Regional Energy and Climate Change Planning
SANDAG recognizes the importance of energy and climate change planning to regional goals for improved quality of life and sustainable development, and the strong nexus among energy and climate change issues and land use and transportation planning. The region’s policymakers have adopted a proactive and industry-leading approach to this important program area.
Through close collaboration with member agencies and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), the Regional Energy and Climate Change Planning team supports energy and climate change planning at the local and regional levels through initiatives related to energy efficiency, transportation, zero emission vehicles, renewable energy, and climate change adaptation. The team oversees programs that deliver technical services, analysis, and data monitoring in support of local and regional energy and climate change planning, and participates in various collaborative regional planning activities related to energy and climate change, including the SANDAG Regional Energy Working Group.
Working in collaboration with member agencies, SDG&E, and other stakeholders, the person selected for this position will assist with local energy/climate planning and activities to reduce energy and/or greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
This is a Limited-Term employment opportunity and is expected to be funded through December 2020. 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 or urban planning, climate change or energy policy/planning, environmental sustainability, economics, public/business administration, or a related field and one to four years of recent work experience in the field of sustainable energy or climate change planning. 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.
- How would you explain the purpose and relevance of a local climate action plan to someone who is unfamiliar, and what are some of the major trends and biggest challenges related to local climate action planning?
- Describe an interdisciplinary planning project or study you have been involved in. What were your specific role(s) in the overall project or study and what actions did you take to contribute to the overall success of the project or study?
SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers competitive salaries and benefits.
This position is Open until Filled. The first review of applications for the Regional Energy/Climate Planner position will begin on Friday, March 16, 2018.
Location/Region: San Diego, CA (US - 92101)