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Senior Environmental Specialist - Time-Limited

County of Sonoma
Santa Rosa, California, United States
30+ days ago


Permit Sonoma seeks two highly-skilled environmental professionals with technical expertise in environmental review and natural resources management related to fire ecology, forestry, vegetation management, and/or wildfire resiliency.

Starting salary up to $48.69/hour ($101,621/year), a cash allowance of $600/month, and a competitive total compensation package!*

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development. You can also look forward to flexible work arrangements and excellent benefits* including:

  • A hybrid telework schedule that meets the needs of our staff, department operations, and the communities we serve
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County paid 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options

Permit Sonoma is recruiting to fill two Senior Environmental Specialist positions to support their wildfire resiliency efforts under the FEMA Grant Program which is currently funded through May 3, 2025. These positions will work to support Permit Sonoma's Fire Prevention and Natural Resources Divisions by ensuring the environmental compliance of large-scale FEMA grant projects such as defensible space/structure hardening (House-Out) and vegetation management (Fire-In). To effectively provide support via phone, email, and in-person, these positions perform a mixture of fieldwork, telework, and on-site work at various County worksites, depending upon the department's needs.

*Salary is negotiable within the established range and benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. This recruitment is open continuously and may close at any time without notice. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted. For more information, including minimum qualifications, & to apply, visit or call 707-565-2331. The County of Sonoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity and are committed to having a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. Apply Now


As our ideal candidate, you will bring your:

  • Experience in environmental review and permitting, including CEQA and NEPA; CalFire VTP application procedures; Section 401 certifications; cultural review, incidental take, stormwater, and Section 404 permits; and/or lake and streambed alteration agreements
  • Specific technical expertise in biological or ecological disciplines (fire ecology, forestry, landscape ecology, field botany, rare species, etc.) and/or physical process disciplines (hydrology, geology, hydrogeology, water quality, stormwater, etc.)
  • Ability to effectively managed work priorities and met deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Skill for successfully balancing competing needs that often arise during controversial construction projects involving sensitive landscapes
  • Good judgment when gathering, analyzing, and using data to clearly communicate through written reports and verbal presentations
  • Ability to effectively communicate with regulatory agencies, the public, developers, and elected officials

Job Information

  • Job ID: 63916718
  • Location:
    Santa Rosa, California, United States
  • Position Title: Senior Environmental Specialist - Time-Limited
  • Company Name For Job: County of Sonoma
  • Industry: General Environmental
  • Job Function: Planner-Environmental
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: 2-3 Years
  • Required Travel: None
  • Salary: $83,610.00 - $101,621.00 (Yearly Salary)
Santa Rosa , California , United States

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