• Streamflow Restoration Implementation Lead (Environmental Planner 4)

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

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. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, has leadership that embraces the value of people, and believes in the fun factor, Ecology is a good fit.

The Water Resources program (WR) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Streamflow Restoration Implementation Lead (Environmental Planner 4) position located in our Eastern Regional Office (ERO) in Spokane, WA.

The Streamflow Restoration Implementation Lead position serves as a senior level environmental planner and Ecology's streamflow restoration implementation lead for the Little Spokane (WRIA 55) and Colville (WRIA 59) watersheds in the Eastern Region, pursuant to Section 202 of ESSB 6091. The position will be the primary Ecology point person working in collaboration with other members of the watershed planning units in the two WRIAs, who will be developing streamflow restoration and enhancement plans and updating previously adopted watersheds plans and instream flow rules. This lead position will coordinate and serve as a liaison with other state and local agencies, tribal governments, and external stakeholders within each of the watersheds. The position will also coordinate internally with Ecology's technical experts. The objective of the planning process is to develop recommendations for projects and actions that will measure, protect, and enhance instream resources and improve watershed functions that support the recovery of threatened fish species.

We are looking for applicants who are excellent collaborative thinkers, have superior process and project management skills, and are excited to join a new program dedicated to restoring instream flows in priority watersheds.

As an agency, we invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism and accountability. Maybe you've seen some of our recent stories on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.

To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov.

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


Agency Mission: Ecology's mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment and to promote the wise management of our air, land and water for the benefit of current and future generations.

Program Mission: The mission of the Water Resources program (WR) is to support sustainable water resources management to meet the present and future water needs of people and the natural environment, in partnership with Washington communities.

Some of the key work activities of the Streamflow Restoration Implementation Lead position are:

Performs Ecology's Watershed Lead duties in accordance with Section 202 of ESSB 6091.
Serves as a senior level environmental planner responsible for implementing Section 202 of the ESSB 6091 Streamflow Restoration Program in the Little Spokane (WRIA 55) and Colville (WRIA 59) watersheds.
Works independently, with minimal supervision, as Ecology's watershed lead for each of these watersheds in the Eastern Region.
Collaborates with other members of the two watershed planning units, which includes other state and local agencies, tribal governments, and stakeholders within the watershed(s).
Coordinates internally with Ecology technical experts.
Represents Ecology throughout the collaborative planning process to develop recommendations for projects and actions that will measure, protect, and enhance instream resources and improve watershed functions that support the recovery of threatened fish species.
Works collaboratively with other members of the watershed planning units to update previously adopted watershed plans and to amend existing instream flow rules.
Subsequent work will include plan implementation, project management, agreement oversight and/or rule-making efforts to implement identified streamflow restoration plans and projects.
Manage grants and contracts.
Oversees consultant contract development and management to help ensure that the identified watershed planning units have the technical and process support needed to meet all requirements in Section 202 of ESSB 6091.
Assists with and oversees Ecology's participation grants with planning unit and tribal partners.
Develops written guidance and resources.
Works with other staff in the Water Resources Program to develop written guidance and other resources to support implementation of the new law and ensure statewide consistency across watersheds.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be March 26, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before March 25, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:
A Master's degree or above with a major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field


Three (3) years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.


One (1) year of experience as an Environmental Planner 3.

Desired Qualifications:

Experience managing multi-stakeholder processes, including experience convening and managing large committees representing diverse interests and working towards a unified goal.
Technical knowledge of Washington's water code and Ecology's instream flow rules.
Familiarity with federal water law and the State Environmental Permitting Process (SEPA).
Working knowledge of ESRI Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software and database software.
Facilitation: Skills in collaboration and meeting facilitation that includes coordinating and leading groups in a manner that creates a cooperative and productive environment to effectively resolve problems or develop and implement plans.
Negotiate Agreements: Effectively work with others to understand interests and actively strive to achieve agreements or resolve differences in a timely manner. Common interest/need: Study and review proposals carefully. Break down stated position and difficult conflict into the basic underlying interest and need. Seek to find common interests around which agreement may be reached.
Research and Investigation: Obtain, organize, and analyze data to support research and investigation. Research information from existing databases, sources, and procedures. Ability to produce high quality and accurate reports in a timely and accurate manner.
Contract management: Experience in contract development and management, including experience negotiating scopes of work and overseeing contract deliverables.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
Possess and maintain 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:
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

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 https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.

*See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions

In order to be considered, applicants MUST attach the following documents as an attachment to their application:

A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required/desired qualifications of this position.
A Resume.

Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position.

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.

If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit www.careers.wa.gov 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 e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not 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 Jaime Short at: Jaime.short@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Jaime 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 position is included in the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) union bargaining unit for the Department of Ecology.

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.
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Full Time
Department of Ecology
300 Desmond Drive SE,Lacey,Washington,98503
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PostedMarch 14, 2019