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Environmental Planner 2

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 Rules and Accountability section of the Government Relations Office is currently looking to fill an Environmental Planner 2 position. This position is located at our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

The Governmental Relations Rules and Accountability Section (RAS) is responsible for the coordination of agency rulemaking, providing regulatory analysis for agency regulatory and policy initiatives, managing our appeals processing desk and enforcement docket, and for gathering and reporting timely and accurate agency performance metrics.

This is a great opportunity to work in Governmental Relations in the Rules & Accountability Section at Ecology. You will get to experience a diversity of topics and use a variety of skills from: collaboration, problem-solving, developing web content, training and mentoring other employees and project management. Working in this section allows you the opportunity to work with employees from across the agency and learn a great deal about the work Ecology does. This position is ideal for individuals that like to learn new topics, can be flexible, and enjoy working as part of team. No two days are ever the same in this position. 

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 embrace 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.

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 expected to work in the office up to 2 days a week. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding building occupancy, mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing. 

Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of December 3, 2021. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before December 2, 2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

The Rules & Accountability Section is within Ecology’s Governmental Relations Office and is a small program that works with all of the programs at Ecology on a variety of topics from: legislative analysis, rulemaking, economics, performance management, permits, legislative reports, enforcement, appeals, and others. Working in this section gives you a unique perspective on the agency allowing you to engage and work with staff across the agency.   
What is unique about this position?
In this role, you would help implement several agency-wide processes related to rulemaking, appeals, managing our enforcement docket system, publications and the web. It is a great opportunity to engage with staff across the agency, establish and review existing processes, implement changes, and provide training and coaching for employees. Often this may mean finding solutions and guiding staff as they complete their work to help them be successful. 
What you will do:
  • Administer the agency Docket Management System, which tracks enforcement actions and penalties. Facilitates enhancements to meet agency needs, and ensures quality data and provides reports.
  • Serve as the Agency Appeals Processor, accepting and processing appeals received by Ecology.
  • As a journey level planner, work in consultation with, and in support of the Agency Rules Coordinator on every aspect of rule development. Develop guidance, tools and training for employees, track schedules and recommend process improvements.
  • Serve as the Publication and Web Coordinator and Accessibility Super User for Governmental Relations and is the owner of several SharePoint sites. 
  • Provide regulatory and legislative support on a wide variety of cross-agency topics assisting with performance audit, evaluation of legislation, and other projects as appropriate. 


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: A Bachelor’s degree with a major emphasis in: land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration, or closely-related field AND Three years of professional experience in: land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, public administration, and/or program development or.
Option 2: A Master's degree or above with a major emphasis in: land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration, or closely-related field AND One year of professional experience in: land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, public administration, and/or program development.

Option 3: One year of experience as an Environmental Planner 1, provided a Bachelor's degree in a field listed above has been achieved. 

Desired Qualifications:

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

  • Ability to communicate detailed and technical information and instruct others over the telephone, via video conference, and in person.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team to solve complex technology-based problems.
  • Experience in gathering, tracking, analyzing, and reporting data.
  • Understanding of computer data systems.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, and SharePoint.
  • Ability to produce charts and info graphics.
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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  • 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 (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 Bari Schreiner at: Bari.Schreiner@ecy.wa.govPlease do not contact Bari 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:

Student debt: how working for Ecology can help
The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See for more details.
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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.