The Department of Ecology is Washington's environmental protection agency. Our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's land, air and water for current and future generations. We support environmental work throughout Washington. Nearly 70 percent of our budget is passed through to local communities to pay for projects that benefit the environment. We were founded in 1970 as the first agency in the nation dedicated to environmental protection.
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. Currently, vast areas of our state lack certainty about who possesses valid rights to use certain quantities of water. This position will design and initiate a strategy to resolve that lack of certainty and improve water management for Washington's future.
This intensive two-year project will be used as the basis for state decisions that will affect water rights management for decades to come. This job is ideal for someone who wants to take on a big challenge that will make a tangible difference for water resources!
Some of the key work activities of the Adjudications Assessment Section Manager position are:
Reaching out to local leaders in watersheds around the state; evaluating factors that make a watershed suitable for a water rights adjudication; and, interfacing with Ecology's leadership team to determine priorities and next steps.
This position is responsible for implementing the legislature's direction in the FY20 operating budget: "[t]o assess and explore opportunities to resolve water rights uncertainties and disputes through adjudications in selected basins where tribal senior water rights, unquantified claims, and similar uncertainties about the seniority, quantity, and validity of water rights exist." This position will be responsible for completing a report due to the legislature by September 1, 2020, and thereafter participating with the agency's leadership team to obtain funding and likely initiate a transition from assessment and planning to filing of court actions to commence one or more adjudication processes.
It is essential for the individual who fills this position to be cognizant of the potential for serious practical and public relations consequences if the work is not pursued in a skillful and timely manner, and to pursue the work accordingly.
This position will involve extensive travel around the state, and work hours will frequently exceed 8 hours in any given day. Project deadlines are in statute, so there can be very little slippage in schedule in order to keep the project on track. The successful candidate must demonstrate capability as a self-starter who accomplishes high quality and timely work with nominal supervision.
This position is open until filled, with an initial screening on August 8, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before August 7, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
Please note: This position is being re-posted in order to increase the size of the applicant pool. If you would like to be considered for this position, you must reapply.
Master's degree or higher with emphasis in environmental, water, land use or related fields.
Why work for Ecology?
Joining Ecology means becoming a part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington State's environment.
A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our state, while keeping the health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to work/life balance.
Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:
Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth
Student debt and how working for Ecology can help
Employees may be 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 https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.
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