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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Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We have 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, Ecology is a good fit.
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. Maybe you've seen some of our recent stories on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.
To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov.
Ecology is looking to fill a Legislative/Strategic Policy Analyst (Environmental Planner 5). This position will be located at our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.
The mission of the Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response program is to protect Washington's environment, public health, and safety through a comprehensive spill prevention, preparedness and response program. The Spills Program's vision is to prevent, prepare for, and respond aggressively to oil spills; to be seen as the best. Our Spills goal is "zero spills."
Why join the team?
In Washington, oil handling facilities, ships, pipelines, and rail move 20 million gallons of oil in and out of the state each year. The Spills Program is known as a forward leaning leader in the world of prevention, preparedness, and response. Ecology's work is a fast-paced, timeline-driven environment where they enjoy seeing the direct results of their work. We are looking for an engaged and organized individual interested in being a part of a dynamic team. If you are interested in joining a regulatory agency that helps bridge industry perspective with public and environmental interests – this job is for you!
Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts
What is the job?
As the Program's Legislative/Strategic Policy Analyst, you will be the planning consultant to the Spills Program Manager and responsible for providing expert advice on complex policy issues as it relates to marine spill prevention, preparedness, and response legislation, regulatory development, and legal and policy analysis. This position is critical in providing advice to the Program Leadership Team, Agency Senior Management, Legislature, federal and tribal governments, environmental organizations and other stakeholders. This position is the Liaison to the Puget Sound Partnership and Tribes. Additionally, it participates in oil spill response drills, serving as liaison staff and eventually liaison officer, utilizing the federal Incident Command System structure. The work is statewide and travel is expected as part of the job.
We are looking for applicants who are organized, have strong project management skills, have excellent written and verbal communications skills, are diplomatic, have strong leadership skills that motivate others, and work well with others in a team environment.
The Spills Program values a culture of openness and engagement. We want our staff to feel that they are part of the solution and innovation that occurs in the work we do. If you are a positive force and want to be part of an organization that solves problems – join our team.
As the Legislative/Strategic Policy Analyst (Environmental Planner 5) for the program, you will be the key resource in the following activities:
Program Legislative Policy:
Actions include developing concepts, drafting bill language, tracking legislation, working with the program communications manager to develop communication strategies, identifying key stakeholders and tribes, working with program staff to ensure their input on bill and fiscal analyses, coordinating with the budget manager, and ensuring good coordination with state legislators and staff, congressional staff, Governor's senior policy staff, senior agency management, tribes, and stakeholders representing diverse maritime interests as well as those representing environmental interests.
Liaison officer and Staff:
Puget Sound Partnership Liaison:
A Master's degree or above with a 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.
Five years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development conducting research and analyzing policies, laws, rules, or regulations.
One year of experience as an Environmental Planner 4, provided a master's degree in one of the above fields has been attained.
This position requires a unique blend of experience and training in legislative and policy development, strategic and legislative analysis, strategic planning, and stakeholder communications, as well as excellent public speaking, presentation, and writing skills.
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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