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2370 - Environmental Planning & Compliance Officer

at Pima County

Posted: 12/3/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2901250

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Position Description

This postion is in the Environmental Quality Department.

Salary Grade: 55

Performs professional work implementing and enforcing environmental policies, procedures and regulations as they relate to County roadway construction projects and facilities. 


(Work assignments may vary depending on the department's needs and will be communicated to the applicant or incumbent by the supervisor.)
Provides information and direction to project managers concerning compliance with federal, state, and county environmental regulations;
Conducts compliance inspections of County roadway construction sites and facilities regarding adherence to environmental regulations and permit restrictions/guidelines;
Prepares and/or reviews environmental permit applications for County roadway construction projects;
Provides direction to consultants to the most current environmental policy or regulations;
Establishes and maintains liaison relationships and coordinates environmental compliance and permitting activities with other county departments, public and private agencies, organizations and groups;
Reviews and analyzes new and revised federal, state and local laws, regulations and proposals, and assists management in developing departmental comments on proposed regulations;
Trains and advises project managers, contracted consultants, construction contractors and other County personnel on environmental compliance;
Oversees, monitors and coordinates environmental compliance with storm water and/or hazardous waste regulations for County Facilities;
Analyzes, interprets and implements County ordinances, federal and state laws regulating environmental compliance;
Maintains, monitors, and coordinates creation and maintenance of appropriate records and data and ensures they are up to date and in compliance with the current regulations and policies;
Receives, investigates and responds to environmental complaints;
Coordinate and initiate contracts for biological or hazardous waste surveys;
Monitors and evaluates the work of contracted consultants;
Develops recommendations for and monitors implementation of long-range, short-range and contingency plans;
Analyzes existing and proposed environmental planning programs for conformance to federal, state and local regulatory laws and guidelines;
Researches and prepares recommendations for the modification or development of departmental and County regulations, policies and procedures affecting air, water and land resources;
Represents the department and serves as departmental liaison to federal, state and local environmental planning and/or regulatory committees and agencies to coordinate activities and programs;
Conducts and evaluates environmental impact studies.
Knowledge of:

  • principles, practices, and current developments in environmental planning and compliance;
  • federal, state and local laws related to environmental planning and compliance;
  • short- and long-range planning concepts;
  • principles and practices of environmental compliance inspection, education and enforcement;
  • biological and physical sciences applicable to environmental compliance inspection, education and enforcement;
  • laws, rules, regulations, codes, and ordinances and their application to environmental compliance issues;
  • research and data analysis practices and procedures;
  • principles and practices of environmental planning and compliance administration;
  • principles of staff supervision and training.
Skill in:
  • reviewing and analyzing planning and compliance requirements and developing environmental compliance plans;
  • coordinating environmental compliance with federal and/or state programs;
  • preparing technical reports and evaluations;
  • communicating effectively, orally and in writing;
  • interpreting and applying federal, state and local laws pertaining to environmental planning and compliance;
  • maintaining effective working relationships with other departments, governmental agencies and the public;
  • using research methodology to formulate effective plans;
  • monitoring and evaluating the work of contracted employees;
  • interpreting and applying environmental compliance laws, rules, regulations, codes and ordinances;
  • planning, organizing, coordinating and implementing environmental compliance programs and systems;
  • environmental inspection and reporting practices and procedures;
  • research practices and interpretation of scientific data and trends;
  • dealing with the public in an effective and timely manner.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in planning, resource management, environmental science or a related field as defined by the Appointing Authority, and four years of experience in planning of which two years involved environmental or natural resource planning and compliance appropriate to area of assignment.
(Additional relevant experience and/or education from an accredited college or university may be substituted.)

Qualifying education and experience must be clearly documented in the "Education" and "Work Experience" sections of the application.  Do not substitute a resume for your application or write "see resume" on your application.

Preferred Qualifications (Be specific in describing your experience in your application. Ensure the descriptions provided illustrate your competencies, specifically addressing the required and preferred qualifications.): 
  1. Experience/knowledge working with environmental clearance of road way design for public projects including ADOT requirements, US COE 404 approvals, and NEPA processes.
  2. Experience directing consultants on road projects to ensure all aspects are complete, to include: Biological Evaluations, Preliminary Investigation Site Assessments, Environmental Screening Reports, Design Concept Reports, Environmental Commitments, Environmental Assessment and Mitigation Reports.
  3. Experience/knowledge of impacts for funding sources on environmental requirements.
  4. Experience/knowledge with environmental compliance for heavy equipment yards, development and compliance inspections for Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP).

Selection Procedure:
Pima County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates that meet the minimum/desired qualifications. All applications will be assessed based on an evaluation of the listed education and experience.  Candidates meeting the minimum/desired qualifications may be further evaluated/scored against any advertised Preferred Qualifications.  The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a referral list provided by Human Resources. Additional assessments/testing may be required as part of the selection process.

Supplemental Information

Licenses and Certificates: Valid driver license is required at time of application. Valid AZ driver license is required at time of appointment. The successful applicant will be subject to a 39-month DOT Motor Vehicle Record review to determine applicant’s suitability to operate county vehicles in accordance with Pima County administrative procedures. Failure to obtain and maintain the required licenses and certifications shall be grounds for termination. Any offer of employment resulting from this recruitment is contingent upon Fleet Services’ review and approval of the candidate’s driving record.
Special Notice Item: The County requires pre-employment background checks. Successful candidates will receive a post-offer, pre-employment background screening to include verification of work history, education and criminal conviction history. A prior criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify a candidate from employment with the County.

Physical/Sensory Requirements:  All positions require the ability to work outdoors in the extremes of heat, cold, and inclement weather, with potential exposure to dust, dirt, wind, construction activities and materials, and to traverse rough terrain. A physical and medical clearance may be required.

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