Salary: $64,704.00 – $87,036.00 Annually
Location: King County – Shoreline, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Department: Dept. of Ecology
Job Number: 2023-SEA4006-02585
Closing: Continuous

The Shorelands & Environmental Assistance (SEA) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Regional Shoreline Planner (Environmental Planner 3) position. This position is located in our Northwest Region Office (NWRO) in Shoreline, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station. Please Note: This position is located in our Northwest Region Office (NWRO) in Shoreline, WA. the above pay includes an additional 5% pay increase due to the positions location in King County.

As the Regional Shoreline Planner, you will serve as an associate-level planner, providing planning, technical, and regulatory support to local governments in an assigned geographic area in the development and administration of Shoreline Master Programs under the Shoreline Management Act. You will also review the assigned jurisdiction’s shoreline permits, support administration of Shoreline Master Program and Coastal Zone Management grants, conduct training, and support Shoreline Management Act compliance.

The Northwest Regional Office (NWRO), Shorelands and Environment Assistance Program is located in Shoreline, Washington and offers flexible work schedules and a dynamic, collaborative group of employees committed to protecting Washington’s shorelands, wetlands and floodplains. Located adjacent to the City of Seattle, but also accessible to the Kitsap peninsula, Whidbey Island and the Cascade Mountains, Shoreline offers limitless urban or rural opportunities within close reach. The NWRO is located close to a community college and the expansive main campus of the University of Washington, providing both academic and cultural opportunities for you and your family to advance your education, career or feed your natural curiosity. 

Ecology is Washington’s principle environmental management agency. Our mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance Washington’s environment for current and future generations, and our vision is that our innovative partnerships sustain healthy land, air, and water with a strong economy. Our goals are to support and engage our communities, customers, and employees, reduce, and prepare for climate impacts, prevent, and reduce toxic threats and pollution, and protect and manage our state’s waters. The Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) Program is a place where land and water meet. Our mission is to support community conservation efforts for our shorelands, wetlands, and floodplains. The position works in partnership with local and tribal governments, state and federal agencies, and others. 

Tele-work options for this position: This position will be eligible for a tele-work schedule, but may need to be in the office up to 3 days per week. 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, with an initial screening date of March 21, 2023. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before March 20, 2023. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

In this role, you will have an opportunity to gain specialized skill and experience in Shoreline Management.  The northwest region houses half the state’s population, for which regional Ecology staff manage close to 50% of the agency’s environmental reviews, providing exposure to a significant percentage of the state’s environmental management activities.

Shoreline Master Programs: Serve as project manager for Shoreline Master Program activities, including:

  • Provide expertise and guidance in the development or amendment of shoreline master programs. 
  • Manage negotiations with local governments to ensure local master program amendments are consistent with the Shoreline Management Act and the Shoreline Master Program guidelines. 
  • Manage the state review and approval process, conducting public hearings as necessary and assuring compliance with applicable Washington Administrative Codes. 
  • Conduct research and prepares analyses, including legal implications, on shoreline issues for incorporation into master program amendments.
  • Look for opportunities to engage in meaningful tribal consultation and integrate environmental justice considerations into our SMA work. 
  • Participate in Program-wide work on SMA policy interpretation and the preparation of SMA guidance for local governments. 
  • Coordinate with program staff as needed regarding the above.

Permit Review:  File shoreline substantial development permits within assigned jurisdictions. Review and make recommendations for Ecology action on conditional use and variance permits.  Assist other regional planners and programs with select complex permit issues. Recommends and assists with compliance actions as necessary.
Technical Assistance and SEPA:  Coordinates with program staff and local government personnel to provide appropriate help in SMA-related policy interpretations or training. Monitors and facilitates effective administration of SMP’s in assigned communities.

  • Monitor SEPA or permit notices and comments (as time allows) for shoreline related projects in assigned jurisdictions. 
  • Coordinate with local personnel to arrange trainings or other SMP implementation support. 
  • Respond to requests for technical assistance from local governments.

Required Qualifications:
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.

Option 1
A Bachelor’s degree with major emphasis 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.

Option 2
A Master’s degree or above with major emphasis 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.

Option 3
One year of experience as an Environmental Planner 2 at Ecology.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:  Obtain 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.

  • Education – A Master’s degree with major emphasis 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. 
  • Shoreline Management Experience – professional experience working with the Shoreline Management Act (SMA) in either a planning context (i.e. Shoreline Master Program development or modification) or a permitting context (i.e. review or issuance of shoreline permits). Knowledge of the relationship between the SMA and the Growth Management Act and Critical Areas Ordinances and their administrative rules. 
  • Environmental Science – a degree, substantial coursework, or professional experience in environmental science, wetland science, geology, biology, oceanography, or other natural sciences. 
  • Government Experience – experience working for a local, state, federal or tribal resource management agency in a planning, program management, policy, or regulatory capacity. 
  • Planning – Able to apply the principles and processes of land use planning. Knowledge of the authorities governing land use or environmental permitting processes, and the institutions that govern land use.

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.
  • Three professional references.

To Apply:

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.  

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.

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.

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at and follow, like or visit us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.

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.

Supplemental Information
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.

Need an Accommodation in the application and/or screening process or this job announcement in an alternative format?

  • Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: and we will be happy to assist.
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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. 

Per Governor Inslee’s Directive 22-13.1, state employees must be fully vaccinated effective November 4, 2022. Providing proof of being fully vaccinated is a condition of employment and your vaccine status will be verified prior to starting work. Being fully vaccinated means two weeks after you have received the second dose in a two-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use, licensed or otherwise authorized or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or listed for emergency use or otherwise approved by the World Health Organization. If you have questions, please contact with “COVID-19 vaccination” in the subject line.  

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 Joe Burcar at: Please do not contact Joe to inquire about the status of your application. To request the full position description: email

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. 

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