Senior Environmental Planner - TL
|Job at a Glance|
|Job Category||Environmental and Natural Resources Planning|
|Job Level||Senior (8-10 years)|
Under general direction, performs a variety of senior professional level environmental planning functions and analysis in assigned functional areas, manages and ensures environmental compliance for Sound Transit projects related to environmental impact studies and permitting; ensures compliance with all federal, state and local environmental regulations, local critical areas ordinances and other related regulations; manages preparation of complex and controversial environmental documents and obtains environmental approvals; maintains effective working relationships with other agencies and Sound Transit partners including the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), and Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and local jurisdictions; provides strategic advice to project managers on environmental compliance issues; manages the environmental permitting process and coordinates directly with permitting authorities; and ensures compliance and implementation of environmental mitigation measures and permit commitments by other departments and third parties. Mentors environmental planning staff.
Note: A primary responsibility of this role is managing the Long Range Plan Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement as well as other duties as assigned.
Note: This is a Term Limited position until approximately 2016
Education and Experience:
Bachelors Degree in environmental studies, urban planning, environmental science, biology, or closely related field, a Masters degree is highly desirable. Six years of experience in area of assignment which includes managing or overseeing environmental review process, environmental impact studies, natural resource permitting, and endangered species compliance, preferably in the transit industry and/or in public sector agencies; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Required Licenses or Certifications:
Possession of a valid Washington State Drivers License.
Preferred: Masters’ degree in area of assignment
Required Knowledge of:
• Environmental and land use laws and regulations and practices related to compliance.
• Environmental management and policy.
• Operations, services and activities of an environmental planning program.
• State and federal environmental laws, regulations, and industry practices, policies and procedures as they relate to environmental issues most relevant in transportation planning such as compliance with NEPA, SEPA, the Endangered Species Act, Section 4(f)/6(f), Section 106, and air quality conformity.
• Current trends and professional literature in the area of environmental planning.
• Biology as it relates to environmental impacts of wetlands, streams, and wildlife and mitigation strategies to address ecosystem impacts.
• Federal, state, and local transportation planning requirements.
• Environmental impact analysis methods and issues,
• Sustainability concepts, practices and policy issues as related to environmental planning.
• Project management techniques and principles.
• Principles and practices of governmental budget preparation and administration.
• Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.
• Principles and procedures of record keeping.
• English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
• Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and statistical databases.
Required Skill in:
• Utilizing personal computer software programs affecting assigned work and in compiling and preparing spreadsheets and reports.
• Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other department staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups and the general public.
• Applying principles and practices of state and federal environmental laws and regulations.
• Interpreting and applying state and federal environmental laws, regulations, and industry practices, policies and procedures as they relate to environmental issues.
• Communicating environmental and technical issues to the public in community outreach settings.
• Analyzing problems and identifying alternative solutions.
• Resolving a variety of environmental issues.
• Contract management and administration.
• Preparing and analyzing complex data and comprehensive reports.
• Responding to inquiries in effective oral and written communication.
• Researching, analyzing, and evaluating new service delivery methods and techniques.
• Applying project management techniques and principles.
• Working cooperatively with other departments, Agency officials, and outside agencies.
• Preparing and reviewing consultant scopes, budget and schedules.
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SALARY: $75,835.00 - $94,793.00 Annually
OPENING DATE: 08/07/13
CLOSING DATE: 08/23/13, 5:00 PM
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and value workplace diversity. We seek to create an environment and culture that embraces the differences of our employees. You will find an exceptionally diverse group of people at Sound Transit with regard to culture, beliefs, communication styles, and life and work experiences.
All qualified applicants are considered in accordance with applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, marital status or veteran status or any another legally protected status.