Environmental Planning Program
The Department of Land Use and Transportation Planning (LUTP) provides the regional framework to connect land use to transportation systems, respond to population growth, preserve the environment, and sustain economic prosperity. San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan is a long-range plan that is a blueprint for a sustainable future for the San Diego region, and envisions a more sustainable future that includes new investment in the region’s transportation system, preservation of more open space areas to preserve natural habitat, reliance on renewable energy, and planning for and adapting to a changing climate in the San Diego Region.
The Environmental Planning team provides expertise to the agency by leading the environmental review, permitting, and regulatory compliance activities for the SANDAG Capital Improvement Program, as well as conducting the environmental review for agency planning programs, the most notable of which is San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan. The 2019 Regional Plan is currently underway and The Plan and the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) are scheduled for final consideration by the SANDAG Board of Directors in October 2019.
The Environmental Planner will support preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan. This position will coordinate with other SANDAG departments and divisions to gather and relay information needed for preparation of EIR, prepare certain sections of the EIR, and support the review of consultant work products.
This is a Limited-Term position and is expected to be funded through December 31, 2019. Limited-Term employees are considered to be “at-will” and receive many of the benefits of Regular employees.
The minimum education, training, and experience qualifications include a bachelor’s degree with major course work in regional/environmental planning, environmental science, geography, public administration, or a related field, and one to four years of recent experience in the field of environmental planning, preferably with exposure to program-level CEQA review. A Master’s degree is desirable.
SANDAG rewards the efforts of its employees with a comprehensive compensation package. Competitive salaries are supplemented with a flexible offering of health, financial security, and time-off benefits to meet the work and life needs of employees and their families.
How to Apply
A complete job announcement can be seen under the Job Openings tab on the SANDAG website at www.sandag.org/jobs. We encourage all interested candidates to apply for this position by completing a SANDAG employment application form. Resumes, cover letters, and work samples may be submitted in addition to the employment application but are not a substitute for this document.
The employment application can be downloaded in PDF format from the SANDAG website at www.sandag.org/jobs. Alternatively, a copy can be requested by calling (619) 699-1900 or emailing
To help us further evaluate the skills and experience of individuals interested in this position, applicants are asked to respond to the Supplemental Questions below. The information can be up to 500 words per question and should be submitted with the Employment Application. This is considered a required component of the application; applications received without a response will be screened out of the selection process.
- Describe an environmental planning or review project you have been involved in. What was your role in the project and what actions did you take to contribute to the success of the project?
- How would you explain the purpose of CEQA and its role in the planning process to someone who is unfamiliar with this environmental law?
SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers competitive salaries and benefits.
Applications for the Environmental Planner position will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2018.
Location/Region: San Diego, CA (US - 92101)