Environmental Planner

Santa Clara County | San Jose, CA

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Posted Date 5/03/2019

$94,365.70 - $114,304.06

Under direction, an Environmental Planner III performs comprehensive environmental planning, analysis, and administrative duties for transportation projects and environmental compliance programs.

Distinguishing Characteristics
This is the advanced journey level in the Environmental Planning series. Positions at this level work independently on the largest and most complex projects directing, reviewing, and coordinating the work of assigned project staff, consultants, and representatives of other public agencies in multi-disciplinary teams. Incumbents conduct environmental analyses of transportation projects and programs with minimal supervision and are expected to be conversant in and achieve compliance with relevant environmental laws, regulations, and guidelines.

Positions at this level require the use of initiative and judgment in resolving problems and recommending effective courses of action. This classification is distinguished from the Environmental Planner II classification in that positions in this class may act in a lead capacity over the work of lower level staff and consultants.

Classification Bargaining Unit: SEIU


Essential Job Functions

Typical Tasks

  • Implements federal, state, and local agency environmental laws, regulations, and guidelines relating to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA);
  • Reviews development proposals received from cities/regional agencies and coordinates with various VTA divisions to prepare official VTA recommendations on development conditions and mitigation measures for said proposals;
  • Tracks compliance with permit requirements or other regulatory agency conditions for projects;
  • Plans, coordinates, reviews, directs, and oversees the work of multi-disciplinary professional and technical staff and/or consultants conducting complex and comprehensive environmental studies;
  • Assists in the administration of VTA's Storm Water Management and Sustainability Programs;
  • Assists in the development of policies, procedures, and projects that advance sustainability for VTA facilities and assets;
  • Assists with the preparation of CEQA and NEPA environmental documents for large and complex planning, design, and construction projects and maintenance and operation of facilities;
  • Acts as an advisor on environmental matters to VTA staff;
  • Writes, organizes, prepares, reviews, and processes environmental documents, monitoring and reporting plans, complex technical reports, responses, and position statements for a variety of projects, including large and complex transportation-related projects and plans;
  • Prepares mitigation monitoring and reporting plans/environmental commitment records;
  • Reviews construction plans and specifications to ensure that environmental commitments are incorporated into contract documents;
  • Tracks and documents compliance with project environmental commitments prior to, during, and following construction;
  • Develops and manages environmental scopes of work, contracts, budgets, and schedules for capital projects;
  • Assists with negotiating large-scale, high dollar-value consultant contracts;
  • Oversees the work products of consultant staff, including quality control;
  • Identifies and prepares necessary applications and acquires permits and authorizations from government agencies;
  • Coordinates, organizes, and presents environmental matters before governing bodies, inter-agency committees, and public meetings;
  • Performs related duties as required.


Minimum Qualifications

Employment Standards
Sufficient training, education, and experience to demonstrate possession of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Development of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is typically obtained through a combination of training and experience equivalent to a graduation from an accredited college or university with a four-year degree in environmental studies, natural or physical science, transportation or urban planning, or a related field, and four (4) years of increasingly responsible experience in environmental planning, including preparing and processing environmental documents for compliance with federal, state, and local environmental laws, regulations, and guidelines; managing related environmental compliance and mitigation programs; and reviewing environmental documents and development applications for project impact on transportation systems and/or facilities. (A Masters Degree in transportation or urban planning or related discipline may be substituted for one year of the required experience).

Supplemental Information

Knowledge of:

  • CEQA and NEPA and associated environmental regulations as applicable to transportation projects;
  • Methods of environmental assessment and mitigation;
  • Technical aspects of environmental analysis and planning;
  • General understanding of storm water laws and regulations;
  • Regulatory agency permitting processes;
  • Processes for cultural resources consultation;
  • Land development regulations and procedures;
  • Principles and practices of urban and transportation planning;
  • Methods of sustainable business practices;
  • Operation of common office equipment including personal computers and common software applications;
  • Methods of collaborative problem solving.

Ability to:

  • Effectively plan, organize, and oversee major projects and programs;
  • Successfully manage and complete multiple projects concurrently;
  • Effectively lead, train, and direct lower level staff and consultants;
  • Communicate complex information and strategies, both orally and in writing, to both technical and non-technical audiences;
  • Interpret maps, engineering drawings, and technical reports;
  • Establish procedures, standards, schedules, and priorities;
  • Effectively coordinate problem-solving efforts and resolve issues with planning, design engineering, construction, and facilities personnel, as well as consultants, contractors, and regulatory agencies;
  • Prepare, review, and evaluate technical reports and documents for accuracy, project-specific and programmatic applicability, legal sufficiency, and consistency with VTA policies and the policies of our partner agencies;
  • Develop and maintain cooperative-working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including professional, governmental, and community officials.

General Instructions

Please read this entire job announcement before applying for the position. Print and keep a copy of this announcement so that you can refer to it. Questions not answered within this job announcement may be sent to personnel@vta.org.
To ensure consideration, completed applications must be submitted online to the Human Resources department by the stated closing time and date posted. When the stated closing date is "continuous," apply immediately; the position may close without notice.
You will receive an immediate email confirming receipt of your submitted application. If you do not receive this email, contact NEOGOV's Applicant Assistance Line at (855) 524-5627 between 8:00AM to 5:00PM (PST) Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
Only on-line applications will be accepted for this recruitment (paper applications or resumes will not be accepted). Job Interest Notification Cards, or copies of previous, partial, or un-submitted applications, are not an acceptable substitute to a completed application.
ALL APPLICATION AND TESTING NOTIFICATIONS WILL BE SENT BY E-MAIL. Applicants should select e-mail as the preferred method of notification. Candidates must maintain an up-to-date, valid and reliable e-mail address. Candidates are also responsible for maintaining up-to-date phone numbers and addresses on their on-line account. Due to the number of applications received, candidates must check their application status through their on-line account. Contact NeoGov for assistance if needed.
Information on how to apply for jobs at the VTA is available on the VTA Employment website and from the NEOGOV's Applicant Assistance Line (855) 524-5627. NeoGov Applicant support is available from 8:00AM to 5:00PM (PST) Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
Americans with Disabilities Act Accommodations
The Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the recruitment/examination process to accommodate applicants with disabilities.  If you wish to request an accommodation, please click here(Download PDF reader).
Application Processing Information

All related current and past work experience (including VTA experience) must be listed and fully described in the Work Experience section of the application ("See Resume" is not acceptable). Incomplete or improperly completed online applications may be rejected even if you are qualified for the position for which you are applying. It is your responsibility to ensure that the online application reflects the work experience and education needed to meet the requirements for the position you are applying for. Although your resume may have all your experience and education details, please make sure to complete each section of the online application to ensure that your information is accurately captured during our screening process.

Important: Proof of Education, either as a copy of a diploma or transcript, is required to verify all educational units listed on your application. Official transcripts are not necessary. Copies of diplomas, degrees, transcripts, or foreign transcript evaluations must be attached to the submitted application as a pdf.

Note: Failure to provide all of the required documents in the appropriate format (pdf ONLY), and properly labeled as shown in the example (for example: Smith_J BS Diploma), will result in the application being rejected as incomplete. No exceptions will be made.

Note: Applicants holding degrees or credentials from outside the United States who are using these qualifications exclusively to qualify for a position are required to provide a foreign transcript evaluation as a pdf and properly labeled as shown above. Failure to provide a foreign transcript evaluation will result in the application being rejected as incomplete. No exceptions will be made.

All applications are subject to review as to meeting minimum qualifications at any point in the recruitment process. Passing any step is no guarantee of continuation if it is determined that the applicant does not meet the minimum qualifications as stated in the class specification.

Candidates found to have exaggerated/falsified their qualifications, experience, training, and/or education may be disqualified at any point in the recruitment process and may be denied future employment with the VTA.

If selected for the position, candidates will be required to complete a criminal conviction disclosure form. Candidates who successfully become VTA employees, and fail to disclose any of the criminal background information as required may be subject to discipline up to and including discharge.

Eligible Lists typically remain in effect for six (6) months. However, Human Resources may abolish Eligible Lists at any time during the six (6) month period. Human Resources may extend eligible Lists for up to two (2) years. Eligible Lists may be used for more than one recruitment. If you have questions related to an Eligible List you might be on or were on, you should contact Human Resources.

If you have questions regarding your status as an applicant for this position, please call the Human Resources Department at (408) 321-5575 or email at Personnel@vta.org. 


Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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