San Diego – California
The Department of Land Use and Transportation Planning (LUTP) provides the regional framework to connect land use to transportation systems, respond to population growth, preserve the environment, and sustain economic prosperity. Through the Environmental Mitigation Program (EMP), SANDAG protects, preserves, and restores native habitats as offsets to disturbance caused by regional and local transportation projects.

The EMP is funded by TransNet, a regional half-cent sales tax for transportation administered by SANDAG. The EMP goes beyond traditional mitigation for transportation projects by including a funding allocation for habitat acquisition, management, and monitoring activities as needed to help implement regional habitat conservation plans, such as the Multiple Species Conservation Program and the Multiple Habitat Conservation Program. As of July 2016, the EMP has helped conserve more than 8,600 acres of habitat with a value of nearly $158 million, in partnership with nonprofit conservation groups and local, state, and federal agencies. In addition, the program has supported scientific research and regional collaboration on land management, joint use of resources, promotion of best management practices, and strategies for long-term funding.

The Senior Environmental Planner will serve as the project manager of the TransNet Environmental Mitigation Program (EMP). This role includes coordinating with federal, state, and local agencies to identify and secure mitigation opportunities for transportation projects, collaborating and promoting regional management and monitoring efforts, and reconciling public policy on inter-jurisdictional Habitat Conservation Plans. Additional duties include, conducting and reviewing biological assessments, reviewing habitat restoration plans, developing habitat management and monitoring reports, tracking the compliance of biological conditions of federal and state permits, and providing high-level professional staff assistance to upper management.

The minimum education, training, and qualifications include a bachelor’s degree with major course work in ecology/conservation biology, environmental planning, environmental science, geography, or a related field and five years of progressive career development in professional regional environmental planning, including some lead or supervisory experience. An advanced 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, candidates are asked to respond to the Supplemental Questions 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 Questions

  1. The EMP takes a proactive approach to mitigating the impacts of transportation projects throughout the region, and often- times begins mitigation efforts prior to approval of the project. What challenges and opportunities do you see with this approach?
  2. Provide an example of a complex negotiation you had with federal and state wildlife agencies, and/or stakeholders related to biological mitigation. Please describe your approach and the results of the negotiation.

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

Applications for the Senior Environmental Planner position will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, June 30, 2017.