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Job Posting: Northern California Transportation and Development Specialist

CA Coastal Commission

Northern California Transportation and Development Specialist

$6,403.00 - $7,954.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

This California Coastal Commission position offers an exciting opportunity to participate in the planning and regulation of transportation plans, projects and policies in the coastal zone through interagency efforts with the Department of Transportation (Caltrans), local transportation agencies, and our Local Coastal Program (LCP) partners.  The primary responsibility of this Northern California Transportation and Development Specialist position is to facilitate early and continuous coordination between the Commission and Caltrans on issues related to transportation planning, project design, and project compliance that involve the Commission’s original jurisdiction and federal consistency authorities, as well as certified LCPs throughout the State.  The Northern California Transportation and Development Specialist will participate in Commission staff work teams to support timely reviews of Caltrans plans and project proposals, performing some of the more complex project analysis, coastal development permit (CDP) review, and report writing activities associated with the Commission’s planning and regulatory responsibilities. The position will also explore opportunities for better integrating transportation and land use decisions in the coastal zone, building a more resilient transportation system in the face of climate change, and assist in meeting commitments under interagency agreements with Caltrans.

This work will likely include: participating in interagency work groups and Caltrans’ project development team meetings; evaluating corridor and regional transportation plans and proposals; reviewing coastal resource impact analyses and environmental review (NEPA/CEQA) documents; reviewing and participating in the development of active transportation plans and projects; conducting research into current efforts in California related to smart growth and mobility, GHG emission reductions, sustainable communities and multi-modal transportation systems and providing comments on related policy proposals or plans; attending local stakeholder and other related public meetings; and assessing specific and advance mitigation proposals related to transportation projects.  It will also involve supporting Commission District offices in the tracking and processing of Caltrans’ transportation projects for coastal development permits and supporting other proposals requiring coastal program reviews, including Local Coastal Program (LCP) amendments, public works plans, and federal consistency submittals.

Duties will include the following but will not be limited to:

  • Analyze environmental documents, transportation plans, technical reports, coastal permit applications, appeals, federal consistency submittals, and Local Coastal Plans (LCP) amendments, etc. involving transportation projects and prepare memos, comment letters, workshop materials, issue summaries and/or staff reports on coastal development permits or related materials for action by the Coastal Commission.
  • Plan, organize and prepare advance materials, in coordination with Caltrans, for  coordination meetings statewide (semi-annually for each Commission District Offices) and ensure follow up on identified action items;
  • Participate in Caltrans project scoping/development meetings and field reviews to identify coastal issues related to such plans and projects;
  • Review and/or assist in the development of project alternatives and project-related mitigation and monitoring measures;
  • Assist in the development of programmatic approaches that will promote efficient regulatory processes, active transportation, public access to the coast, as well as coastal resiliency, and ensure sound transportation planning and resource protection in the coastal zone;
  • Coordinate the preparation and review of any technical information needed to resolve issues associated with the Coastal Act, applicable certified LCPs, provisions for the California Coastal Trail, and sea level rise adaptation strategies;
  • Assist in the development of training programs for Caltrans and Commission staff; 
  • Prepare work products and reports to meet obligations under existing interagency agreements with Caltrans.

Working Conditions

Full-Time, 12 Month Limited Term Position, Remote Work Hybrid Option with an Approved Plan

(With the Possibility of Extension to 24 Months or Becoming Permanent)

One position in either Santa Cruz or San Francisco preferred location, but other CCC District Office assignments possible

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Northern California Transportation and Development Specialist
$6,403.00 - $7,954.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Santa Cruz County
Job Type:
12 Month Limited Term - Full Time

Department Information

The California Coastal Commission is a small state agency responsible for protecting and enhancing California’s coast and ocean resources. It does so through careful planning and regulation of environmentally-sustainable development, rigorous use of science, strong public participation, education, and effective intergovernmental coordination.


The California Coastal Commission values diversity at all levels of the organization and is committed to fostering an environment in which employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. We believe the diversity of our employees and their unique ideas inspire innovative solutions to further our mission of protecting and enhancing California’s coast and ocean for present and future generations.


We have district offices in Arcata, San Francisco (headquarters), Santa Cruz, Ventura, Long Beach, San Diego and a small legislative office in Sacramento.

Application Instructions

Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

CA Coastal Commission
Attn: Human Resources
455 Market St. Suite 228
San Francisco, CA 94105

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

CA Coastal Commission
Human Resources
455 Market St. Suite 228
San Francisco, CA 94105
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Statement of Qualifications -

    A description of how your qualifications match the desired qualifications (2 pages maximum).

  • Other - Three professional references.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
  • Knowledge of land use planning and regulatory policies and/or specialized technical capabilities in the area of biology, coastal wetlands, geology, coastal engineering, transportation planning, public policy as well as mass transit, smart growth, and/or active transportation and public access design principles;
  • Familiarity with the Coastal Act and CEQA, as well as the functions and relationships of federal, state, regional, county, and city governments and special districts;
  • General familiarity with transportation planning and resource management concepts and procedures;
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work well with others and to write accurate, complete, and concise staff reports and correspondence;
  • Experience with, or interest in, environmental justice and/or tribal consultation;
  • Ability to work independently or in a team setting;
  • Ability to read and interpret project plans, grading plans, and maps;
  • Advanced degree in environmental, regional or transportation planning, environmental law or policy or a related field


Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Hiring Unit Contact:
Peter Allen
(415) 904-5236

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Melanie Wong
(415) 904-5433
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail