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Aquatic Species Restoration Project Manager (Environmental Planner 4)

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
March 02, 2020
Washington State Department of Ecology
Lacey, WA
Years of Experiences
3 - 5
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level
Master's Degree
$64,008.00 - $83,964.00 Annually

About Washington State Department of Ecology

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.

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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen


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 Office of Chehalis Basin (OCB) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill our Aquatic Species Restoration Project Manager (Environmental Planner 4) position. This position is located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA. We are a very small team of professionals who operate under the oversight of a statutory board of directors in a fast-moving, dynamic environment with responsibility for coordinating an extensive set of non-regulatory processes that involve multiple external partners.

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We are looking for applicants who are creative problem solvers, have the flexibility to rapidly respond to emerging issues, and work well with local government staff and officials as collaborative partners. We seek applicants with the ability and enthusiasm to generate interest in and encourage progress on tackling complex and challenging issues.

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 and follow, like or visit us on LinkedInTwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts

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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 Office of Chehalis Basin's (OCB) primary purpose is to aggressively pursue implementation of an integrated strategy and administer funding for long-term flood damage reduction and aquatic species restoration in the Chehalis river basin.
Some of the key work activities of the  Aquatic Species Restoration Project Manager position are:

  • Represents OCB on interagency teams involved in the development and implementation elements of the Aquatic Species Restoration Plan (ASRP), including the Early Action Reach (EAR) projects.

  • Participates in planning, institutional capacity building, and community outreach and engagement efforts with basin partners associated with the ASRP.

  • Generate sustained interest and cooperation from local government and community partners.

  • Coordinates ASRP contract management activities with other OCB, Agency, consultant staff, and Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) grants and contracts manager.

  • Provide coordination related to agency State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and cultural resources responsibilities and land acquisition for ASRP projects and permits, across programs and jurisdictions in the basin.

  • Assist the OCB Director on Basin wide ASRP policy and technical issues.  

This position will be expected to accomplish:

  • Project and contract management oversight within OCB for ASRP development and implementation projects.

  • Coordination with RCO and WDFW to develop and review scopes of work, and to manage timelines, deliverables, budgets and invoices.

  • Author, review, facilitate and coordinate the development of MOUs and IAAs, memoranda of agreements, and other contractual vehicles to secure ASRP development within the Chehalis Basin.

This is a very unique opportunity to work with local governments to plan for and execute projects on the ground that immediately provide aquatic species restoration in the Chehalis river basin. 

We are a very small non-regulatory team within a larger agency, which requires the flexibility to work independently while maintaining an awareness of and connection to the larger organization.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be March 10, 2020.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application and all required materials on or before March 9, 2020. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

Please Note: This is a project position that is funded until June 30, 2021.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.


Required Qualifications:
A Master's degree or above with 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.


Three (3) years of professional experience in floodplain management and planning, land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.


One (1) year of experience as an Environmental Planner 3 at the Department of Ecology


Desired Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of state, federal, and local permitting requirements associated with riparian and in-water restoration work.

  • Experience working for local, state, federal or tribal resource management agency in a planning, programming, policy, or permitting capacity.

  • Experience with implementing the cultural resource consultation requirements of Executive Order 05-05.

  • Professional experience providing technical assistance to local governments, community organizations, and private landowners re: aquatic species habitat restoration work in floodplains.

  • Working knowledge of community-specific property protection strategies and experience developing community-specific property protection strategies.

  • Certified AICP Planner

  • Certified Flood Plain Manager (CFM)  

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

Possess a valid driver's license.
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 ForgivenessTuition 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 for more details.   
*See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information


Supplemental Information

Application Instructions

In order to be considered, applicants MUST attach the following documents as an attachment to their application:

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

  • A Resume.

  • Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.

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 Cindy Bradley at: Please do not contact Cindy 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. 

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.