Position Title: Planner III – Environmental, Commerce City

Position Posting: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/ccco/jobs/3252294/planner-iii-environmental

General Purpose

From its beginnings as a junction for railroads and highways, Commerce City, located in Adams County, is now one of the state’s fastest-growing cities, with a population of 64,000–the 18th most populous city in the state. The eventual buildout of this community is 180,000 people and will result in Commerce City being one of Denver’s largest suburbs.

Commerce City is redefining itself for the next generation by building on historic values of community, industry, agriculture, and family. The City is a safe, diverse, and welcoming community with 25 miles of trails, a championship golf course, 840 acres of open space and parks, and 1,300 thriving businesses. In a recent annual resident survey, 80% of respondents feel safe in their neighborhood while 75% rated their neighborhood as a good place to live.

About the Position

The Commerce City Environmental Planner position has been created to provide leadership and direction for the City’s environmental programs, covering all aspects of the environment and sustainability. The successful candidate will have a bias for action, be a doer, a deal maker, and a creator.

This position develops, recommends, and implements strategies and policies regarding environmental projects, strategic and master plans, and Oil and Gas development within the city. Acts as a case manager for complex land use applications with an environmental component. Creates, coordinates, and manages the social, economic, and environmental aspects of energy, waste reduction, and brownfield programs; fosters relationships with landfill operators, industry groups, special districts, public utility companies; and provides a high level of customer service to the community members and other city departments.

The hiring range for this position is $71,987 – $89,984 annually.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Coordinates programs to improve energy efficiency, alternative energy sources, green building development, waste management and recycling, and climate adaptation and resiliency in the community and in the city organization. Explores partnerships with vendors and outside government agencies, private entities, businesses, and others to provide such services to the City.
  • Provides case management, plan review, and referral comment on city land use applications that have an environmental component or concern.
  • Identifies and develops external funding opportunities, including funding from grants and incentive programs.
  • Develops programs or manages external consultants to develop city environmental plans and programs, solar inventory and other energy initiatives, air quality monitoring programs, and negotiates and manages contracts.
  • Fulfills all responsibilities as Local Government Designee (LGD) for Commerce City, including overseeing air monitoring system for all oil and gas well sites.
  • Serves as a liaison between the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), natural resources agencies, nonprofits, Commerce City residents, and City Council regarding environmental issues within the city. Increases professional knowledge and development regarding local clean energy policies and regulations through meetings/conferences and educational opportunities.
  • Serves as a contact person regarding large-scale solar applications, including coordination with relevant stakeholders to increase understanding of and develop best practices for solar-related projects.
  • Works with various city departments to identify and prioritize sustainability activities, garners their support for completion of projects, and reports on progress.
  • Increases the public’s environmental awareness by developing educational public outreach materials.
  • Advocates mitigation of significant impacts by land uses, including siting options that address land-use conflicts, reduce the aesthetic impact on neighboring dwellings, and provides recommendations to City Council or other agencies for legislative or regulatory initiatives.
  • Researches and coordinates with the city’s legal team to prepare and deliver ordinance or text changes for amendments to the Land Development Code, Comprehensive Plan, Revised Municipal Code, and other city-adopted plans. Prepares staff memos with recommended changes and presents proposed changes in Planning Commission and City Council meetings
  • Manages special projects, such as the sustainability action plan, green infrastructure plan, and low impact development regulations.
  • All employees must model and demonstrate the City Values at all times during the course of employment; to include: Integrity, Collaboration, Innovation, Respect, and Excellence.
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in Planning, Environmental Planning, Public Administration, Urban Design or related field from an accredited college or university and four years of relevant experience, or Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Urban Design, Environmental Planning, Public Administration or related field from an accredited college or university with five years of relevant experience. An equivalent combination of training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered. Minimum of two years experience working on environmental or Oil and Gas issues with experience in development and administration of environmental programs and long-term impacts preferred. Must possess a valid driver’s license. AICP, LEED AP, EcoDistricts certifications preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of zoning, subdivision standards, and other principles of land use regulation
  • Relevant federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes.
  • Reclamation of sites, brownfield management, and environmental impact issues. Oil and gas drilling operations, as well as COGCC operations.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of current environmental issues, best practices, and trends.
  • Ability to research, analyze and present data related to sustainability, energy efficiency, and conservation. Ability to define goals, performance metrics, and a long-range plan for such items.
  • Strong knowledge of the professional language and terminology used in urban planning and environmental planning
  • Strong research and analysis skills for understanding and applying industry standards and changes to local issues
  • Strong interpersonal and conflict resolution skills
  • Good technical, graphic, mathematical, computer, general office, and organizational skills
  • Skill in public speaking to make presentations at public hearings and neighborhood meetings
  • Ability to present cases or amendments and answer questions at Planning Commission and City Council study sessions and attends City Council meetings, advisory committees, or other city boards and commissions.
  • Ability to convey and exchange information
  • Ability to negotiate solutions among groups with diverse and conflicting needs
  • Ability to focus attention to details when reviewing and preparing maps, reports, and records
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, consultants, contractors, developers, City employees, and the general public.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects and tasks, with special skills in project management.

Equipment Used, Work Environment and Physical Activities

  • Driving: May need, or have ability, to drive a city or personal vehicle in the normal course of business
  • Office Equipment: Daily use of computer, keyboard, copier, scanner, printer, calculator, phone (desk and cell). Daily use of software programs including planning and design software, GIS software, and Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook, Word, Excel.
  • Other Equipment: Large format printers and copiers
  • Physical Activities: Sits for long periods of time; light physical activity that may include walking, standing, stooping, bending, reaching, lifting and carrying. Requires continuous and repetitive arm-hand-eye movement
  • Lifting: Ability to lift, carry, and exert up to 25 pounds
  • Vision and Hearing: Must have visual acuity to see and read paper and electronic documents. Must be able to answer telephones, communicate conversation and respond to verbal inquires
  • Schedule: Position generally scheduled Monday – Friday; occasionally weekend work. Will require attendance at evening meetings, council sessions or after-hour events.  May require attendance at off-site meetings.
  • Exposure to Environmental Conditions: Position generally works in an office setting with overhead lighting and long periods of screen time. May be exposed to extreme heat, cold, dry, wet, odors, smoke, loud noises, vibrations, dust or intense light.
  • Additional Working conditions: May be required to visit external, non-city work sites with the City having limited control over the work environment.
  • NOTE: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications. Employees are accountable for all duties associated with this position.

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