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OC Public Works: Senior Environmental Resources Specialist (OC Infrastructure)

OCPW is looking for an experienced Senior Environmental Resources Specialists in the specialized area of Regulatory Permitting, River/Habitat Restoration and Biological Compliance.

The Regulatory Permitting Team, within Infrastructure Programs, oversees the permitting of the Capital Improvement Program, as well as the Maintenance Improvement Program and routine maintenance for OCPW. The Senior Environmental Resource Specialist would be expected to work with other teams throughout OCPW and other County agencies to ensure that all of our work is conducted in a manner that minimizes impacts to the environment, seeks opportunities to enhance the environment and ensures that all activities comply with the various environmental legislation.

The successful candidate would be expected to have experience in the following:

  • Balancing the needs of flood and infrastructure with the environment

  • Experience in designing and/or implementing river restoration techniques

  • Experience with environmentally sustainable erosion control measures (Bio-engineering)

  • Writing and reviewing regulatory permits (Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreements, Clean Water Act Section 404 Permits and Section 401 Certification and Coastal Development Permits)

  • Negotiating with regulators

  • Developing habitat mitigation plans

  • Reviewing environmental documents

  • Experience conducting environmental compliance in the field (ideally including conducting bird nesting surveys, as well as habitat and aquatic delineation surveys)

  • Effective communication across all levels within the County and externally.

  • Experience with CEQA and various other environmental regulations, including the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Fish & Game Code, Clean Water Act, and applicable Natural Community Conservation Plans (NCCP)/Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP).

  • Reviewing construction and operational plans and documenting and advising on impact avoidance and minimization measures for compliance with permit conditions and mitigation measures and incorporate restoration measures where feasible

  • Preparing routine reports documenting habitat mitigation areas status as required by regulatory permits.

  • Training OCPW staff in identifying and appropriate avoidance of native habitats and species in compliance with applicable laws and regulations or permits.

  • Closely monitoring every phase of construction at project sites for compliance with biological permits and plans and environmental legislation.

  • Creating maps, exhibits, reports, and presentations to inform decision makers, state and federal resource agency staff, including use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or other aerial mapping software.

Location: Orange County, CA

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