As an Environmental Specialist, you will be responsible for ensuring compliance with all applicable environmental laws and regulations for operations and maintenance (O&M) activities and Capital Investment Plan (CIP) projects in Metropolitan's Desert operations area, which includes the Colorado River Aqueduct and associated desert facilities. This position will report to and require full-time work at Metropolitan's Desert facilities, including Hinds, Eagle Mountain, Iron Mountain, Gene, and Intake pumping plants, and along the Colorado River Aqueduct and associated electrical transmission line alignments.
Your responsibilities will include conducting construction monitoring and biological surveys for O&M activities and conducting biological surveys, reviewing construction drawings, preparing and reviewing environmental specification sections, and performing construction monitoring for CIP projects. You will also prepare and review biological impact assessments and technical reports and conduct environmental inspections, wildlife and vegetation baseline studies, and nesting bird surveys to support the preparation of environmental documents. In this role you will demonstrate your familiarity with desert biological species and working knowledge of southern California desert environments including conducting environmental awareness training for staff and contractors, performing surveys to identify plants, wildlife species, and wildlife habitats in project areas, and impact assessment.
In your role as an Environmental Specialist, you will assist with regulatory permitting, including participating in resource agency negotiations and developing appropriate environmental impact minimization and avoidance strategies and feasible mitigation strategies to ensure compliance with state, federal, and local, and regulations. You will engage in year-round field work in all types of weather, including extreme weather conditions, often in remote desert locations.
You will utilize your knowledge of environmental regulations, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), California Fish and Game Code, Clean Water Act, state and federal Endangered Species Acts, and Migratory Bird Treaty Act. In addition, you'll utilize your working knowledge of and experience with the biological resources of the Mojave and Colorado desert.
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EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Education and Experience: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a related field and six years of relevant experience; or two years in a MWD Associate Environmental Specialist classification; or Master's degree from an accredited college or university in a related field and four years of relevant experience.
A degree (Bachelors or Masters) in a related field is defined as: Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geography, Biology, Environmental Planning, or other directly related environmental or social sciences degree.
Relevant Experience is defined as: experience with environmental regulations including, but not limited to, the California Environmental Quality Act, California Fish and Game Code, Clean Water Act, and federal and state endangered species acts.
CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES, AND REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS License(s): Valid California Class C Driver's License or equivalent (required at time of application) that allows you to drive during your employment.
JOB-RELATED SELECTION CRITERIA --- 40% Technical /Analytical Knowledge and Experience --- 20% Interpersonal Effectiveness --- 15% Written/Technical Communication --- 15% Project Planning & Coordination
--- 10% Oral Communication 100% Total
CLOSING Benefits: --- Competitive compensation --- Excellent medical, dental, life, vision plans. --- Deferred compensation in the form of a 401(k) plan (with matching contribution) and a 457 plan. --- Retirement benefits under the California Public Employees' Retirement System --- Tuition reimbursement --- Training and advancement opportunities
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ABOUT MWD The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a consortium of 26 cities and water districts that provides drinking water to nearly 19 million people in Southern California. Metropolitan's mission is to provide its service area with adequate and reliable supplies of high quality water to meet current and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way. Metropolitan's facilities include the 242-mile Colorado River Aqueduct, five water treatment plants with a combined capacity of 2.3 billion gallons per day, nine surface water reservoirs, 800 miles of pipeline, and 16 hydroelectric power plants.
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