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

Benefits Eligible


The Department of Ecology has an exciting opportunity for an environmental professional looking to be a part of our Water Quality Program in Lacey, WA. If you want to join a team working to protect, restore, and enhance Washington's waters, this may be the job for you.

The Nonpoint Source Pollution and TMDL Policy Lead (Environmental Planner 4) is the senior planner responsible for the overall management of the federal Clean Water Act Section 319 Nonpoint Program, and providing policy support for the TMDL Program. In this position you will have the opportunity to help the state protect clean water by developing major policy initiatives which guide the implementation of the Nonpoint and TMDL programs. We are looking for applicants who want to use their knowledge of the Clean Water Act and Washington's Water Quality laws to direct and implement policy changes to improve and protect water quality in Washington State. 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.  To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at and check us out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram 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.

As the senior environmental planner for the Nonpoint and TMDL programs, this position uses knowledge of the federal Clean Water Act and Washington water quality laws to ensure that these programs are efficient and meet all federal and state standards.

  • Develops major policy initiatives guiding the implementation of the Nonpoint and TMDL programs.
  • Coordinates with tribes, federal, state and local government representatives and other stakeholders to build relationships and receive feedback on the state's Nonpoint and TMDL programs.
  • Leads updates to the state Nonpoint Plan (required every 5 years).
  • Helps develop best management practice guidance for protecting clean water on agricultural and rural lands.
  • Reports to EPA on the state's progress in implementing our nonpoint program and liaison with EPA staff to ensure CWA requirement are met.
  • Completes policy reviews of TMDLs before submittal to EPA. Works with regional staff and serves as the liaison with EPA staff to ensure TMDLs meet all federal CWA requirements
  • Uses knowledge of methods and objectives of natural resources planning and environmental law to identify and develop approaches to better utilize regulatory and non-regulatory tools to implement the Nonpoint Plan, TMDLs, and TMDL alternatives.
  • Uses expertise in environmental law to write bill analyses for bills that could affect the Nonpoint and TMDL Programs.


Please Note: The title of this position has changed. It was previously posted as the 319 Policy Program Planner (Environmental Planner 4) position. The duties of this position have not changed. If you previously applied to this position, you do not need to reapply.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The next screening will be May 23, 2018. In order to be considered for the next screening, please submit an application on or before May 22, 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 major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field AND Three years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resources planning, and/or program development Desired Qualifications: A Juris Doctor degree with an emphasis in environmental law and/or natural resource law

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Please view the full job announcement and application instructions online:

Nonpoint Source Pollution and TMDL Policy Lead (Environmental Planner 4)

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