2021-07-21 2021-08-25

Water Agency Environmental Specialist I – Regulatory Compliance

Sonoma Water
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Santa Rosa, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 68593
  • Organization Website
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Santa Rosa, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 68593
  • Organization Website

The Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) seeks a Water Agency Environmental Specialist I to join our team! Recent undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply!

SALARY: $71,379.50 - $86,782.45 Annually

CLOSING DATE: 08/02/21, 11:59 p.m.

At Sonoma Water, the Environmental Resources division’s Environmental Specialist I reviews, analyzes, and reports on the environmental effects of public and Sonoma Water projects. To ensure compliance with federal, state, and/or local laws and ordinances, this position develops and recommends mitigation measures to eliminate, minimize, and mitigate the environmental effects of projects. The Environmental Specialist I also uses an interdisciplinary approach from applied knowledge of biology, ecology, environmental science, and geomorphology to:

  • Evaluate potential for impacts related to air quality, greenhouse gases, climate change, and transportation

  • Characterize habitats and associated special status and non-special-status species and develop habitat restoration plans

  • Conduct computer-based analyses

  • Prepare environmental and technical reports, as well as compliance permit applications and documents

  • Occasionally work in the field and/or visit project sites to collect data

The ideal candidate for this position is a team player, passionate about the environment and its resources, and possesses:

  • Experience preparing environmental documentation required under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and federal, state, and local regulatory permits

  • Experience collecting and analyzing data, including geomorphic, hydrologic, and biological data

  • Some experience preparing and presenting complex technical information to non-technical individuals and stakeholders

  • The ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with team members, partner organizations, and the general public

  • The necessary skillset to prepare and assemble project reports, documents, and research to determine environmental effects based on data

  • Experience using Excel, ArcGIS, statistical software, and/or modeling programs to compile data

  • Familiarity with environmental sampling techniques and the ability to plan and implement fieldwork


Education & Experience: Any combination of education, training, and experience which would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, this would include a Bachelor's degree in planning, engineering, water related physical and/or biological sciences, environmental studies, environmental law, natural resource or watershed management, or a closely related field; and one year of experience with engineering, environmental impact assessments and permitting, and/or public works projects, including some experience in the preparation of environmental reports.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.


Working knowledge of: Federal, State, and local laws, regulations, current programs, and court decisions pertaining to environmental protection; environmental considerations in the design, location, and construction of public (flood control, water supply, recycled water, renewable energy, sanitation) projects; citizen and public interest groups dealing with environmental matters; ecological relationships; and English grammar, vocabulary, spelling, punctuation, and composition.

Some knowledge of: construction principles, practices, and terminology; the use of noise meters, cameras, and various audio-visual aids; and office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

Ability to: analyze and design project reports and determine probable effect on environment; write effectively and to use good judgment in the assembling, evaluation and use of information; prepare and present various reports on the effect of projects on the environment to advisory boards, commissions, and elected bodies; make mathematical calculations; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; establish and maintain effective relationships with other staff members, staff of other agencies, organizations, and the general public; prepare and disseminate information to media and others; prepare a wide range of clear, concise and informative reports, correspondence and brochures; operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.

What We Offer
Working at the Sonoma Water offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our environment and communities. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:

  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $500 and ongoing education/training opportunities

  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year

  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options

  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits

  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security

  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment

  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range

About Sonoma Water
Sonoma Water is a special district formed by the California State Legislature in 1949 and is responsible for providing a safe and reliable water supply to its customers in Sonoma and Marin counties. Sonoma Water also maintains 75 miles of flood control channels and provides sanitation services. Employing approximately 230 employees, Sonoma Water consists of six divisions including Engineering and Resource Planning, Environmental Resources, Community and Government Affairs, Water and Wastewater Operations, Maintenance, and Administrative Services. Sonoma Water supports the concept of environmental sustainability, focusing on renewable power sources, and strives to be a leader in its water conservation and fishery restoration programs.

Employees of Sonoma Water are employees of a special district and are not subject to the provisions of the Civil Service Ordinance of the County of Sonoma. The official title of this position is Water Agency Environmental Specialist I.

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can found in the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Memorandum Of Understanding (SEIU MOU) and our Employee Benefits directory.

Applications are accepted online at: www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org. Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

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