Planner / Environmental Specialist

East Central Iowa Council of Governments

The Planner/Environmental Specialist leads projects that help to preserve, protect and restore our natural environment. this position works on a variety of environmental plans, projects and grants to strengthen the region’s resilience to flooding and other natural hazards, improve water quality/soil health, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Approximately 50% of the position will be dedicated to watershed management authority support, flood prevention, and water quality improvement projects. This position reports to the Environmental Services Director. Successful candidates will model ECICOG’s core values of service, flexibility, teamwork, “can-do” spirit, and love for our communities and region.



Water Protection and Watershed Services (approximately 50%)

  1. Advance flood prevention and water quality initiatives
  • Supports the formation of watershed management authorities
  • Helps develop watershed plans
  • Facilitates and participates in watershed education opportunities
  • Seeks grants to further flood prevention and water quality improvement initiatives
  1. Serve as administrator for watershed management authorities:
  • Coordinates meetings including setting agendas and preparing minutes
  • Oversees collection of revenue and financial payments
  • Reports on watershed activities to stakeholder groups
  • Prepares grant applications and oversee grant administration on behalf of watershed management authorities
  • Maintains organization records and websites


General Environmental Services (approximately 50%)

  1. Write and administer federal, state, and private grants. 
    • Writes grant narratives and prepares grant packages.
    • Prepares environmental reviews.
    • Conducts Davis-Bacon wage compliance checks.
    • Tracks grant progress and submit progress reports and requests for reimbursement.
    • Maintains grant records.
    • Completes and maintains CDBG grant administrator certification
  2. Assist with climate action and hazard mitigation planning projects.
    • Gathers data and stakeholder input. Facilitates public engagement processes.
    • Analyzes data and current conditions and projects future needs.
    • Identifies actionable steps and resources that could be used to address needs.
    • Drafts reports and related charts, maps, or graphics.
    • Reviews work with relevant stakeholders and modifies content based on feedback.
  3. Supports ECICOG’s reputation as a regional leader.
  • Works to continuously improve ECICOG’s reputation, services, and deliverables. Understands that doing relevant, high-quality work and generating revenue are both important to sustaining the organization.
  • Stays current on planning and environmental issues/trends. Looks for opportunities to broaden skill set.
  • Shares technical expertise with other team members within the organization.
  • Completes other duties as assigned by the Environmental Services Director or Senior Planner. Supports the departments as needed based on workload or expertise.


Knowledge and Skills

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Able to translate complex information into a format readily understood by the public.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills for facilitating relationships with elected/appointed officials, farmers and other stakeholders.
  • Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve less well-defined planning problems.
  • Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously.
  • Experience working in the agricultural sector highly desired.
  • Ability to manage projects efficiently and effectively, with strong attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of computer hardware and software programs, which includes Microsoft Office suite and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  • Work may require evening or weekend meetings.


Minimum Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate will have a master's degree in environmental science, planning or related field; however, we encourage individuals with different education and experience backgrounds to apply.
  • Success in the position will require strong written and verbal communication skills; comfort interacting with elected officials, farmers and other stakeholders; flexibility; attention to detail; the ability to manage several projects simultaneously; and the motivation to initiate and complete projects wip limited oversight.


Join our small but powerful team! We value service, flexibility, teamwork, “can-do” spirit, and love for our communities and region. Our team members enjoy excellent benefits, including health and dental insurance, participation in the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS) and a generous PTO program. ECICOG employees have the option to work from home two days a week after their initial training period.


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Planner / Environmental Specialist

East Central Iowa Council of Governments

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