Municipal Stormwater Permit Implementation Planner (Environmental Planner 3)

Washington Department of Ecology

Union Gap, WA, US


The Department of Ecology is currently looking for a Municipal Stormwater Permit Implementation Planner (Environmental Planner 3) in our Water Quality Program, located in Union Gap, WA. 

This position develops policies, procedures, and standards of adequacy for municipal stormwater permit-related policies and efforts.

We are looking for applicants with experience in water quality-related planning and implementation, and experience developing, planning, and coordinating stormwater programs.

We are looking for applicants who will help guide the local communities through the permitting process and to success in permit compliance.

Ecology’s Central Region is in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains. The region is uncrowded and affordable with many small communities with unique characteristics.

As an agency, 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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Agency Mission: The mission of the Department of Ecology is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment, for current and future generations. 

Program Mission: 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 water, and the protection of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and public health.

What does this position do?

This position works with Ecology staff and municipalities to develop, plan, and coordinate stormwater programs beneficial to water quality. The position works as part of a state-wide team to reissue the Municipal Stormwater Permit in order to improve our efforts to meet state and federal water quality requirements. This includes:
  • Planning new stormwater-related initiatives
  • Serving as a technical liaison between planners in other state departments and directors of regional, local, and federal planning agencies
  • Coordinating with local jurisdictions to resolve complex and challenging stormwater management planning issues
  • Reviewing and approving permit submittals, and implementing strategies and processes to audit permittee compliance

This position leads the planning and coordination with local governments and Ecology staff to develop and facilitate new stormwater-related initiatives such as basin planning, adaptive management, and local program equivalency determinations. This includes:
  • Serving as the planner for implementation of the region’s Low Impact Development code update initiative and stormwater basin planning for municipal stormwater permittees
  • Developing policies, procedures, and standards of adequacy for LID efforts

Why join the team?
  • This is a great opportunity to join a team of other motivated municipal stormwater planners, permit writers, engineers and scientists in discussing regulations, informing decision-making and collaborating on policy-making.
  • Central Washington is in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains and is much dryer and sunnier than most of the rest of Washington State. Union Gap and nearby Yakima, WA are home to multiple festivals and a wide variety of outdoor activities.

As our community responds to the public health emergency, the Department of Ecology’s priority is to keep our staff, candidates and the public safe. We are experiencing some delays as we transition to a virtual recruitment process. Thank you for your patience and we will be in touch as soon as we are able. We encourage you to apply to open postings.

This position will remain open until filled. The initial screening date will be April 16, 2020. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before April 15, 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 Master’s degree or above with a major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field AND two years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.


One year of experience as an Environmental Planner 2, provided a degree as described above has been obtained.

NOTE: Two years of professional level experience in land use, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development, will substitute for the Master’s degree provided a Bachelor’s degree in a field listed above or a natural science has been obtained.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working with Municipal Stormwater permits
  • Familiarity with stormwater management manuals
  • Experience with enforcing environmental regulations
  • Experience with multiparty group facilitation and meeting management

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

Must obtain and maintain a valid driver’s license.