Municipal Stormwater Grant Project Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4)
The Department of Ecology is recruiting for a Municipal Stormwater Grant Project Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) in the Water Quality Program. This position provides guidance to grant and loan recipients in order to help with planning, construction, and implementation of environmental protection projects and is located in our Northwest Regional Office in Bellevue, WA.
We are looking for applicants who want to combine communication and technical skills to work with our grant and loan partners. By working with local governments to implement the agency's grant and loan programs and manage financial assistance contracts, this position plays an instrumental role in preventing stormwater pollution and protecting ground and surface waters.
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.
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.
The Municipal Stormwater Grant Project Specialist provides financial assistance management for complicated, highly complex, and sometimes controversial stormwater projects in the Greena and Kitsap Water Resource Inventory Areas. This includes:
- Developing, negotiating, implementing, and monitoring terms of agreement for complex stormwater improvement projects.
- Reviewing environmental stormwater grant applications for accuracy and compliance with regulatory requirements.
- Coordinating with grant recipients at key stages of the projects.
- Gaining consensus with internal and external stakeholders and grantees.
- Tracking project performance against contract obligations, which includes visiting sites at critical stages to make sure they are following the grant agreements.
Please Note: This project position is funded until June 30, 2021, with the possibility of extension.
Please Note: The salary for this position is 5% higher than standard Environmental Specialist 4 positions due to assignment pay that is given based on this position's location.
This position will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be on February 21, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before February 20, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
A Bachelor's degree involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field AND five years of professional level experience in environmental analysis or control or environmental planning which includes one year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above, or two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above.
Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education.
A Master's degree in one of the above fields AND three years of professional level experience in environmental analysis or control or environmental planning which includes one year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above, or two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above.
A Ph.D. in one of the above fields AND two years of professional level experience in environmental analysis or control or environmental planning which includes one year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above, or two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above.
The experience as an Environmental Specialist 3 can include a combination of the following: 1) investigating and / or resolving complaints involving science or technology content, 2) performing inspections, 3) drafting technical evaluations and reports, 4) develops plans for researching information used for technical projects, regulatory or policy development, 5) plan and facilitate public meetings and hearings, 6) project work requiring specialized knowledge of industry processes, pollutant sources or natural processes, 7) providing technical assistance for complex scientific content and/ or support for implementing scientific content programs, 8) conducting tests, analyzing and evaluating data, 9) using environmental databases to support technical projects, 10) developing scientific studies and resource management plans, 11) providing environmental technical and administrative assistance to grant/ contract/ loan recipients of environmental protection projects.
The experience as an Environmental Specialist 2 can include assisting in any of the following areas: 1) performing field surveys or studies, 2) responding to complaints involving scientific or technical content, 3) preparing public meetings and hearings, 4) assistance with routine inspections or investigations requiring specialized knowledge of industry processes, pollutant sources or natural processes, 5) responding to routine inquires or requests for technical assistance involving scientific content, 6) special projects that are scientific in nature, 7) conducting routine sampling and testing analysis, interprets data, writing reports 8) performing basic sampling data review, 9) maintaining an environmental data base to support technical projects, 10) providing routine environmental technical and administrative assistance to grant/ contract/ loan recipients of environmental protection projects.
- Experience communicating technical or scientific information with diverse audiences
- Demonstrated ability to review and understand complex technical documents
- Demonstrated ability to understand complex water quality related statutes, regulations, and permits
- Demonstrated ability to apply negotiation and conflict resolution skills
- GIS experience or certification
- Project Management experience