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Planning plays a vital role in supporting the Corps of Engineers Civil Works water resources development mission. Through planning activities, including feasibility studies, Continuing Authorities Program studies, watershed studies, comprehensive/large scale studies, general reevaluation studies, validation studies and other post-authorization change studies - and more, Corps planners help decision-makers identify water resources problems, conceive solutions to them, and compare the importance of the inevitable conflicting values inherent in any solution.

The Planning Community Toolbox includes a wealth of information for planners and project delivery teams, including the policy, guidance, processes, and tools that are used every day in planning.

Key Resources
 Black Dot Image Engineer Regulation 1105-2-100: Planning Guidance Notebook
 Black Dot Image Planning Workforce Development Guide (2020) - This document provides PCoP members guidance in holistic development based on their individual career goals and the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to excel in USACE water resources planning. JUNE 2020 UPDATE: The Planning Workforce Development Committee has been diligently adding content over the past six months, and all but two appendices are complete. Appendices A and B (Career Roadmaps & KSAs) are still under development and will be added later this year.
 Black Dot Image Partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: A Guide for Communities, Local Governments, States, Tribes, and Non-Governmental Organizations (2019) - Partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: A Guide for Communities, Local Governments, States, Tribes, and Non-Governmental Organizations provides potential sponsors with information on the programs and processes available for non-Federal partners and USACE representatives to work together to address the Nation’s water resources problems. The Guide includes an overview of the USACE Civil Works Program and describes how USACE can work with local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies and other non-Federal partners on activities ranging from technical services and advice to planning and constructing water resources projects. A previous version of this document was originally published as the Project Partnership Kit by IWR back in 1996 and revised in 2001.
 Black Dot Image SMART Planning Feasibility Studies: A Guide to Coordination and Engagement with the Services (2015) - This guide was developed through a collaboration between the Corps, USFWS and NMFS. The Guide provides an overview of the SMART Planning process and demonstrates how key environmental coordination and compliance activities fit into that process. The Guide highlights opportunities for engagement and coordination at all stages of a planning study, re-emphasizing the need for early coordination.

 
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Policy and Guidance Updates
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Planning Community Webinars
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Other News
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Notices
 Black Dot Image Biologist, Regional Planning & Environmental Center (RPEC) Environmental Branch, Compliance Section (GS-12) - The Regional Planning & Environmental Center (RPEC) is recruiting for a GS-12 Biologist for its Environmental Branch. RPEC provides planning and environmental support to all districts within SWD across Civil Works, Military, Operations, and Interagency Support business lines. Environmental staff are assigned projects throughout SWD regardless of their duty station, allowing for a diverse workload. Responsibilities of the incumbent include: preparing study conclusions and recommendations based on evaluations and in accordance with established policy, regulations, the views of local sponsor, agencies, and public interests; coordinating the activities of a range of technical specialists (e.g., economists, engineers, cultural resources specialists, environmentalists), ensuring their products meet the requirements of the study; using professional knowledge of the Water Resource Planning process to identify problems and arrive at a recommendation for water resource studies; leading the preparation of or preparing various reports, study plans, and the final study report ensuring consistency and technical accuracy; collaborating with partners and stakeholders to establish study goals, objectives, and alternative plans to address water resources problems; and organizing, attending, and participating in and/or conducting meetings, conferences, and workshops with local and agency jurisdictions. This position may be filled from the Community Planning; Social Science; Economist; History; General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences; General Engineering; Landscape Architecture; Architecture; or General Physical Science job series. This position may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses. Note: Duty locations include Tulsa, OK, Little Rock, AR, Fort Worth, TX, and Galveston, TX and PCS allowances may be authorized subject to agency regulations; in addition, remote work may be considered for this position. For more information, or to apply, please see the USAJobs posting (announcement number WTKC211061736475).
 Black Dot Image Interdisciplinary Plan Formulation, Jacksonville District Planning & Policy Division (GS-12) – Multiple Vacancies - The Jacksonville District Planning & Policy Division is seeking four (4) GS-12 interdisciplinary plan formulators to support its ecosystem business line as well as the CAP, FPMS and Special Projects business line. Responsibilities of the incumbents include: serving as a planner on an integrated, multi-skilled technical team, responsible for the execution of water resource planning projects and as the District point of contact during higher Headquarters reviews-of study conclusions; briefing officials from higher Headquarters, other agencies, stakeholders and the public, and Congressional interests on the progress and results of planning studies; integrating all engineering, economic, and environmental efforts into the decision process; and developing study schedules for and monitoring the progress of tasks associated with assigned studies, and accomplishing studies within assigned budgets. This position may be filled from the Ecology; Landscape Architecture; Civil Engineering; Environmental Engineering; General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences; General Physical Science; or Geology job series. This position may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses. Note: Duty locations include Jacksonville, FL and West Palm Beach, FL. PCS allowances are not authorized for this position, but incumbents may be eligible for relocation bonuses. For more information, or to apply, please see the USAJobs posting (announcement number SCGV212032962259). Note: these positions are also being advertised under a separate USAJobs posting for the Community Planning; Archeologist; and Economist job series (announcement number SGCV212032962673).

 

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