Puget Sound Water Resources Enforcement Specialist (Environmental Specialist 3) (In-Training)

Washington Department of Ecology

Bellevue, WA, US

Protecting Washington State’s environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. If you want to join a highly effective, collaborative team in exciting work dedicated to managing a sustainable water supply in Western Washington, this may be the position for you.

The Water Resources (WR) program is currently looking to fill a Puget Sound Water Resources Enforcement Specialist (Environmental Specialist 3) (In-Training) position. This position will be located in our Northwest Regional Office (NWRO) in Bellevue, WA.

This position will work as part of a regional team coordinating Puget Sound basin water resources compliance and enforcement. This position will provide technical assistance, seek voluntary compliance, and pursue formal enforcement actions, and administer and ensure compliance with state water law Puget Sound watersheds.

We are looking for energetic leaders who want to join a new team dedicated to protecting and enhancing Washington’s water resources.

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.

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.
Duties
 
The mission of the Water Resources  (WR) program 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 Puget Sound Water Resources Enforcement Specialist at the Environmental Specialist 3 level are:
 
  • Responds to and investigates alleged violations of water law and helps to negotiate and resolve water resource conflicts.
  • Provides technical assistance and education to a range of water users of different backgrounds related to water rights and Washington State water law.
  • Conducts in-depth property research and analyses of water rights to inform and support compliance recommendations to senior enforcement staff and water masters.
  • Uses ArcGIS to map historical water rights and conduct property research.

This position is part of a new team developed to ensure compliance with Washington water law to support the recovery of Puget Sound’s Southern Resident Killer Whale population.
 
Please Note: The salary posted above does not include the additional 5% premium pay that this position will receive due to this position’s location in King County.

Please Note: To broaden the candidate pool, we will consider candidates that qualify at the Environmental Specialist 3, 2 and 1 levels. Please read the qualifications section below to learn more about this exciting career growth and in-training opportunity.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.
 
Qualifications
 
Required Qualifications:

At the Environmental Specialist 3 Level: Pay Range 49 – ($3,774 – $4,953) Monthly

A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field AND two years of professional level experience in environmental analysis or control or environmental planning.

Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education.

A Master’s degree in one of the above fields will substitute for one year of the required experience.

OR
 
A Ph.D. in one of the above fields.
 
OR
 
One year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 2 at the Department of Ecology.
 
At the Environmental Specialist 2 Level: Pay Range 45 – (3,432 – $4,492) Monthly

A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field AND one year of professional level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.

Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education.

OR 

One year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 1 at the Department of Ecology.

OR 

A Master’s degree in one of the above fields.
 
At the Environmental Specialist 1 Level: Pay Range 45 – (2,912 – $3,774) Monthly

A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.
 
Note: Experience at or above the Environmental Technician level or equivalent will substitute, year for year, for education.

Please Note: The salaries posted above do not include the additional 5% premium pay that this position will receive due to this position’s location in King County.

Desired Qualifications:
 
  • Knowledge and working experience working with Washington State water code.
  • Competency using ArcGIS software.
Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.

POSITION TYPE

ORGANIZATION TYPE

EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

DEGREE REQUIRED