Environmental Projects Manager Job at Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, California

Environmental Projects Manager

City of Watsonville , California

Job Information 


Public Works and Utilities

Senior Level


$86,652.80 - $116,126.40 Annually

Application Deadline 


05/13/2021 05:00 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


The City is looking for an experienced Environmental Projects Manager to coordinate, manage and implement complex environmental projects related but not limited to water resources regulation, climate action and adaptation, and grant management. 

To plan, direct, and coordinate a variety of projects and programs in the Public Works and Utilities Department to achieve and maintain compliance with environmental laws, regulations, and permits.   Provides technical support for the Water, Wastewater, and Solid Waste Divisions and provides highly complex staff assistance to the Director of Public Works and Utilities.  Work involves analyzing and interpreting local, State and Federal environmental and public health regulations; planning and designing compliance programs; and implementation of environmental monitoring and control systems.  Work involves construction project management including selection of consultants and contractors; oversight of project design; and, management of construction contracts.  Represents the City at local and regional advisory boards and committees relating to water quality, water supply, stormwater management and other environmental compliance programs.
This job class reports to the Director of Public Works and Utilities and the Assistant Director of Public Works and Utilities and is responsible for training, directing, coordinating, and monitoring others in a lead capacity. This classification performs highly specialized scientific and technical functions on a City-wide basis.
This job class requires extensive and in-depth knowledge of environmental protection issues and regulations that govern them. This job class also requires a strong technical and scientific background to analyze and interpret data and documentation as well as the ability to communicate with specialized consultants and government/enforcement agencies.

  • receives limited supervision from the Director of Public Works and Utilities and the Assistant Director of Public Works and Utilities. 
  • exercises supervision over assigned staff.


Examples of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • manage, direct, coordinate, and organize environmental compliance programs relating to landfill construction and landfill post-closure management; water conservation, wastewater reclamation and waste minimization issues;  departmental capital improvement projects; and project management related to the operations and maintenance of water, sewer, stormwater and solid waste systems
  • verify and ensure ongoing compliance with all regulations and permits relating to landfills, drinking water, wastewater, streets, stormwater and hazardous materials
  • design and direct environmental compliance projects and coordinate such projects with other City departments and public agencies
  • represent the City and its departments in contacts with regulatory agencies, governmental jurisdictions, contractors and the    general public
  • develop and submit reports to regulatory agencies
  • provide technical and specialized support to various City departments regarding environmental compliance issues; make professional recommendations and confer with department heads and private contractors; prepare technical reports and recommendations
  • write staff reports
  • manage consultants and contractors, including all aspects of contract administration and budget tracking
  • assist in budget preparation; participate in the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies
  • participate in recommending the appointment and termination of personnel; provide or coordinate staff training, work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline procedures
  • respond to complaints from the public and regulatory agencies; develop and implement solutions to complex and sensitive technical and public relations situations
  • participate in the departmental planning and monitoring of utility rates and fees problems
  • instruct staff in proper work methods and standards to ensure proper maintenance of monitoring equipment
  • communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
  • use a keyboard
  • drive an automobile
  • work outside, walking on uneven ground
  • work with chemicals, wastewater, leachate, and landfill gas
Knowledge of:
  • all pertinent federal, state, and local environmental regulations, procedures, and guidelines associated with permitting,     enforcement, and appeals processes
  • standard and accepted pollution treatment and control processes for air, water, solid waste, wastewater, stormwater and hazardous materials
  • utilities operations (wastewater, solid waste, stormwater and water)
  • principles and practices of policy development and implementation
  • environmental or civil engineering practices
  • groundwater monitoring, protection, and remediation
  • applicable computer software and hardware and its uses
  • budgeting procedures and techniques
  • principles of organization, administration, and personnel management
Ability to
  • organize, direct, and implement a comprehensive monitoring and reporting program related to a variety of environmental issues
  • analyze budget and technical reports; interpret and evaluate staff reports, laws, regulations and guidelines; problem solve technical, operational, and administrative issues; and explain and interpret policy
  • design and implement practical solutions for a wide range of environmental problems
  • observe performance and evaluate staff and outside contractors/consultants


Typical Qualifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE Any combination of training and experience that provides the knowledge and abilities shown above is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in science or engineering. A Master’s degree in relevant field is highly desirable. Employment in youth education and/or activities including tutoring, sports, crafts or similar activities. 
  • Six or more years of increasingly responsible environmental management experience, including three years of project management.


Supplemental Information

The candidate will be appointed for a 12-month probationary period. Names of successful candidates who do not receive a job offer will be placed on an employment list which normally remains effective for one year. The Human Resources Department may abolish an Employment list at any time the needs of the City so require. This position is represented by Management Bargaining unit. .

Prior to appointment to the position of Environmental Projects Manager, a medical examination and Department of Justice Livescan fingerprinting will be required.

The City of Watsonville is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages workplace diversity. The City of Watsonville is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act by including people with disabilities in all of its programs and activities.



275 Main Street Suite 400

Watsonville, CA 95076