Northwest Environmental Business Council
  • 31-Aug-2017 to 13-Oct-2017 (PST)
  • WA State Department of Ecology
  • Lacey, WA, USA
  • $42,264.00 - $55,476.00
  • Salary
  • Full Time

The Department of Ecology is recruiting for a General Nonpoint Source and Shellfish Specialist (Environmental Specialist 3) in the Water Quality Program. This position works to eliminate nonpoint source water pollution by explaining quality laws and regulations, providing technical assistance, and taking appropriate enforcement action if necessary. This position addresses land use impacts to water quality and shellfish issues throughout southwest WA with a focus on the Pacific Coast.

Nonpoint source water pollution is runoff from our streets, forest lands, farms, and other sources. When it rains, nonpoint runoff carries toxic chemicals, nutrients, and bacteria into our downstream waters. It also happens when streamside vegetation is disturbed, leading to increased water temperatures and unstable stream banks. Taken together, these nonpoint sources of pollution can contribute to shellfish closures, impair salmon habitat, contaminate drinking water, and contribute to toxic chemicals in our food chain.

We are looking for applicants who possess excellent communication skills, are comfortable talking to farmers and livestock owners on their properties, and are able to take enforcement actions when necessary.

This position is located in our Southwest Regional Office in Lacey, WA.

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.

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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 state waters support beneficial uses including recreational and business activities, supplies for clean drinking water, and the protection of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and public health.

The General Nonpoint Source and Shellfish Specialist conducts environmental reviews related to adverse water quality and shellfish impacts from various land use activities and bacterial pollution in the Southwest Region. This work includes:
  • Investigating complaints, violations, and inquires related to land uses causing nonpoint water pollution or impacts to shellfish.
  • Implementing water quality cleanup plans (TMDLs).
  • Conducting site inspections that focus on livestock management, small unpermitted construction sites, unauthorized work in water, or other complaints.
  • Resolving issues and negotiating agreements and action plans.
  • Collecting and analyzing samples from sites to identify pollution sources.
  • Inspecting sites and evaluating information to determine the best course of action, which may include encouraging voluntary compliance, providing technical assistance, or taking enforcement action.
  • Interpreting water quality laws and regulations for landowners and the public.
  • Making technical and scientific recommendations regarding the development, coordination and implementation of environmental technical assistance programs involving pollution prevention, pollution control, and natural resource protection.
  • Applying enforcement actions using agency policies and requirements if necessary to address noncompliance with water quality laws and regulations.
  • Preparing appropriate documentation and issuing enforcement actions.
  • Assisting the Attorney General's office in compiling the necessary materials for the preparation of cases to be presented before judicial courts and boards, and appearing and testifying on behalf of the water quality program on matters arising as a result of related enforcement actions.
  • Responding to inquiries from other staff, the public, agencies, tribes and others regarding nonpoint sources and water pollution impacts on shellfish resources.
  • Representing Ecology in public information and education activities for nonpoint water quality activities.
  • Representing the agency in public meetings, workshops and hearings, and attending Conservation District board meetings and technical workshops.

Please Note: This project position is funded until June 30, 2019.


This position will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be on September 14, 2017. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before September 13, 2017. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

Required Qualifications:
A Bachelor's degree involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field AND two years of professional level experience in environmental analysis or control or environmental planning.


A Master's degree in one of the above fields AND one year of professional level experience in environmental analysis or control or environmental planning.


A Ph.D. in one of the above fields.


One year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 2.

Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education.

Desired Qualifications:

  • GIS experience or certification
  • Mediation training
  • Water quality sampling experience or training
  • Laboratory experience
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
Must possess a valid driver's license.
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