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Forest Practice Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4)

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
February 14, 2019
Company
Washington State Department of Ecology
Location
Lacey, WA
Years of Experiences
1 - 3
3 - 5
5 - 10
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level
Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, Doctorate, Professional
Salary
$51,000.00 - $66,888.00 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.

Contact name
Phone
Email
careers@ecy.wa.gov
Website
https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/Get-to-know-us/Jobs-at-Ecology

Job description



Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen


 Please apply through the following link: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/2347155/forest-practice-specialist-environmental-specialist-4


The Department of Ecology is looking for a Forest Practice Specialist in our Water Quality Program. This position is located at our Southwest Regional Office in Lacey, WA.

We are looking for applicants interested in working in the forests of the Olympics to protect water quality.  We need a person who can work with a diverse group of people to solve pollution problems.

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 TwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

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



Duties

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 Water Quality Program mission 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.



What does the Forest Practice Specialist do?

This position works to protect water quality in forested areas in the Olympic Peninsula by working with landowners, tribes, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to ensure forestry activities follow rules and regulations. This includes:

  • Responding to inquiries from land owners and state agencies, and providing scientific and technical assistance to solve water quality problems in forested areas. Providing site-specific interpretations of water quality rules and regulations.

  • Gaining consensus from multiple stakeholders and interest groups, including landowners, state and federal agencies, tribes, industry groups, and environmental groups on the technical assistance and interpretations of regulations.

  • Conducting compliance monitoring of completed forest practices in the Olympic Peninsula to provide quality data to DNR for improvements to the statewide forestry program.

  • Conducting water typing in the Olympic Peninsula to update DNR forestry maps of fish distribution to adequately protect water quality.

  • Independently planning and conducting reviews of high-priority forest practice activities, especially alternate plans, channel migration zone determinations, mass wasting or unstable slope assessments, road maintenance and abandonment plans, emergency timber harvest, long-term plans, habitat conservation plans, and other timber management plans. 


 
Why join the team?

This position is a unique opportunity to conduct professional field work protecting water quality in forested areas of the Olympics.  You're joining a statewide team of six dedicated field staff and three policy staff at Ecology who work to improve our management of forest practices.  You'll work to interpret and implement water quality rules and regulations at the site level and make recommendations for larger programmatic improvements.  We work cooperatively with DNR, DFW, tribes, and landowners to accomplish our goals.

Please note that this is a field position with a significant amount of time spent driving, being outdoors in inclement weather, and traversing difficult terrain on foot.



 
This position is open until filled, with the initial screening on February 28, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before February 27, 2019. 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, environmental planning or other allied field AND five years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis, control, or 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.   

 


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 analyses, 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.


 


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.





Desired Qualifications:
 

Bachelor's degree or experience in biology, fisheries, hydrology, forestry, or other natural resource management area.





Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment

Must have 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 https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service 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 www.careers.wa.gov 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 careers@ecy.wa.gov. 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 Andrew Kolosseus at: AKOL461@ECY.WA.GOV. Please do not contact Andrew 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.