Senior Permitting Specialist, Sacramento, CA

Senior Permitting Specialist, Sacramento, CA

The Rail Delivery Partners (RDP) provides a variety of planning, environmental, engineering, and design services in support of the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) in its efforts to build and operate a statewide high-speed rail system. The California High Speed Rail (CHSR) project is an 800 mile high-speed rail passenger service, which will run from Sacramento in the North to San Diego in the South, with major interchange hubs in between, including San Francisco and Los Angeles.  This high-speed rail project will offer trains operating at up to 220 mph.

The RDP currently has an immediate need for a Senior Permitting Specialist to provide leadership and management for the preparation of State and federal permit applications for portions of the CHSR project in Southern California. The position will require working interactively with the CHSRA personnel, RDP staff located throughout the State, regional and environmental consultants, legal counsel and the Federal Railroad Administration in the procurement of necessary permits from the applicable resource agencies.


Duties and Responsibilities

The ideal candidates would have extensive experience in permit acquisition and regulatory strategy development and implementation associated with some or all of the following: Section 404 and 404(b)(1) of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and Section 14 of the Rivers and Harbors Act, 33 U.S.C. § 408 (“Section 408”) from the Army Corps of Engineers, Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for the US Fish and Wildlife Service and US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)/National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA/NMFS), Section 401/402 of the CWA from the State Water Resources Control Board, Section 1602 and Section 2081 of the Fish and Game Code for the California Department of Fish and Game. The ideal candidate will also have experience with authorizations to occupy and/or use National Forest System lands and related waters from the US Forest Service (USFS).

Each candidate must have the ability to work independently, solve problems through creative processes and establish partnerships with project management, client representatives, government agencies, and other organizations. This person must be able to function well in a fast-paced environment under demanding deadlines.

Each candidate will work closely with the CHSRA, legal counsel and RDP team members to manage the Section 7 and 404 processes to support issuance of Record of Decisions (RODs) and other environmental clearances, the aforementioned State permitting processes as well as development and integration of a regional mitigation plan.

The person will guide the workload of senior and mid-level staff, manage larger task assignments, perform complex analyses and studies; oversee and review work conducted by other staff including consultants, and provide an interface with government agencies, legal counsel and the public.  Each candidate will coordinate activities and report directly to the RDP Statewide Permit, Mitigation and Compliance Lead.


Experience Requirements

Each position requires a minimum of a Bachelor Degree in Biological or Wetland Sciences or a related field. Each Senior Permitting Specialist should have a strong knowledge of federal and State regulatory processes, NEPA and CEQA, and compensatory mitigation compliance and planning. S/he should be able to serve as technical support to the analysis of environmental impact documents, permit application and consultation documents in compliance with applicable governing statutes and regulations, and development of compensatory mitigation planning. Each position requires:

  • Minimum 10 years in progressively-responsible relevant experience.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Strong analytical and verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must have supervisory experience.
  • Strong understanding of NEPA and CEQA, as well as other relevant state and federal environmental laws.
  • Experience with design-build contracting and construction processes.
  • Must be legally entitled to work in the U.S.A.
  • Must be able to work well independently and in a team environment.


We strongly believe in making a difference—for our clients, our communities, and ourselves. As such, we seek the best in our employees. In turn, we offer a competitive compensation package including: medical, dental, and vision insurances, life insurance, paid holiday, vacation, and sick days, and a 401 (k) retirement plan.

Cordoba Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer