Salary: $55,872.00 – $75,120.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Department: Dept. of Ecology
Job Number: 2022-SEA4763-18169
The Shorelands & Environmental Assistance (SEA) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a WQ Federal Permit Manager (Environmental Specialist 4) position. This position is located in our Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA.
In this role, you will work with a dynamic Team that interacts with federal agencies and works on interesting projects that need to get a Section 401 Water Quality Certification. Specifically, you will be able to gain knowledge and experience regarding protecting the state water quality through reviewing projects to ensure that they will meet the state water quality standards. You will be able to start or expand your career network through coordinating with tribes, local, state, and federal entities on project actions that may have inter-related environmental impacts.
The Shorelands and Environmental Assistance program supports community conservation efforts for our shorelands, wetlands, and floodplains.
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.
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.
Tele-work options for this position: This position will be eligible for up to a 80% 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 is subject to change.
In this role, you will be reviewing and process requests for Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certifications within very short timeframes and deadlines. This includes coordinating with Tribes, Federal agencies and State agencies. Additionally, this position will have an opportunity to work with a number of other Ecology programs and learn about their role in the protecting the environment and agency mission.
What you will do:
- Review complex projects that have a potential to impact waters of the state and determine if the state water quality standards will be met.
- Enter project and process information into the Ecology Aquatic database.
- Watch deadlines and ensure that we are not missing them.
- Frequent contact with applicants, the public, staff members from both SEA and other Ecology programs, tribes, and local, state, and federal government agencies as projects move through the review process.
- Make decisions and recommendation to the Section Manager for higher-level signature based on the merits of the proposal and whether the project will meet the state water quality standards.
- Provide project coordination and be a technical advisor to state and federal agencies in reviewing and developing procedures and policies pertaining to the Section 401 process.
- Perform field work and site visits as needed to evaluate projects.
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.
Nine (9) years of 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.
Experience may include a combination of the following:
- Understanding how to respond to environmental complaints or violations.
- Writing scientific/inspection reports or documents.
- Experience explaining complex environmental rules or regulations.
- A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.
- Five (5) years of experience in environmental analysis or control or environmental planning, which may include experience as described in Option 1 above.
- A Master’s degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.
- Three (3) years of experience in environmental analysis or control or environmental planning, which may include experience as described in Option 1 above.
- A PhD involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.
- Two (2) years of experience in environmental analysis or control or environmental planning, which may include experience as described in Option 1 above.
- Two years of experience as an Environmental Specialist 3 at the Department of Ecology
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
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.
- Working knowledge of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 and Section 10 Permitting.
- Demonstrated ability to understand environmental legislation and regulations at the federal, state, and local level, by independently reviewing, analyzing, developing, and recommending permit decisions for projects.
- Testifying at legal proceedings and public hearings, and negotiating resolution in the development of policies and regulations.
- Demonstrated ability to apply negotiation and conflict resolution skills, by independently serving as a federal permit manager in enforcement actions, hearings, and legal proceedings; conducting field investigations, data collection, and analysis and making recommendation to management and other involved in Ecology’s role in federal permitting and management.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.
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.
Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.
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.
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.
This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of January 17, 2023. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before January 16, 2023. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
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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.
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 Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth *See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information
Student debt: The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.
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.