Northwest Environmental Business Council
  • 13-Mar-2018 to 01-May-2018 (PST)
  • WA State Department of Ecology
  • Bellevue, WA, USA
  • $56,844.00 - $74,604.00
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Benefits Eligible


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 Resources program (WR) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill two Streamflow Restoration Implementation Lead (Environmental Planner 4) positions. The positions are located in our Northwest Regional Office in Bellevue, WA.   The Streamflow Restoration Implementation Lead positions serve as senior environmental planners and Ecology streamflow restoration implementation leads for 1 2 watersheds in the Northwest Region. The positions will be the primary Ecology point people overseeing development of a watershed restoration and enhancement plan for the designated watershed and will manage the process in collaboration with committee members. The positions will coordinate and serve as a liaison with other state and local agencies, Tribal governments, and stakeholders within the watershed(s) and will also coordinate internally with technical experts. The objective of the planning process is to develop recommendations for projects and actions that will measure, protect, and enhance instream resources and improve watershed functions that support the recovery of threatened and endangered salmonids.   We are looking for applicants who are excellent collaborative thinkers, have superior process and project management skills, and are excited to join a new program dedicated to restoring instream flows in priority watersheds. 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. Maybe you've seen some of our recent stories on TwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.   To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at


Agency Mission:  Ecology's mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment and to promote the wise management of our air, land and water for the benefit of current and future generations.    Program Mission: The mission of the Water Resources program (WR) is to manage water resources to meet the current and future needs of the natural environment and Washington's communities. Some of the key work activities of the Streamflow Restoration Implementation Lead positions are:

  • Serves as a senior environmental planner and program expert implementing a new law focused on streamflow restoration in one or two watersheds within the Northwest Region.
  • Chairs and coordinates the establishment of 1-2 new Watershed Restoration and Enhancement Committees and leads the Committee's plan development.
  • Coordinates with state and local agencies, tribal governments, and external stakeholders, as well as internal Ecology technical experts, to develop recommendations for projects and actions that will measure, protect, and enhance instream resources and improve watershed functions that support the recovery of threatened and endangered salmonids.
  • Manages grants and contracts for work related to implementing this new law in the designated watersheds.

  This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be March 30, 2018.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before March 29, 2018. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications: A Master's degree or above with a major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field    AND  Three (3) years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.  OR  One (1) year of experience as an Environmental Planner 3.  Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience managing multi-stakeholder processes, including experience convening and managing large committees representing diverse interests and working towards a unified goal.
  • Technical knowledge and familiarity with state and federal water law, and the State Environmental Permitting Process (SEPA).
  • Working knowledge of ESRI Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software and database software.
  • Facilitation: Skills in collaboration and meeting facilitation. Coordinates and leads groups in a manner that creates a cooperative and productive environment to effectively resolve problems or develop and implement plans.
  • Negotiate Agreements: Effectively work with others to understand interests and actively strive to achieve agreements or resolve differences in a timely manner. 
  • Research and Investigation: Obtains, organizes, and analyzes data to support research and investigation. Researches information from existing databases, sources, and procedures.  Ability to produce high quality and accurate reports in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Contract management:  Experience in contract development and management, including experience negotiating scopes of work and overseeing contract deliverables.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment: Possess and maintain a valid Driver's License.

Supplemental Information

Please view the full job announcement and application instructions online on Streamflow Restoration Implementation Lead (Environmental Planner 4) (Two Positions)  

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