Salary: $48,156.00 – $64,788.00 Annually
Location: Yakima County – Union Gap, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Department: Dept. of Ecology
Job Number: 2022-WQ3452-16140
The Water Quality program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a General Permit Manager (Environmental Specialist 3) position. This position is located in our Central Region Office (CRO) in Union Gap, WA.
Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.
In this position you will be responsible for implementing the permit program for the Sand and Gravel/Winery general permit and related activities in the seven-county area of the Central Regional Office. This position plans, prioritizes, and performs permit related activities, including inspections, determinations of facility coverage under a general permit or individual permit, technical assistance, status changes, compliance assurance, complaint investigation, and routine enforcement as necessary, to implement the Water Quality Program’s mission of protecting and restoring Washington’s waters.
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.
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.”
This position allows for frequent, independent travel from Ecology’s Central Regional Office (CRO) to perform site inspections at remote locations within CROs seven county geographic area. Within the CRO geographic area you will have the opportunity to become the regional general permit expert for the Sand and Gravel/Winery facility operations. Additionally, you’ll participate in active workgroups specific to the general permits with the goal of improving processes and/or outcomes. An abundance of training opportunities will also be provided to enhance your skill sets in your assigned work and beyond.
What you will do:
- Work with the public (permitted and unpermitted) and other agencies/governments related to activities specific to their facilities.
- Provide technical assistance to applicants to help them understand their options for changing or acquiring permits specific to their proposed projects or existing facilities.
- Write detailed inspection reports. These reports are used to demonstrate compliance or aid them to get into compliance.
- Respond to water quality complaints related to assigned facilities, in cooperation with other program staff and other programs or agencies.
- Initiate recommendations for enforcement actions to achieve compliance with applicable water quality laws and regulations.
- Utilize Ecology databases to analyze and interpret scientific information concerning water quality, pollution, and impacts to resources from pollution events using knowledge of chemistry and biology including interactions in soil, ground and surface waters.
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.
Six (6) years of combined experience and/or education:
Education: involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.
Experience: in environmental analysis or control or environmental planning.
Experience may include a combination of the following:
- Performing field surveys or studies.
- Responding to complaints involving scientific or technical content
- Preparing public meetings and hearings.
- Assistance with routine inspections or investigations requiring specialized knowledge of industry processes, pollutant sources or natural processes.
- Responding to routine inquiries or request for technical assistance involving scientific content.
- Conducting routing sampling and testing analyses, interprets data, writing reports.
- Providing routine environmental technical and administrative assistance to grant/contract/loan recipients of environmental protection projects.
- A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.
- Two (2) years of experience in environmental analysis or control or environmental planning, which may include experience as listed in Option 1.
- A Master’s degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.
- One (1) year of experience in environmental analysis or control or environmental planning, which may include experience as listed in Option 1.
- A PhD 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 Years of required experience
Combination 1 No college credit hours or degree. – 6 years of experience
Combination 2 30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits. – 5 years of experience
Combination 3 60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree). – 4 years of experience
Combination 4 90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits. – 3 years of experience
Combination 5 A Bachelor’s Degree – 2 years of experience
Combination 6 A Master’s Degree – 1 year of experience
Combination 7 A PhD – No experience
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment: Must possess and maintain a valid State’s driver’s license.
Desired Qualifications: We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
- Experience inspecting facilities, data management, reviewing site specific documents.
- Experience with environmental legislation and regulations at the federal, state, and local level.
- Experience reviewing complex technical documents and preparation of enforcement documents.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.
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 Erik Van Doren at: Erik.VanDoren@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Erik to inquire about the status of your application.
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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. To learn more, check out our Strategic Plan.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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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