Announcement: ODOT17-0847oc Region Environmental Coordinator – Environmental Program Coordinator 3 Highway Division – Region 5 La Grande
The region environmental program coordinator is responsible for delivering all environmental work required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on time and on budget for transportation projects and related activities, and to ensure that the department environmental goals are met. As the successful candidate, you will classify the work under NEPA, and lead a team of environmental specialists who conduct all environmental activities as they relate to a transportation project, which includes reconnaissance, development, construction and maintenance activities.
We invite members of all diverse communities to join our workforce as we endeavor to best serve Oregonians from every background. ODOT values diversity and inclusion because they are good for Oregon. We believe that by welcoming differences, encouraging new ideas and views, listening to and learning from each other, and providing opportunities for professional enrichment we are better able to serve those around us. We thank you for considering this employment opportunity.
This is a limited duration appointment that is expected to end on or before June 30, 2019. Limited duration appointments are benefits eligible and have a designated maximum length of service. This position could become permanent due to a change in business needs.
This position is currently included in a statewide classification study. The classification and salary are subject to change.
This position is represented by the Association of Engineering Employees of Oregon (AEE).
Project Selection & Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) Development The region environmental coordinator (REC) provides environmental coordination and information that bears on the selection of projects, their NEPA classification, and placement in the STIP. The REC is responsible for projects of varying complexity, including but not limited to:
Perform independent field and literature scoping, writes the preliminary assessment of a proposed project's environmental effects, determines constraints on the project development schedule, and establishes overall duration for environmental work.
Identify the NEPA classification based on project impacts to environmental resources, environmental data, policy and guidelines, classification criteria, and public controversy.
Write the project scoping documents to assess the environmental impacts and constraints on projects.
Monitor, review, and maintain quality control of project scoping documents prepared by local jurisdictions and consultants.
Review deliverables of other REC's.
Solution Development and PDT Participation
Develop solutions that are consistent with ODOT's strategic direction.
Participate on Project Development Teams (PDT).
Alert the PDT and/or participating local jurisdictions to potential environmental problems.
Prepare environmental baseline reports.
Assist the region environmental unit manager with environmental resourcing needs for projects.
Coordinate with ODOT environmental specialists in the production of the necessary technical reports for the development of transportation projects.
Monitor projects for change in scope and coordinate with the ODOT environmental specialists.
Coordinates with ODOT environmental specialists and with environmental regulatory agencies to obtain permits.
Coordinate with local, state, and federal agencies to obtain environmental clearances for projects.
Coordinate and facilitate efforts to provide the necessary Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) documentation to complete NEPA.
Manage consultant contracts.
Review construction plans to ensure environmental compliance.
Prepare environmental contract specifications.
Establish budget and schedules for environmental work and monitors schedules and budgets to ensure delivery of the environmental work on time and on budget and sets priorities for managing the workload.
Environmental Compliance Support for Construction & Maintenance Activities
The REC is the Region's initial contact/resource for environmental issues involving construction/maintenance and operation programs.
Lead region environmental specialists and state and federal environmental regulatory agencies in environmentally related programs.
Coordinate and assists in the training for environmental subjects delivered to construction crews, maintenance staff and new employees.
Conduct project environmental inspections.
Answer/resolve environmental questions/issues for construction and maintenance activities.
Coordinate ODOT's environmental stewardship and other statewide programs for the region.
Coordinate the section response to surplus property reviews by right-of-way.
Respond to emergencies as needed.
Assist other region environmental staff as needed.
Track project schedules and keeps tracking documentation up to date.
Perform special assignments as directed by the unit manager.
Assist in the orientation and training of lower level environmental staff members.
General office environment with extensive use of a computer.
Periodic trips throughout the region are required for field work. This includes some overnight trips.
Field work is often done alone and involves walking along highways and bridges which can expose the individual to traffic hazards, construction equipment hazards, and sometimes in uneven terrain in remote locations.
Three (3) years of environmental analysis or resource project management experience. One (1) year of which must have included research design and analysis; AND
A Bachelor's degree with 30 quarter or 20 semester hours in an environmental science, a physical science, a natural science, engineering, or a closely-related field.
Three (3) additional years of environmental analysis or resource project management experience may substitute for the bachelor's degree.
NOTE: You must attach transcripts to your application to receive credit for coursework.
Special Qualifications Driving is an essential function of this position. A valid driver license and an acceptable driving record are required for this position. We will conduct pre-employment driving records checks on our final candidate(s).
Preferred Attributes We may show preference to candidates whose application materials demonstrate the following preferred attributes. We will use the items on this list along with our essay-style supplemental questions to determine whom to interview.
Conducting environmental analysis or managing environmental components of transportation related projects experience.
Knowledge and application of environmental regulations (NEPA, Endangered Species Act, and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act).
Collaboration with multiple jurisdictions (federal, state, and local) to deliver projects.
Managing multiple projects, coordinating with technical colleagues.
Transportation systems experience.
For more information and/or to apply online, visit www.odotjobs.com; search for ODOT17-0847oc. This opportunity closes at 11:59 pm on September 14, 2017.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive wages plus excellent benefits package.
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) works to provide a safe, efficient transportation system that supports economic opportunity and livable communities for Oregonians.
We invite members of all diverse communities to join our workforce as we endeavor to best serve Oregonians from every background. ODOT values diversity and inclusion because they are good for Oregon. We believe that... by welcoming differences, encouraging new ideas and views, listening to and learning from each other, and providing opportunities for professional enrichment we are better able to serve those around us. We thank you for considering this employment opportunity.