Northwest Environmental Business Council
  • 11-Jan-2018 to 28-Feb-2018 (PST)
  • WA State Department of Ecology
  • Vancouver, WA, USA
  • $49,020.00 - $64,296.00
  • Salary
  • Full Time

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 Water Quality Program is looking to hire a TMDL Lead (Environmental Specialist 4). The position is part of our Southwest Regional Office and will be located in our Vancouver Field Office (VFO) in Vancouver, WA.

The TMDL Lead position is responsible for developing, coordinating, directing, writing, and implementing water quality improvement plans (also known as Total Maximum Daily Loads, or TMDLs), providing guidance on water quality regulations, and promoting TMDL activities with state, federal, and local governments, tribes, stakeholder groups, and the public. This position makes TMDL decisions involving multiple stakeholders that have significant public health, environmental protection, economic, and political consequences. 

We are looking for applicants who are skilled planners and writers, have an understanding of how to solve water quality problems, and work well with our partner organizations. 

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. Maybe you've seen some of our recent stories on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.

To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at www.ecy.wa.gov.

 

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 the TMDL Lead for the southern watersheds of the Southwest Region, this position is responsible for:

  • Making decisions on TMDLs involving multiple stakeholders, especially federal, state, and local governments such as Lewis and Clark Counties, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Health. These decisions have significant public health, environmental protection, economic, and political consequences, including setting required controls on point and nonpoint sources of pollution. 
  • Developing and implementing TMDLs by conducting and reviewing environmental assessments and protection actions that regularly require evaluation and coordination of interrelated environmental impacts.
  • Serving as the project manager and coordinator on multiple complex TMDLs that are currently in the implementation phase, in progress, or being scoped.
  • Representing Ecology before federal, state, and local government officials on administrative policy and technical assistance on TMDLs.
  • Providing scientific, technical, and policy guidance on TMDLs and related complex water quality issues to the local community.
  • Working with key interest groups and organizations to effectively conduct technical studies, develop water quality implementation control strategies, and write TMDLs to protect and restore impaired waters.  
  • Coordinating and communicating with tribes, local governments and other stakeholder groups during the development and implementation of a TMDL.  
  • Monitoring and reporting on progress of implementation measures toward meeting water quality standards as specified in the TMDLs.
  • Representing Ecology at legal and public hearings and conferences regarding TMDLs.
 

 
This recruitment will remain open until filled. The next review date of applications for this position will be January 17, 2018. To be considered for the next review date, please apply online by January 16, 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, environmental planning or other allied field AND five years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis, control, or 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 may substitute, year for year, for education.

OR

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.

OR

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.
 
OR

Two years of experience as an Environmental Specialist 3.
 

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 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.
 
 
 
Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working with TMDLs.
  • Technical writing experience.
  • Experience facilitating meetings.
  • Experience coordinating agencies and working with external advisory groups.
 
 
 
Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:
 
Must possess a valid driver's license.
 
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