Salary: $64,092.00 – $86,208.00 Annually
Location: Multiple Locations – Western Washington, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Job Number: 2023-SPPR4582-08559
Department: Dept. of Ecology
Division: Spill Prevention, Preparedness and Response
Opening Date: 07/07/2023
Closing Date: Continuous
The Spill Prevention, Preparedness & Response (SPPR) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Project Specialist (Environmental Planner 3) position. This position can be located in any of the following offices: Our Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA or our Northwest Region Office (NWRO) in Shoreline, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.
In this position, you will coordinate and develop the program’s review of State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and transboundary oil handling related projects. Through this work, you will assist the unit in identifying emerging transboundary issues and trends for future research projects. This is a unique position in the Spills Program, as the nature of the work changes as projects conclude and new projects emerge. You will gain a well-rounded understanding of the program’s policies, regulations, and priorities and will serve as a project manager for program-wide projects, provide rulemaking process or lead support, and participate on an Incident Management Team, further developing your skills in the Incident Command System.
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 Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (SPPR) Program’s mission is to protect, preserve, and restore Washington’s environment. The Spill Program’s vision is to create a zero spills world.
Tele-work options for this position: This position is eligible for up to a 90% telework schedule. This position may need to come into the office infrequently for team and external meetings, travel opportunities, trainings, and workshops.
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, we will review applications on August 4, 2023. In order to be considered, please submit an application on or before August 3, 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?
This role provides the opportunity to gain experience with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) process and to track emerging transboundary issues related to oil handling projects in the Salish Sea. This position will work on a multitude of projects ranging from rulemaking, special projects, legislative reports, and policy support. This role provides the unique opportunity to work on different projects and teams as program priorities shift and new projects emerge.
What you will do:
- Coordinate cross-program and cross-region reviews of State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and transboundary oil handling related projects, synthesize information, and develop concise recommendations for program management.
- Work independently and proactively to identify program gaps and needs, organize and lead new workgroups, and provide project management support.
- Lead and facilitate special projects or legislative reports. Develop, write, and refine draft work products, incorporating internal and external feedback.
- Provide rulemaking lead or process support through rule language development, responsiveness summaries, and comprehensive communication strategies.
- Coordinate with staff, Tribes, and other stakeholders through workgroups, public hearings, and workshops. Communicate with and develop professional relationships internally and externally.
- Provide legislative support through bill analyses and fiscal notes during the Legislative Session.
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 Bachelor’s degree in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field
Four years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.
A Master’s degree or above in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field
Two years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.
One year of experience as an Environmental Planner 2, at Ecology.
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
- The position normally works in a relatively sedentary open office environment, working with computers and other office equipment for long periods of time. However, position also may require spill response in field work which could involve several hours of standing, walking, or squatting each day.
- This position is part of the Spills Program Incident Management Team (IMT) and Crisis Management Team and is required to complete Incident Command System (ICS) training at the level of 100, 200, 300,700, and 800. Maintain HAZWOPER certification annually and continual training as required by the Program as they come available to maintain IMT position qualifications.
- Be able to obtain the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC card) which entails a detailed background check.
- Hold and maintain eligibility and certification to permit travel to and from Canada, including passport or Enhanced Driver’s License.
- Hold and maintain a valid driver’s license.
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
- Experience drafting rules, policy reports, and/or related documents.
- Experience managing complex policy or planning projects.
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: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/4106631/project-specialist-environmental-planner-3