Salary: $55,872.00 – $75,120.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Job Number: 2023-WQ4982-07430
Department: Dept. of Ecology
Division: Water Quality
Opening Date: 06/07/2023
Closing Date: Continuous

The Water Quality program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Nonpoint Source Pollution Water Quality Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) position. 

This position is located in our Southwest Region Office in Lacey, WA. 
Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.

Are you passionate about protecting Washington State’s waterways from runoff pollution? Interested in collaborating with a team of conservation partners to implement water quality improvement projects?  Or just love the idea of being outdoors helping to preserve Washington’s natural resources? If so, Ecology’s Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program is for you. 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 June 21, 2023. In order to be considered, please submit an application on or before June 20, 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. 

In this position, you will coordinate with local, state, federal, and tribal partners to implement projects for water quality improvement initiatives. This position focuses on identifying and correcting nonpoint source pollutant sources identified watersheds through voluntary compliance measures, and enforcement actions, if necessary. This position is the section team lead worker responsible for specializing in best management practices to protect water quality.  

 What you will do: 

  • Investigate and resolve water quality pollution sources
  • Manage technical projects using assessment tools, including GIS and water quality data, for implementing nonpoint source strategies in priority watersheds.
  • Provide scientific recommendations associated with water quality improvement initiatives. 
  • Specialize in agricultural best management practices
  • Develop and foster relationships with key interest groups and organizations.
  • Coordinate with statewide compliance and enforcement working groups

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.

Nine (9) 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. 

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 9 years of experience
Combination 2 30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits. 8 years of experience
Combination 3 60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree). 7 years of experience
Combination 4 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 PhD 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 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 or training with environmental enforcement.
  • GIS experience or certification.
  • Experience or training with water quality sampling.
  • Experience working in an agricultural setting.

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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