Northwest Environmental Business Council
  • 25-Jan-2018 to 07-Mar-2018 (PST)
  • WA State Department of Ecology
  • Lacey, WA, USA
  • $69,336.00 - $87,276.00
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Has your career focused on protecting, preserving and enhancing the environment? Are you interested in joining a team working to protect Washington's waters? Our Water Quality Program is looking to hire a Watershed Planning Unit Supervisor (WMS Band 1) in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA

We are looking for applicants that have experience working with the federal Clean Water Act and experience and strong desire to work on TMDL and nonpoint pollution policy issues.

This position will get to learn how to address one of the remaining and most challenging sources of pollution to our state's waters - nonpoint pollution.

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. 

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at and check us out on TwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

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 Water Quality Program is responsible for regulating discharges of pollutants to surface and ground waters by writing and managing wastewater and stormwater discharge permits, enforcing water quality laws, developing water quality standards and identifying water bodies 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 Watershed Planning Unit Supervisor manages six professional level staff who are engaged in developing and implementing state nonpoint and TMDL programs. These staff:
  • Interpret state and federal laws to write program policies
  • Train regional staff and provide guidance about how to implement programs
  • Assist staff with nonpoint enforcement actions
  • Work with staff from other agencies to explain our programs
  • Report to EPA and state legislature about our progress implementing programs

The majority of this positions duties will include:

  • Serving as the program resource and lead for policy and program development for the state and nonpoint TMDL programs
  • Planning, organizing, and evaluating the work performed by the unit
  • Managing and recruiting staff to work within the unit
This position is open until filled, with an initial screening on February 7, 2018. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before February 6, 2018. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

Required Qualifications:
A Bachelors degree in environmental, physical, or natural science, engineering, planning, or closely related field.


Five years of professional level experience in water quality management or environmental analysis, control, and planning. One year of experience should be at a senior, independent level equivalent to an environmental specialist 4, environmental planner 3, or environmental engineer 2.

Essential knowledge, skills, and abilities include:
  • Knowledge of current State and Federal water quality laws and regulations. 
  • Ability to formulate environmental policy in consideration of state and federal environmental laws and regulations.
  • Skills to strategically plan, schedule, and track monitoring project workloads to assure timely delivery of quality products to clients.
  • Ability to communicate, coordinate, and negotiate with employees, managers, clients, governmental agencies, tribes, stakeholders, and the public.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Education or experience in management and/or supervision
  • Clean Water Act regulatory experience
  • Experience planning and executing large complex projects

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

Must be able to obtain and maintain a valid driver's license

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.

If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit to access the online recruitment system. Click on "Look for Jobs" and select Dept. of Ecology under the "Department" search list. Click "Apply Search."

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