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Nonpoint Water Quality Specialist (Environmental Specialist 3)


Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
The Department of Ecology is recruiting for a Nonpoint Water Quality Specialist (Environmental Specialist 3) in the Water Quality Program. This position is responsible for administering nonpoint source water quality laws with a focus on protecting the southern resident orca population, including protecting and restoring Chinook salmon and reducing toxic contaminants in their food web. This position is located in our Northwest Regional Office in Bellevue, WA

We are looking for applicants who are excited about applying their excellent communication skills and a passion for technical work to find and fix water pollution problems in the northwest region of Washington State.

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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Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts


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.

This position works with a large number of implementation partners and uses an in-depth knowledge of the specific nonpoint pollution control needs and characteristics of impaired waters to help prevent adverse water quality impacts from agricultural, livestock and other nonpoint pollution-generating activities and land uses. This work includes: 
  • Investigating and resolving nonpoint water quality issues, both proactively and in response to complaints and referrals.
  • Applying and communicating technical knowledge of best management practices for livestock management, sediment and manure runoff, and other nonpoint pollution control and prevention techniques.  
  • Assessing site-specific conditions, communicating and documenting findings, and determining the best approach for working with landowners and other local stakeholders to correct nonpoint pollution problems.
  • Coordinating follow-up actions with relevant Ecology staff, including TMDL/water cleanup plan leads, and other jurisdictions and partners as appropriate.
  • Applying agency compliance assurance policies and procedures as necessary to address noncompliance with water quality laws and regulations.
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 23, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before September 22, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.

Required Qualifications:
A Bachelor's degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, engineering (civil, environmental, or geological), environmental planning or other allied field AND two years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.

Additional experience will substitute year for year for education

A Master's degree in one of the above fields will substitute for one year of experience


A Ph.D. in one of the above fields.

Desired Qualifications:
  • GIS experience or certification.
  • Mediation training.
  • Water quality sampling experience or training.
  • Laboratory experience.
  • Agricultural experience.
  • Agriculture-related degree.  

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

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.

If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit to access the online recruitment system. Click on "Look for Jobs" and select Dept. of Ecology under the "Department" search list. Click "Apply Search."

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.