County of San Luis Obispo Department of Public Works
Public Works ISF
6/22/2018 11:59 PM Pacific
About the Position
The County of San Luis Obispo Department of Public Works is looking for a motivated, dynamic, and enthusiastic entry-level professional to join its Environmental Programs Division. Make a difference in your community as part of the team who provides transportation safety, water, flood control, and wastewater services to residents of San Luis Obispo County! This Environmental Specialist I will become a part of a nine-member team conducting a wide range of environmental services for public infrastructure projects. Currently, professionals in the Division have specialized skills in the areas of planning, resource law, biology, botany, wetlands, regulatory permitting, archaeology, and restoration. The Division represents a full service environmental team, capable of processing complex State and federally funded projects entirely in house.
In addition to the duties identified in the class specification, this position:
• Performs environmental field surveys in the areas of geology, soils, hydrology, plant and wildlife ecology, and cultural resources, as qualified, in conformance with local, State and Federal protocols.
• Interprets and applies the full range of local, State, and Federal planning and environmental statutes, regulations, and policies as they relate to public works operations and capital projects, as well as other policy, land use or land division projects processed by the County.
• Participates on project development teams to incorporate compliance with local, State and Federal planning and environmental statutes, regulations, and policies into the project development process; assists project and department managers in interpreting and incorporating environmental requirements into the department’s decision-making processes.
• Collects and summarizes environmental information (e.g. biology, archaeology, geology) as required for public works projects and programs in the areas of transportation, flood control, water, and wastewater systems.
• Prepares environmental technical reports and environmental documents in compliance with the full range of local, State, and Federal regulations pertinent to various environmental programs, including but not limited to the: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Federal Clean Water Act, State and Federal Endangered Species Acts, the California Water Code, and the National Historic Preservation Act. Prepares and negotiates the full range of local, State, and Federal environmental regulatory permits. Represents the Department and Division during negotiations with state and federal agency staff. • Prepares and makes presentations at public hearings and meetings before local, State and Federal boards and commissions, community meetings, and project meetings.
The Ideal Candidate
While the incumbent will perform the full spectrum of Environmental Specialist work, the Division is particularly interested in hiring an archaeologist, who will be responsible for conducting cultural resources records searches, Phase I surveys, Native American outreach and coordination, and cultural resource consultant oversight. Qualified candidates for an archaeological position should have, at a minimum, attended one field school. Archaeology candidates should also be willing to learn other areas of the environmental review process, including planning, permitting, and field biology skills, and be interested and willing to conduct the necessary fieldwork for these disciplines. The Division is also seeking applications from other environmental specialty areas, including environmental planners. The strongest candidates will demonstrate flexibility and a desire to learn new skills, processes, and programs.
Environmental Specialist I: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in environmental, physical or life science (e.g. biology, archeology, geology), planning, natural resources management or a closely related field. Job related experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for year basis. Bachelor’s degree must be obtained by the start date.
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