Regional Section Manager (WMS Band 2) – Job Number 2022-SEA0691-07529

Website Washington Department of Ecology

Salary: $91,652.00 – $114,396.00 Annually
Location:Thurston County – Lacey, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Department: Washington Dept. of Ecology
Job Number: 2022-SEA0691-07529
Closing: Continuous
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 with “COVID-19 vaccination” in the subject line.

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Coastal/Shorelands Section Manager (WMS Band 2) position. This position will be located in our Headquarters building in Lacey, Washington. To learn more about the state’s management classification system, please visit this link.In this role, you will provide strategic and tactical leadership for shoreline, floodplain, ocean and coastal zone management in Washington State. This key leadership position is critical to fostering and developing relations with impacted stakeholders, local governments and tribes, as well as federal and state agency partners.

We are looking for candidates who possess strong mediation and relationship-building skills and have a strong understanding of impacts to communities who are underserved and under resourced and qualify for environmental justice considerations. Must be familiar with relevant federal and state statute and must understand how to implement with maximum benefit and consideration for community needs and treaty rights.

The mission of the Department of Ecology is to protect, preserve, and enhance Washington’s land, air and water for current and future generations. The mission of the SEA Program is to support community conservation efforts for our shorelands, wetlands, and floodplains.

This position supports the missions by managing the Coastal/Shorelands Section, and has direct influence on Ecology’s management of state shorelines and floodplains as well as coastal and ocean waters. This position is accountable for managing employees providing statewide services including policy assistance, regulatory and planning oversight of local governments, scientific support, and financial assistance to local communities. The position also leads policy initiatives to improve management and protection of state shoreline, ocean, and floodplain resources.

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 eligible to telework up to 3 days per week. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding health-screening questions before entry, and social distancing.

Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of June 13, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before June  12, 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.


What makes this role unique?

  • In this leadership role, you will manage a diverse team and portfolio of work. You will negotiate and analyze complex issues while holding broad perspective and vision.
  • You will lead a section of professionals who administer: the Shoreline Management Act, Water Pollution Control Act, State Environmental Policy Act, Floodplain Management Act, Flood Control Assistance Account Program, Floodplains by Design Program, Section 401 Water Quality Certifications under the federal Clean Water Act and Wetland Administrative Orders.
  • You will represent state interests in a number of situations, and will interact consistently with Agency, Tribal, Local and State Officials. You will implement, enforce, and ensure compliance with laws, rules, and policies and to develop procedures to protect and manage Southwest Region wetlands, shorelands, and watersheds in the best interest of the public.

What you will do:

  • Manage all aspects of section administration including but not limited to budget, personnel, process and policy.
  • Create, maintain, and improve an inclusive, respectful, diverse, and equitable workplace.
  • Implement, enforce, and ensure compliance with laws, rules, and policies. Develop procedures to protect and manage Southwest Region wetlands, shorelands, and watersheds in the best interest of the public.
  • Perform final review and approval for delegated signature authority actions including shoreline management actions, Section 401 water-quality certifications, wetland administrative orders, enforcement actions, civil penalties, contracts, purchasing, and personnel actions.
  • Ensure quality and consistency of staff recommendations, reports, and decisions.
  • Balance the competing needs/demands of public, private, and tribal interests in every shoreline, floodplain, wetland, and Section 401 Certification permit decision.
  • Represent Ecology on various natural resource initiatives.
  • Develop detailed workload analysis and SEA section and program plans that define goals and objectives, and coordinate development activities with other regions, regional programs, and headquarters. Monitor and adapt to national and state regulatory changes and trends.
  • Work collaboratively as a member of the SEA Program Management Team to develop program plans and strategic initiatives, policies and procedures.
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.

Nine (9) years of experience and/or education: 

Experience: Professional-level experience working in an environmental or environmental management field, which includes a minimum of two years of experience leading people and/or projects.

Education:  With a major study in an environmental, physical, or natural science, land use, environmental or natural resource planning, environmental engineering, business administration, or closely allied field.

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

Possible Combinations College credit hours or degree Years of required experience – as listed above
Combination 1 High School Diploma or GED. 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 or higher 3 years of experience

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

Must maintain a valid driver’s license and have the ability to travel alone to multiple work and project sites.

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

  • Knowledge of state shorelands, State Environmental Policy Act, floodplain and watershed management, wetlands, water quality laws and issues and water resources laws and issues.

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.
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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 Joenne McGerr at: Please do not contact Joenne  to inquire about the status of your application.

To request the full position description: email

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
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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.

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