Hydropower Projects Manager (Environmental Specialist 4) – Job Number 2022-WQ2436-13391

Website Washington Department of Ecology

$58,656.00 – $76,920.00 Annually
King County – Shoreline, WA
Job Type
Full Time – Permanent
Remote Employment
Dept. of Ecology
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  • Description

    Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.2 (Download PDF reader), Washington State employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination as part of the hiring process, prior to their start date. Requests for medical and religious exemptions will be considered. If you have questions, please contact Careers@ecy.wa.gov with “COVID-19 vaccination” in the subject line.

    Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
    The Water Quality Position program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Hydropower Projects Manager (Environmental Specialist 4) position.

    This position is located in our Northwest Region Office (NWRO) in Shoreline, WA.

    Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.

    Please Note: 
    The salary posted above includes the additional 5% premium pay that this position will receive due to this position’s location in King County.

    Does hydroelectric projects (dams) excite you? Have you ever wondered how dams impact water quality? How about working with a team of professionals from various federal, state, and local agencies and partnering with tribal governments to work on solutions for the protection of water quality impacted by dams.
    The mission of the Water Quality Program is to protect and restore Washington’s waters to support healthy watersheds and communities. Our work ensures state waters can support beneficial uses including recreational and business activities, supplies for clean drinking water, and the protection of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and public health.

    During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. This position is not currently required to work in the office on a regular basis. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing. Looking ahead, Ecology has recently updated the agency policies on telework and flexible and compressed work schedules. Applicants with questions about position location options, telework, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in “other information.”

    Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of October 6, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before October 5, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

    About the Department of Ecology

    Protecting Washington State’s environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We are a culture that is invested in making a difference. Join a team that is highly effective and collaborative, with leadership that embraces the value of people.
    Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:
    • A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.
    • An Infants at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns.
    • Continuous growth and development opportunities.
    • A wellness program that offers education, fitness classes, and an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
    • Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.

    Our commitment to DEIR
    Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) 
    are core values central to Ecology’s work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.

    Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.
    Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.
    Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology’s work.
    Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement.

    We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued.

  • Duties
  • What makes this role unique?

    As the Regional Hydropower Projects Manager you will get the opportunity to work with multi-stakeholder teams to develop and manage 401 water quality certifications for the existing and new hydroelectric projects in the northwestern region of WA state. You will collaborate with federal, state, and local governments, Tribal partners, and non-governmental organizations to develop 401 certification conditions and negotiate settlement agreements for the protection, mitigation, and enhancement of the water quality of the state. We are looking for an applicant who possesses excellent people skills, can analyze water quality data and communicate technical information to audiences with varied backgrounds, and propose regulatory decisions.
    What you will do:

    • Develop and manage 401 Water Quality Certification (401 WQC) for hydroelectric projects
    • Review and analyze water quality data and provide timely comments on water quality study plans, monitoring plans, compliance plans, construction plans, and  water quality modelling
    • Represent Ecology at multi-stakeholder meetings during 401 WQC development and settlement negotiations. Respond to media inquiries in coordination with the water quality communication team.
    • Conduct site visits to ensure compliance with 401 WQC conditions, compliance schedules, and to respond to complaints. Follow agency enforcement policies and procedures to resolve water quality compliance issues at hydroelectric facilities. Develop information for formal compliance and enforcement actions. Prepare regulatory documents.
    • Analyze and interpret RCWs, WACs, internal policies, procedures and guidance documents as pertains to 401 WQCs. Explain laws, regulations, policies and guidance to the public, tribes, local government and others.
    • Appear and testify on behalf of the water quality program before courts and boards such as the Pollution Control Hearings Board on matters arising as a result of related enforcement actions or appeals.
  • Qualifications
  • Required Qualifications:
    Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, educational and volunteer experience. See below for how you may qualify.

    Option 1:
    Nine (9) years of combined education and experience:

    • Experience: In environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning
    • Education: Involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field

    Option 2:

    • Five (5) years of experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning
    • A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.

    Option 3: 

    • Three (3) years of experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning
    • A Master’s degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.

    Option 4:

    • Two (2) years of experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning
    • A Ph.D. in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field

    Option 5:

    • Two (2) years of experience as an Environmental Specialist 3 at the Department of Ecology.

    More information on types of experience:
    For all options, experience may include a combination of the following:

    • Professional level tasks and environmental reviews related to water quality, such as:
      • Managing water quality permits or 401 water quality certifications
      • Reviewing and commenting on various water quality related studies and plans
      • Investigating environmental complaints or violations
      • Performing inspections or field investigations
      • Assisting businesses with regulatory requirements, providing technical assistance for compliance
      • Interpreting regulations
      • Working with stakeholder or partner groups to develop shared strategies for addressing environmental issues
      • Negotiating with stakeholders

    All experience and education combinations that meet the requirements for this position:

    Possible Combinations College credit hours or degree Years of required experience
    Combination 1 No college credit hours or degree 9 years of experience
    Combination 2 30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits. 8 years of experience
    Combination 3 60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree). 7 years of experience
    Combination 4 90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits. 6 years of experience
    Combination 5 A Bachelor’s Degree 5 years of experience
    Combination 6 A Master’s Degree 3 years of experience
    Combination 7 A PhD 2 years of experience

    Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

    • Must obtain and maintain a valid State’s drivers license

    Desired Qualifications:
    We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.

    • Experience in project management
    • Experience in developing, reviewing and/or commenting on water quality related technical and legal documents
    • Experience or training in environmental negotiations

    Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool. 

  • Supplemental Information
  • Ecology seeks diverse applicants: We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

    Need an Accommodation in the application and/or screening process or this job announcement in an alternative format?

    • Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: careers@ecy.wa.gov and we will be happy to assist.
    • If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can reach the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
    • If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not send an email to this address to follow-up on the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile’s main page.
    • If you are reading this announcement in print format, please enter the following URL to your search engine to apply: https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/Get-to-know-us/Jobs-at-Ecology.

    Application Instructions:

    It’s in the applicant’s best interest to submit all of the documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be declined.

    • A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position.
    • A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position.
    • Three professional references.

    Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.
    For Your Privacy:
    When attaching documents to your application (such as Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, DD-214, etc.):

    • Please be sure to remove private information such as your social security number, date of birth, etc.
    • Do not attach documents that are password-protected, as these documents may not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded.

    Additional Application Instructions for Current Ecology Employees:

    Please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources.

    Application Attestation:

    The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed.

    Other Information:If you have specific questions about the position, please email Monika Kannadaguli at: Monika.Kannadaguli@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Monika to inquire about the status of your application.

    To request the full position description: email careers@ecy.wa.gov

    Why work for Ecology?

    As an agency, our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment for current and future generations. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism, and accountability.

    Joining Ecology means becoming a part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington State’s environment. A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our state, while keeping your health and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to life/work balance.

    Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:
    Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver,  Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth *See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information

    Student debt: how working for Ecology can help
    The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.

    To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov and follow, like or visit us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.

    Collective Bargaining: This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.Equal Opportunity Employer: The Washington State Department of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans, military spouses or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

    Note: This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency. Once all the position(s) from the recruitment announcement are filled, the recruitment may only be used to fill additional open positions for the next sixty (60) days.

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For more information, please contact Monika.Kannadaguli@ecy.wa.gov