Aquaculture Federal Permit Manager (Environmental Specialist 4)
Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We have 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, Ecology is a good fit.
The Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill five (5) Aquaculture Federal Permit Manager (Environmental Specialist 4) positions. These positions will be located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.
The Aquaculture Federal Permit Manager positions are senior level environmental specialists and serve as Ecology's Federal Permit Manager for Headquarters, these positions are responsible for upholding and enforcing state laws and policies in order to protect and promote the wise management of our state water resources.
We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills, is a team player, has the ability to quickly assess a situation and make a decision and the ability to communicate with a diverse audience.
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.
The mission of the Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) Program is to support community conservation efforts for our shorelands, wetlands, and floodplains.
Some of the key work activities of the Aquaculture Federal Permit Manager positions are:
- Manages a high volume of application for aquaculture projects.
- Makes recommendations on whether to approve Section 401 Water Quality Certifications and/or Coastal Zone Management decisions for aquaculture projects.
- Works with other federal and state agencies reviewing projects and conducting site visits as needed.
- Manages a number of aquaculture projects that need to be reviewed and permitted.
- Maintains a high volume of applications while ensuring that deadlines are not missed.
This positions will provide the successful applicant with hands on experience with a number of federal and state environmental permitting laws and processes.
At times, this position will need to deal with challenging customers. Also this position may have to participate in evening hearings, meetings and/or presentations.
The culture of the team: You will be working with a highly motivated and dynamic team, we help each other and are very successful at getting the job done within the deadlines.
Please Note: four (4) of the five (5) positions are project positions and are funded until June 30, 2021.
This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be November 12, 2020. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before November 11, 2020. 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 closely allied scientific field and five years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning which includes one year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above or two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above.
A Bachelor’s degree in another discipline, provided that at least 45 quarter hours or 30 semester hours of course work is in the environmental, physical or one of the natural sciences including ecology, biology, hydrology, soil science, or plant sciences and five years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning which includes one year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above or two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above.
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;
Two years of professional level-experience as required above as an Environmental Specialist 3 provided a Bachelor’s degree involving major study as listed above has been attained.
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 analysis, 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.
- Working knowledge of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 and Section 10 Permitting.
- Demonstrated understanding of project management for complex projects that require multi agency and program coordination.
- Demonstrated ability to understand environmental legislation and regulations at the federal, state, and local level, by independently reviewing, analyzing, developing, and recommending permit decisions for projects. Testifying at legal proceedings and public hearings, and negotiating resolution in the development of policies and regulations.
- Demonstrated ability to apply negotiation and conflict resolution skills, by independently serving as a federal permit manager in enforcement actions, hearings, and legal proceedings; conducting field investigations, data collection, and analysis and making recommendation to management and other involved in Ecology’s role in federal permitting and management.
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
Must possess a valid driver's license.
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 Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute 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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