Environmental Coordinator (#RE1425)
$34.00-$41.32 Hourly / $5,892.82-$7,162.76 Monthly / $70,713.89-$85,953.17 Yearly


Under direction, performs responsible administrative and technical work in reviewing and analyzing the environmental impacts of public works engineering projects including road and bridge construction, flood control, utility and solid waste projects; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3 Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is a single position class in the Public Works Department. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring that all Public Works engineering projects receive appropriate environmental review, for coordinating consultant studies, for interface with various regulatory and permitting agencies, and for representing the department interests before boards, commission's agencies and the public.


  • Reviews projects to determine level of review required; assesses compliance with environmental regulations and policies; conducts field and technical research to compile data; evaluates impact of road and bridge construction, flood control, utility, solid waste and other engineering projects and determines appropriate mitigation measures.
  • Reviews project descriptions and estimates costs; prepares requests for proposal for environmental consulting work; negotiates and administers contracts with consultants; review consultant progress and product to ensure work is completed timely and in accordance with County and regulatory requirements; authorizes payment.
  • Prepares negative declarations and notices of exemption; negotiates mitigation methods and permit conditions with regulatory agencies; performs environmental monitoring to ensure compliance with permit conditions.
  • Prepares permit applications to regulatory and other agencies; presents applications and environmental documents in public hearings; coordinates the process with department staff.
  • Serves as internal consultant to Public Works and County staff; reviews and determines impact of new or proposed legislation; interprets and applies local, state and federal environmental quality, historical, and archeological protection regulations.
  • May conduct surveys to determine number and species of plants, fish and wildlife resources, including endangered species; prepares plans to restore or relocated vegetation or animal habitat in affected areas.
  • May prepare routine environmental documents.


Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in environmental studies, environmental law, planning, geography, biology, botany, zoology, horticulture, or other life science or closely related field.

Experience: One year of experience in one or more of the following areas: conducting environmental studies or environmental monitoring; performing planning or environmental review for construction projects; and/or designing and developing construction projects.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may substitute for the education on a year for year basis.

License: Possession of a valid California driver's license.


Applicable federal and state regulations including CEQA, NEPA and the associated environmental review process and documents; methods and techniques to assess and analyze environmental impact on wildlife, plant and other natural resources; field and technical research practices; methods and techniques for compiling, organizing and presenting data; methods for mitigating and restoring environmental impacts.


Interpret and apply environmental regulations; communicate effectively, orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with regulatory agencies, public agencies, consultants; members of the public, county and department staff and others encountered in the course of business; make public presentations to staff, management, agency representatives, governing bodies and the public; prepare narrative and statistical reports; explain complex information; serve as liaison with regulatory agencies; negotiate and administer contracts; read and apply engineering documents; organize and prioritize work.


Mobility-Ability to sit for long periods, move about an office, reach above and below desk level; move about in a field setting including uneven terrain; Dexterity-Sufficient to operate a key board; handle individual papers; write and take notes; Lifting-Occasional lifting of papers, files, equipment and material weighing up to 25 pounds; Visual Requirements-Ability to read case files and computer screens and do close-up work; ability to see and recognize plants, and wildlife; Hearing/Talking-Ability to hear normal speech, hear on the telephone, talk in person, and talk on the telephone; Emotional/Psychological Factors-Exposure to field conditions including wet, cold and hot weather; poisonous plants and wildlife; occasional public contact and public presentations; ability to make decisions and concentrate, occasional evening and weekend work; regular travel within the County.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RE1425; EST: 5/9/2001;