Northwest Environmental Business Council
  • 14-Mar-2018 to 13-May-2018 (PST)
  • WA State Department of Ecology
  • Bellevue, WA, USA
  • $51,504.00 - $67,584.00
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. Working at Ecology is more than just a job- we are 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 is currently looking for a Municipal Stormwater Permit Implementation Planner (Environmental Planner 3) in our our Northwest Regional Office in Bellevue, WA.

This position serves as a senior analyst, developing policies, procedures, and standards of adequacy for municipal stormwater permit-related policies and efforts.

We are looking for applicants with expertise in water quality-related planning and implementation, experience developing, planning, and coordinating stormwater programs, and the ability to communicate with a diverse stakeholder group.
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 TwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

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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.

Municipal Stormwater Permit Planning and Implementation: This position provides expertise, consultation, and planning assistance to local government staff, assists municipalities in developing, planning, and coordinating stormwater programs beneficial to water quality, and works as part of a state-wide team on guidance development and the reissuance of the Municipal Stormwater Permit to improve efforts to meet TMDL and other state and federal water quality requirements. This includes:

  • Planning new stormwater-related initiatives and permit administration, and providing technical liaison with principle planning personnel in other state departments and directors of regional, local, and federal planning agencies.
  • Coordinating with local jurisdictions to resolve complex stormwater management planning issues, ensuring local planning efforts coordinate with other state agencies, federal agencies, tribes and/or other local governments.
  • Developing, planning, and coordinating implementation of stormwater and water quality-related Near Term Actions for review by and submittal to the Puget Sound Partnership.

Policy, Procedure, and Standards of Adequacy Development for MS4 Permits: This position leads the planning and coordination with local governments and Ecology HQ staff to develop and facilitate new stormwater-related initiatives such as basin planning, adaptive management, and local program equivalency determinations. This includes:

  • Serving as the planner for implementing the Northwest region's Low Impact Development code update initiative and stormwater basin planning for municipal stormwater permittees.
  • Developing policies, procedures, and standards of adequacy for LID efforts, and analyzing compliance related to the updating of municipal code to make LID the preferred and commonly-used approach to site development.
  • Providing significant input and insight into standards of adequacy for equivalency reviews of Phase I permittee stormwater management manuals and related codes.

This position will remain open until filled. The initial screening date will be March 29, 2018. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before March 28, 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 two years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.


One year of experience as an Environmental Planner 2, provided a degree as described above has been obtained.


NOTE: Two years of professional level experience in land use, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development, will substitute for the Master's degree provided a Bachelor's degree in a field listed above or a natural science has been obtained.

Desired Qualifications 

Experience working with Municipal Stormwater Phase I and II permits

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

Must obtain and maintain a valid driver's license.



Supplemental Information


Application Instructions:

Please attach the following documents as an attachment to your application:

  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required/desired qualifications of this position.
  • A Resume.

Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position.

Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including "please see resume" may disqualify you from further consideration.

Department of Ecology employees, please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources.

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."

Other Information:

If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail Please do not send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Greg Stegman at: Please do not contact Greg to inquire about the status of your application.

The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed.

This position is included in the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) union bargaining unit for the Department of Ecology. All employees covered by the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the WFSE will, as a condition of employment, either become members of the WFSE and pay membership dues or, as non-members, pay a representation fee as described in the CBA, no later than the 30th day following the effective date of this CBA or the beginning of their employment.

Student Loans and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program:
Employees are eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See for more details.

The Washington State Department of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

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