The City of Arcata is seeking a Director of Environmental Services with a proven passion and record of accomplishment in environmental leadership. A Director who can earn and maintain the trust and support of the community, staff and collaborating agencies. The ideal candidate will be forward thinking, affable, ethical and one who will be an effective mentor to build and lead a multi-generational team that reflects the diversity of the community.
The City of Arcata is located on the Northern California coast, approximately 275 miles north of San Francisco and 110 miles south of the Oregon border. It is situated at the western mid-point of Humboldt County. The City is framed by the Pacific Ocean on the west, forested hills on the east, the Mad River on the North, and Humboldt Bay to the south.
Salary: $93,028—$113,076/yr. with generous benefits. Submit before Monday, December 21st to be included in our first review of applications.
Activities include administering all activities of the Environmental Services Department including short- and long-range planning, development, and program implementation. Assisting the City Manager in a variety of administrative, analytical and liaison capacities. Providing leadership, vision and organization to the activities of the department with those of other departments and agencies.
Current priority projects for the Department include:
-Support design, environmental review and bidding to rehabilitate the wastewater treatment plant.
-Finalize the regional Climate Action Plan (CAP), update the Arcata Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan and
develop the next set of climate change adaptation strategies.
-Develop Arcata’s All Electric Initiative, including a 15-year plan to phase out Natural Gas City-wide,
electrifying the City fleet, and converting City facilities to all electric.
-Design next steps to achieve Zero Waste working from the City’s Zero Waste Action Plan and the City’s
solid waste and recycling franchise agreement.
-Support parks and facility upgrades through grant and development fees. Current priorities include Shay
and Carlson Park Development, renovation of Redwood Park, Plaza improvements, and South I Street
-Support emergency preparedness and resilience planning.
-Finalize updates to the Forest Management Plan and Non-Industrial Timber Management Plan including
timber inventories, carbon verifications and new trail and recreation use plans.
-Finalize real property easements for stormwater, open space, public access and conservation purposes.
-Finalize a management plan for the Jacoby Creek/Gannon Slough Wildlife Area to include long-term goals, potential for tourist facilities and wildlife viewing portals.
The typical candidate will possess the equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in environmental sciences, parks recreation and natural resources management, public administration or a related field, and at least seven (7) years progressively responsible professional experience involving a combination of environmental programs, water/wastewater services, parks/open spaces, recreation, and streets operations, preferably in a municipal setting; including at least five (5) years related supervisory and budgetary experience.
Current or expired certifications or licenses that show extensive knowledge and fluency in any one or a combination of the fields of oversight is highly desired, including those related to forestry, water, wastewater, stormwater, environmental stewardship, parks, recreation or natural resources.
Full details of this employment opportunity and benefits are located at www.cityofarcata.org. EOE.