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Watershed Outreach and Education Specialist (COEES 2)

Salary: $46,596.00 – $62,568.00 Annually
Location: Spokane County – Spokane, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Job Number: 2024-WQ5157-01336
Department: Dept. of Ecology
Division: Water Quality
Opening Date: 04/22/2024
Closing Date: Continuous
Category: Environmental Services / Public Health / Education / Natural Resources / Communications / Sciences / Green-Collar/Environmental
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The Water Quality Program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Watershed Outreach and Education Specialist (Community Outreach and Environmental Education Specialist 2) position. This position is located in our Eastern Region Office (ERO) in Spokane, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.
Can you picture yourself developing and implementing outreach and education strategies for stream health and fish habitat improvements? How about using a variety of outreach tools to showcase successful water quality work, including the restoration of rivers and streams? Would you like to work with a fabulous team of passionate and dedicated Watershed Implementation Leads on water quality improvements?  If so, this position could be for you!
In this role, you will collaborate with watershed and agency partners as well as Ecology implementation leads to inform the public on the where, why, and how of our water quality efforts in Eastern Washington, including stream restoration. You will spend a lot of time working in the Hangman Creek watershed to successfully implement a 10-year agreement to make major improvements in riparian health and aquatic habitat. 
The Eastern Region of Washington is a beautiful place to live and work. Our 13-county region incorporates the Selkirk Mountains to the north and the Palouse hills and Walla Walla wine country to the south. Your work in this role will have a lasting impact on cleaning up nonpoint pollution, restoring streams, and protecting aquatic habitats throughout the region!
Agency Mission: Ecology’s mission is to protect, preserve and enhance the environment for current and future generations.
Program Mission: The mission of the Water Quality Program is to ensure that all aquatic life and communities in the watershed experience cool, clean water to refresh and sustain us in a changing climate.

Tele-work options for this position: This position will be eligible for up to an 80% tele-work schedule, with the requirement of working in the office one day 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; we will review applications on May 6, 2024. To be considered, please submit an application on or before May 5, 2024. 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. 

Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:
Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s)Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan ForgivenessTuition Waiver,  Long Term Disability & Life InsuranceDeferred Compensation ProgramsDependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA)Employee Assistance ProgramCommute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader)Combined Fund DriveSmartHealth *Click here for more information 

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. 
  • Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.

Our commitment to DEIR
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) 
are core values central to Ecology’s work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.

Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.
Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.
Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology’s work.
Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement.
We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued. 





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What makes this role unique? 

This exciting position will empower you to come up with creative ways to inform the public on nonpoint water quality efforts. You will coordinate our educational outreach aimed at addressing various challenges related to nonpoint and toxic pollution throughout the Eastern Region. As part of a 3-person Hangman Watershed implementation team, you will take the lead on outreach and education work within this watershed.   

What you will do: 

  • Create outreach materials in collaboration with other Ecology staff to build public support and engagement for nonpoint pollution improvement efforts.
  • Help successfully implement TMDL and Straight to Implementation strategies informing the public on what actions are needed and why to restore stream health and aquatic habitat.
  • Develop watershed workshops, educational videos, story maps, mailings, social media and blog posts, interactive surveys, educational signs, classroom activities, and more.
  • Actively engage in stream restoration work in order to educate the public on water quality improvements and create success stories.
  • Coordinate outreach efforts with the Spokane Riverkeeper and attend regular settlement agreement meetings.
  • Develop, organize, and facilitate public participation processes and events including public workshops and meetings.
  • Collaborate with Hangman Creek partners such as the Spokane Conservation District, Spokane River Forum, the Spokane Tribe, and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. 
  • Create opportunities for small communities in the watershed such as Tekoa, Rockford, and Fairfield to learn about implementation actions needed for both nonpoint and point source pollution.  
  • Coordinate on outreach efforts and help obtain resources to implement effective outreach and education actions throughout the Eastern Region.




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 5 years of experience and/or education as described below:

  • Experience in environmental analysis or control, environmental planning, environmental education, community outreach, or communications activities.
  • Education: involving a major study in environmental, physical, or natural science, education, communications, or closely related field.

All experience and education combinations that meet the requirements for this position:

Possible Combinations

College credit hours or degree – as listed above.

Years of required experience – as listed above.

Combination 1

No college credit hours or degree

5 years of experience

Combination 2

30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits

4 years of experience

Combination 3

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

3 years of experience

Combination 4

90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits

2 years of experience

Combination 5 

A Bachelor’s Degree

1 year of experience


 Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment: 

  • Must 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.

  • Experience or education in water quality protection and/or stream restoration strategies.
  • Experience in organizing or hosting events or public meetings.
  • Public speaking.
  • Creating outreach materials. 

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


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: careers@ecy.wa.gov and we will be happy to assist.
  • If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can reach the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
  • If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov Please do not send an email to this address to follow-up on the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile’s main page.
  • If you are reading this announcement in print format, please enter the following URL to your search engine to apply: https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/Get-to-know-us/Jobs-at-Ecology.   

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.

Note: References will only be contacted during the final steps of the recruitment process for candidates selected as finalists. References will not be contacted without the candidate’s formal authorization.


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


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 Chad Atkins at: Chad.Atkins@ecy.wa.gov Please do not contact Chad to inquire about the status of your application.

To request the full position description: email careers@ecy.wa.gov


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 www.ecology.wa.gov and follow, like or visit us on LinkedInTwitterFacebookInstagram 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.

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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