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Clean Water Needs and Outcomes Coordinator (Environmental Specialist 3)

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
September 25, 2018
Washington State Department of Ecology
Lacey, Washington
Years of Experiences
1 - 3
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level
Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree
$43,104.00 - $56,580.00 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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Job description

The Department of Ecology is recruiting for a Clean Water Needs and Outcomes Coordinator (Environmental Specialist 3) in the Water Quality Program. This position is located in our Headquarters building in Lacey, WA.

This is a unique and exciting position working with a wide range of staff and stakeholders to help the water quality program identify short and long term statewide water quality needs, and track, document and present water quality outcomes achieved through the financial assistance programs that fund more than $150 million in project assistance annually.
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 our agency, check us out on our websiteTwitterFacebookInstagram 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.

The Clean Water Needs and Outcomes Coordinator provides the Section and Program with data summaries and tools that highlight the importance and benefits of water quality financial assistance in protecting and improving water quality and public health statewide. The position works as a part of a team to plan and develop the biennial water quality financial assistance outcomes report and water quality needs assessments. To do this, this position

  • Coordinates with Water Quality Program staff and the agency's Environmental Assessment Program to develop success stories and story maps that link project implementation with water quality and effectiveness monitoring data to show water quality improvements.

  • Collects and summarizes data related to funded projects for wastewater, stormwater, nonpoint source, on-site sewage, and aquatic invasives and algae control grant programs.

  • Works with program and agency staff on how best to track, collect, manage, and present water quality data.

  • Works with program staff to develop water quality needs surveys that help the program plan for future resources and assistance needs in support of communities statewide.

  • Conducts Clean Watersheds Needs Survey for the EPA. This includes working with the EPA to collect, analyze, and evaluate data, and identifying projects that meet the EPA's criteria for stormwater, wastewater, and nonpoint source needs.

  • Develops tools using available databases and software that improve data access and project management.


This position will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be on October 9, 2018. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before October 8, 2018. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.



Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field AND two years of professional level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.

Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education.

A Master's degree in one of the above fields will substitute for one year of the required experience.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working in water quality or other environmental or natural resource protection program.

  • Experience using database systems including data collection and query tools, use of software tools for data analysis and presentation, and software, like Tableau, for building interactive mapping and information sharing tools.

  • Basic understanding of water quality issues and problems, including point source and nonpoint source issues, and basic knowledge of wastewater treatment technologies and techniques to address nonpoint source pollution.

  • Experience working with local governments.


Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
Must 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 InsuranceDeferred Compensation ProgramsDependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA)Employee Assistance ProgramCommute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader)Combined Fund DriveSmartHealth

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:

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

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

  • A resume outlining your professional experience.

Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. Or, you may paste the text of your resume within the profile's resume text field.

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 at (360) 407-6186.

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 call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail Please do not call this number or 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 Jeff Nejedly at: JNEJ461@ECY.WA.GOV. Please do not contact Jeff 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 is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.  

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.