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Job Category: Management planner
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: St. Charles Parish

Job Details

Full-time $21.48 / hour
Under general supervision, performs administrative, professional, and technical work in planning and coordinating the Coastal Zone Management Section of the Department of Planning and Zoning. Employee is responsible for the planning, development, coordination, and administration of a program to manage the parish’s renewable and non-renewable resources within the wetland areas of its jurisdiction. Work involves coordinating the activities of the Parish Coastal Zone Advisory Committee (CZAC); providing technical assistance; reviewing and preparing comments for the parish governing authority relative to permits from state and federal agencies for proposed activities in the Parish’s wetlands and environmentally sensitive areas; inspecting and directing the inspection of permitted coastal zone activities and environmental protection projects and problems; ensuring compliance with established mitigative conditions on such permits; administering grants and contracts with state and federal agencies related to Coastal Zone Management and environmental activities; responding to inquiries from Parish officials and the general public; planning and directing water related recreational facilities; and conducting tours of environmentally significant areas. Reports to the Planning & Zoning Director.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
  • Coordinates the activities of the Parish Coastal Zone Advisory Committee (CZAC); attends all Coastal Zone Advisory Committee meetings; provides technical expertise as necessary to implement a Coastal Zone Management program for the parish; reviews environmental concerns effecting the Parish; and makes recommendations to the Council concerning state and federal coastal use permits effecting the Parish’s wetlands.
  • Reviews and prepares comments for the parish governing authority relative to permits from state and federal agencies for proposed activities in the Parish’s wetlands and environmentally sensitive areas; develops the necessary legislation and administrative processes for reviewing, issuing, and monitoring permits for uses of local concern, of greater than local benefits, affecting regional, state, or national interests, and those uses within designated special areas.
  • Directs the inspection of permitted coastal zone activities; inspects environmental protection projects in the field; investigates environmental problems in the field; formulates solutions concerning environmental problems; and ensures compliance with established mitigative conditions on such permits.
  • Manages and administers state and federal grants providing for fiscal assistance in the development of the Coastal Zone Management and environmental activities; assists in preparing annual program budget; initiates and supervises outside professional service contracts and documents; and requisitions all expenditures for local reimbursement. Provides minutes and written reports of the Coastal Zone Advisory Committee to the Coastal Management Section and Coastal Restoration Section of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources as they become available concerning: accomplishment of contractual tasks, proceeding of CZAC meeting, and reports developed in conjunction with the CZAC or the Council.
  • Identifies and describes the existing potential resource use conflicts including their location and severity.
  • Develops goals and objectives and policies for the management of the Parish’s coastal zone.
  • Develops procedures providing for the full participation of federal, state, local, and municipal governmental bodies, and the general public in the development and implementation of the Parish program.
  • Describes and lists those areas and uses that will normally require local coastal use permits.
  • Plans and directs water related recreational facilities; inspects and supervises inspections and related investigations by appropriate personnel of seismic activities, all oil and gas permits, permits for the construction of board roads, pipeline, or other linear facilities, permits for dredging or channelization activities within the parish’s wetlands, and all other activities as permitted under the provisions of the Army Corp of Engineers 404 permitting process and the state Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Zone Management Program; and assists the general public with the completion of coastal use permit applications.
  • Reports environmental violations to the appropriate authority.
  • Reviews and provides recommendations and technical assistance to the Parish governing authority for all environmental impact statements or assessments involving the Parish.
  • Assists with representing the Parish’s governing authority in dictating, negotiating, and developing the Parish’s policy on environmental issues affecting the Parish.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in planning, environmental studies or a related field. Have 2-4 years of experience in planning, or coordinating environmental studies. Any equivalent comb of experience that would provide the required skills.

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