Salary: $79,018.00 – $99,456.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Department: Dept. of Ecology
Job Number: 2023-SEA4963-05571
Closing: Continuous

The Shorelands & Environmental Assistance (SEA) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Coastal and Ocean Management Unit Supervisor (WMS Band 1) position. This position is located in our Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.

In this position, you will report to the Coastal/Shorelands Section Manager within the Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program at the Department of Ecology. You will manage a multi-disciplinary team of 5 professional staff who coordinate statewide policy and planning issues on coastal and ocean management, including coastal hazards and climate resilience, ocean protection, marine planning, and regional sediment management. You will participate in and support staff engagement on interstate, interagency and intra-agency, Tribal, and stakeholder processes on highly complex planning, policies, and proposed state and federal legislation. Key priorities for this work include climate resilience, equity, diversity, inclusion, and environmental justice. You will provide direction and oversee initiatives for program growth and enhancements, establish priorities, develop program implementation strategies and manage staff work. You will also provide support to the Coastal/Shorelands Section Manager on regional and national level coordination and collaboration, including our engagement with Coastal States Organization.

Agency Mission: The mission of the Department of Ecology’s is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment for current and future generations.

Program Mission: The mission of the Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program is to work in partnership with communities to support healthy watersheds and promote statewide environmental interests. The Coastal/Shorelands Section in Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program works to ensure that the shorelines, floodplains, and ocean waters are protected, restored, and managed consistent with state and local laws.

Tele-work options for this position: This position will be eligible for up to an 80% tele-work schedule. Applicants with questions about position location options, tele-work, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in “other information.” Schedules are dependent upon position needs and are subject to change.

Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, we will review applications on May 10, 2023. In order to be considered, please submit an application on or before May 09, 2023. If your application isn’t received by this date, it may not be considered. The agency reserves the right to make a Hire any time after the initial screening date.

This is a unique opportunity to participate and support work across local, state, and national scales of resource management. In this role, you will provide leadership, guidance, and mentoring to tackle some of the most complex and challenging issues facing our coast and ocean through partnerships, integration of disciplines, and balancing diverse interests to build common ground and find solutions providing multiple benefits (community, economy, and environment). You will also work closely with our state’s floodplain management, shoreline management, and coastal monitoring and analysis units in the Coastal/Shorelands Section to ensure coordinated and strategic implementation of key state authorities.

What you will do:

  • Manage a multi-disciplinary team of professional staff who coordinate statewide policy and planning issues on coastal and ocean management issues.
  • Provide tactical leadership for all Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program coast and ocean management activities.
  • Build and sustain productive working relationships with local governments; state and federal agencies; tribal governments; research institutions; and other management partners and stakeholders.
  • Coordinate with the Section Manager and lead strategic implementation and program enhancement efforts. 
  • Represent Ecology on multi-agency and multi-stakeholder work groups convened to address local, state, or federal coastal management planning or policy issues.

Required Qualifications:
Years of required experience indicated below are full-time equivalent years. Full-time equivalent experience means that any experience where working hours were less than 40 hours per week will be prorated in order to meet the equivalency of full-time. We would calculate this by looking at the total hours worked per week, divide this by 40, and then multiply by the total number of months worked. Examples of the proration calculations are:

  • 30 hours worked per week for 20 months: (30/40) x 20 months = 15 months full-time equivalent
  • 20 hours worked per week for 12 months: (20/40) x 12 months = 6 months full-time equivalent

Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, education, and volunteer experience. See below for how you may qualify.

A total of Nine (9) 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 AND at least one year of experience leading a team, leading projects or supervising staff which can be gained concurrently with the above experience.

Education: Involving a major study in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, marine affairs, or closely related field.

See chart below for a list of ways to qualify for this position:

Possible Combinations College credit hours or degree – as listed above.  Years of professional level experience – as listed above. 
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 Ph.D.  2 years of experience.

Note: A minimum of one year of experience leading a team, leading projects or supervising staff is required for all education levels. This experience can be concurrent with the above environmental experience.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
Must obtain and maintain a valid driver’s license.

Other Information
If you have specific questions about this position, please email Bobbak Talebi at Please do not contact Bobbak to inquire about the status of your application. To request the full position description: email

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.
  • A list of three professional references.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.  

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. 

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