Forest Practice Specialist (Water Quality Program)
The Department of Ecology is looking for a Forest Practice Specialist in our Water Quality Program. This position is located at our Southwest Regional Office in Lacey, WA.
We are looking for applicants interested in working in the forests of the Olympics to protect water quality. We need a person who can work with a diverse group of people to solve pollution problems.
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.
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 Water Quality Program mission 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.
What does the Forest Practice Specialist do?
This position works to protect water quality in forested areas in the Olympic Peninsula by working with landowners, tribes, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to ensure forestry activities follow rules and regulations. This includes:
- Responding to inquiries from land owners and state agencies, and providing scientific and technical assistance to solve water quality problems in forested areas. Providing site-specific interpretations of water quality rules and regulations.
- Gaining consensus from multiple stakeholders and interest groups, including landowners, state and federal agencies, tribes, industry groups, and environmental groups on the technical assistance and interpretations of regulations.
- Conducting compliance monitoring of completed forest practices in the Olympic Peninsula to provide quality data to DNR for improvements to the statewide forestry program.
- Conducting water typing in the Olympic Peninsula to update DNR forestry maps of fish distribution to adequately protect water quality.
- Independently planning and conducting reviews of high-priority forest practice activities, especially alternate plans, channel migration zone determinations, mass wasting or unstable slope assessments, road maintenance and abandonment plans, emergency timber harvest, long-term plans, habitat conservation plans, and other timber management plans.
Why join the team?
This position is a unique opportunity to conduct professional field work protecting water quality in forested areas of the Olympics. You're joining a statewide team of six dedicated field staff and three policy staff at Ecology who work to improve our management of forest practices. You'll work to interpret and implement water quality rules and regulations at the site level and make recommendations for larger programmatic improvements. We work cooperatively with DNR, DFW, tribes, and landowners to accomplish our goals.
Please note that this is a field position with a significant amount of time spent driving, being outdoors in inclement weather, and traversing difficult terrain on foot.
This position is open until filled, with the initial screening on February 28, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before February 27, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
A Bachelor's degree involving 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, control, or 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 as required above 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 as required above which includes one year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above or two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above.
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 analyses, 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 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.
Bachelor's degree or experience in biology, fisheries, hydrology, forestry, or other natural resource management area.
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment
Must have a valid driver's license