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Recruitment #22-TM6-01




THE JOB: Under direction, reviews land development applications for conformance with environmental and general plan policies; conducts field inspections and identifies and evaluates hydrologic, biologic, geologic and related environmental issues; prepares and presents staff reports and findings on environmental permits and projects for internal staff and reviewing bodies, and the public; identifies violations of environmental regulations. The current vacancies are in the Health Services Agency, Environmental Health Water Resources Program and Public Works Department. The list established from this recruitment will be used to fill the current vacancies and any future vacancies during the life of the list.

Specialized assignments include:

• Health Services Agency, Environmental Health Water Resources Program: Participate in the County’s program to manage water resources county-wide in the primary planning areas of water supply, water quality, watershed resources and stormwater management. Activities include water resource monitoring (streamflow, groundwater levels, habitat), working with partners on projects and programs to achieve water resilience for people and the environment, enforcing regulations relating to stormwater management, and reviewing and contributing to a variety of resource management documents. An ideal candidate will have broad water management experience with technical training in surface water and groundwater monitoring, hydrology, GIS, and data management; has strong written and verbal communication skills; is comfortable speaking in front of large audiences of various backgrounds, and enjoys collaborative processes.

• Public Works Department Assignment: Assist in ongoing long-range planning for Recycling and Solid Waste Services including franchise agreement for recyclables, organics and refuse collection and planning for transfer station and organics processing facility. Drafts solid waste related ordinances. Implements existing ordinances for universal collection service, recycling, environmentally acceptable packaging, single-use bags, cups and electronic waste and oversees sharps and pharmaceutical retail take-back stewardship plan. Position tracks legislation and gives progress reports to Local Task Force and Commission on the Environment. Position writes Board resolutions in support of legislation and prepares grant applications and ordinances that support extended producer responsibility and are beneficial to County’s zero waste goals. Position represents County as subject matter expert on recycling and solid waste to elected officials and legislative staff and handles media and public inquiries.

Employment Standards

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of training and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

One year of demonstrated professional resource planning experience equivalent to a Resource Planner I at Santa Cruz County. For more information on required experience for a Resource Planner II use the following link: Resource Planner Job Specifications

Possession of a Master in Science Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in natural, physical or environmental sciences or a closely related field. A degree program that includes an internship in a public planning agency in highly desirable. 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License or the employee must be able to provide suitable transportation that is approved by the appointing authority.

Knowledge: Working knowledge of the principles, practices and trends of resource planning or to the specialty area to which assigned; principles of biology, geology, hydrology, water quality, solid waste management or watershed management pertaining to land use planning; resource methodology and standard statistical procedures applied to resource data; laws, ordinances and regulations relating to resource planning; purposes and policies, procedures and regulations of a County planning department and resource administration; principles and techniques of gathering and analyzing data; and techniques of public presentation.

Ability to: Read and interpret plans, specifications and engineering reports; collect, compile, analyze and evaluate technical, statistical and related resource data; provide services to the public in a courteous and effective manner; participate cooperatively and effectively as a contributing team member; walk over rough terrain and through streambeds; produce acceptable work commensurate with the level of appointment within assigned timeframes; learn to input, access and analyze data using a computer; prepare and present studies and reports, orally, written and graphically; synthesize and explain technical data to non-scientific people; speak effectively before groups; interpret, explain and apply laws, ordinances, rules and regulations; develop and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, officials and personnel from other agencies; and interpret maps and aerial photos.


ANNUAL LEAVE - 22 days first year, increasing to 37 days after 15 years of service. Available for vacation and/or sick leave.
HOLIDAYS - 13 paid holidays per year.
BEREAVEMENT LEAVE - 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.
MEDICAL PLAN - The County contracts with CalPERS for a variety of medical plans. For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and eligible dependents.
DENTAL PLAN - County pays for employee and eligible dependent coverage.
VISION PLAN - County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage.
RETIREMENT - Pension formula 2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 as determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013(PEPRA). Pension benefit determined by final average compensation of three years. County participates in Social Security.
LIFE INSURANCE - County paid $20,000 term policy. Employee may purchase additional life insurance.
DISABILITY INSURANCE - Employees in the General Representation Unit participate in the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program. This program is funded 100% by employee payroll deductions.
DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN - Employees who make contributions for child or dependent care may elect to have their contributions made utilizing “pre-tax dollars.”
H-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay a County medical premium may elect this pre-tax program.
HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) - Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION - A deferred compensation plan is available to employees

Selection Plan

THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training, and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application and supplemental questionnaire. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months, and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application and supplemental questionnaire. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply Online Now!  Click on the link below; or print out an application and supplemental questionnaire and mail/bring them to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.  For information, call (831) 454-2600.  Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711.  Applications will meet the final filing date if received in one of the following ways:  1) in the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before midnight of the final filing date.

Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  If you have a disability that requires test accommodation, please call (831) 454-2600.

To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.

Some positions may require fingerprinting and/or background investigation.

NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

County of Santa Cruz


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