Environmental Planner: California

Updated: 7 months ago
Location: Lower Lake, CALIFORNIA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 22 May 2023

California Tahoe Conservancy
1061 3rd Street, South Lake Tahoe, California
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California Tahoe Conservancy Mission Statement The mission of the California Tahoe Conservancy is to lead California’s efforts to restore and enhance the extraordinary natural and recreational resources of the Lake Tahoe Basin. At the Conservancy, we know the importance of building an organization that is as diverse as the communities we serve. We believe in maintaining a workplace where employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and lived experiences can thrive. Working together, our team is positioned to improve the lives of all Californians. General Statement The Conservancy owns and manages nearly 4,700 parcels of land, totaling around 6,500 acres, for the purpose of protecting the natural environment and promoting public recreation and access to Lake Tahoe. The Conservancy has a proven track record of excellent land management for multiple benefits. Managing the Conservancy’s properties is a complex task. Most parcels are no larger than 1/3 of an acre and are scattered throughout developed areas. Under the supervision of the Land Management Program Supervisor, the Environmental Planner is expected to handle a full range of land management issues arising on Conservancy lands and lead activities to preserve, restore, and enhance the extraordinary natural and recreational resources of the Lake Tahoe Basin. The Essential and Marginal functions are performed pursuant to agency guidelines, applicable environmental and regulatory requirements, and Board direction. Job Functions [Essential (E) / Marginal (M) Functions]: 35% Resource Evaluation and Project Planning (E) • Lead the planning of urban lot restoration efforts including complex interdivisional projects involving encroachment resolution, structure demolition, water quality improvement, ecological restoration, and development right banking; • Review parcel history, title reports, deeds, acquisition data, and historical and biological resources to identify project opportunities and constraints; • Coordinate, facilitate, and provide technical assistance with agency partners on projects of mutual benefit; • Identify and recommend land survey needs to resolve encroachment and other resource issues; • Synthesize technical and scientific data to determine environmental impacts and recommend measures or alternatives as appropriate; and • Prepare, review and process environmental documents mandated by Federal and State laws and regulations (including CEQA) and, assess consequences to the environment of restoration alternatives and formulate environmental mitigation measures for these alternatives. 30% Project Implementation, Project Management, and Reporting (E) • Lead Environmental Improvement Program reporting and system improvements for the Land Management Program; • Perform direct and indirect oversight of contract staff responsible for land management activities; • Maintain project files and Tap Room (the agency’s online parcel data management system) records consistent with department reporting and audit requirements; • Assist in past project monitoring and adaptive management; • Administer contracts and agreements necessary to carryout land management activities; • Assist with project and annual permit renewals; • Assist with facilities management including inspections, maintenance, and contractor oversight; • Use field observations, monitoring reports, and other information to determine if project objectives were met and what maintenance needs exist; • Ensure project compliance with local regulations and environmental laws (including CEQA); • Lead the procurement of project materials and equipment, approve invoices, and manage related budget items; and • Assist with land transfers by performing inspections, resolving issues, and assisting with public outreach efforts. 30% Program Administration (E) • Represent Conservancy interests, programs, priorities, and polices in a professional manner consistent with agency direction; • Respond to inquiries from the public regarding policies for protecting and enhancing Conservancy resources; • Assist with the development and field oversight of license agreements or special use permits authorizing use of Conservancy lands; • Assist with program budget development and expenditure tracking; • Assist in the development of policy recommendations and implement program and agency wide management policies and strategic plans; • Participate in project tours, workshops, public, and interagency meetings regarding Conservancy interests; • Develop and refine scopes of work, and manage contracts directly or through Department of General Services; • Prepare staff recommendations and reports, consistent with guidelines, program objectives, and prior board actions as necessary; • Assist in the development of land management strategies; and • Perform public outreach efforts, such as speaking to community and school groups about Conservancy programs and projects. 5% Other (M) • Provide executive support, including development of presentations, maps, and public outreach programs intended to convey specific messages to various parties of interest; • Provide content for the Conservancy’s progress reports, website, newsletter, and other social media platforms as needed; • Assist with office administration and support activities, and coordination with Conservancy staff, consultants, contractors, and seasonal contract staff; and • Other duties as assigned Supervision Received The Environmental Planner reports directly to and receives the majority of assignments from the Land Management Program Supervisor; however, direction and assignments may also come from the Director of Lands, Deputy Director, and the Executive Director. Supervision Exercised None Required Skills This position requires minimal supervision and computer skills (Word and Excel); the ability to work independently and to communicate (verbal/ written) in a clear, concise, and accurate manner; the ability to reason logically and creatively to resolve problems; skill in communicating with others (Conservancy staff, agency partners, and public); willingness and ability to accept responsibility and meet deadlines; ability to manage multiple projects with multiple time frames and associated priorities; and the ability to represent Conservancy interests, programs, priorities, and polices in a professional manner consistent with agency direction. Attendance Must maintain regular and acceptable attendance at such level as is determined at the Conservancy’s sole discretion. Must be regularly available and willing to work the hours the Conservancy determines are necessary or desirable to meet its business needs. WORK ENVIRONMENT: Outdoor Work may include: • Inclement weather, which can mean rain, snow, flood events, extreme heat, fire, and smoke • Adverse conditions, such as working in active waterways, icy conditions • Traversing steep and uneven terrain • Use of specialized outdoor and technical equipment • Visiting construction zones • Remote work sites Physical conditions of the work may require the need to: • Stand/Walk for up to 8-10 hours a day • Sit for up to 8-10 hours a day • Work on a computer for up to 8-10 hours a day • Lift up to 50 lbs. • Use stairs PROJECT RELATED WORK: Developing and implementing projects includes a variety of outdoor activities that may include: • Marking property corners and flagging property boundaries • Marking and flagging various resources or monuments necessary for the project • Collecting field data and information Use of Equipment may be necessary for: • Critical and time sensitive activities • Demonstration purposes • Critical health and safety need PROGRAM RELATED WORK: • Perform office support related activities • Is sensitive to or understands the diverse perspectives of stakeholders and works with them to resolve differences • Assist with activities required for normal agency operations • Perform inspections at the Upper Truckee Marsh and other Conservancy properties MISCELLANEOUS: • May require the need to work holidays, nights or weekends • Drive safely in adverse conditions • Wearing appropriate safety gear Other Information The duties of this position are performed inside and outside. The employee’s workstation is located at 1061 3rd Street, South Lake Tahoe and is equipped with standard or ergonomic office equipment, as appropriate. Travel is required to attend meetings, training and project sites. This position is eligible for partial telework, subject to State and Conservancy law and guidelines governing telework. Requires prolonged sitting, use of telephone, personal computer and copier.
Application Instructions Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application. Final Filing Date: Until Filled Who May Apply Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply. Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s). How To Apply Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at www.CalCareers.ca.gov. When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below: Address for Mailing Application Packages You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to: CA Tahoe Conservancy Attn: Stefanie Melendez 1061 3rd Street South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 Address for Drop-Off Application Packages You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at: CA Tahoe Conservancy Stefanie Melendez 1061 3rd Street South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 Office hours Monday - Thursday 9:00-4:00. 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM Required Application Package Documents The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job: Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at www.CalCareers.ca.gov. All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position. Resume is required and must be included. Degree and/or School Transcripts Other - Application packages must include, State Application (Std.678), resume, and cover letter. To be considered for the first round of interviews, it is recommended to submit application packages by COB, Monday, May 22, 2023. Other - The Conservancy will be utilizing the CalTrans Environmental Planner exam for this recruitment. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.
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