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Natural Resource Specialist 5 (Two Positions)

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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Shorelands & Environmental Assistance (SEA) Program is looking to fill two Natural Resource Specialist 5 positions. The positions will be located in our Headquarters building in Lacey, WA. One position is a WCC Field Operations Manager and the other is a WCC Administrative Operations Manager.

As the WCC Field Operations Manager, you will lead a team of professional staff who coordinate statewide logistics of the Washington Conservation Corps. This includes WCC's payables, receivables, fleet, tools & equipment, and training. You will interact with nearly 100 local, state, federal, and Tribal partners on a regular basis.

As the WCC Administrative Operations Manager, you will lead a team of professional staff, including a 3-person administrative support team and a communications coordinator who also oversees the WCC Individual Placement program. You will also lead the continuous improvement of internal operations and AmeriCorps program evaluation design and implementation.

The Shorelands & Environmental Assistance (SEA) program supports community conservation efforts for our shorelands, wetlands, and floodplains. Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) is an AmeriCorps program within SEA that creates future leaders through community involvement and mentorship. We have more than 350 members and experienced staff statewide who restore critical habitat, build trails, and respond to local and national disasters. Through AmeriCorps, WCC provides hands-on experience, field skills, and training opportunities to young adults (between age 18 and 25) and military veterans.

Please Note: These are project positions that are funded until September 30, 2022 with an anticipated extension through September 30, 2025.

During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. These positions are primarily telework eligible, but will have in-person meetings approximately 10 percent of the time. 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 May 23, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before May 22, 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 these roles unique? 
The WCC Field Operations Manager is a member of the WCC leadership team that includes WCC Crew Coordinators, WCC Administrative Operations Manager, WCC Section Manager, and this position. This position regularly interacts with their Field Operations team and the WCC leadership team to lead continuous improvement to ensure a positive experience with WCC’s 100 inter-jurisdictional partners.

The WCC Administrative Operations Manager is a member of the WCC leadership team that includes WCC Crew Coordinators, WCC Field Operations Manager, the WCC Section Manager, and this position. This position regularly interacts with Office of Financial Management’s Serve Washington. This position leads their team consisting of a 3-person administrative support team and a communications coordinator. They also provide guidance to Ecology’s Receivables team to ensure fiscal compliance with AmeriCorps grant.
What you will do:  

The WCC Field Operations Manager leads a team of professional staff who coordinate statewide logistics of the WCC’s AmeriCorps Program, including payables, receivables, fleet, tools & equipment, training and development. 

Some direct duties include:
  • Leading annual planning and overseeing the direct scheduling of WCC crews and Individual Placements in partnership with a team of WCC Coordinators. 
  • Leading new initiatives, including the WCC’s Environmental Justice Initiative, and incorporating AmeriCorps and WCC priorities in planning processes.
  • Assisting the WCC Director and the Shorelands & Environmental Assistance (SEA) Budget Manager with preparing and monitoring WCC’s budget, drafting fiscal notes, creating allotments, and developing budget decision packets. 

The WCC Administrative Operations Manager leads a team of professional staff, including a 3-person administrative support team and a communications coordinator who also oversees the WCC Individual Placement program. 

Some direct duties include:
  • Leading Agency compliance with a $2 Million dollar AmeriCorps grant and ensuring Section policies and procedures are in alignment with Ecology, Office of Financial Management, and AmeriCorps rules and regulations.
  • Leading continuous improvement of internal operations and AmeriCorps program evaluation design and implementation.
  • Serving as the AmeriCorps expert for the WCC Section, resolving the most complex, critical, or precedent-setting issues that arise; acting as a resource and provides guidance on federal compliance.
  • Coordinating annual update to section-wide manual and annual all-staff meeting.


Required Qualifications:
A total of Eight (8) years of experience and/or education as described below:

Professional level Experience in: land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.

Education: With a major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, law, public administration, or closely related field.
See chart below for a list of ways to qualify for this position: 

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:  
This position is subject to a criminal background check. Must not be registered, or required to register, with the National Sex Offender Public Registry.

Desired Qualifications:
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
  • Ability to respond to difficult or sensitive interpersonal situations in a manner that prevents/minimizes conflict and maintains good working relationships among internal and external customers.
  • Knowledge of governmental planning and operational processes.
  • Experience interpreting and applying State and Federal regulations.

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 Bridget Talebi at Bridget.Talebi@ecy.wa.govPlease do not contact Bridget 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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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.