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The Water Quality Program program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Lead Permit Writer and Facility Manager position in our Central Regional Office in Union Gap, WA .
We are looking for applicants who possess excellent communication, organizational, and analytical skills, and are adaptable and flexible.
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- The mission of the Department of Ecology is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment, for current and future generations. 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 drinking water, and the protection of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and public health.
As a Lead Permit Writer and Facility Manager, this position represents the program in managing water quality issues associated with Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW) and Industrial Wastewater Treatment Facilities (IWWTF).
This position also has a facility manager role responsible for ensuring that assigned facilities remain in compliance with permit requirements, including conducting inspections, technical assistance, complaint investigation, compliance reviews, and preparing enforcement recommendations.
- Provides technical assistance to permittees or other affected entities and individuals to achieve permit compliance and water quality goals and objectives.
- Analyzes and interprets scientific information concerning water quality pollution, monitoring for specific parameters, and impacts to resources from pollution events.
- Prepares fact sheets and drafts permits for permittee and public review. Performs routine statistical analyses on data from wastewater monitoring and receiving water in preparation for writing the permits and fact sheets. Prepares final permits for issuance in accordance with applicable state and federal regulations.
- Mentors and assists junior staff with permit development process and enforcement. Reviews inspections, enforcement documents, and assists on sites as needed. Performs peer reviews of draft permits and fact sheets composed by WQ Technical Unit colleagues.
- Plans and performs a variety of industrial and municipal facility inspections in accordance with agency guidance documents and section work plans, and prepares technical inspection reports.
- Conducts fieldwork, water quality sampling, inspections including report writing, and enforcement case development and issuance.
- Communicates effectively, both verbally and in writing and coordinates as needed internally with municipal stormwater managers, TMDL leads, grant managers, other program staff and externally with the public, other governmental agencies, elected officials and the tribes to achieve compliance with water quality laws and regulations using informal compliance, where appropriate, or using formal enforcement.
- Completes tasks using knowledge of environmental laws and permit regulations, and effectively coordinates with local and state officials, project engineers, developers, citizen groups, and elected officials using scientific/technical knowledge, tact, and diplomacy.
This position will remain open until filled. The next review date of applications for this position will be February 22, 2018. To be considered for the next review date, please apply online by February 21, 2018. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
- Required Qualifications:
A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, engineering (civil, environmental, or geological), environmental planning or other allied 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.
Additional qualifying experience will substitute year for year for education.
A Master’s degree in one of the above fields AND three 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 Ph.D. in one of the above fields AND two 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.
Two years of experience as an Environmental Specialist 3.
NOTE: One year of the required years of experience must be in municipal and industrial wastewater treatment.
The 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 analyses, 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.
The 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.
- Experience with environmental legislation and regulations at the federal, state, and local level.
- Experience reviewing complex technical documents and preparing enforcement documents.
- Experience applying negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
- Experience maintaining data and inspection records accurately, within timelines, and using required procedures.
Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:
Must have a valid Driver’s License.
- Supplemental Information
- Application Instructions:
Please include the following documents as an attachment to your application:
- A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.
- A resume outlining your professional experience.
Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. Or, you may paste the text of your resume within the profile’s resume text field.
Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including “please see resume” may disqualify you from further consideration.
Department of Ecology employees, please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources at (360) 407-6186.
If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit www.careers.wa.gov to access the online recruitment system. Click on “Look for Jobs” and select Dept. of Ecology under the “Department” search list. Click “Apply Search.”
If you need assistance applying for this job, please call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail [email protected]. Please do not call this number or send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile’s main page.
If you have specific questions about the position, please email Jim Leier at: [email protected]. Please do not contact Jim to inquire about the status of your application.The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed.
This position is included in the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) union bargaining unit for the Department of Ecology. All employees covered by the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the WFSE will, as a condition of employment, either become members of the WFSE and pay membership dues or, as non-members, pay a representation fee as described in the CBA, no later than the 30th day following the effective date of this CBA or the beginning of their employment.
The Washington State Department of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
Lead Permit Writer and Facility Manager (Environmental Specialist 4)
Union Gap, WA, United States 🇺🇸