Caltrans – Mitigation Specialist/Associate Environmental Planner (Natural Sciences)

Under the general direction of a Senior Environmental Planner, incumbent assess the impacts of the more complex transportation projects on biological and other resources and prepare documentation of the assessment for appropriate environmental approvals. This includes, but is not limited to, mitigation measures and permits in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other state and federal laws.

Develop assessment of future mitigation needs and partner with Project Management, Environmental, and Right of Way and Construction staff to identify, investigate, and assist in pursuing acquisition of mitigation properties for upcoming projects. Analyze potential corridor approaches to mitigation for multi­ species solutions.

Monitor designated mitigation areas, as identified in CEQA/NEPA documents and regulatory permits for agency compliance.  Complete annual reports as required by agency permits.  Prepare mitigation and habitat monitoring plans as required by state and federal agencies.  Negotiate project impact issues with state and federal agencies including, but not limited to, California Department of Fish & Game, Regional Water Quality Control Boards, US Fish & Wildlife Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, National Marine Fisheries Service and US Environmental Protection Agency.

Conduct field reviews to quantify the impacts of transportation projects on biological resources, including wetlands and other aquatic resources, fisheries and endangered flora and fauna and their habitats.

Identify mitigation that is commensurate with project impacts. The determination of commensurate mitigation shall be made in consultation with the project development team and regulatory/resource agencies.

Prepare task orders for biological services to be performed by a consultant and provide oversight to the consultant’s efforts. Prepare Collective and Cooperative Agreements with agencies and provide contract oversight for compliance.

Maintain an organized biological project file, upload biological reports and resource agency approvals to the Caltrans Environmental Division’s database (STEVE Tool), and provide regular project updates to the STEVE Tool database. Provide technical guidance to other biology staff as needed.

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