Water Quality Permit Administrator (Environmental Specialist 1)
Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
The Water Quality Program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Water Quality Permit Administrator (Environmental Specialist 1) position. This position is located in our Southwest Region Office in Lacey, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.
You will work with our Watershed Resource Unit within the Southwest Region to manage and maintain permit data in our water quality databases. You will work primarily with municipal stormwater permits, construction stormwater permits, water quality certifications, hydropower facility relicensing, and enforcement actions.
The mission of the Water Quality Program is to protect and restore Washington's waters to support healthy watersheds and communities. Our work ensures state waters can support beneficial uses including recreational and business activities, supplies for clean drinking water, and the protection of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and public health.
Tele-work options for this position: This position will be eligible for up to a 90% tele-work schedule after a few weeks of onboarding in-person. 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 are subject to change.
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, we will review applications on April 10, 2023. In order to be considered, please submit an application on or before April 9, 2023. If your application isn't received by this date, it may not be considered. The agency reserves the right to make a Hire any time after the initial screening date.
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 *Click here for more information
About the Department of Ecology
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. To learn more, check out our Strategic Plan.
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.
- Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.
Our commitment to DEIR
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.
What makes this role unique?
This is a relatively new position for our team, where you will support four very different and critical water quality programs. This is a unique opportunity to help build new, and participate in, long-lasting goals and infrastructure for the protection of Washington State’s natural resources. You will be joining a group of dedicated environmental scientists at a time of growth in our program by providing tools necessary for success!
What you will do:
You will support our Watershed Resources Unit by processing and uploading documents into our water quality database. You will:
- Enter data into the permit and enforcement tracking tools to keep them accurate and updated. Help improve the tracking tools over time.
- Notify permit managers when project tasks are complete to keep projects on schedule.
- Coordinate permit-related tasks between the unit and permit administration staff.
- Review and comment on draft documents for consistency with other permit documents.
- Prepare routine correspondence, draft documents, and reports.
- Administer the following documents by tracking, entering data, ensuring proper records retention, and organizing files:
- Construction Stormwater inspections.
- Municipal Stormwater permit submittals.
- Hydropower Water Quality Certifications and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relicensing documents.
- Unit enforcement documents.
Assist the Nonpoint Source team with implementation of the Nonpoint Source Pollution Control program.
- Enter data and provide documentation to assist other staff with watershed assessments and monitoring fieldwork.
- Review compliance and enforcement documentation for completeness and consistency.
- Help produce education and outreach materials and conduct outreach activities.
Track activities within the unit to provide regular reporting (including mapping of geographic information). Edit documents for accessibility and work with subject matter experts to analyze and summarize Environmental Justice information on our facilities.
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.
A total of four years of experience and/or education as described below:
- Professional experience: in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning. Experience may include:
- Database management
- Working with water quality permits
- Implementing environmental rules and regulations (e.g. Clean Water Act, Revised Code of Washington, Washington Administrative Code)
- GIS mapping
- Education: involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field
All experience and education combinations that meet the requirements for this position:
Possible CombinationsCollege credit hours or degreeYears of required experienceCombination 1No college credit hours or degree4 years of experienceCombination 230-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits.3 years of experienceCombination 360-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree).2 years of experienceCombination 490-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits.1 years of experienceCombination 5 A Bachelor's DegreeNo experience
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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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.
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Per Governor Inslee’s Directive 22-13.1, state employees must be fully vaccinated effective November 4, 2022. Providing proof of being fully vaccinated is a condition of employment and your vaccine status will be verified prior to starting work. Being fully vaccinated means two weeks after you have received the second dose in a two-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use, licensed or otherwise authorized or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or listed for emergency use or otherwise approved by the World Health Organization. If you have questions, please contact Careers@ecy.wa.gov with “COVID-19 vaccination” in the subject line.
Additional Application Instructions for Current 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.
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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.
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.