Bay, the Suisun Marsh, salt ponds, and along the Bay Area’s nine-county shoreline. BCDC is guided in its actions by state and federal laws, policies, and regulations including: the McAteer-Petris Act, Suisun Marsh Preservation Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, San Francisco Bay Plan, Suisun Marsh Protection Plan and various special area plans.

The Position

We are seeking a passionate and skilled individual with experience in coastal adaptation research and planning to join BCDC’s Planning Unit, primarily contributing to our Adapting to Rising Tides (ART) Program.  The Environmental Scientist will perform complex and specialized environmental and natural resource analysis, policy analysis, technical research, and studies involving vulnerability assessments and adaptation planning for resilience of shoreline development and natural areas to rising sea level, ecosystem management and restoration, Bay filling and dredging, resource conservation, and public use and enjoyment of the Bay as staff to the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.

Essential Job Functions

  • Technical Research and Evaluation:  apply scientific methods to identify, analyze and find solutions for problems in areas of vulnerability assessments, climate adaptation planning, and environmental planning; evaluate data to assess impacts of sea level rise; research and develop innovative programs to address emerging problems related to sea level rise; develop technical tools and trainings for staff and partners, and analyze complex policy, assessments, plans, and programs relating to sea level rise.
  • Plan and Policy Development: work on collaborative stakeholder processes to integrate multiple interests into planning studies and recommendations; prepare written summaries and make oral presentations; coordinate with staff, other agencies and organizations, and experts in the field to develop planning and policy documents; work closely with local, state, and federal agencies on best available science related to coastal and climate change issues; represent BCDC to broad audiences, and review local, state, and federal plans and programs for incorporation into BCDC’s work.
  • Technical and Scientific Communication and Community Engagement: develop communication, engagement, and outreach materials that effectively communicate complex scientific topics; travel to various locations in the Bay Area and/or Sacramento area to meet with and present to stakeholder groups.
  • General:  participate in various BCDC staff programs, staff meetings, and projects; act as a lead person or project manager (as needed) directing the work of other staff or interns.

The Candidate

The candidate should be an effective and analytical problem solver with excellent writing and public speaking skills and the capacity to become a strong facilitator and negotiator. The person should be dedicated, mature, collaborative, and independent. The candidate should be able to manage complex projects. The person should have knowledge of California land use and environmental law, be familiar with relevant trends in coastal and land use planning and policy and possess a background in or familiarity with resource conservation, urban and natural resource project design, and the social, natural and political sciences. Lastly, the candidate should appreciate BCDC’s mandate to balance conservation and development of the Bay’s diverse resources.

Employment Term. Full-time, 12 months Limited-term with the possibility of extension to 24 months or becoming permanent.

Salary and Benefits.

Environmental Scientist, Range A: $3,668 to $4,541
Environmental Scientist, Range B: $4,457 to $5,530
Environmental Scientist, Range C: $5,641 to $7,013

Benefits include paid vacation/sick leave or annual leave; public transit subsidy; 11 paid holidays each calendar year; health, dental, and vision benefits; and deferred compensation and retirement benefit programs.


Candidates must be eligible for appointment to the California civil service classification of Environmental Scientist (ES). Current State employees or former State employees with transfer or reinstatement rights at the ES level may apply. To be eligible for transfer or reinstatement, applicants must meet the minimum qualifications of the ES classification. Appointment is subject to the State Restriction of Appointment (SROA) provisions. Applicants must clearly indicate the basis of their eligibility, including SROA, surplus, transfer, reinstatement status, or list eligibility in the Examination or Job Title section on the State Application Form 678. If you are not a current or past State employee and have not successfully participated in an appropriate civil service examination, you cannot be considered for this position. For more information on the State hiring process, please visit the Cal Human Resources.

Environmental Scientist

Adapting to Rising Tides Program
Full‐Time, 12‐Month Limited‐Term Position
(with the possibility of extension or becoming permanent)


All applicants must submit a standard State of California application form (STD 678) (, a resume, one writing sample (5 pages or less), and a minimum of three professional references. Identify the Job Title section of the Application: Environmental Scientist (BCDC).  Please submit your application and materials to:

Human Resources Office
CA Coastal Commission
45 Fremont Street, Suite 1930
San Francisco, California 94105-2219
(415) 904-5430 or toll free (866) 831-2540

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Applications will be screened and the most qualified candidates interviewed.  Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.

Special Interview Arrangements

If you have a disability and/or need specific arrangements for interviews, please mark the box in Item 2 of the Job Application. We will contact you to make specific arrangements. Assistance for the hearing impaired on job-related matters is available by phone (711).

For More Information

See BCDC website or contact Dana Brechwald, Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisory) at (415) 352-3656 or

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.