SENIOR ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNER - Watersheds, Operations and Maintenance

Valley Water | San Jose, CA

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Posted Date 8/17/2020

Salary:  $10,060.27 - $12,883.87 Monthly

Are you looking to help shape the future of the streams and riparian resources within Santa Clara County? Valley Water is looking for a Senior Environmental Planner to help develop the next generation of its successful Stream Maintenance Program. Valley Water operates one of the largest stream maintenance programs in the state and is responsible for over 275 miles of stream corridor located throughout Santa Clara County. The selected candidate will be a leader in developing the next 10-20-year program serving Santa Clara County. The ideal candidate will have experience developing and evaluating large scale public works programs and projects. Experience in the preparation of CEQA analysis for complex projects is desired as well as experience in the preparation and negotiation of state and federal permits including 404, 401 1602 and Section 7.

This position is located in our Operations and Maintenance Environmental Support Unit and will work closely with a cross disciplinary team of ecological, engineering and construction staff to develop the third generation of our Stream Maintenance Program. The selected candidate will be a leader in program development as well as CEQA analysis and permitting of the program. The position will also oversee the ongoing mitigation and monitoring plan associated with the next ten-year phase of the program.

We are looking for a collaborative self-starter who can develop creative and durable solutions to the stream stewardship challenges confronting Valley Water in the coming decades. Is this you?

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Environmental support for complex Watershed operations and maintenance projects and programs (Primarily the Stream Maintenance Program).
  • QA/QC for CEQA analysis and permitting.
  • Program reporting and mitigation monitoring.
  • Environmental process support.
Ideal Candidate's Background Includes:
Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria listed below.

Ideal Experience:
  • Experience in working with State and Federal agencies for negotiating permits and permit compliance.
  • Experience with GIS and databases or similar tools for evaluating and communicating large scale data sets.
  • Experience in project management.
Ideal Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to lead, organize the work of staff.
  • Ability to work with different units and across all levels of staff in the organization.
  • Ability to prepare and present PowerPoint presentations to permitting agencies, board of directors and District staff on permits.
Ideal Knowledge:
  • Knowledge and experience working with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) / National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
  • Knowledge and familiarity with Construction and Maintenance practices.
Ideal Training and Education:
  • Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in environmental studies, environmental planning, city and regional planning, environmental science, natural resources management, geography, or a closely related field.
  • Seven (7) years of professional level environmental planning or related experience involving the evaluation of the impact of proposed public works or capital projects or facilities in the community and the environment.


Required License or Certificate


Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license. Individuals who do not meet the driver's license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.
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Selection Process


(1)   The selection process may include one or more of the following: application review, application assessment, performance exercise, written exercise and/or interview.
(2)   The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated based on the ideal candidate criteria listed above. Resumes are highly recommended.
NOTE: Position and start date is subject to availability of funds. Valley Water retains the right to repost this position as deemed necessary.
Consideration may be given to existing applicant pools within the same classification.

Valley Water's Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Policy is available for review upon request.

Valley Water will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please advise the Office of Talent and Inclusion in advance of any special needs by calling 1-408-630-2260.

Please be aware that once submitted all application materials become the property of Valley Water and will not be returned. The Office of Talent and Inclusion staff are not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.


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