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The Department of Ecology’s priority during the Covid-19 health crisis is to keep our staff, candidates, and the public safe. We are still hiring and encourage you to apply to open positions. The majority of our staff are currently working from home; we have transitioned to a virtual recruitment process, to include web-based interviews.
Keeping Washington Clean and EvergreenProtecting 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. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, and has leadership that embraces the value of people, Ecology may be a good fit.
The Water Quality program within the Department of Ecology is looking for a Senior Nonpoint Source Water Quality Specialist in our Southwest Regional Office. The location of this position is flexible, and may be in Vancouver, WA or Lacey, WA depending on where the successful candidate resides.
In this position, you will implement projects for water quality improvement initiatives including Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Alternative projects, and livestock and tillage assessments. Your area of focus with be the Lower Columbia River and Pacific Ocean watersheds.Local efforts… Diverse people… Statewide impacts
Agency Mission: The mission of the Department of Ecology is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment, for current and future generations.
Program Mission: 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.
What will you do?
- Administer water laws and policies to correct land use impacts to water quality and shellfish issues by providing technical assistance and completing compliance and enforcement actions in the Lower Columbia and Pacific Ocean watersheds.
- Respond to and investigate complex violations associated with land uses causing impacts to water quality or shellfish growing areas.
- Manage technical projects using assessment tools, including GIS and water quality data, for implementing nonpoint source strategies in priority watersheds.
- Provide scientific recommendations associated with water quality improvement initiatives.
- Develop and foster relationships with key interest groups and organizations.
Why join the team?
We are an energetic and collaborative team dedicated to the protection, restoration, and enhancement of Washington’s waters to sustain healthy watersheds for the benefit of our current and future generations.
Please note: During Stay Home, Stay Healthy, staff are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need.
Ecology is maintaining less than maximum building occupancy, and requiring masks, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing.
This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of April 15, 2021. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before April 14, 2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
There are multiple ways to qualify for this position. See options below:
Nine (9) years of combined education and experience:
- Experience: In environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning, which includes one year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above or two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above (see descriptions below).
- Education: Involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field
- Five (5) years of experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning, which includes one year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above or two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above (see descriptions below).
- A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.
- Three (3) years of experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning, which includes one year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above or two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above (see descriptions below).
- A Master’s degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.
- Two (2) years of experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning, which includes one year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above or two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above (see descriptions below).
- A Ph.D. in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field
- 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:
Experience as an Environmental Specialist 2 can include assisting in any of the following areas: 1) performing field surveys or studies, 2) responding to complaints involving scientific or technical content, 3) preparing public meetings and hearings, 4) assistance with routine inspections or investigations requiring specialized knowledge of industry processes, pollutant sources or natural processes, 5) responding to routine inquires or requests for technical assistance involving scientific content, 6) special projects that are scientific in nature, 7) conducting routine sampling and testing analyses, interprets data, writing reports 8) performing basic sampling data review, 9) maintaining an environmental data base to support technical projects, 10) providing routine environmental technical and administrative assistance to grant/ contract/ loan recipients of environmental protection projects.Experience as an Environmental Specialist 3 can include a combination of the following: 1) investigating and / or resolving complaints involving science or technology content, 2) performing inspections, 3) drafting technical evaluations and reports, 4) develops plans for researching information used for technical projects, regulatory or policy development, 5) plan and facilitate public meetings and hearings, 6) project work requiring specialized knowledge of industry processes, pollutant sources or natural processes, 7) providing technical assistance for complex scientific content and/ or support for implementing scientific content programs, 8) conducting tests, analyzing and evaluating data, 9) using environmental databases to support technical projects, 10) developing scientific studies and resource management plans, 11) providing environmental technical and administrative assistance to grant/ contract/ loan recipients of environmental protection projects.
- 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
- Responding to inquires related to land uses causing nonpoint pollution
- Providing technical assistance to landowners and the public interpreting water quality laws and regulations
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 I have 30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits. 8 years of experience Combination 3 I have 60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree). 7 years of experience Combination 4 I have 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
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool
- Experience or training with environmental compliance
- Experience using mediation tools or techniques
- GIS experience or certification
- Experience or training with water quality sampling
- Experience working with the agricultural community
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
- Must obtain and maintain a valid Driver’s License
Why work for Ecology?
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 the health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to work/life 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
Student debt and how working for Ecology can help
Employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.
*See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information
- Supplemental Information
Please complete the short on-line application, supplemental questions and upload:
- Your current chronological resume;
- A cover letter explaining how you fit the requirements of the position;
- Three professional references with current contact information.
When attaching documents to your application (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.
Please to do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.
Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. Or, you may paste the text of your resume within the profile’s resume text field.
Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including “please see resume,” may disqualify you from further consideration.It is in the candidate’s best interest to submit all of the documents requested above. Applications without these documents may be declined.
Department of 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.
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This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.
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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