Watershed Management Section Senior Planner
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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
The Water Quality Program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Watershed Management Section Senior Planner (Environmental Planner 5) position.
In this position, you will work with technical and policy experts on an ever-changing set of topics related to implementing new legislative directives, federal Clean Water Act Programs, as well as Washington State programs related to Washington’s Water Pollution Control Act:
- Water Clean Up Plans- Total Maximum Daily Loads
- List of Polluted waters (303 d list)
- Development of Water Quality Standards
- Implementation of the State Nonpoint Pollution Control Program
Given the number of complex and significant projects we are managing within the section, we need a team member to work with and get input from external and tribal partners. We need somebody with great communication and organizational skills to assist us in reaching inside and outside of the section.
If you enjoy working on challenging projects, distilling key policy and technical information to help make decisions, and want to work with others to solve issues, this is your job!
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 6, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before June 5, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
What makes this role unique?
The Watershed Management Section works on statewide issues related to Washington State’s implementation of the Federal Clean Water Act and Washington State’s Water Pollution Control Act. Many of the projects we work on are large, and technically and politically complex. We are looking for somebody with the skills to help research and think through these issues, and provide critical assistance to get projects moving forward. We are a collaborative group of water quality professionals that work together in a team atmosphere.
This is a great opportunity to be involved in a variety of projects within our program. You will conduct research on complex issues, help others think through regulations, facilitate and lead other staff and managers through policy development, and work with key external stakeholders to gather input on the work being done by the Watershed Management Section.
We are looking for a senior level staff person that has excellent knowledge of the Federal Clean Water Act. If you want to work through complex legal and policy issues, make connections, and help move projects forward, this may be a great opportunity for you.
What you will do:
- Provide planning and policy consultation, development and support.
- Facilitate the resolution of highly complex issues through the organization and operation of appropriate internal, cross agency, and external teams.
- Work with state, federal and local governments, stakeholder groups and tribes to resolve tough issues.
- Develop and write plans, position papers and policies.
- Research complex issues, laws science and other formal published documents.
- Track and report on performance over short and long term scale, and make recommendations for process improvements.
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.
- A Bachelor’s degree with major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field.
- Seven (7) years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental or natural resource planning, and/or program development.
- A Master’s degree or above with major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field.
- Five (5) years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental or natural resource planning, and/or program development.
- Two years as an Environmental Planner 4 at the Department of Ecology.
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
- Must have a valid driver's license.
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
- Experience working directly on implementing environmental regulations, including implementing the federal Clean Water Act.
- A working understanding of the following Clean Water Act programs: Water Quality Standards, Water Quality Assessment, Total Maximum Daily Loads, nonpoint pollution controls.
- Experience writing and editing complex documents and for the general public.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.
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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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.
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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.
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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
The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service 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.