Overview

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range: $39.86/hr. or $82,909/yr. to $44.09/hr. or $91,707/yr.

WHO WE ARE
We are the Metropolitan Council, the regional government for the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. We plan 30 years ahead for the future of the metropolitan area and provide regional transportation, wastewater, and housing services. More information about us on our website.

We are committed to supporting a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.

Metro Transit is one of the country’s largest transit systems, employs more than 3,000 people, and prior to COVID provided more than 80 million rides a year through an integrated network of buses, light rail and commuter trains, as well as resources for those who carpool, vanpool, walk or bike in the Twin Cities.

Metro Transit’s Capitol Projects Department is responsible for the development and construction of Metro Transit’s light rail transit (LRT) and bus rapid transit (BRT) projects including the Gold Line, Purple Line, and the Blue Line Extension. More detailed information about the projects can be found at Transit Improvements – Metro Transit.

How your work would contribute to our organization and the Twin Cities region:
The Environmental Compliance Lead is responsible for managing the NEPA process and securing NEPA clearance for federally funded capital projects. The individual in this role will manage the planning/environmental process interface as projects advance across the projects’ lifecycle through construction. This will include responsibility for ensuring compliance, engaging with regulatory agencies, tribal governments, and other consulting parties, and managing changes to approved NEPA documents. The Environmental Compliance Lead will manage the environmental review process following the Blue Line Extension route modification. Additionally, this position would be the main point of contact with FTA Region V planning and program development staff. The position would not have direct reports, instead would provide work direction, and indirectly supervise planning staff and consultants within project-based teams.

NOTE: This position is eligible for a hybrid (both remote and onsite) telework arrangement. The candidate’s permanent residence must be in Minnesota or Wisconsin.

What you would do in this job

  1. NEPA Document: Lead environmental reviews in order to secure NEPA approval.
    Lead class of action documentation, complete analysis, and produce NEPA documents (reevaluation, supplemental environmental assessment, etc.), maps, and graphics to satisfy NEPA requirements.
    Develop scopes of work, manage procurement processes, and oversee consultant contracts for support on environmental processes.
    Assign tasks to staff and manage execution in support of NEPA document completion.
  2. Interagency NEPA process: Manage all aspects of regulatory agency consultation and involvement in NEPA processes.
    Manage Section 106 process, engaging with the State Historic Preservation Office, local consulting parties, FTA, and other agencies.
    Manage tribal consultation process as required by Federal and state law.
    Manage Section 4(f) process, engaging with park jurisdictions, resolving issues, and appropriately defining future phase commitments based on judgment and precedent.
    Coordinate engagement of interagency staffs for Section 106 and 4(f) processes with planning activities.
    Apply sound judgment to elevate issues needing resolution above the staff level to the leadership team.
  3. Program-wide FTA communication coordination: Coordinate communication with FTA Region V, ensure compliance with federal environmental requirements, and provide consistency across projects.
    For projects in active NEPA document completion and/or New Starts development, coordinate meeting agendas, schedules, notes, action items, and key messages for regular FTA coordination.
    Maintain schedule of NEPA activities and milestones program-wide in order to forecast and communicate upcoming project needs with FTA staff.
    Coordinate with project managers to provide updates to quarterly communications trackers and grant reporting.
  4. Post-approval environmental coordination: Serve as environmental SME across engineering and construction phases to ensure environmental document commitments are met.
    Serve as environmental SME for projects post-NEPA decision document issuance; answer questions, advise on project issues, and provide input on plans/specifications.
    Oversee integration of environmental-phase requirements and agreements in engineering and construction phases, ensure compliance measures are in place, and integrate best practices and lessons learned from engineering/construction phases into future program environmental documents.
    Working closely with the respective Project Manager, serve as subject matter expert to coordinate environmental requirements across project phases, including regulatory agency coordination.
    Monitor the need for, and lead execution of, environmental analysis reevaluation and any necessary supplements to previously completed environmental documents, including decision documents.
  5. Work direction and coordinated plan review: Provide work direction to staff supporting environmental document completion to ensure staff utilization, coordinated process, and qualify environmental process deliverables.
    Coordinate staff work plans and schedules with respective Project Manager across functions. Assign environmental tasks, monitor progress, provide review, and ensure accountability for completion.
    Review, advise, and provide QC on documents.

What education and experience are required for this job (minimum qualifications)
Master’s degree AND three (3) years of progressively responsible experience working with environmental permitting processes, Environmental Assessments (EA) or Environmental Impact Statements (EIS); environmental investigations associated with permitting; or closely related experience.
OR
Bachelor’s degree AND five (5) years of progressively responsible experience working with environmental permitting processes, Environmental Assessments (EA) or Environmental Impact Statements (EIS); environmental investigations associated with permitting; or closely related experience.
OR
Associate degree AND seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience working with environmental permitting processes, Environmental Assessments (EA) or Environmental Impact Statements (EIS); environmental investigations associated with permitting; or closely related experience.
OR
High school diploma or GED AND nine (9) years of progressively responsible experience working with environmental permitting processes, Environmental Assessments (EA) or Environmental Impact Statements (EIS); environmental investigations associated with permitting; or closely related experience.

What additional skills and experience would be helpful in this job (desired qualifications):

  • Degree in environmental science; geosciences; biology; earth science; urban and regional planning; or transportation or closely related field.
  • Experience in transportation planning working with environmental permitting processes,
  • Environmental Assessments (EA) or Environmental Impact Statements (EIS); or environmental investigations associated with permitting.
  • Experience leading the interrelated environmental documentation and planning processes for complex, federally funded transit corridor projects.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with the geography of the Twin Cities.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with the region’s transit system, including but not limited to governance, funding, and service types.
  • AICP certification from American Institute of Certified Planner.
  • Experience managing projects in multiple phases through environmental process.
  • Experience providing work direction and collaborating with consultants and state/federal stakeholders.
  • Ability to communicate technical information to policy makers and other stakeholders.

What knowledge, skills and abilities you should have within the first six months on the job:

  • Knowledge of Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant Program.
  • Knowledge of Federal, state, and local environmental laws and processes (particularly NEPA and MEPA).
  • Knowledge of transportation statutes, regulations, and guidance (particularly Environmental Justice, Section 4(f) and Section 106).
  • Knowledge of the current regional transit system, including detailed knowledge of routes/route structures, strong experience using the current system, and attention to detail on how the system could be improved.
  • Skilled at verbal and written communication, with excellent interpersonal communication.
  • Skilled at Microsoft Office Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook to clearly communicate project needs and fulfill business practices.
  • Ability to meet expectations and deadlines with a strong sense of urgency and commitment to a quality work product.
  • Ability to apply environmental regulations, grasp complex problems, propose effective solutions, summarize complex environmental regulatory issues for non-technical and technical audiences.
  • Ability to facilitate work team activities through strong organization techniques, task prioritization, and strategic thinking.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally, and in writing, to internal and external stakeholders to bring about agreement between divergent points of view, while establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with all relevant stakeholders.

What you can expect from us:

We offer the opportunity to make a difference and positively influence the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
We encourage our employees to develop their skills through on-site training and tuition reimbursement.
We provide a competitive salary, excellent benefits and a good work/life balance.
More about why you should join us!

Additional information

  • Union/Grade: Non-Represented Plan, Grade I
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Safety Sensitive: No

What your work environment would be:
You would perform your work in a standard office setting. Work may sometimes require travel between your primary work site and other sites.

What steps the recruitment process involves:

  • We review your minimum qualifications.
  • We rate your education and experience.
  • We conduct a structured panel interview.
  • We conduct a selection interview.
  • Once you have successfully completed the steps above, then:If you are new to the Metropolitan Council, you must pass a drug test (safety sensitive positions only), and a background check which verifies education, employment, and criminal history. A driving record check and/or physical may be conducted if applicable to the job. If you have a criminal conviction, you do not automatically fail. The Metropolitan Council considers felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor convictions on a case-by-case basis, based on whether they are related to the job and whether the candidate has demonstrated adequate rehabilitation.

    If you are already an employee of the Metropolitan Council, you must pass a drug test (if moving from a non-safety sensitive position to a safety sensitive position) and criminal background check if the job you’re applying for is safety sensitive, is a supervisory or management job, is in the Finance, Information Services, Audit, or Human Resources departments, or has access to financial records, files/databases, cash, vouchers or transit fare cards. A driving record check and/or physical may be conducted if applicable to the position.

    IMPORTANT: If you make a false statement or withhold information, you may be barred from job consideration.

    The Metropolitan Council is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and veteran-friendly employer. The Council is committed to a workforce that reflects the diversity of the region and strongly encourages persons of color, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities, women, and veterans to apply. If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please email HR-OCCHealth@metc.state.mn.us.