Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world’s longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world’s widest tunneling project.
WSDOT is currently seeking an energetic individual who has a passion for environmental issues to fill the Transportation Planning Specialist 3 vacancy within the Environmental & Hydraulic Services (EHS) Office located in Lacey, WA. In this position, you will apply your current environmental policy knowledge, biology experience, and training to ensure that highway projects are designed, constructed, and maintained in compliance with agency policies, procedures, and practices. This position is a professional biologist/ecologist providing services and technical expertise to WSDOT facilities and stakeholders, specifically supporting the natural ecology of our region and the livelihood of the public. Our top candidate will be someone who wants to make a truly rewarding contribution by supporting WSDOT’s mission.
What to Expect
This position is required to perform field investigations which could occur along roadways, at construction sites, or within right-of-way in inclement weather. Exposure to hazards may include exhaust, highspeed dense traffic, steep or uneven terrain, dense vegetation, and/or heavy construction equipment.
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Wetland Biologist will:
- Independently plan and conduct field and office wetland related studies at sites planned for transportation facilities.
- Delineate wetlands, perform functional assessments, prepare technical reports containing site inventory information, provide analysis of project effects, and provide recommendations for minimizing adverse effects.
- Assess project impacts and develops effective compensatory project minimization and environmental mitigation proposals.
- Coordinate mitigation proposals and designs with WSDOT Project Office(s), EHS Landscape Unit, and federal, state, and local resource/planning agencies.
- Conduct biological inventories, complete environmental reports, and prepare Endangered Species Act (ESA) documentation.
- Develop support documents for incorporation into permit applications.
- Review environmental documents to assure biological sections are accurate and mitigation measures comply with regulations, procedures, and/or policies. Verifies quality on Design-Build and Consultant prepared documents/products to ensure that all environmental laws, rules, regulations, and policies are followed.
- Monitor construction projects during and after construction, to ensure wetland impacts are avoided and minimized and to ensure compensatory mitigation sites are constructed in accordance with plans and permits.
To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
- A Bachelor's Degree involving major study in natural resources, biology, ecology, botany, environmental sciences, or a closely related field of study. (A Master’s degree in one of the above fields will substitute for one (1) year of the required experience) Three (3) years of professional employment in biology, wildlife biology, fisheries biology, and/or wetland biology/ecology.
- Completion of US Army Corps of Engineers approved wetland delineation training or ability to complete within six (6) months of employment.
- Completion of Washington State Department of Ecology wetland rating training or ability to complete within six (6) months of employment.
- Training on field indicators for hydric soils or ability to complete within six (6) months of employment.
- Working knowledge of current environmental laws, regulations, and policies; familiarity with forest ecology, wetlands, wildlife, and fisheries in the Pacific Northwest.
- Firm grasp of scientific methodologies to analyze and record existing environmental conditions through field studies.
- Exceptional relationship management skills: ability to create effective working relationships.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
- The ability to travel to and from work as well as visit various work sites as needed, safely and in a timely manner.
It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
- A valid driver's license.
- Certification as a Professional Wetland Scientist from the Society of Wetland Scientists.
- Completion of the University of Washington Wetland Science & Management Certificate program, or similar program.
- Experience evaluating Endangered Species Act listed fish and wildlife species and habitats including developing and reviewing Section 7 consultation documents.
- Experience and ability using ArcMap GIS system.
- Experience using electrofishing equipment.
- A working knowledge of WSDOT agency policies, standards, and procedures.
- The ability to manage complex projects utilizing standardized project management methodology and strategies.
- The ability to read and analyze contract documents for coherence, completeness, constructability, and accuracy.
This position offers flexible/hybrid remote work options.
This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
By issuance of proclamation, the Governor of Washington State mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is a condition of employment with WSDOT. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes; however, accommodations will be subject to approval based on the essential functions required of the position.
WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit www.uscis.gov
- Work-Life Balance – We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individuals’ lifestyle. As such, there are a number of flexible schedule options available, including occasional telework for eligible positions.
- Paid Leave – In addition to 11 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum 14 paid vacation days per year!
- Tuition Assistance – Permanent employees have several options for assistance with education expenses, including tuition reimbursement programs, government discounts at participating colleges throughout the state, and eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness.
- Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.
How to Apply
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible.
In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application:
- An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
- An attached Cover Letter that further explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
- Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment.
WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, as well as people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed Recruiter.
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Robyn Lovely at LovelyR@wsdot.wa.gov. Please be sure to reference 22DOT-OR-32133 in the subject line.