San Diego – California
Many of the projects included in the SANDAG 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) will undergo a comprehensive environmental review process to ensure that impacts to the region’s unique and valuable natural resources are avoided, reduced, or mitigated prior to implementation. Environmental reviews also are completed for the agency’s long-range plans, such as San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan, and the San Diego Regional Bicycle Plan as well as non-transportation related regional projects related to beach sand replenishment and habitat restoration. Throughout the project implementation phase, SANDAG also is required to ensure all mitigation measures and project features that reduce, minimize, or avoid environmental impacts are properly included in project construction bid specifications and are carried out in the field when projects are built.

In addition to coordinating the environmental review process for plans and projects, the Environmental and Public Facilities Planning group is responsible for several important agency programs including the development of a Quality of Life funding strategy to implement key components of The Regional Plan, implementation of the TransNet Environmental Mitigation Program, coordination of regional habitat conservation planning, shoreline preservation planning, and more.

This Environmental Planner position supports the environmental review process for capital improvement projects planned for the region, and participates in technical and planning studies that advance the region’s environmental conservation and preservation efforts. This role will assist with ensuring the multiple requirements set forth in the approved environmental documents and regulatory permits including mitigation monitoring and reporting are complied with during project implementation.

This is a Limited-Term position and is expected to be funded through July 2016. Limited-Term Employees are considered to be “at-will” and receive many of the benefits of Regular employees.

Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree with major course work in regional/environmental planning, environmental science, geography, public administration, or a related field and one to three years of progressive career development in the field of environmental planning and compliance, preferably with a focus on capital/construction projects. A Master’s degree is desirable.

SANDAG rewards the efforts of its employees with a comprehensive compensation package. Competitive salaries are supplemented with a flexible offering of health, financial security, and time-off benefits to meet the work and life needs of employees and their families.

How to Apply

A complete job announcement can be seen under the Job Openings tab on the SANDAG website at We encourage all interested candidates to apply for this position by completing a SANDAG employment application form. Resumes, cover letters, and work samples may be submitted in addition to the employment application but are not a substitute for this document.

The employment application can be downloaded in PDF format from the SANDAG website at Alternatively, a copy can be requested by calling (619) 699-1900 or emailing

Application Supplement

To help us further evaluate the skills and experience of individuals interested in this position, applicants are asked to respond to the Supplemental Question below. The information can be up to 500 words and should be submitted with the Employment Application. This is considered a required component of the application; applications received without a response will be screened out of the selection process.

Supplemental Question:
How would you explain the purpose of the environmental review and compliance process to someone who is unfamiliar with the environmental requirements related to the implementation of capital projects?

SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers competitive salaries and benefits.

Applications for the Environmental Planner position will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, September 12, 2014.