Planner II Position with the City of San Jose - Environmental Services Department
Planner I/II - Environmental Services Department
Type of Job:
Open to all Applicants
March 21, 2005
April 15, 2005
Full-Time with Benefits
$53,601.60 to $76,897.60 (Annually)
The Environmental Services Department has a Planner II vacancy offering an exciting career opportunity working on land use strategic planning for the Department including the development of a master/specific land use plan for the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant (Plant), assistance with new development EIR review for the Department based on environmental goals, and assistance with CEQA clearance on projects, particularly planning for use of salt pond A18. In addition, the Planner II will be responsible for linkage to regional efforts such as Habitat Conservation Planning (HCP), salt pond restoration, Coyote Valley Planning effort assistance, and the implementation of actions through regional efforts when appropriate, such as the Watershed Management Initiative Action Plan and the Stream Protection Collaborative.
Typical Duties and responsibilities:
- Lead development and completion of a master planning effort for the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plan (Plant) lands, including:
- Leading a City wide interdepartmental team.
- Provide coordination with other Departments and stakeholders.
- Performing research, analysis, and development of land use. recommendations.
- Developing and managing contracts to support the effort
- Participate in the planning effort for use of Salt Pond A18, including compliance with CEQA requirements, model development and integration into region-wide salt pond restoration efforts.
- Represent the Environmental Services Department (ESD) on urban development policy issues, general planning efforts, and assist in the development review of projects impacting ESD.
- Prepare reports and recommendations on environmental impact reviews, land use and development.
- Assist with the ongoing Coyote Valley Specific Plan development for ESD’s issues (water, waste, energy, etc.).
- Represent ESD in conferences and meetings relating to projects, and making presentations to relevant agencies and groups.
- Assist with land use issues related to State and Federal salt pond restoration in the San Francisco Bay.
- Represent ESD and develop input on land use issues generated by the County in conjunction with the State and local cities in developing a Habitat Conservation Plan/Natural Communities Conservation Plan.
Employees in this classification are represented by the Municipal Employees Federation (MEF), AFSCME Local 101.
The ideal candidate will possess the most desirable combination of training, skills and experience, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable experience, knowledge and skills for this position include:
- Experience in long-range planning, including knowledge of and experience in development of land use/specific/master plans.
- Experience in going through the environmental review process and CEQA for land use planning projects.
- Experience preparing comprehensive and concise reports and recommendations on land use, development, and environmental and planning issues.
- Understanding of the environmental and regional impacts of development and implementation of restoration and mitigation of the San Francisco Bay salt ponds; water and energy environmental issues; environmental law, ecosystem protection.
- Ability to analyze, research and interpret statistical, economic and technical data pertaining to land use and environmental issues, legislative and regulatory laws and policies. Experience in producing recommendations based on this analysis
- Experience in effective collaboration and coordination with stakeholders, other City departments and local and regional agencies on projects.
- Experience using computer tools such as GIS, spreadsheet, presentation and graphics programs.
Any combination of training and experience equivalent to the following:
- Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in planning, architecture, urban or regional planning, urban design, architecture, geography, environmental studies or a closely related field (degree must be earned by the final filing date).
- Experience: Planner I - none; Planner II - Two years of experience equivalent to the level of Planner I with the City of San José or a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in urban or regional planning, urban design, architecture, geography, or environmental studies or a closely related field.
- Acceptable Substitutions: A Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in urban or regional planning, urban design, architecture, geography, or environmental studies or a closely related field can substitute for the required two years of experience for Planner II (sixty semester hours of relevant graduate course work can substitute for the required graduate degree).
- Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San José will not prepare or file a labor condition application with the Department of Labor.
If you are an interested candidate who meets the minimum qualifications, you can be considered for this vacancy by applying online.
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This is a position-specific recruitment for this vacancy only. If you are interested in other Planner opportunities, you must respond to other specific announcements.
The selection process will consist of an evaluation of an applicant's training and experience based on the application/resume and responses to the job-specific questions. Only those candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be forwarded in the selection process. Additional phases will consist of a writing assessment and an oral interview.
You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions in the online application process:
- Describe your experience in development and implementation of land use plans, specific plans, and/or master plans. Include, if applicable, any related experience in preparing written analyses and participation in stakeholder processes.
- Describe your experience in going through an environmental review process for a land use planning project (CEQA and/or NEPA). Include any responsibility you have had in review and/or development of environmental checklists, Negative Declarations, EIR’s, supporting analyses and reports and/or like documents.
- Discuss the importance of land use planning in ecosystem protection. Relate it to environmental issues facing the City of San Jose.
You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration.
If you have any questions, comments or concerts regarding the duties for this position, the recruitment, selection or hiring processes, please contact Javier Perez in Environmental Services Department at (408) 277-5387, or by e-mail at javier.perez@....
If you have comments or concerns about the recruitment, selection or hiring processes, please contact Wayne Cohen in Employee Services at (408) 277-4679 or by e-mail at wayne.cohen@....