Stormwater Strategic Implementation Lead (Environmental Planner 4)

Washington Department of Ecology

Lacey, WA, USA 🇺🇸

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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Water Quality Program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Stormwater Strategic Implementation Lead position. This position is located in our Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA.

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.

The Stormwater Strategic Initiative is a partnership between the Department of Ecology, the Washington Stormwater Center, and the Washington State Department of Commerce. The Initiative’s goal is to reduce the impacts from Stormwater on Puget Sound, and the people, fish and wildlife that interact with it.

As our Stormwater Strategic Initiative Implementation Lead, you will play a pivotal role in the Stormwater Strategic Initiative. You’ll serve as the hub between strategic planning efforts and implementation. 
Please Note: This is a project position that is funded until June 30, 2028
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 embrace the value of people.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. 
  • A wellness program that offers education, fitness classes, and an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
  • Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.

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. 

During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding building occupancy, mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing. 
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of October 25, 2021. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before October 24, 2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date. Duties

What you’ll do:

You will be our senior level operations and implementation lead as the Water Quality program executes the Stormwater Strategic Initiative (SI) Program. You will provide inter-department and inter-agency coordination and support for the implementation of environmental resource plans, programs, policies and regulations related to Puget Sound Recovery.  
 
 This includes:

  • Coordinating updates to the initiative’s strategic planning, including freshwater quality (hydrology, water quality, and habitat), reducing toxics, and addressing nutrient pollution.
  • Coordinating with the two other Strategic Initiatives—Habitat, and Shellfish—to ensure that timelines, systems and processes are harmonized across the strategic initiatives.
  • Working across agencies to develop systems and processes for updating and operationalizing the team’s strategic plans.
  • Working between various project staff to remove barriers to success.
  • Building relations with stakeholders, including Tribes and the public, and creating opportunities for them to interact, participate in, or provide input for implementation.

Why join the team?

Puget Sound is one of the most iconic features of the Pacific Northwest, and as a member of the Stormwater Strategic Initiative you will have the opportunity to help create and employ creative solutions to myriad challenges in Puget Sound recovery. You will work with the region’s thought leaders and cutting edge practitioners as part of a dynamic team resolving policy barriers, coordinating and leading people, and solving technical challenges.
Qualifications

Required Qualifications:
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, educational, volunteer and lived-experience. See below for how you may qualify.

Option 1:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, geography, land use or environmental law, or public administration, or closely related field.
  • Five (5) years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development. Experience may include a combination of the following:
    • Successfully eliciting input from stakeholders
    • Working with cross disciplinary teams, and experience working with—and interpreting the recommendations of—technical advisors and stakeholders
    • Working with historically marginalized and disparately impacted communities, taking feedback, and incorporating feedback through by recommending or making appropriate changes to systems, processes, priorities, or other aspects of your work.  

Option 2: 

  • A Master’s degree in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, geography, land use or environmental law, or public administration, or closely related field. 
  • Three (3) years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development. Experience may include experience as listed in option 1.

Option 3: 

One (1) year of experience as an Environmental Planner 3 at the Department of Ecology.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

  • Must obtain and maintain a valid driver’s license

Desired Qualifications:
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.

  • Experience working with state and federal grant programs
  • Experience implementing complex projects and/or strategic plans, such Puget Sound Action Agenda implementation strategies

Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.Supplemental Information


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.

Need an Accommodation in the application and/or screening process or this job announcement in an alternative format?

  • Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: [email protected] and we will be happy to assist.
  • If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can reach the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
  • If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail [email protected]. 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 are reading this announcement in print format, please enter the following URL to your search engine to apply: https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/Get-to-know-us/Jobs-at-Ecology.   

Application Instructions:

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

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.  
For Your Privacy:
When attaching documents to your application (Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, DD-214, etc.):

  • Please be sure to remove private information such as your social security number, date of birth, etc. 
  • Do not attach documents that are password protected, as these documents may not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded. 

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.

Application Attestation: 

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. 

Other Information:

If you have specific questions about the position, please email David Giglio at: [email protected] Please do not contact David to inquire about the status of your application.
 
To request the full position description: email [email protected]

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.

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 ForgivenessTuition Waiver,  Long Term Disability & Life InsuranceDeferred Compensation ProgramsDependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA)Employee Assistance ProgramCommute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader)Combined Fund DriveSmartHealth *See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information 

Student debt: how working for Ecology can help
The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov and follow, like or visit us on LinkedInTwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.
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. 


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