Sustainable Planning Lead

Job Announcement: Sustainable Planning Lead, Siglo Group, posted December 18, 2020, open until filled. Desired start date is January 20, 2021. Preference given to Austin-based applicants; however, this position could work remotely and, due to the pandemic, the position will begin as a telecommuting position.

Siglo Group is growing! We are looking for a Sustainable Planning Lead to support and drive our work with clients associated with conservation, climate resiliency, green infrastructure, GIS, and ecosystem services.

We are a small planning firm based out of Austin, TX engaged in projects to help clients integrate ecology and conservation into land use, water use, planning, design, policy, community, and stories.  Projects address land conservation, ecological health, climate resiliency, ecosystem services, green infrastructure, nature equity, urban ecology, sustainable development, land management, park planning, cartography, GIS, and site assessment.

At Siglo, we enjoy our work, the people we get to work with, and the impact we are having on the communities where we work. Scales of projects vary from statewide assessments over millions of acres, to site-specific land management plans, to the integration of ecology into urban designs, to construction oversight. We work mostly in Texas; however, we are currently expanding our geographic range with projects in other states.

The Sustainable Planning Lead is responsible for leading our team’s complex spatial analysis, geographic data use protocols, and assessment protocols.  Additional responsibilities include project management, personnel management, client interactions, written communication, creating efficient work processes with other Siglo team leads, and supporting good rapport with clients and co-workers. The Sustainable Planning Lead is results driven and manages projects to meet deadlines and budgets that culminate in analysis, plans, reports, and exhibits that are integrating ecology into planning and land use, driving land conservation, addressing climate change, protecting natural resources, increasing ecological function, allowing people to enjoy nature, and helping communities create a more sustainable future.

About you:

  1. You have a clear desire to work in the conservation, GIS, and land use planning fields.
  2. You have a degree and/or equivalent experience in at least one of the following: conservation, ecology, planning, landscape architecture, biology, geography, civil engineering, environmental studies, or equivalent.  You likely have a Master’s or Ph.D degree.
  3. You have at least 5 years of experience conducting GIS and planning projects.
  4. You have at least 1 year of experience supervising others on complex GIS and planning projects.
  5. You have been the lead author or substantially contributed to at least 3 projects that covered over 500,000 acres in the following categories: conservation planning, climate resiliency planning, ecosystem service valuation, and/or green infrastructure planning.
  6. You have an aptitude and proven record to take initiative, take on a variety of tasks and completing them efficiently & effectively with precision.
  7. You can take guidance and follow procedures.
  8. You have the aptitude and proven ability to break down complex projects into actionable steps, delegate them to team members and work with them to meet deadlines.
  9. You have strong verbal and written communication skills and are effective at sharing planning and GIS information with an array of stakeholders.
  10. You are the person people come to with GIS questions, and even when complex, you know the answer, know how to get it, or have a work around.
  11. You can demonstrate a high level of expertise associated with GIS as it relates to conservation, green infrastructure, and/or climate resiliency that includes data acquisition, data management, and analysis.
  12. You have the capability and desire to be part of an integrative team that enjoys intense, challenging projects and believes in the work we do.

Submission Instructions:

Ensure you meet the qualifications above.  Submit ONE PDF that includes the following (please note if these instructions are not followed, your application will not be considered):

  1. Cover page that includes:
    1. Your name and contact information,
    2. A list of projects that meet the qualifications of (e) above—include at least 3 projects. Five or more is recommended.  Include URLs/links as feasible.
    3. A list of processes/assessments that meet the qualification of (k) above—include at least 5 and up to 15 procedures or assessments with up to two sentence descriptions of what you did and why.
  2. Cover letter that is ideally one page and no more than 2 pages that relates the information above to you and Siglo Group, with direct mention of at least two Siglo projects. In addition, there should be specific mention of (e), (h), and (k) from above.
  3. Resume that is no more than 2 pages
  4. Work examples that give evidence of the requested skills. This can be a portfolio with excerpts of reports and projects, links to full reports (with clear explanation of the components you led), exhibits created, methodology descriptions, or other as appropriate.  The initial document can be as short as one page with links and up to ten pages if in portfolio form.

Send single pdf to with “Siglo Sustainable Planning Lead Applicant” in the subject line. The name of the pdf should be in the following format:  [lastname]_[firstinitital]_SigloGroupSustainablePlanningLeadApp_[YEAR]_[MM]_[DD].pdf.

Compensation Package: 

Siglo Group believes that compensating people well for good work is critical to growing the conservation and ecological planning fields while recognizing the limitations of the industry.  Our compensation package includes both base salary and benefits.  The expected salary range for the Sustainable Planning Lead is $60,000 to $72,000 based on Austin, TX living expenses.  In addition to the base salary, after a trial period, the position includes: health insurance coverage, up to 3% match on a retirement account, 10 days of personal time off annually, 9 paid holidays annually (includes your birthday!), six sick days annually, an annual bonus based on company and job performance, and comp time.

Process for Selection:

The process to find the appropriate person for the position will go as fast as possible with the first threshold being at least 10 applicants meeting qualifications.  With this threshold met, appropriate candidates will be asked for additional information.  Approximately five applicants will be invited for online interviews. Additional interviews will be scheduled as needed with all final candidates going through a skills test interview.  Ideally, a person will be selected and started before January 20.  This post will be taken down once a satisfactory set of applicants is found.