Bay Area Air Quality Management District – Senior Environmental Planner

More information about this position is below.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District) is a regional government agency, committed to achieving clean air to protect the public’s health and the environment. The District accomplishes this goal through regulation of industrial facilities and various outreach and incentive programs designed to encourage clean air choices.

The Air District’s jurisdiction encompasses all of seven counties – Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Napa, and portions of two others – southwestern Solano and southern Sonoma.

The Air District is currently accepting applications for the position of Senior Environmental Planner in the Planning and Climate Protection Division. This is an open recruitment for one (1) full-time, represented position.

The Planning and Climate Protection Division analyzes sources of air pollution and greenhouse gases, prepares plans to meet air quality standards, and assists cities and counties with local air quality and climate programs including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Division staff develop and keep current CEQA tools and guidelines, work collaboratively with AB 617 designated communities to develop community emissions reductions programs, and coordinates the integration of climate protection into Air District air quality and health plans and programs.


Under direction, the Senior Environmental Planner performs professional environmental planning work, including conducting complex and specialized planning studies, research, and climate protection/air quality program activities; performs related work as assigned.


This is the advanced lead level in the professional planning series. Incumbents provide lead direction to environmental planners and perform highly specialized and difficult planning functions. Incumbents are assigned to design and implement programs that require considerable professional knowledge and the use of independent judgment. This class is distinguished from Principal Environmental Planner in that the latter has responsibility for creating projects and new programs, and handling the most difficult, sensitive, novel or critical projects.

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Lead and participate in the development and implementation of community-led action plans to reduce emissions in neighborhoods most disproportionately impacted by air pollution pursuant to AB 617.

Perform research, analyze issues, prepare reports and craft recommendations to reduce the impact of land use, transportation and regional development on local and regional air quality.

Lead and participate in the review of environmental impact assessments prepared pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by other agencies.

Interface with local, regional, state and federal agencies in developing and implementing air quality plans and programs to achieve air quality planning objectives.

Respond to inquiries from governmental officials, consultants, and the public related to air quality, CEQA and other environmental planning issues.

Monitor and evaluate local, state and federal legislation and other governmental actions relating to air quality management planning and determine potential impact on District regulation, policy and program.

Prepare and make presentations to Air District staff, Committees and Board of Directors, as well as members of the public, other stakeholders and community organizations.

Coordinate with staff from other divisions and agencies, meet with community organizations and other groups to encourage cooperative action and problem resolution.