Salary: $82,179.00 – $103,440.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Job Number: 2023-WQ5032-08437
Department: Dept. of Ecology
Division: Water Quality
Opening Date: 06/29/2023
Closing Date: Continuous

The Water Quality program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a General Permits Unit Supervisor (WMS 1) position. This position is located in our Southwest Office located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.

We’re looking for a unit supervisor to lead our new team of permit managers and facility inspectors.  With an increase in funding, we’ve formed a new unit focused on managing our general permits that protect water quality in southwest Washington. We’re seeking a unit supervisor to lead the new team of dedicated professionals. 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 90% 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 July 14, 2023. In order to be considered, please submit an application on or before July 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? 
We’re seeking a unit supervisor for the newly created unit that manages permits and conducts inspections to protect water quality in southwest Washington.  This is a unique opportunity to help build a new unit alongside 10 dedicated hydrogeologists and environmental specialists.  These staff implement our largest permits that cover hundreds of facilities in our 12-county region.

 What you will do: 

  • Supervise, lead, and manage the General Permits Unit, including coaching, hiring, assigning work, setting priorities, tracking progress, and evaluating team and individual performance. Onboard and provide training opportunities for new employees.  
  • Build a new unit from staff formerly in two different groups.  Create processes for completing the work that support everyone in the group.
  • Communicate: actively listen and engage in open, respectful, and professional dialogue. Perform work in a helpful, friendly, and positive manner. Earn the trust, respect, and confidence of coworkers and customers through consistent honesty, forthrightness, and professionalism in all interactions. Build and maintain cooperative relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance and cooperation.  
  • Lead the unit in their work to control stormwater by managing permits and conducting inspections of construction sites, boatyards, hatcheries, sand and gravel facilities, and industrial facilities.
  • As the unit supervisor, represent the unit, section, and program in meetings with internal and external parties.
  • Plan and schedule unit work, coordinate annual planning, establish priorities, assign tasks, facilitate intra- and inter-program project teams, and monitor status of unit tasks and commitments.

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 eight years of experience and/or education as described below: 
Experience in: Natural, environmental, or physical sciences; engineering; planning; public administration; or closely related field

Required Experience: Must have at least one (1) year of experience administering, implementing, enforcing, and/or developing environmental permits, regulations and/or policy for state or federal environmental laws and regulations (may be gained at the same time as the experience listed).

Education in: Natural, environmental, or physical sciences; engineering; planning; public administration; or closely related field 

Possible Combinations

College credit hours or degree

Years of required experience in natural, environmental, or physical sciences; engineering; planning; public administration; or closely related field*

Combination 1

No college credit hours or degree

8 years of experience

Combination 2

30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits

7 years of experience

Combination 3

60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree)

6 years of experience

Combination 4

90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits

5 years of experience

Combination 5 

A Bachelor’s Degree in natural, environmental, or physical sciences; engineering; planning; public administration; or closely related field

4 years of experience

Combination 6 

A Master’s Degree or above in natural, environmental, or physical sciences; engineering; planning; public administration; or closely related field

2 years of experience

Desired Qualifications:
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.

  • Knowledge of Washington State laws and regulations pertaining to water quality.
  • Experience leading, supervising, or managing professional staff.

Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.

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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