• by Santa Clara Valley Water District
  • Nov 20, 2020

Job Location

San Jose, Ca

Application Deadline


How to Apply

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The Associate Environmental Planner provides key environmental planning and regulatory permitting support for large, water infrastructure projects. This is a journey level environmental planning position that will focus on assisting project teams in the planning, design, and construction phases. Typical duties will include tasks and activities to comply with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements, as well as natural resource agency regulatory compliance.

This position will directly support fast-paced teams working on the Anderson Dam Seismic Retrofit Project (ADSRP), a complete dam rebuild that will bring the dam into compliance with today’s seismic standards. For more information about ADSRP:

This position will also support environmental aspects associated with implementation of project activities required to respond to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission directives, including the Anderson Dam tunnel, reservoir rim stability improvements, reopening of the historical Coyote Creek channel, Cross Valley Pipeline extension, Coyote Percolation Dam replacement, and Coyote Creek flood management measures.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Oversee and carry out the appropriate CEQA process.
Develop project descriptions, evaluate potential impacts, and identify appropriate alternatives and mitigation measures.
Communicate with internal staff and external parties on input and questions pertaining to environmental aspects of projects or activities.
Identify the need for permits issued by environmental regulators and complete required documentation affiliated with permits.
Support environmental compliance monitoring of project activities.
Perform a variety of professional duties relative to assigned area of responsibility.

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:

At least five (5) years’ experience working in a public agency or consulting firm in the areas of environmental planning, land use, or related experience involving the evaluation of impacts from public works or capital projects.
Preparation of CEQA and NEPA documents on a complex water infrastructure project.
Successful regulatory permit negotiation and acquisition on complex water infrastructure projects.

Ideal Skills and Abilities:

Strong organizational, written, and verbal communication skills.
Interpret and apply federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.
Assess, mitigate, monitor, and report environmental elements and impacts; evaluate thresholds of significance.
Research and evaluate studies, reports, papers, and related literature used in the field of environmental planning.
Set priorities and exercise sound independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
Public speaking and presentation skills.

Ideal Knowledge:

Working knowledge of the CEQA and NEPA processes as it relates to the planning, design and construction of a water infrastructure project.
Methods and techniques of scientific research, analysis, and reporting used in the field of environmental planning.
Methods and techniques of environmental impact assessment, mitigation, monitoring, and reporting.
Principles and practices of project management, including planning, organizing, scheduling, and controlling budget.
Federal, state and regional permitting regulations, laws, processes, and practices applied in environmental planning and natural resource management, including but not limited to: Federal and California Endangered Species Acts, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, and California Fish and Game Code.
Specialist in one or more key aspects of environmental planning and analysis, such as: air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, geology and soils, hydrology and water quality, noise and vibration, or traffic and transportation.

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, natural resources management, earth sciences.

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 reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.


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