Salary: $16.46 – $19.37 Hourly
Job Type: Part Time – Non-Permanent
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of September 28, 2021. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before September 27, 2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
Are you looking to start a career in environmental protection? This flexible, part-time position will provide you the opportunity to work with environmental staff and managers in the Water Quality program and play a key role our legislative efforts. You will get to learn about the legislative process and assist our outreach with stakeholders, and help launch and refine your career path with the State of Washington. We’re looking for people who can bring their blend of inter-personal and analytic skills to protect water quality.
The  Water Quality Program within the Department of Ecology is recruiting for a Policy, Planning, and Performance Intern. This position is located in our Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA.
This is a non-permanent, part time position and is expected to last approximately 6 months. We expect this position to work approximately 20 hours per week, depending on the successful candidate’s schedule.

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. 

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.


What you’ll do:

  • Support the Deputy Program Manager in stakeholder outreach and process improvement projects.
  • Support the Water Quality Program’s legislative and planning staff:
    • Research current law, codes, agency policies and procedures to understand program operations and to provide a context for interpreting legislative proposals (bills).
    • Research bills to assess their impact on the Water Quality Program.
    • Assist the Program Planner in coordinating and developing legislative analysis with the appropriate staff.
    • Ensure bill analyses and fiscal notes are accurate and posted to our internal tracking system.
    • Help draft memos regarding new and emerging issues (for example, you might review how other states are handling environmental issues, such as the regulations on net pens in coastal areas).
  • Support the Program Planner during the development, implementation, tracking, and reporting of the program’s biennial plan.

What makes this role unique?

This is a great opportunity to learn about the legislative process, gain experience working with managers, senior staff, environmental and technical specialists, and other stakeholders. You will use and build skills in facilitation and managing a public group process.

This position offers flexible hours and scheduling, and most of the work can be done remotely. You will need to reside in Washington State, and be able to commute to Lacey, WA for in-person activities and meetings.


Required Qualifications:
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, educational, volunteer and lived-experience. See below for how you may qualify.

Four (4) years of education and/or experience:

  • Education: in public policy, public administration, natural sciences, land use, environmental law, natural resource planning, or related field.
  • Experience: involving a combination of the below:
    • Performing research and compiling and synthesizing existing information
    • Technical writing of briefing papers or similar reports
    • Organizing and presenting data in graphic form using charts and graphs
    • Preparing for meetings by organizing agendas, taking notes, and tracking follow-up actions

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

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 David Giglio at: Please do not contact David to inquire about the status of your application.
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