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Municipal Stormwater Grant Project Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4)


Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
The Department of Ecology is recruiting for a Municipal Stormwater Grant Project Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) in the Water Quality Program. This position provides guidance to grant and loan recipients in order to help with planning, construction, and implementation of environmental protection projects and is located in our Northwest Regional Office in Bellevue, WA.

We are looking for applicants who can combine their excellent communication skills and passion for technical work to help our grant and loan partners reduce pollution caused by municipal stormwater. By working with local governments to implement the agency's grant and loan programs and manage financial assistance contracts, this position plays an instrumental role in preventing stormwater pollution and protecting ground and surface waters. 

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.
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The mission of the Water Quality Program is to protect and restore Washington's waters to sustain healthy watersheds and communities. Our work ensures that state waters support beneficial uses including recreational and business activities, supplies for clean drinking water, and the protection of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and public health.

Stormwater is one of the largest contributors of pollution to Puget Sound. Stormwater contains toxic chemicals, excess nutrients, and bacteria. The Municipal Stormwater Grant Project Specialist contributes to the reduction of pollution to Puget Sound by providing financial assistance management for complicated, highly complex, and sometimes challenging stormwater projects in the Stillaguamish, Island, Snohomish, and Cedar Water Resource Inventory Areas. This includes:
  • Developing and negotiating the terms of agreement for complex stormwater improvement projects.
  • Tracking project performance against contract obligations, which includes visiting sites at critical stages to make sure they are following the grant agreements.
  • Reviewing and rating environmental stormwater grant applications for accuracy and compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Responding to highly complex inquiries for technical assistance to inform Ecology and local governments on selecting and prioritizing the use of different stormwater treatment strategies in stormwater planning.

This position supports the Water Quality Program's Stormwater Financial Assistance Program through participation in the statewide Stormwater Action Team. The Stormwater Action Team is a multidisciplinary team of stormwater project managers that share specialized stormwater-related regulatory and technical skills critical for the identification and execution of cost effective stormwater improvement projects. Duties include serving as a specialist on the intersection between stormwater grants and watershed planning, innovative pollutant removal, or other assigned stormwater topic area.


Please Note: This project position is funded until June 30, 2021, with the possibility of extension.

The salary posted above does not include the additional 5% premium pay that this position will receive due to this position's location in King County.

This position will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be on September 3, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before September 2, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

Please do NOT include your salary history.

Required Qualifications:
A Bachelor's degree involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field AND five years of professional level experience in environmental analysis or control or environmental planning which includes one year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above, or two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above.

Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education.


A Master's degree in one of the above fields AND three years of professional level experience in environmental analysis or control or environmental planning which includes one year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above, or two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above.


A Ph.D. in one of the above fields AND two years of professional level experience in environmental analysis or control or environmental planning which includes one year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above, or two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above.


Two years of experience as an Environmental Specialist 3 at the Department of Ecology.

The experience as an Environmental Specialist 3 can include a combination of the following: 1) investigating and / or resolving complaints involving science or technology content, 2) performing inspections, 3) drafting technical evaluations and reports, 4) develops plans for researching information used for technical projects, regulatory or policy development, 5) plan and facilitate public meetings and hearings, 6) project work requiring specialized knowledge of industry processes, pollutant sources or natural processes, 7) providing technical assistance for complex scientific content and/ or support for implementing scientific content programs, 8) conducting tests, analyzing and evaluating data, 9) using environmental databases to support technical projects, 10) developing scientific studies and resource management plans, 11) providing environmental technical and administrative assistance to grant/ contract/ loan recipients of environmental protection projects. 

The experience as an Environmental Specialist 2 can include assisting in any of the following areas: 1) performing field surveys or studies, 2) responding to complaints involving scientific or technical content, 3) preparing public meetings and hearings, 4) assistance with routine inspections or investigations requiring specialized knowledge of industry processes, pollutant sources or natural processes, 5) responding to routine inquires or requests for technical assistance involving scientific content, 6) special projects that are scientific in nature, 7) conducting routine sampling and testing analysis, interprets data, writing reports 8) performing basic sampling data review, 9) maintaining an environmental data base to support technical projects, 10) providing routine environmental technical and administrative assistance to grant/ contract/ loan recipients of environmental protection projects.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience communicating technical or scientific information with diverse audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to review and understand complex technical documents
  • Demonstrated ability to understand complex water quality related statutes, regulations, and permits
  • Demonstrated ability to apply negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • GIS experience or certification
  • Project Management experience
  • Watershed Planning experience
  • Innovative stormwater pollutant removal technology experience
  • Stormwater facility operations and maintenance experience
  • Municipal stormwater permitting and/or total maximum daily load development and implementation experience

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
Must possess a valid driver's license.
Why work for Ecology?

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 the health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to work/life balance.

Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:

Student debt and how working for Ecology can help
Employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See for more details.
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Supplemental Information
Application Instructions:

Please include the following documents as an attachment to your application:
  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.
  • A resume outlining your professional experience.
Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. Or, you may paste the text of your resume within the profile's resume text field.

Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including "please see resume" may disqualify you from further consideration.
Please do NOT include your salary history.

Department of 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 at (360) 407-6186.

Other Information:

If you need assistance applying for this job, please call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail Please do not call this number or send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.
If you have specific questions about the position, please email Ralph Svrjcek at: Please do not contact Ralph to inquire about the status of your application.
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.

This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.  

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 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.