Northwest Environmental Business Council
  • 17-Apr-2018 to 16-Jun-2018 (PST)
  • WA State Department of Ecology
  • Spokane, WA, USA
  • $49,020.00 - $64,296.00
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Benefits Eligible


Description

The Department of Ecology is looking for a Water Quality TMDL Specialist in our Water Quality Program. This position develops and implements water quality improvement plans with a focus on increasing community involvement, and is located at our Eastern Regional Office in Spokane, WA. We are looking for applicants who want to build relationships with external partners in order to implement watershed planning strategies to improve water quality.   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 www.ecology.wa.gov and check us out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.

Duties

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.

As the Water Quality TMDL Specialist for Lower Crab Creek, Upper Crab Creek/Wilson, and Esquatzel Coulee watersheds, this position develops and implements Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), Straight to Implementation plans, and watershed assessments in order to improve water quality.

  • Identifies critical water quality issues and concerns and identifies appropriate water quality improvement strategies in concert with appropriate stakeholder groups.
  • Identifies nonpoint pollution sources and develops strategies to bring these sources into compliance with state water quality laws.
  • Investigates complaints to determine if land uses are causing nonpoint pollution, evaluates the information to determine the best course of action, and provides technical assistance on nonpoint pollution concerns.

Manages grants and loans for local agencies and nonprofits in the Lower Crab Creek, Upper Crab Creek/Wilson, and Esquatzel Coulee watersheds for activity projects to reduce nonpoint  pollution and improve water quality, and works with section staff to ensure consistency with grant and loan activities throughout the region.

  • Reviews and scores applications received during the combined funding application period.
  • Negotiates and manages clear scopes of work with recipients and coordinates key stages, including negotiation, initiation, planning, execution of projects, and completion of progress reports.
  • Tracks project performance against contract obligations, and performs site visits throughout the project, specifically at critical milestones.

Builds relationships and partnerships with local communities to identify and respond to nonpoint source pollution and water quality strategies, including increasing acceptance of implementing agriculture and residential best management practices, riparian restoration, and implementing the Spokane River Permit Strategy.

  • Plans, prioritizes, develops, implements, and advises community outreach activities to support priority work occurring in the section.
  • Helps section staff identify barriers in the community that may impede the public's understanding of and participation in our work.
  • Assists the Water Quality Communications & Outreach team and section staff with efforts to promote Washington's clean water through development of outreach materials.

Please Note: There are two Water Quality TMDL Specialist positions being recruited for at our Eastern Regional Office. If you would like to be considered for both positions, you must submit an application for both positions.  

This position is open until filled, with the initial screening on May 2, 2018. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before May 1, 2018. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, 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 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.  

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.  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 analysis, 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. Desired Qualifications:  

  • Experience with social marketing or other public involvement processes.
  • Experience building relationships with stakeholders
  • Experience preparing and giving public presentations of technical information, assistance, guidance, training, outreach to federal, state, tribal, and local government, business, industry and the public
  • Experience participating in watershed planning approaches for control of water pollution sources and water cleanup plans (TMDLs) that include recommendations or implementations of cleanup measures.
  • Knowledge of nonpoint source pollution control strategies.
  • Experience in meeting management and large group facilitation

 

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