Environmental Resources Planner Job at Salinas, Monterey County, California

Environmental Resources Planner

City of Salinas , California

Job Information 


Public Works

Mid Level


$7,737.00 - $9,874.00 Monthly

Application Deadline 


05/11/2021 05:00 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


The City of Salinas invites qualified candidates to apply for the position of Environmental Resources Planner. The current vacancy is in the Water, Waste and Energy division of the Public Works Department. Candidates with strong Solid Waste and Recycling program management are encouraged to apply.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: All applicants must provide proof of education at the time of application or submit to the Human Resources Department by the filing date. Applications are incomplete without the required document. Oral Board interviews will be held remotely via Zoom video communications.

Summary of Duties: The Environmental Resources Planner is responsible for developing and managing environmental resource programs for the City of Salinas. Serves as a liaison to City departments, Federal, State and local agencies, and the public on a range of environmental resource management topics and programs.

Distinguishing CharacteristicsThis a single level job in the Public Works department. This position is distinguished from other positions in the department by its responsibility, knowledge, expertise, and skill regarding the management of environmental programs for the City. Work of this class involves taking lead responsibility in planning, organizing and implementing programs and activities. 

Supervision Received and Exercised: Reports to and receives direction from the Senior Civil Engineer in the Water, Waste, and Energy Division. May exercise indirect and/or project supervision over professional, technical and clerical personnel.


Essential Job Functions
  1. Oversees, manages, and monitors the City’s solid waste program, urban sustainability programs, and other environmental programs and initiatives
  2. Provides planning, grant administration and other support for the urban forestry program. 
  3. Develops, reviews, and implements programs for solid waste management, renewable energy and conservation, and community design programs related to environmental sustainability topics
  4. Administers, manages, and facilitates the success of the City’s solid waste programs; monitors franchise contracts, chairs solid waste committees, and coordinates effective and professional service to City residents and businesses; provides recommendations and evaluations to policy makers regarding service and effectiveness
  5. Collaborates, engages, and acts as a liaison with other City departments, Federal, State, and local agencies, and with the public and community; provides expertise, resources, and general knowledge regarding the City’s initiatives to lessen its impact on the environment and comply with governing regulations
  6. Manages capital improvement projects. Drafts requests for proposals, interviews and selects consultants, conducts the bid process and awards contracts. Tracks and manages project budgets and implementation schedules
  7. Conducts research, performs analysis, and provides recommendations for program plans and goals; identifies funding opportunities for City environmental initiatives, applies for grants, and administers funding
  8. Prepares, reviews and presents various reports regarding the City’s environmental resource programs to City Council, boards, commissions and committees
  9. Promotes the growth and sustainability of the city’s environmental programs including solid waste recycling, energy conservation, environmental legislative analysis, grant research, and grant application
  10. Performs other duties as assigned


Typical Decisions: The incumbent will make consistent administrative, managerial, and development decisions regarding the environmental programs of the City. Will use independent judgment under supervision.


Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of environmental resource management
  • Solid waste and recycling principles, practices and program management
  • Sustainability principles and processes, urban design principles, and community facilitation skills
  • Public Administration, intergovernmental affairs, and public policy development
  • Principles of project and program management
  • Federal, State, and local regulations and laws; codes and ordinances related to solid waste, air quality, water resources and environmental issues
  • Budget management, analysis and accounting
  • College level English writing and grammar and professional written, oral and graphic presentation techniques
  • Operation of personal computers with proficiency using word processing and spreadsheet programs


Ability to: 

  • Interpret laws and plans related to solid waste and environmental management
  • Effectively organize tasks, plan time, meet deadlines 
  • Manage multiple projects at one time
  • Work with a network of environmental professionals
  • Prepare concise, comprehensive and accurate written reports and correspondence
  • Communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively both orally and in writing
  • Prepare presentations
  • Understand related regulations, laws, ordinances, and codes


Education: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Urban or Regional planning, Civil Engineering, Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Business, or a closely related field. Master’s degree is desirable.

Experience: Four years of solid waste, environmental resource, sustainability program and/or related capital improvement and project management experience. Two years working with a high level of independence in a related field of work.

Licenses and Certifications: A valid State of California Driver’s License.


Supplemental Information

Physical Demands and Working ConditionsPhysical, mental, and emotional stamina to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position; manual dexterity sufficient to write, use telephone, computer, business machines, and consistently stand or walk up to four hours per day as required. Vision sufficient to read fine print and display monitors; hearing sufficient to conduct conversations occasionally over the noise from groups of people, in-person, and using the telephone; speaking ability in understandable voice with sufficient volume to be heard in normal conversational distance, occasionally in crowds of people and for addressing groups; physical ability to push, pull, squat, twist, turn, bend, stoop, and reach overhead; physical mobility sufficient to move about the work environment and walk on uneven surfaces, particularly outdoors; physical strength to lift twenty pounds from the floor; physical stamina sufficient to stand, walk and/or sit for prolonged periods of time; mental acuity to collect, interpret and analyze data, reason, define problems, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, make valid judgments and decisions.

Work environment is shared between an office and outside, with most work done primarily in an office setting. Work outdoors may involve exposure to heat, wind, cold, and rain. Must drive a vehicle and travel for meetings, seminars, and classes.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills which may be required.

VETERAN’S PREFERENCE: A veteran is defined in accordance with California Government Code 18540.4. In order to exercise this preference, the veteran must submit the City’s Veteran’s Preference Application (Download PDF reader) and provide a copy of the DD-214 form at time of application as proof of military status. Failure to submit the required forms will be deemed a waiver of veteran's preference. Military veterans shall be given preference in initial appointment to City service. Further details can be obtained from the Human Resources Department, at 831-758-7254.

SELECTION PROCESS: Applicants’ qualifications will be evaluated based on the information provided on the employment application. The exam process may consist of an application appraisal, oral interview, and/or written exam. The City reserves the right to use alternate testing procedures if deemed necessary. CITY COMMUNICATION REGARDING THE SELECTION PROCESS WILL BE VIA E-MAIL. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE ACCESS TO THE E-MAIL ON YOUR APPLICATION. Finalist interview/assessment will be held with the City of Salinas.  



The City of Salinas does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor. The City of Salinas makes reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with a disability. Individuals requiring any accommodation in order to participate in the testing process must inform the Human Resources Director in writing no later than the final filing date stated in this job announcement. Requests for accommodation should include an explanation of the type and extent of accommodations needed to participate in the selection process and/or to perform the duties of the job for which they have applied. EEO Utilization Report is available for candidate review upon request.

SALARY STEPS: Appointments are normally made at the first step. Consideration is given for increase to the second step after successful completion of a six-month probationary period. (Employees appointed at a higher step will be eligible for consideration for the next step after one year, providing they successfully complete a six-month probationary period.) 

For questions, please contact Patricia Peñaloza, Senior Human Resources Analyst, at (831) 758-7416 or patricia.penaloza@ci.salinas.ca.us.


200 Lincoln Aveue

Salinas, CA 93901