Water Resources Statewide Permitting and Water Use Measurement Lead (Environmental Specialist 5)

Washington Department of Ecology

Lacey, WA, US

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. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, has leadership that embraces the value of people, and believes in the fun factor, Ecology is a good fit.
The Water Resources (WR) program is currently looking to fill a Water Resources Statewide Permitting and Water Use Measurement Lead (Environmental Specialist 5) position. This position will be located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.
The Water Resources Statewide Permitting and Water Use Measurement Lead position leads the development of guidance, policy and rules, and evaluation of laws that direct the state’s water rights permitting and water use measurement (metering) activities. To accomplish this work, this position leads teams that collaboratively develop and update forms, technical guidance, decision documents, and policies, as well as oversees training and quality assurance for the Water Resources Program. This work ensures compliance with water rights laws and court decisions, and protection of instream resources and senior water rights holders. This position supports the program’s mission by working within the agency, with other local, state, and federal agencies, Tribes, interest groups, and the general public to further policies to manage our state’s water resources.
This position requires excellent communication, collaboration and team leadership skills.  Working to lead a team of regional water rights permitting leads and other technical experts requires an ability to harness good ideas and bring differences of opinion to consensus.
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.
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The mission of the Water Resources (WR) is to manage water resources to meet the current and future needs of the natural environment and Washington’s communities.
Some of the key duties at the Water Resources Statewide Permitting and Water Use Measurement Lead position include: 
  • This position is responsible for implementing a consistent statewide water rights permitting system. This includes leading a team with representatives from around the state that creates and develops guidance, policies and procedures to ensure an effective statewide permitting system. 
  • The position leads a team responsible for implementing a water use measurement system, which typically has relied on metering, but may begin to transition to relying on new technology and innovative water use measurement approaches going forward.
  • The position is the program’s water rights permitting expert, supporting amendments to regulations or statutes that affect water rights permitting or water use measurement.
  • The position provides key technical input on legislative issues that affect water rights permitting or water use measurement. This may require development of issue (white) papers, responding to legislative inquiries or testifying at legislative committees.
Interesting aspects of the position:
The position is located within the Water Resources Program and is a critical role for water resource management in Washington. The position will be a focal point for providing technical input into decisions which directly influence how water is managed in our state.

Challenging aspects of the position:
The person in this role must want to lead teams of technical professionals to identify common goals and seek solutions to address challenges. The person must be able to put his/her opinions aside to facilitate teams coming to agreement in order to achieve overall success.
This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be on March 27, 2020.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before March 26, 2020. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.
Required Qualifications:
A Bachelor’s degree involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field and six (6) years of professional level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning, which includes two (2) years equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above. Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education. 


A Master’s degree in one of the above fields and four (4) years of professional- level experience as required above which includes two (2) years equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above.  


A Ph.D. in one of the above fields and three (3) years of professional-level experience as required above which includes two (2) years equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above.  


One (1) year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 4, at the Department of Ecology. 
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.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Three (3) years of professional-level experience conducting water rights permitting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of water resource management laws, rules and policies.
  • Demonstrated experience leading work teams, preferably in collaborative decision-making structures.
Why work for Ecology?

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 the health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to work/life 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 Drive, SmartHealth
Student debt and how working for Ecology can help
Employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.





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