City of San Jose – Environmental Services Specialist (Environmental Planner)

The San José Environmental Services Department (ESD) is responsible for the management of solid waste collection and recycling; watershed protection and pollution prevention; municipal drinking water and recycled water; community sustainability initiatives, and the operation and infrastructure improvements of the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility. ESD’s mission is to deliver world class utility services and programs to improve our health, environment, and economy.

Positions & Duties

ESD is comprised of a staff of over 550, boasting a diverse set of skills and specialties among our team. The department and its personnel demonstrate a strong commitment to teamwork, environmental protection, and building good partnerships. The employees of the City of San José have embraced the following values: Integrity, Innovation, Excellence, Collaboration, Respect and Celebration. ESD is seeking candidates who share these values and the vision of a place where people do great work and make a difference.

For more information about the Environmental Services Department, please visit @sjenvironment on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

Position and Duties

The Environmental Services Department (ESD) is recruiting to fill a vacancy in the Environmental Services Specialist (ESS) classification series for the Sustainability and Compliance Division (SCD). The position serves as an Environmental Planner for the Division’s Land Use and Planning Section (Section).

The Section seeks an Environmental Planner with skills and competencies to manage highly technical environmental permitting and regulatory requirements for the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility’s (Facility) Capital Improvement Program (CIP). This position must coordinate internally and externally with a diverse group of engineers, project managers, consultants, and regulators to deliver environmental components on critical Facility infrastructure repair and rehabilitation projects. This position requires a highly organized and motivated self-starter with strong collaboration and problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated track record of successfully managing multiple projects simultaneously. The candidate will need to transition swiftly and adapt to a steep learning curve.

Sustainability and Compliance Division

The department’s SCD brings together professional staff involved with establishing environmental policies and programs; implementing health, safety and compliance activities; advancing clean energy technology; and integrating green practices (our Green Vision) into City and community activities. SCD’s initiatives are implemented through six sections: Sustainability and Policy, Air Compliance, Land Use and Planning, Municipal Environmental Compliance, Environmental Health and Safety, and Wastewater Compliance.

Typical duties include but are not limited to:
◦Perform as an environmental team lead on various highly technical capital projects.
◦Coordinate regulatory compliance with the Lead Agency (City of San José Planning Department) for California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and other federal, state, and local laws, and monitoring implementation of environmental mitigation measures for CIP projects.
◦Facilitate, coordinate, and manage environmental permitting between project engineers, consultants, lead agency, and regulatory agencies. Permits may include U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Clean Water Act Section 404 Nationwide Permit, Regional Water Quality Control Board Clean Water Act Section 401 Certification, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Section 1600 Lake or Streambed Alteration Agreement, State Historic Preservation Officer Section 106 consultation, and San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission Regionwide Permit
◦Coordinate compliance with the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Plan, which often results in managing burrowing owl survey activities around the Facility.
◦Provide information and direction to project engineers and managers on the Plant Master Plan, CEQA, Historic Preservation, wetland conservation, biological permitting, and other Planning related information, requirements, policies, and guidelines.
◦Work with the Air Compliance Engineer and the Wastewater Compliance group to facilitate air permitting with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and compliance with the Facility’s National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permit.
◦Work with the Municipal Environmental Compliance group to facilitate hazardous soil and groundwater investigations for Capital projects.
◦Attend various highly technical engineering workshops associated with scoping, design, and construction of capital projects.
◦Perform field visits or inspections on active construction projects related to environmental mitigation measures and permit conditions.
◦Coordinate with the City’s tree arborist on City policies such as tree removals and mitigation requirements.
◦Assist managing consultant contract agreements for CEQA and permitting services, which includes managing tasks, completion times, budget, and maintaining a professional working relationship.
◦Provide or assistance in updating the Plant Master Plan and any affiliated studies.
◦Perform due diligence and compliance-related duties under independent judgment and initiative.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

Qualifications

Education: A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in urban or regional planning, environmental studies, geography, biology, environmental geology or a closely related field.

Experience:

Assistant Environmental Services Specialist: One (1) year of experience promoting and participating in the implementation and administration of an environmental services program in air quality, integrated waste management, biology, agriculture, energy, forestry or parks, habitat restoration, wastewater, water resources, archaeology, geology, resource conservation or any program emphasizing environmental sustainability or environmental regulatory compliance.

Associate Environmental Services Specialist: Two (2) years of increasingly responsible experience in promoting, developing and implementing environmental services program air quality, integrated waste management, biology, agriculture, energy, forestry or parks, habitat restoration, wastewater, water resources, archaeology, geology, resource conservation or any program emphasizing environmental sustainability or environmental regulatory compliance.

Environmental Services Specialist: Four (4) years of increasingly responsible experience in promoting, developing and implementing environmental services program air quality, integrated waste management, biology, agriculture, energy, forestry or parks, habitat restoration, wastewater, or water resources, archaeology, geology, resources conservation or any program emphasizing environmental sustainability or environmental regulatory compliance, including two (2) years of experience leading a team.

Acceptable Substitution for Environmental Services Specialist: A Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience in promoting, developing and implementing environmental services program air quality, integrated waste management, biology, agriculture, energy, forestry or parks, habitat restoration, wastewater, or water resources, archaeology, geology, resources conservation or any program emphasizing environmental sustainability or environmental regulatory compliance.

Employment Eligibility:  Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.

Job ID# 1801569
Closing Date: October 12, 2018
Salary Range: $62,628.80 – $97,240.00 Annually

The Job ID for this position is 1801569. To view the full job announcement and to apply for this position, please visit http://sanjoseca.gov/citycareers. If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Courtney Phommachack, Human Resources Analyst at (408) 975-1450 or via email at Courtney.phommachack@sanjoseca.gov.