Salary:$71,472.00 – $96,096.00 Annually
Location: King County – Shoreline, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Department: Dept. of Ecology
Job Number: 2023-TCP4958-04233
Closing: Continuous

The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Senior Public Outreach Planner (Environmental Planner 4) 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: The salary posted above includes the additional 5% premium pay that this position will receive due to its location in Shoreline, WA in King County. 

As the northwest region continues its work with impacted and underserved communities, it’s necessary to collaborate with local governments and communities, especially for work on Affordable Housing projects, and sites impacting Puget Sound. As the Senior Public Outreach Planner, you will be responsible for planning engagement, involvement, collaboration, and support with stakeholders, environmental groups, local governments, and tribal governments specifically on Puget Sound Priority Bays projects, like the urban water cleanup sites surrounding the Lower Duwamish Waterway (LDW) Superfund site, and other sites in the cleanup process. You will plan and develop solutions on a variety of issues, and provide public outreach, strategic goal setting, and accountability for site cleanup and public participation projects. Internally, you will also support public involvement needs of multiple units within the section.

The mission of the Toxics Cleanup Program is to protect Washington’s human health and the environment by preventing and cleaning up pollution and supporting sustainable communities and natural resources for the benefit of future and current generations. In this role, you will work with a supportive team at the NWRO Toxics Cleanup Program that is passionate about their work and serving communities.

Tele-work options for this position: This position will be eligible for up to a 90% tele-work schedule after onboarding. 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 April 11, 2023. In order to be considered, please submit an application on or before April 10, 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. 
Please Note: We will review all applications received before the date above. Additional reviews after this date typically only occur if we have a small applicant pool, or if a successful Hire was not made.

In this role, you will provide high level strategic planning and service, interacting with local governments and impacted communities at Brownfields, Affordable Housing Integrated Planning Grants, Clean Site Initiative projects and Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) cleanup sites. You will also develop and implement engagement plans with overburdened communities, supporting the environmental justice law, the Healthy Environment for All (HEAL) Act, and Title VI compliance, with equity analysis, diversity and inclusion. You will be able to flex your strategic planning and communication skills working with various groups both inside and outside of the agency.

What you will do: 

  • Provide planning for high-priority cleanup projects like the LDW and Affordable Housing projects, and coordinate support activities for the associated work teams.
  • Review performance data and trends in assessing strategic performance for cleanup sites.
  • Assist the Section Manager and local governments by managing the planning, public outreach, strategic goal setting, and accountability for both new and ongoing cleanup projects.
  • Collaborate with local governments and communities, especially on Affordable Housing projects, and sites impacting Puget Sound. 
  • Develop Public Participation Plans specific to the affected overburdened communities in support of the goals of the HEAL Act.
  • Manage grants and contracts for local governments and communities.
  • Develop maps, fact sheets, presentations, and other outreach materials.
  • Coordinate public engagement activities, such as comment periods, public meetings, open houses and events, tracking public engagement progress with the LDW and Affordable Housing outreach teams.

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, AND five 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 higher 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, AND three 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 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.

  • A Master’s degree with major emphasis in business administration, financial management, resource economics, public administration, or closely related field and three years of full-time professional experience in budget analysis and planning AND five years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.  
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, project management, and meeting facilitation skills.
  • Some experience developing and implementing performance management systems in the environmental field.
  • Ability to manage and track large projects, grants, and contracts.

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.

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

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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. 

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.

Other Information
If you have specific questions about the position, please email Bob Warren at: Please do not contact Bob to inquire about the status of your application.

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