Urban Ecosystems Analyst (Sr Environmental Analyst)

City of Seattle

Seattle, WA, US

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) provides more than 1.3 million customers in King County with a reliable water supply, as well as managing essential sewer, garbage, recycling, yard waste, surface water and engineering services for the community.  As an employer, the City of Seattle is a leading local government in environmental stewardship, green building and social justice, making our City what it is today and shaping our future.  Our employees play an important role in making this possible. 

We are currently recruiting for a Urban Ecosystems Analyst (Environmental Analyst Sr.) to be part of our team in the Utility. The incumbent in this position will engage in a wide range of environmental analysis and projects.  The position will serve as a natural resource technician/ecologist, technical lead and advisor for SPU projects affecting streams, ponds, wetlands, riparian forestry, landscape management and the surface drainage network.  This position reports to the Urban Ecosystems Manager.

 Job Responsibilities:
  • Develop and oversee operations and maintenance activities of creek/ floodplain, ditch/ culvert, ponds, wetlands, landscape & urban forestry practices and assets
  • Investigate, perform site visits, document and report on issues in response to urban ecosystems concerns and complaints
  • A natural resources lead for Drainage Capital Improvement Projects
  • Addresses environmental concerns, maintenance cost estimates and maintainability of proposed facilities across the Utility
  • Participate in project Stakeholder Groups with property owners and community representatives, the media, permitting agencies and other city departments
  • Identify tools and develop process for evaluating the impacts of capital improvement projects, land use change, restoration of aquatic and terrestrial habitat, landscape ecology /urban forestry and surface water management decisions
  • Work with SPU staff and outside contractors to implement monitoring programs
  • Collect, organize and analyze spatial information using ArcGIS and other tools for multiple projects focused on urban watershed management
Bachelor’s degree in natural or physical sciences, environmental sciences, planning (with emphasis on urban environmental issues), public administration/policy (with emphasis on natural resources), or related field.
Five (5) years of experience in environmental research, environmental law, impact analysis, environmental compliance, toxic substance management, or related field (other combinations of education, training and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability).

Current Washington State Driver’s License

Desired Qualifications:
  • Develop technical reports providing analysis of landscape, urban forest management and/or wetland function and salmonid habitat use in Seattle’s urban creeks
  • Develop and implement monitoring studies that clearly define and link the goals, costs, schedule, and quality criteria with project deliverables
  • Proficient in GIS tools including data collection and ArcMap
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Experience with WDFW, SEPA, Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) permitting requirements.
  • Certified Arborist or Consulting Arborist