Senior Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Specialist & Team Lead (Environmental Specialist 4) – Job Number 2022-WQ0734-08055

Website Washington Department of Ecology

Salary:$55,860.00 – $73,260.00 Annually
Location:Thurston County – Lacey, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Department: Washington Dept. of Ecology
Job Number: 2022-WQ0734-08055
Please Note: The pay listed above includes the 3.25% pay increase that will go into effect on July 1, 2022.

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 Water Quality Program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Senior Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Specialist & Team Lead (Environmental Specialist 4) position.
This position is located in our Southwest Regional Office in Lacey, WA.
Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.

Are you passionate about protecting and restoring water quality in the Puget Sound watersheds for aquatic life and human health? Interested in leading a team of environmental specialists who work to identify and correct pollution concerns? Have interests working with conservation partners to carry out water quality improvement projects? Or just love the idea of being outdoors helping to preserve Washington’s natural resources? If so, you may be a great candidate for this position with the Watershed Resources Team!

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.

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.

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 June 22, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before June 21, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.



What makes this role unique?

This is a team lead position working closely with fellow Nonpoint Source Water Quality Specialists in the 12-county region to prevent and control water pollution. We work through various avenues to achieve our goals, including: education and outreach, providing technical assistance, conducting water quality monitoring, and issuing enforcement actions, if necessary. Ultimately, we are regulators striving to protect our natural resources.

What you will do:

Nonpoint Source Team Lead

You will be the region-wide team lead, responsible for assigning, instructing, checking, evaluating, and correcting the work for four Environmental Specialists. You will work to help the team reach consistent water quality improvement goals. This will include:

  • Assigning priority watershed and compliance work,
  • Instructing proper enforcement actions and follow up,
  • Reviewing and approving watershed implementation work-plans,
  • Coordinating and evaluating region-wide water quality monitoring efforts, and
  • Overseeing state and federal grant reporting requirements for the team and correcting submittals as necessary.

Watershed Cleanup Plan Implementation and Compliance Assurance
Along with being the team lead, you will investigate and resolve pollution issues within your own geographical focus areas, including the South Puget Sound, Hood Canal, and Strait of Juan de Fuca watersheds.

  • Manage projects associated with water quality cleanup plans, shellfish protection, salmon and orca recovery, agriculturally-related assessments, and riparian buffer enhancements located within the Southwest Region. As a senior inspector for the section in these focus areas, you will provide scientific and technical consultation to other agency staff, local, state, federal, and tribal entities.
  • Apply the program’s graduated compliance guidance, and issue enforcement actions using agency policies and requirements, if necessary, to address noncompliance with water quality laws and regulations.
  • Coordinate with the Water Quality Program’s Enforcement Workgroup, Inspector’s Workgroup, the Nonpoint Source Working Group (and subsequent sub working groups). This includes facilitating consistent messaging, streamlining the compliance process, and implementing the Water Quality Program’s Compliance Assurance and Nonpoint Source Deskbook Manuals.


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 experience and/ or education:
  • Education: Involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied science field.
  • Experience: In environmental analysis or control or environmental planning.
Experience may include a combination of the following:
  • Professional level tasks and environmental reviews related to adverse water quality impacts from various land use activities, such as investigating complex technical complaints or violations, or responding to inquires related to land uses causing nonpoint pollution
  • Providing technical assistance to landowners and the public interpreting water quality laws and regulations
  • Experience in leading a team or scientific project

Option 2:

  • A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.
  • Five (5) years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning, which may include experience as describe in Option 1.

Option 3: 

  • A Master’s degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.
  • Three (3) years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning, which may include experience as describe in Option 1.

Option 4:

  • A PhD degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.
  • Two (2) years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning, which may include experience as describe in Option 1.

Option 5:

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

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 have a valid driver’s license

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

  • Experience or training with environmental enforcement.
  • Experience leading a project or team.
  • Experience using mediation tools or techniques, or mediation training.
  • GIS experience or certification.
  • Experience or training with water quality sampling.
  • Experience working in a laboratory, either professionally or in school.
  • Experience working in an agricultural setting.

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: and we will be happy to assist.
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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 Sheila Marcoe at: Please do not contact Sheila 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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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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