Northwest Environmental Business Council
  • 25-Jan-2018 to 10-Mar-2018 (PST)
  • WA State Department of Ecology
  • Union Gap, WA, USA
  • $49,020 - $64,296
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We are 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, and believes in the fun factor, Ecology is a good fit.

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.

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. Check us out on TwitterFacebookInstagram, our blog or our website at www.ecology.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 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. 

This position:
  • 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 initial review date of applications for this position will be February 8, 2018. To be considered for the initial review date, please apply online by February 7, 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.

OR

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.

OR 

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.

OR

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.

Desired Qualifications
  • 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.
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