• Full Time
  • Santa Cruz
  • $125,004.00 - $151,944.00 Annually USD / Year

Pajaro Regional Flood Management Agency

Are you an energetic, forward-thinking environmental program manager who excels in providing solution-oriented results, technical expertise, and project management?

Are you a self-starter with exceptional communication and time management skills interested in working on large or complex projects?

Are you excited to join an organization that embraces flexibility and work-life balance?

If so, the Pajaro Regional Flood Management Agency may have an opportunity for you as their next Environmental/Regulatory Program Manager!

Regional Government Services (RGS) and its staff are conducting the recruitment on behalf of the Pajaro Regional Flood Management Agency.

Examples of Duties
The Position
Under direction, the Environmental/Regulatory Program Manager plans, organizes, and directs resources and environmental planning activities of the Agency; administers environmental and resource related grant programs, constructions projects, and does other work as required.

Incumbents work under general direction to perform the most technically complex environmental and resource planning assignments; ensure quality assurance standards are maintained for resource planning studies; track, monitor and advocate legislation; develop policy; and may serve as project leader on multifaceted programs.

The Ideal Candidate Will:

Be motivated by the opportunity for professional growth and satisfaction that comes from working in an environment ripe with challenge and possibility.
Be a self-starter, flexible, reliable, and detail oriented with high standards for work products.
Be an effective problem-solver who combines technical expertise with excellent written and oral communication skills.
Thrive in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities.
Be familiar with principles, practices, and trends of program management.
Prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive environmental and technical reports on complex projects appropriate for technical and non-technical audiences.
Maintain organization throughout project life cycles to ensure efficient project delivery.

Analytical Thinking – Identifies several solutions to complex problems integrating findings from several different disciplines; identifies and evaluates the options developed and selects the most effective solution
Attention to Detail – Accomplishes tasks with thoroughness and accuracy
Communication – Effectively conveys and exchanges thoughts, opinions, and information verbally and in writing
Collaboration- Fosters staff and stakeholder communication and dialogue, identifies opportunities to build consensus for options, decisions, and outcomes
Creativity and Innovation – Applies original thinking in approach to job responsibilities and improving processes, methods, systems, and services
Influence – Exerts a positive effect on others’ views, attitudes, decisions, perceptions, and beliefs
Initiative – Assesses and initiates things independently
Interpersonal Relations – Builds relationships based on mutual trust and respect
Problem Solving – Identifies problems and implements appropriate solutions
Results Oriented – Manages time and priorities effectively
Time Management and Organization – Manages and prioritizes both everyday responsibilities and high-level, longer-term objectives.
Teamwork – Works collaboratively with others to achieve a goal
About the Agency
Formed in 2021 as a Joint Powers Authority, the Pajaro Regional Flood Management Agency (PRFMA) was created to plan, finance, implement, operate, and maintain projects and programs to reduce flood risk in the Pajaro River watershed in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. Originating member agencies include the Counties of Monterey and Santa Cruz, the City of Watsonville, the Monterey County Water Resources Agency, and the Santa Cruz County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, each providing a voting member to its Board of Directors.

The PRFMA is responsible for a comprehensive levee and river channel maintenance program, as well as advancing the $500 million Pajaro River Flood Risk Management Project with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Additionally, the PRFMA will be pursuing other external financing authorities to implement large scale, multi-benefit flood risk reduction solutions from Highway 1 to the ocean (the “Pajaro Bridge to Bay Project”) as well as other floodplain restoration efforts. PRFMA staff also serve as subject matter experts in flood monitoring and response in both the operations and advanced planning sections of emergency operations centers. PRFMA provides leadership and coordination with other local, regional, state, tribal, and federal entities to achieve its mission of flood risk reduction in the lower Pajaro Valley.

Typical Qualifications
Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education and Experience:

Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in natural, physical, environmental sciences, or a closely related field
Four (4) years of demonstrated professional resource or environmental planning experience.

A master’s degree in natural, physical, or environmental sciences, or a closely related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience, and a doctorate degree may be substituted for two years of the required experience.

Licenses and Certification:

Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to provide suitable transportation which is approved by management.
Supplemental Information
The starting salary will be commensurate with experience, qualifications, and skills of the successful candidate and with a salary range of:

$10,417 – $12,662 Monthly DOE/DOQ
$125,004 – $151,944 Annually DOE/DOQ


Flexible schedule and remote work options.
CalPERS Retirement Plan under PEPRA contribution rates.
401(a) plan for compensation earned above the PEPRA limit and 457(b) plan coverage.
Medical, Dental and Vision Care Insurance with generous Agency premium coverage:HMO or PPO options available
90% premium coverage for highest cost plan offered by SDRMA
Vision Plan (highest option, VSP Option 5) 100% paid for employee and family
Dental Plan (highest option, Delta Dental PPO High) 100% paid for employee and family
Annual Leave – (vacation and sick leave combines) – 22 days per year for up to 5 years of service, increasing to 37 days per year for over 15 years of service.
Holidays – 14 paid holidays.
Applications must be submitted on-line through this applicant tracking system. Materials must be complete and clearly indicate the candidate meets the minimum qualifications. Incomplete, late, emailed, and faxed applications are not accepted. Resumes are not considered in lieu of the required employment application.
Certificates, resumes, and/or cover letters must be uploaded with your online application.
All statements made on the application, resume, and supplemental materials are subject to verification. False statements may be cause for immediate disqualification, removal from eligibility list, or discharge from employment.

The deadline to apply is May 17, 2024, at 11:59 PM PST.


Appraisal Process – (Pass/Fail) After the closing deadline, applications will be screened in relation to the criteria indicated in this announcement.
This process may also include various interviews and/or a skills assessment exam to rank applications, and to prepare a Qualified Candidate List.
Application – Minimum Qualification Assessment – (Pass/Fail) All completed applications and supplemental questionnaires will be reviewed and assessed for each applicant’s ability to meet the minimum work experience, training, and education qualifications.
Remote Screen Interview Exam – (Pass/Fail) Candidates who pass the application assessment will be invited to a Remote Screen Interview Examination to evaluate training, experience, and other job-related qualifications for the position.  The Remote Screen Interview will be conducted via a video conference platform and is tentatively scheduled for Mid-May 2024.
Successful candidates will be submitted to the Pajaro Regional Flood Management Agency for further consideration.

All communication and notices will be sent via e-mail. Additional inquiries about the position may be directed to dprieto@rgs.ca.gov

Neither Regional Government Services nor the Pajaro Regional Flood Management Agency are responsible for failure of internet forms or email in submitting your application. Candidates who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or selection process should advise Regional Government Services by mailing dprieto@rgs.ca.gov.

The Pajaro Regional Flood Management Agency is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply for this job please visit www.governmentjobs.com.