Employer: Washington State Department of Ecology
Keeping Washington Clean and EvergreenThe Water Quality Program is responsible for regulating discharges of pollutants to surface and ground waters by writing and managing permits, enforcing water quality laws, developing water quality standards and identifying waterbodies that fail to meet those standards, and providing technical and financial assistance to appropriate entities to help them protect and restore Washington’s waters. The Southwest Regional Office, along with the other regional offices, assist in the development of work priorities, policies, and products, but ultimately are lead for on the ground implementation of our work and collaboration with our permitted communities as well as our local governments, living communities, and broader state citizens affected by our work to protect and restore our state’s waters.The Watershed Resources Unit is responsible for managing, directing, and administering all activities related to municipal and construction stormwater permits, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hydropower certifications, and designated non-point water quality pollution activities within the Water Quality Section of the Southwest Region. 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. To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov and follow, like or visit us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog. Local efforts… Diverse people… Statewide impactsDutiesAgency Mission: Ecology’s mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s land, air and water for current and future generations. Program Mission: The mission of the Water Quality Program is to protect and restore Washington’s waters to sustain healthy watersheds and communities. Our work ensures that beneficial uses are achieved including recreational and business activities, supplies for clean drinking water, and the protection of fish, shellfish, wildlife and public health.The staff in the Watershed Resources Unit:Manage permitsConduct site inspectionsManage millions of dollars of grantsEngage with landowners to improve water quality In this position you will:Support and supervise the 11 Unit staff, which includes environmental specialists and environmental planners.Plan, lead, organize, and direct the work of the unit.Provide leadership for the implementation of municipal and construction stormwater programs, non-point compliance and enforcement, and related water quality issues. Develop and implement the unit’s strategic plan and policy for stormwater and non-point complaint response activities.Coordinate with regional and headquarters managers to encourage consistency and communication related to water quality issues.We’re looking for a leader who will:Lead with empathy, transparency, and humility.Build a cohesive team that has a strong sense of purpose.Communicate with emotional intelligence.Facilitate change and growth.Empower staff to participate in decisions that affect their work.Facilitate collaboration that emphasizes how each person’s professional opinion complements others in the group.Maintain a sense of humor and positivity in serious work.Build strong relationships.Keep commitments and help others stay accountable.Acknowledge when something doesn’t go well and support staff in continually improvingThis 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 in natural, environmental, or physical sciences, engineering, planning, or closely related field AND five years of professional level work experience in water quality management, environmental sciences or related field. Additional qualifying experience in natural, environmental, or physical sciences, engineering, planning, or closely related may substitute year for year for education.ORA Master’s degree in natural, environmental, or physical sciences, engineering, planning, or closely related field AND four years of professional level work experience in water quality management, environmental sciences or related field. ORA Ph.D. in natural, environmental, or physical sciences, engineering, planning, or closely related field AND three years of professional level work experience in water quality management, environmental sciences or related field. Desired QualificationsEducation or experience in management and supervision.Special Requirements / Conditions of EmploymentMust obtain and maintain a valid driver’s licenseWhy 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, SmartHealthStudent debt and how working for Ecology can helpEmployees 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. *See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information Supplemental InformationApplication InstructionsIn order to be considered, please:Attach the following documents to your application:A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required/desired qualifications of this position.A resume outlining your experience.Complete the applicant profile. Or you may paste the text of your resume within the profile’s resume text field.Read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including “please see resume”, may disqualify you from further consideration.Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable. 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.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.”Other InformationIf you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not 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 Andrew Kolosseus at: Andrew.Kolosseus@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Andrew 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.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. 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