Principal Environmental Planner

Merced, CA

Posted: 9/15/21
Deadline: 12/2/21
Salary: $75,000 - $79,000

About This Organization

University of California Merced

About UC Merced

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

The University of California, Merced, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and has a strong institutional commitment to the principles of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its essential values of leadership, diversity, engagement and sustainability The ideal candidate will have strong demonstrated accomplishments in areas contributing to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a desire to play a leadership role in advancing UC Merced’s achievement of excellence right here in California’s Central Valley.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.
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Smoke and Tobacco Free Policy:
The University of California, Merced is a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

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Job Duties

Principal Environmental Planner

University of California Merced

Hiring Range

$75,000 – $79,000

Job Closing Date

Initial applicant review will take place on or about September 27, 2021. Posting will close upon selection without notice any time after 9/27.

About the Department

Physical and Environmental Planning is a department within Physical Operations, Planning & Development (POPD), the organization responsible for UC Merced’s physical infrastructure and operations. Physical and Environmental Planning supports UC Merced’s academic vision by developing the framework for a distinctive physical environment that contributes to high-quality learning, work, and living environment. Activities and services include: Preparing planning studies and evaluations for complex land use issues to support executive campus decision making. Directing environmental permitting activities that include coordinating CEQA review and environmental compliance on all campus capital projects.

About the Job

The Principal Environmental Planner uses skills as an experienced planning professional with a full understanding of planning, finance, quantitative analysis and knowledge of project development; full range of planning and financial expertise, resolves a wide range of planning and capital budget issues. Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for analysis and obtaining solutions. Operates with considerable independence in concept planning, project definition and feasibility determination in support of planning studies, capital projects and capital financial plan. Provides planning support for the Physical and Environmental Planning work program that includes the following work items: implement, prepare updates and amendments to the Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) and Physical Design Framework (PDF) policy documents; prepare and maintain technical building standards and guidelines; implement California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and state and federal regulatory environmental permit conditions; support the campus Planning and Working Committee (PWC); Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Land Use (CACLU); Design Review Committee (DRC); and 2020 Project Governance Board; provide written/graphic reports including PowerPoint presentations on various aspects of UC Merced’s campus buildings and lands; and maintain and update as needed the Physical and Environmental Planning website. Knowledgeable in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing and demonstrate proficiency in ESRI ArcGIS Perform a variety of complex GIS related work, including, spatial data analysis and creating and manipulating data and maps. This position requires the exercise of judgment and requires specialized professional knowledge of computers, databases, GIS and AutoCAD systems.


• Provides staff physical and environmental planning services for major campus planning studies and capital project development and infrastructure projects. Prepare updates and amendments to UC Merced environmental and land use policy documents, including but not limited to, the Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) and Physical Design Framework (PDF); Prepares and maintains technical building guidelines and conceptual designs for specific campus improvement projects, and provide written/graphic reports on various aspects of UC Merced’s campus buildings and lands.
• Prepares and processes California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance documents for campus development and infrastructure projects; Implement CEQA/Environmental Impact Report (EIR) requirements and permit conditions for campus development projects that include monitoring environmental impacts associated with aesthetics, cultural resources, transportation, air quality, biological and storm water; and track CEQA implementation through the preparation of the annual Mitigation Monitoring Reporting Program (MMRP).
• Manages and maintains planning project data files; creates files as needed for routine and ad hoc reporting. Analyzes, verifies and reconciles technical data for accuracy and consistency. Develops and produces written/graphic reports including GIS/AutoCAD and PowerPoint presentations on various aspects of UC Merced’s campus buildings and lands. Maintain and update as needed the Physical and Environmental Planning website.
• Support the campus Planning and Working Committee (PWC); Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Land Use (CACLU); Design Review Committee (DRC); and the 2020 Project Governance Board.



• Thorough knowledge/skill in financial analysis, economics, forecasting, and/or planning-related fields.
• Strong analytical skills required. Relational data base experience/knowledge required. Experience with report writers required. Experience using graphics, spreadsheets (Excel), pivot table, word processing and common office software, including Power Point required.
• Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen required.
• Strong organizational and time management skills required. Must be able to work on multiple projects concurrently and work within deadlines with occasional over time required.
• General knowledge of finance, higher education, capital projects and planning preferred. (Preferred)
• Must be able to work both independently and within a team and handle sensitive data professionally. Able to work with a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds.

Background Check

Background check and fingerprinting will be required.

Policy Statement

How to Apply:
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Pay, Benefits & Work Schedule:
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Required Qualifications



• Bachelor’s degree in business, architecture, urban planning, economics, finance, geography, environmental design or related area and three years of progressively responsible related experience.


$75,000 - $79,000

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