Environmental Planner (Assistant I, Assistant II, or Associate) (Multiple Positions)

Job Information

Job Category


Company Name

Valley Water

Position Level


Job Description

Valley Water has multiple openings for Environmental Planners at the Assistant and Associate levels. Would you like to join a special district working on meaningful community projects that ensure safe, clean water supply, and protect natural environments in the heart of Santa Clara County? Do you have specialized skills or experience that could be applied to a rewarding career in environmental planning and natural resource permitting? Are you versed in the fundamentals of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and/or National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document preparation or regulatory compliance? If so, consider expanding your environmental planning career as an Assistant or Associate Environmental Planner for Valley Water. Associate Environmental Planners will support development and execution of plans, programs, and/or projects in water supply, water utility, flood protection, and watershed stewardship. This is a journey-level environmental planning position that will perform a variety of professional duties relative to assisting project teams in planning, design, and construction phases. They will guide teams through impact avoidance and minimization, and coordinate and prepare environmental documents compliant with both CEQA and NEPA. Positions will also guide teams through the process of obtaining and implementing applicable natural resource agency permit requirements, including development of appropriate mitigation, application preparation, strategic negotiation, and environmental compliance monitoring and reporting. Assistant Environmental Planners will assist environmental review and natural resource permitting for the full portfolio of water utility and watersheds plans, programs, and/or projects. This is an entry-level position that will work under immediate or general supervision supporting journey or lead level class environmental planning and permitting activities. Typical duties will also include supporting lead and responsible agency environmental review of Valley Water encroachment permitting, wells permitting, and grants program activities. Environmental Planners can look forward to working on a broad range of projects spanning creek and bay rehabilitation, wetland creation, public safety, flood protection, imported water, water treatment and conveyance system upgrade, and cutting-edge public-private partnerships. Ideal Background: Ideal candidates have skills and experience in a broad range of areas related to environmental planning and natural resource permitting. We are open to considering journey-level candidates as well as candidates who are early in their planning career or who have professional experience in another specialty (i.e., air quality, biology, cultural resources, noise, transportation/traffic, water resources, construction management, or closely related engineering field). Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in environmental studies, ecology, environmental planning, city and regional planning, land use planning, environmental science, natural resources management, geography, biology, chemistry, or a related field is required. Experience involving the evaluation of the impact of proposed public works or capital projects or facilities on the community and the environment is preferable. Experience with the preparation of CEQA/NEPA documents and/or successful regulatory permit negotiation and acquisition on complex projects, ideally for water infrastructure and/or environmental restoration is ideal. If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/scvwd

US Citizenship Required?


Will security clearance be required?


Job Start Date


Position Type

Permanent Full-Time



Primary Language Required


Job Location

Location Address

San Jose, California

Contact Information

Hiring Contact Name

Tony Ngo


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