Job Posting: Sustainability Supervising Planner

Department of Transportation

Sustainability Supervising Planner

$8,173.00 - $9,280.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 7/10/2020

Job Description and Duties

In accordance with Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-33-20 and, as a result of the COVID-19 rapid out-break, Caltrans will continue its hiring practices as they are deemed necessary to “maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure…,” Candidates who participate in the interview process will be considered essential in promoting this effort and are not in violation of Executive Order N-33-20. Virtual interviews via web portals or phone will be offered as deemed appropriate and feasible by the hiring manager – standard in-person interviews will still be offered if conditions permit. Please speak with the Hiring Unit contact for more information.

Under the direction of the Deputy Director of Sustainability, the incumbent is responsible for leading work with Caltrans Districts and Headquarters Divisions to develop and implement Caltrans’ sustainability initiatives. This is an emerging program in Caltrans to support implementation of the Global Warming Act (AB32, statutes of 2006), sustainability provisions of the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 1), California Environmental Quality Act as amended by SB743 (Steinberg, 2013), and Caltrans Director's Policy DP-33, Sustainability.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Sustainability Supervising Planner
$8,173.00 - $9,280.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

Caltrans Mission: Provide a safe, sustainable, integrated, and efficient transportation system to enhance California’s economy and livability.

Caltrans Vision: A performance-driven, transparent, and accountable organization that values its people, resources and partners, and meets new challenges through leadership, innovation, and teamwork.

The Caltrans workforce is made up of diverse and unique individuals who contribute to our organizational success. Caltrans is about celebrating diversity, valuing one another, and recognizing that Caltrans is strong not in spite of the diverse attributes of our workforce, but because of our diversity. 

Please Note: Main communication for this position will be through email.  Please ensure to have a valid email address on your application.

Special Requirements

Pursuant to California Code of Regulations § 549.90, this position will be filled via the California Department of Transportation Managerial Selection Program (MSP) Process.

This process provides for examination and job-selection specific to each position and consistent with the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the classification.

This is a Caltrans Open examination.

Note: This advertisement is for two positions with identical duties in the same divison. Submitting your application to this position means that you are applying to the examination and recruitment for both of these vacancies.

Minimum Qualifications:

All applicants must meet the minimum qualifications by the final filing date to participate in the examination.

Either I

One year of experience in the California state service performing transportation planning or transportation management duties in a class comparable in level of responsibility to Senior Transportation Planner.


Experience: Five years of responsible experience conducting difficult and complex transportation planning or research projects. One year must have been comparable in level of responsibility to work performed by a Senior Transportation Planner in the California state service. and

Education: Equivalent to graduation from college. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on the basis of one year of experience equal to one year of education.)

Examination Information:

This examination will utilize an evaluation of each candidate’s experience and education (E&E) compared to a standard developed from the Class Specification. For this reason, it is especially important that each candidate take special care in accurately and completely filling out his or her State application (STD. 678).  List all experience relevant to the “Minimum Qualifications” in the Class Specification linked above (See “Minimum Requirements”).

Out of Class Experience: If using Out of Class experience, you must submit a copy of your signed and approved Out of Class documentation. Failure to do so may result in your Out of Class experience not being considered during the evaluation process of this examination.

Education: If using your college education to meet the minimum qualifications, college transcripts must be submitted with your application and SOQ. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted for entrance into the examination, however, official transcripts will be required prior to appointment.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 7/10/2020

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Transportation
Attn: Gwen Ling (20MSP52/53)
Managerial Selection Process (MSP) MS-86
1727 30th Street, 6th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95816-8036

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Gwen Ling (20MSP52/53)
Managerial Selection Process (MSP) MS-86
1727 30th Street, 6th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95816-8036
Please place in examination unit drop box in the lobby
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Statement of Qualifications -

    A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is required and must be submitted along with your State application.  Resumes, letters, and other materials will not be considered as your response to the SOQ.

Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.


Go to the link to view the Benefits Summary for Civil Service Employees in the State of California.

Let us know if you have any questions.

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Human Resources Contact:
Gwen Ling
(916) 227-7841

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Caltrans EEO Office
(844) 368-3367
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.


A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is required and must be submitted along with your State application. The SOQ is a discussion of how an applicant’s education and experience meet the evaluation criteria below and qualify them for the position. The SOQ serves as documentation of each applicant's ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing. You must include specific examples addressing each evaluation criteria listed below. The SOQ must not exceed two (2) pages in length and written in no less than 12 point font. Each evaluation criteria must be addressed separately and in order.

Resumes, letters, and other materials will not be considered as your response to the SOQ. The SOQ will be utilized as screening criteria for the hiring interview only and will not be used for the purposes of examination.

1.Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing new initiatives in transportation sustainability or related subject matter areas including racial and social equity in transportation.
2.Demonstrated knowledge of Caltrans’ mission, vision, goals, policies, procedures and transportation funding programs as they relate to sustainability goals, objectives and targets.
3.Demonstrated knowledge of factors which influence the impact of transportation facilities on the environment, the community and the economy.
4.Demonstrated ability to manage staff development and performance to achieve organizational goals.
5.Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbal responses to inquiries from interested citizens, legislators, and other state agencies on a variety of complex issues affecting Caltrans, and to use a range of communications tools and methods.

Caltrans Sustainability values diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are committed to fostering an environment that supports, encourages, and celebrates the unique voices of our employees. Sustainability believes diversity inspires innovative solutions to strengthen our work for the people, planet, and prosperity of California. Join Sustainability and help us improve the lives of all Californians.


Please include MSP# 20MSP52/53 and the title of the position you are applying for on the STD. 678 application form.

Please take this 1-minute Caltrans Recruitment Survey to tell us how you found out about this job!

Veterans’ Preference will be granted for this examination. In accordance with Government Codes 18973.1 and 18973.5, whenever any veteran, or widow or widower of a veteran achieves a passing score on an open examination, he or she shall be ranked in the top rank of the resulting eligible list.

Veteran status is verified by the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR). Information on this program and the Veterans’ Preference Application (Std. 1093) is available online.  Additional information on veteran benefits is available at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.