Water Quality Permit Coordinator (Environmental Specialist 2)

Washington Department of Ecology

Yakima County, WA, USA 🇺🇸

Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.2 (Download PDF reader), Washington State employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 Vaccination as part of the hire process, prior to their start date. Requests for medical and religious exemptions will be considered. If you have questions, please contact [email protected] with “COVID-19 Vaccination” in the subject line.  

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Water Quality Program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill an Environmental Specialist 2 position. This position is located in our Central Regional Office (CRO) in Union Gap, WA.
Do you enjoy helping others? Do you want to learn about Washington’s State’s water quality laws and permit programs? We are looking for applicants who can work effectively with a wide range of people, including permit holders, Ecology staff, and the public.

As our Water Quality Permit Coordinator, you will have the opportunity to support our permit team by managing data, contribute to process improvements, and our administrative needs. You will help us make sure a large number of permits are administered accurately and within our required timeframes.
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.  

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 December 3, 2021. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before December 2, 2021 The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date. Duties

What makes this role unique?As an agency, we invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages teamwork, innovation, excellence, diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect. We support learning and development, and offer a number of excellent trainings that you have the opportunity to take that can be tailored to your interests.

What you’ll do:

Managing wastewater is important to protect the health of surface and groundwater. Using a system of water quality permits, we manage when, where, and how treated wastewater enters the environment.

You will support the Water Quality Program’s Technical Unit by coordinating permit processes, and providing technical assistance to permittees. You’ll manage all data and administrative needs to maintain our Permit and Report Information System (PARIS) for permits within the unit.

  • Schedule and track water quality permits through the permit processing steps
  • Maintain the permit project tracking database by ensuring data is accurate and complete
  • Send permit application packages to dischargers
  • Review permit applications for accuracy
  • Helps permittees with routine questions on their permit
  • Act as a peer reviewer for draft permits and fact sheets
  • Coordinate permit-related tasks between the permit unit and the administrative support staff
  • Serve as the primary contact for public information about permit fee coordination
  • As the unit’s digital accessibility champion, act as an agent of change and a key influencer to help Ecology employees to provide similar access to agency digital information for people living with disabilities. Ensure digital accessibility is part of new employee onboarding.


Required Qualifications:
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.Option 1

Five (5) years of education and/ or experience:

  • Education: involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field
  • Experience: in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning, which may include a combination of the following:

Experience may include a combination of the following:

  • Processing various types of environmental regulatory documents and permit applications.
  • Reviewing environmental documents for accuracy, completeness and compliance with standards.
  • Preparing public notices and checking actual publication for accuracy.
  • Assisting organizing or facilitating routine public meetings, hearings, and workshops.
  • Tracking environmental documents within a computer system.
  • Evaluating, interpreting, and analyzing data within a tracking system to determine completeness and correctness.
  • Compiling reports for use by other staff or outside agencies.
  • Collecting data from field or office sources to be entered into a tracking system.
  • Environmental inspections and enforcement activities: Assisting in the preparation of warning letters, notices of violation, penalties, and administrative orders. Accompanying permit managers on routine inspections to monitor and/or investigate environmental permit compliance.
  • Environmental technical assistance: Responding to routine inquiries or requests for technical assistance regarding environmental programs. Answering general questions from regulated entities and the public regarding permit compliance, submittals, and Ecology databases. Reviewing databases or inventories for completeness and accuracy.  
  • Responding to a high volume of requests for assistance from environmental staff or customers.

Option 2

  • Bachelor’s degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field
  • One (1) year of experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning, which may include a combination of experience as listed in Option 1.

Option 3

  • Master’s degree or higher 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 experience
Combination 1No college credit hours or degree5 years of experience
Combination 230-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits.4 years of experience
Combination 360-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree).3 years of experience
Combination 490-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits.2 years of experience
Combination 5 A Bachelor’s Degree1 years of experience
Combination 6 A Master’s Degree or aboveNo experience required

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

  • Experience in the development and/or the analyses, utilization and management of environmental information within a database
  • Experience communicating complex information to audiences who may not have a scientific background
  • Experience using Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), including making documents digitally accessible

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.
  • Three professional references.

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 Erik Van Doren at: [email protected]. Please do not contact Erik 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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