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Environmental Planner

Southern Georgia Regional Commission

Posted: Apr. 25, 2018

End Date: Jun. 25, 2018

The Southern Georgia Regional Commission is seeking a professional planner to lead the environmental planning and water quality programs of the 18-county region. Duties include development of plans related to environmental concerns for the region, including water quality best management practices for agriculture, municipal, commercial and industrial use.  Helps source and secure funding from regional, state and federal sources.  Performs budget analysis and time allocation associated with grant opportunities. Valid driver’s license, MVR, and pre-employment drug test required.  Email resume and cover letter to Corey Hull at chull@sgrc.us. Position will remain posted until it is filled. Salary commensurate with experience. EOE. 
JOB TITLE:  Environmental Planner                                                                                             CED/9
DEPARTMENT:  Transportation and Environment
JOB SUMMARY: This position is responsible for providing environmental planning technical assistance to local governments, organizations, and individuals. This position involves interaction with local governments throughout an 18-county region. The SGRC is a regional planning and intergovernmental coordination agency providing services in transportation, environmental, and local community planning; workforce training; aging services; GIS mapping; IT support services; small business loans; and community and economic development.
     o   Performs local and regional environmental planning duties, environmental studies, and assessments.
o    Develops plans related to environmental concerns for the region, including water quality best management practices for agriculture, municipal, commercial and industrial use.
o    Meets with government officials, conservation groups, business leaders, farmers and educators regarding environmental opportunities within the region; participates in local meetings and conferences concerning environmental issues.
o    Develops educational and promotional materials for available programs within the region.
o    Identifies problematic and potentially problematic environmental issues within the region.
o    Participates in field work, including water sampling and photography.
o    Helps source and secure funding from regional, state and federal sources.
o    Performs budget analysis and time allocation associated with grant opportunities.
o    Performs other related duties as assigned.
o    Knowledge of regional planning and environmental planning techniques and methods.
o    Knowledge GPS equipment operation.
o    Knowledge of research processes and statistical analysis and interpretation.
o    Knowledge of public administration and government jurisdiction interrelationships.
o    Knowledge of local, regional, state, and federal regulations, laws, and funding sources.
o    Knowledge of commission policies and procedures.
o    Skill in conducting related research.
o    Skill in preparing and presenting planning reports.

o    Skill in operating a personal computer and various software programs.
o    Skill in developing and implementing programs.
o    Skill in computer operations.
o    Skill in operating standard office equipment and cameras.
o    Skill in making public presentations.
o    Skill in oral and written communication and interpersonal relations.
SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:  The Planning Director assigns work in terms of general instructions.  The supervisor reviews completed work for compliance with procedures, accuracy, and the nature and propriety of the final results.
GUIDELINES:  Guidelines include the stormwater regulations, erosion and sedimentation regulations, and Department of Natural resources rules and regulations. These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application. 
COMPLEXITY:  The work consists of varied planning duties.  The variety and number of projects and the need for sensitivity to political, social, and economic factors contribute to the complexity of the work.
SCOPE AND EFFECT:  The purpose of this position is to provide professional planning support for the commission’s environmental planning activities. Successful performance contributes to an improved quality of life for area residents.
PERSONAL CONTACTS:  Contacts are typically with co-workers, representatives of member governments, farmers, industry representatives,  relevant state and federal agency officials, and the general public.
PURPOSE OF CONTACTS:  Contacts are typically to give and exchange information, provide services, and resolve problems.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:   The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table or while intermittently sitting, standing, stooping, walking, bending or crouching. The employee frequently lifts light and occasionally heavy objects and distinguishes between shades of color.
WORK ENVIRONMENT:   The work is typically performed in an office and outdoors, occasionally in cold or inclement weather. The employee is exposed to dust, dirt, grease, irritating chemicals, and contagious or infectious diseases. Work requires the use of protective devices such as masks, goggles, gloves, etc.
o    Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of a baccalaureate degree in a course of study related to the occupational field.
o    Sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position, usually associated with the completion of an apprenticeship/internship or having had a similar position for one to two years.
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license issued by the State of Georgia for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
Successful candidate must have excellent ability to produce written narrative, be a self-starter, and be willing to work independently (and in teams) and meet deadlines. Candidate should have excellent computer skills, including those needed for social media networking. Successful candidate should be familiar with the SGRC and our various programs and activities found on our website at www.sgrc.us
This position is based in our Valdosta, GA office. This position is a full-time (37.5 hours/week) position. Candidates should submit cover letter, resume (or statement of class work) and references to: Corey Hull, SGRC, via email at chull@sgrc.us. Driver’s License, MVR, drug test required. EOE. Resumes will be accepted until position is filled.