Environment & Development Planner I

Posted 01/30/2024

Job Title: Environment & Development Planner I

Job Type: Full-Time

Category: Environmental Sciences, Planning, Solid Waste, and Sustainability

Location: Hybrid Work Option. Employees work part of each week in NCTCOG’s offices in Arlington, Texas, and part of each week remotely from home within the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

Travel: Minimal

Job Description: Who We Are and What We Do

The North Central Texas Council of Governments, or NCTCOG is a voluntary association of, by and for local governments, and was established to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit, and coordinating for sound development. NCTCOG’s purpose is to strengthen both the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication, and make joint decisions. NCTCOG’s Environment & Development Department assists member governments in planning for common environmental issues and development challenges. The department has created and/or provides support for various environmental outreach and education programs in the region as well as various local and regional projects and studies. More detailed information about the department’s programs can be found at the following link: https://www.nctcog.org/envir.

The Environment & Development Department is seeking an entry-level professional to join its team and assist with tasks for the solid waste planning program, and as needed, department projects related to storm-water quantity and quality, water quality, and wastewater. There will also potentially be times when the successful candidate is working on other department projects outside of these areas as assistance is needed.  Tasks for the solid waste planning program include, but are not limited to, managing solid waste pass-through grants and regional projects, coordinating webinars, workshops, and meetings, collaborating with committee members and stakeholders, and completing reports to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.  The successful candidate will be working tasks covering a wide range of solid waste related topics including organic waste (resources), food waste, scrap tires, recycling, household hazardous waste, landfill capacity, litter, illegal dumping, and more.


Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Coordinating and managing solid waste pass-through grants
  • Coordinating and managing regional projects, such as tire collection events
  • Planning workshops/webinars by coordinating with member governments and project stakeholders
  • Planning, coordinating, and preparing materials for meetings
  • Monitoring schedules of deliverables and budgets
  • Communicating with grant manager, supervisor, and grant recipients to ensure deadlines and expectations are met
  • Coordinating with local government members, federal, state, and local partners
  • Preparing and delivering presentations
  • Attending meetings and representing the agency and department within and beyond the region
  • Conducting research and summarizing studies
  • Proofreading documents
  • Writing reports and compiling documents
  • Preparing outreach materials, as needed
  • Additional tasks as needed

Skills and Abilities:

  • Proficient in operating Microsoft Office products
  • Familiarity with grant management and reporting is a plus
  • Familiarity with the topic of environmental justice and equity is a plus
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills, including the ability to listen and interpret the messages and input of others
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Adaptability and willingness to work on tasks in various programs
  • Ability to learn quickly
  • Detail-oriented

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and up to one year related work experience.

Applicants wishing to be considered for this position should apply online at www.nctcog.org/careers. To be considered for any other NCTCOG position that may currently be open, applicants need to apply online separately for those postings. All submittals should include a cover letter summarizing work experience, as well as a current resume.

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Additional Information:

The agency offers generous benefits, a friendly atmosphere with open communications for cooperative decision making, and challenging opportunities. The environment encourages both individual and team growth, responsibility, and innovation.

NCTCOG is recognized as a military-friendly employer and values the knowledge, experience, and skills acquired from a military service career. All qualified veterans are invited to apply.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer:
NCTCOG is an equal opportunity employer/program. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other classifications covered under federal, state, or local laws. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Background Check & Drug Testing:
All selected candidates must undergo a pre-employment background check and drug screening. Background checks include national criminal background check, employment history, motor vehicle record check, social security verification, education verification, and other elements as needed. NCTCOG is committed to a safe and drug free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. All new hires are required to undergo a drug test which detects the presence of illegal drugs for months prior to testing. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping NCTCOG safe and drug free. In order to receive an offer of employment from NCTCOG, selected candidates must successfully pass the pre-employment background check and drug screening.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments participates in the federal E-Verify program in order to verify a new employee's authorization to work in the United States. Applicants must be lawfully authorized to work in the U.S.

Job postings are kept open for a minimum of 10 calendar days and may close anytime thereafter at the discretion of the hiring manager.



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