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Senior Environmental Specialist

Valley Metro
Phoenix, Arizona, US
Closing date
May 19, 2022

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Academic / Research
Informatics / GIS
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
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The Senior Environmental Specialist provides leadership, oversight and direction over staff and consultants in development of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents, studies and mitigation plans as a part of capital development activities.

Typical duties include reviewing and preparing environmental documents; reviewing and conducting environmental studies; creating maps; coordinating with local, state, and federal agencies; coordinating with capital project design team; and developing and implementing mitigation measures.


Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Biology, or a related field and five years of environmental planning experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties listed.

Master's Degree and/or transit planning experience desirable
AICP designation desirable

Background Investigation:
Employment is contingent upon the results of a background check.

Licenses and Certifications:
--Valid Arizona Driver's License.

The statements listed below describe the general nature and level of work only. They are not an exhaustive list of all required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be added, or this description amended at any time.

• Manages a variety of complex environmental studies on Valley Metro high-capacity transit projects and other capital projects to ensure that the Agency complies with local, state, and federal environmental laws and regulations.
• Serves as a liaison with internal staff and external stakeholders in environmental issues and activities. Maintains strong working relationships with stakeholders and Valley Metro project team staff.
• Serves as a liaison with the Federal Transit Administration on transit environmental issues and submittals. Ensures full compliance with federal regulations. Leads staff to develop submissions for Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program.
• Facilitates and coordinates with internal staff and outside stakeholders; provides information, solicits input, and presents Agency's perspective or position; communicates with a range of internal and external stakeholders, researches and analyzes information, issues, regulations and policies; processes and documents public and third party comments; coordinates the distribution and notification for various regulatory documents; maintains the Agency's Administrative Record and documentation for projects; coordinates and administers environmental and other regulatory review for smaller projects.
• Coordinates, oversees, and monitors contracts, as assigned, for environmental review and implementing environmental commitments such as for preparing environmental studies and documents, historic preservation, and interpretive displays; develops scopes, schedules, and budgets.
• Prepares scopes of work and cost estimates for environmental compliance documents and studies associated with capital projects.
• Performs other duties of similar nature and level as assigned.

Knowledge of:
• Environmental and land use laws and regulations and practices related to compliance
• Federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations, particularly NEPA and CEQ, National Historic Preservation Act, Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and Section 4(f)
• Environmental impact analysis methods and issues
• Current trends and professional literature in the area of environmental planning
• GIS concepts
• Transit planning principles and practices
• Report preparation methods
• Customer service principles
• English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Skill in:
• Conducting complex transit studies and research
• Speaking in public
• Developing presentations
• Negotiating and reaching consensus among parties with multiple interests
• Managing grant requirements
• Developing, maintaining, and updating maps and associated data
• Preparing a variety of business correspondence and reports
• Providing customer service
• Analyzing, evaluating, and identifying complex environmental issues
• Coordinating activities between multiple departments
• Comprehending and solving complex transportation problems
• Using a computer and related software applications
• Project management, including capital projects
• Identifying, developing, and performing capital/facilities planning
•Supervising and monitoring the work of consultants
• Communicating in order to interact with coworkers, supervisor, and the general public at a level sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction


Positions in this class typically require: fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, and seeing. Valley Metro complies with ADA/EEOC requirements with respect to reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
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