Association of Bay Area Governments (Calif.) seeks Water Trail Planner


July 25, 2011

 

The Association of Bay Area Governments is recruiting to develop a selection list for the grant-funded position of Water Trail Planner (P2), Job Number 11-44. This position will be funded for two years. Position is open until filled and may be closed at any time.

WATER TRAIL PLANNER (P2)
$4,735 - $5,755/month

POSITION SUMMARY
Grant-funded, full-time position for two years. Under supervision, incumbent will perform a wide
variety of professional, technical, educational, outreach, planning and grant management assignments
related to launching the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail. The Water Trail is a planned network of
access sites that allows boaters in small, non-motorized watercraft to safely enjoy the historic, scenic and
environmental richness of San Francisco Bay through single and multiple-day trips. The Water Trail is a
multi-partner project led by the Coastal Conservancy in close collaboration with ABAG and the other
two members of the Project Management Team (PMT) are the San Francisco Bay Conservation and
Development Commission and the Department of Boating and Waterways. The PMT also collaborates
with the Water Trail Advisory Committee (AC) and other stakeholders. The Water Trail Planner will
greatly increase and elevate ABAG's role in the project and will become part of the PMT.

DUTIES INCLUDE (The examples may not cover all duties which may be performed)
• Implement an education, outreach and stewardship program with input from stakeholders
• Oversee development of logo, website design, brochure, guides, maps and sign parameters
• Work with in-house communications staff to develop media and outreach plan
• Coordinate with local government, special districts, agencies and private entities on launch
site trailhead management plans and improvements
• Conduct basic research and field surveys
• Work with Water Trail database
• Review plans and environmental documents
• Accurately assess a project or development proposal and identify potential barriers and
strategies to overcome obstacles
• Represent the Water Trail at various meetings and events
• Maintain communication with related agencies and committees
• Administer construction and planning grants to local governments

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
• Knowledge of principles and practices of local and regional planning and environmental review,
including CEQA
• Knowledge of principles and practices of project education, outreach and stewardship, including
recruiting and managing volunteers

• Ability to manage government grants and contracts
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Creative problem-solving; good organization and documentation skills
• Media outreach
• A desire to work as part of a team
• Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with agency partners
• Ability to take initiative and exercise good judgment
• Some evening and weekend work
• Valid California drivers license

PREFERRED SKILLS
• Familiarity with recreational planning and site design including familiarity with the Americans
with Disabilities Act
• Knowledge of launch site design needs for non-motorized small boats
• GIS mapping experience
• Community public outreach experience
• Experience with Microsoft Access, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
• Experience with project promotion using websites and social media tools
• Preparing grants or proposals

EDUCATION
A Bachelor's degree in planning, public administration, environmental science, landscape architecture or a
related field and minimum two years of relevant professional experience.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The position requires close coordination with the Coastal Conservancy project manager, the Water Trail
Project Management Team and the Water Trail Advisory Committee.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Salary: $4,735 - $5,755/month
Pension: Employer Paid CalPERS 2.5% @ 55
Deferred Compensation: STARS/UTC 457 and/or ICMA-RC Retirement Plan (Voluntary)
Health and Dental Plans: Two HMO and two PPO Medical Plans, Dental Insurance, and VSP Vision. Outof-
pocket contribution may be required depending on selected coverage.
life Insurance: ABAG Paid coverage equal to 2 times annual salary
Other Benefits: Public Transit Vouchers and pre-tax options for eligible health care and dependent care
expenses
Vacation, Sick Leave, Holidays: Competitive leave package including 11 paid holidays and 3 floating
holidays annually

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
Position is open until filled and may be closed at any time. Please submit a cover letter, resume,
employment application, and responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire to:
ABAG - H.R. 11-44
P.O. Box 2050
Oakland, CA 94604-2050
AN AGENCY APPLICATION AND RESPONSES TO SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE ARE REQUIRED AND MAY
BE OBTAINED AT www.abag.ca.gov/jobs.htm OR BY SENDING A SELF-ADDRESSED, STAMPED ENVELOPE
TO ABAG - H.R. 11-44, P.O. BOX 2050. OAKLAND, CA 94604-2050. FOR INFO CALL (510) 464-8496.
POSITION IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED AND MAY BE CLOSED AT ANY TIME. ABAG IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
EMPLOYER. QUALIFIED DISABLED INDIVIDUALS ARE PROTECTED AGAINST DISCRIMINATION.

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