Salary: $64,092.00 – $86,208.00 Annually
Location: Spokane County – Spokane, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Closing Date: Continuous

The Water Quality Program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Construction Stormwater Permit Manager (Environmental Specialist 4) position.

This position is located in our Eastern Region Office (ERO) in Spokane, WA.
Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.

Are you passionate about protecting Washington State’s streams and rivers from construction runoff pollution? Interested in collaborating with a fabulous group of dedicated Ecology staff to protect water quality?  Or just love the idea of being outdoors helping to protect Washington’s natural resources? If so, being a Construction Stormwater Permit Manager is for you. The position covers a beautiful portion of Washington from the Selkirk Mountain region near the Canadian border south to the wine country of Walla Walla and encompasses the Spokane River and Palouse region watersheds.
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.      
Tele-work options for this position: This position will be eligible for up to a 60% 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 August 14, 2023. In order to be considered, please submit an application on or before August 13, 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. 

What makes this role unique? 

Construction site run-off pollutes our region’s streams and rivers.  This position plays a critical role in protecting Eastern Washington waters from construction site run-off.  The successful candidate is part of a fantastic general permit team in Spokane and collaborates with Construction Stormwater Permit managers around the state.  As the only Eastern Region Construction Stormwater Permit Manager, this position provides regional expertise on compliance with the construction stormwater general permit.  The position is empowered to evaluate conditions at construction sites and make independent decisions about polluted run-off risk and impacts to streams and rivers. The position relies on personal expertise and experience to provide assistance and make decisions on when to recommend enforcement actions.  Once experience is gained, this position provides expertise on construction stormwater management in drier climates. 

What you will do: 
This position involves a good mix of office and field work.  Tasks include:  

  • Inspecting construction sites throughout the Eastern Region for compliance with permit requirements. Providing technical assistance to site managers on water quality protection.  
  • Reviewing stormwater pollution prevention plans and evaluating water quality information.
  • Investigating for unpermitted construction discharges and ensuring practices are implemented to protect water quality.  
  • Communicating with construction companies to achieve voluntary compliance. Recommending actions to bring construction sites into compliance, including the use of formal and informal enforcement actions, as needed.
  • Providing regional expertise on construction stormwater laws, rules, internal policies, procedures, and guidance documents.
  • Analyzing and interpreting scientific information concerning water quality, pollution, and impacts to resources from stormwater pollution events.  
  • Coordinating with local governments, federal agencies and other state agencies on construction stormwater.
  • Initiating enforcement actions to achieve compliance with applicable water quality laws and regulations, including the preparation of regulatory documents.  
  • Cooperating with the Attorney General’s office in preparation of cases to be presented before judicial courts and boards.  
  • Working with other state and federal agencies, local governments, and the general public regarding specific construction stormwater problems within the Eastern Region.

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: Environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.
Education: Involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field
All experience and education combinations that meet the requirements for this position:

Possible Combinations. College credit hours or degree – as described above.  Years of professional level experience – as described 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

Two years of experience as an Environmental Specialist 3 at the Department of Ecology.
 Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment: 

  • Must possess and maintain a valid State’s driver’s license. 

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.

For more information and to apply:

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