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Environmental Planner II

Company: The Valley Transportation Authority
Location: Santa Clara
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

Job Description


Under supervision, an Environmental Planner II manages environmental studies and environmental compliance programs; and assists in the review of land development applications and documents for impact on transportation systems and/or facilities; and supports VTA's sustainability program.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This is the journey level in the Environmental Planner class series. Positions at his level are expected to be conversant with relevant environmental laws, regulations, and guidelines in order to achieve compliance of transportation projects. Incumbents conduct environmental analysis of projects in concert with other staff and consultants and may have responsibility for management of the environmental phase of minor projects or for specific portions of larger projects. This classification reviews environmental documents and development applications received from cities/regional agencies for project impact on the transportation system and/or facilities.

Classification Bargaining Unit: SEIU

Essential Job Functions

Typical Tasks

  • Plans, coordinates, and reviews the work of a multi-disciplinary professional and technical staff and/or consultants conducting environmental studies of minor complexity;
  • Manages and coordinates environmental planning, research and analysis of proposed VTA projects, including the planning, design, and construction phases of capital projects, maintenance and operation of facilities, and issuance of permits;
  • Analyzes and evaluates the impact of proposed transportation projects and plans, and provides technical input to project design to mitigate adverse environmental effects and ensure compliance with environmental laws and regulations;
  • Organizes, prepares, and processes environmental documents, monitoring and reporting plans, technical reports and responses for transportation projects and plans;
  • Prepares scopes of work, schedules, and budgets for program activities, and assists with negotiating consultant contracts;
  • Prepares necessary applications and acquires permits from regulatory government agencies in compliance with environmental regulations;
  • Coordinates, organizes, and presents environmental matters before commissions, governing bodies and at inter-agency and public meetings;
  • Provides status of financial expenditures and account balances;
  • Develops rationale for legally defensible nexus between transportation mitigation and project impacts;
  • Reviews public and private land development referrals (General and Specific Plans, EIR, Notice of Preparation and Project Applications for Site Development, Planning Development, Subdivision, Zoning Changes);
  • Develops cooperative arrangements and agreements between public and private sectors for development projects that impact transportation facilities;
  • Performs related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Employment Standards

Development of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is most typically obtained through training and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a four-year degree in environmental studies, natural or physical science, transportation or urban planning, or a related field, and one (1) year of experience in compliance or monitoring of environmental issues. (A Masters Degree in environmental, transportation, or urban planning or related discipline may be substituted for one year of the required experience).

Supplemental Information

Knowledge of:

  • CEQA and NEPA and their implementation;
  • Basic familiarity with land development regulations and procedures;
  • Basic methods of environmental assessment and mitigation;
  • Basic principles of biology, botany, zoology, and other natural sciences as they pertain to environmental analysis;
  • Basic knowledge of sustainable business practices;
  • Basic familiarity with environmental education;
  • Operation of common office equipment including personal computers and common software applications;
  • Methods of collaborative problem solving.

Ability to:

  • Plan, organize, and direct moderately sized environmental projects and programs;
  • Analyze development impacts to the transportation system and facilities;
  • Negotiate terms, conditions and mitigation measures;
  • Prepare and review reports;
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
  • Organize and conduct research studies, and recommend effective courses of action;
  • Interpret maps, engineering drawings, and technical reports in a variety of specialized fields;
  • Prepare a budget for portions of programs and projects;
  • Establish priorities, standards, and schedules;
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including professional, governmental, and community officials.

General Instructions

Please read this entire job announcement before applying for the position. Print and keep a copy of this announcement so that you can refer to it. Questions not answered within this job announcement may be sent to

To ensure consideration, completed applications must be submitted online to the Human Resources department by the stated closing time and date posted. When the stated closing date is "continuous," apply immediately; the position may close without notice.

You will receive an immediate email confirming receipt of your submitted application. If you do not receive this email, contact NEOGOV's Applicant Assistance Line at (855) 524-5627 between 8:00AM to 5:00PM (PST) Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Only on-line applications will be accepted for this recruitment (paper applications or resumes will not be accepted). Job Interest Notification Cards, or copies of previous, partial, or un-submitted applications, are not an acceptable substitute to a completed application.

ALL APPLICATION AND TESTING NOTIFICATIONS WILL BE SENT BY E-MAIL. Applicants should select e-mail as the preferred method of notification. Candidates must maintain an up-to-date, valid and reliable e-mail address. Candidates are also responsible for maintaining up-to-date phone numbers and addresses on their on-line account. Due to the number of applications received, candidates must check their application status through their on-line account. Contact NeoGov for assistance if needed.

Information on how to apply for jobs at the VTA is available on the VTA Employment website and from theNEOGOV'sApplicant Assistance Line (855) 524-5627.NeoGovApplicant support is available from 8:00AMto 5:00PM(PST) Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Americans with Disabilities Act Accommodations

The Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the recruitment/examination process to accommodate applicants with disabilities. If you wish to request an accommodation, please click here.

Application Processing Information

All related current and past work experience (including VTA experience) must be listed and fully described in the Work Experience section of the application ("See Resume" is not acceptable). Incomplete or improperly completed online applications may be rejected even if you are qualified for the position for which you are applying. It is your responsibility to ensure that the online application reflects the work experience and education needed to meet the requirements for the position you are applying for. Although your resume may have all your experience and education details, please make sure to complete each section of the online application to ensure that your information is accurately captured during our screening process.

Important: Proof of Education, either as a copy of a diploma or transcript, is required to verify all educational units listed on your application. Official transcripts are not necessary. Copies of diplomas, degrees, transcripts, or foreign transcript evaluations must be attached to the submitted application as a pdf.

Note: Failure to provide all of the required documents in the appropriate format (pdf ONLY), and properly labeled as shown in the example (for example: Smith_J BS Diploma), will result in the application being rejected as incomplete. No exceptions will be made.

Note: Applicants holding degrees or credentials from outside the United States who are using these qualifications exclusively to qualify for a position are required to provide a foreign transcript evaluation as a pdf and properly labeled as shown above. Failure to provide a foreign transcript evaluation will result in the application being rejected as incomplete. No exceptions will be made.

All applications are subject to review as to meeting minimum qualifications at any point in the recruitment process. Passing any step is no guarantee of continuation if it is determined that the applicant does not meet the minimum qualifications as stated in the class specification.

Candidates found to have exaggerated/falsified their qualifications, experience, training, and/or education may be disqualified at any point in the recruitment process and may be denied future employment with the VTA.

If selected for the position, candidates will be required to complete a criminal conviction disclosure form. Candidates who successfully become VTA employees, and fail to disclose any of the criminal background information as required may be subject to discipline up to and including discharge.

Eligible Lists typically remain in effect for six (6) months. However, Human Resources may abolish Eligible Lists at any time during the six (6) month period. Human Resources may extend eligible Lists for up to two (2) years. Eligible Lists may be used for more than one recruitment. If you have questions related to an Eligible List you might be on or were on, you should contact Human Resources.

If you have questions regarding your status as an applicant for this position, please call the Human Resources Department at (408) 321-5575 or email at

VTA is an equal employment opportunity employer. VTA does not and will not tolerate discrimination against applicants or employees on the basis of age, ancestry, color, marital status, mental or physical disability, genetic information, national origin, immigration status, political affiliation, race, religion, creed, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, medical condition, disabled veteran or veteran status, etc.

Keywords: The Valley Transportation Authority, Santa Clara , Environmental Planner II, Other , Santa Clara, California

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