Salary: $46,644.00 - $61,224.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA
Job Type: Full Time - Permanent
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Department: Dept. of Ecology
Job Number: 2022-SEA4789-02342
Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.2 (Download PDF reader), Washington State employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination as part of the hiring process, prior to their start date. Requests for medical and religious exemptions will be considered. If you have questions, please contact Careers@ecy.wa.gov with “COVID-19 vaccination” in the subject line.
Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
The Shorelands & Environmental Assistance
(SEA) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Nationwide Permit Wetland 401 Specialist (Environmental Specialist 3) 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 does permitting. You will gain knowledge and experience regarding protecting wetlands through reviewing proposed projects that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) plans to issue a Nationwide Permits (NWP) for. 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.
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.
During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing.
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of March 7, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before March 6, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
What makes this role unique? In this role, you will be reviewing and processing a large volume of applications for consistency with the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) and the federal Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) within very short timeframes and deadlines. You will need to coordinate with other senior Ecology staff or other agencies. Additionally, you will have an opportunity to work with a number of other Ecology programs and learn about their role in protecting the environment and agency mission.What you will do:
- Review projects that have a potential to impact wetlands and work with others to ensure that the federal permit pathway is appropriate.
- Enter project and permitting information into the Ecology Aquatic database.
- Watch deadlines and ensure that we are not missing them.
- Have frequent contact with clients, 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 is consistent with the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) and the federal Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA).
- Provide project coordination and be a technical advisor to state and federal agencies in reviewing and developing final permit recommendation and decisions.
- Perform fieldwork and site visits as needed to evaluated project applications.
Required Qualifications:Option 1:
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.
Six (6) 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.
- Two (2) 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.
- One (1) year 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.
One year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 2 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||6 years of experience|
|Combination 2||30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits.||5 years of experience|
|Combination 3||60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree).||4 years of experience|
|Combination 4||90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits.||3 years of experience|
|Combination 5 ||A Bachelor's Degree||2 years of experience|
|Combination 6 ||A Master's Degree||1 year of experience|
|Combination 7||A PhD||No experience|
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
Must possess 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.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.
- Working knowledge of Clean Water Action (CWA) Section 401 Water Quality Certification, the Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permits and Ecology's Coastal Zone Management Program.
- Demonstrated ability to understand and apply environmental regulations at the federal, state, and local level. Able to communicate concisely and accurately through both written and verbal communication to a wide range of audiences.
- Demonstrated ability to review and understand complex technical documents including wetland reports, environmental analyses and mitigation plans.
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.
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- A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position.
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- Three professional references.
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- Please be sure to remove private information such as your social security number, date of birth, etc.
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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: how working for Ecology can help
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.
To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov 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.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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Job Type : Full-Time
Education Level : Not Applicable
Experience Level : Mid to Senior Level
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