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Municipal Stormwater Grant Project Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4)

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
February 08, 2019
Company
Washington State Department of Ecology
Location
Bellevue, WA
Years of Experiences
3 - 5
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level
Bachelor's Degree
Salary
$53,592.00 - $70,320.00 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/2330604/municipal-stormwater-grant-project-specialist-environmental-specialist-4


The Department of Ecology is recruiting for a Municipal Stormwater Grant Project Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) in the Water Quality Program. This position provides guidance to grant and loan recipients in order to help with planning, construction, and implementation of environmental protection projects and is located in our Northwest Regional Office in Bellevue, WA.

We are looking for applicants who want to combine communication and technical skills to work with our grant and loan partners. By working with local governments to implement the agency's grant and loan programs and manage financial assistance contracts, this position plays an instrumental role in preventing stormwater pollution and protecting ground and surface waters. 

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.


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


Duties


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 Municipal Stormwater Grant Project Specialist provides financial assistance management for complicated, highly complex, and sometimes controversial stormwater projects in the Greena and Kitsap Water Resource Inventory Areas. This includes:

  • Developing, negotiating, implementing, and monitoring terms of agreement for complex stormwater improvement projects.

  • Reviewing environmental stormwater grant applications for accuracy and compliance with regulatory requirements.

  • Coordinating with grant recipients at key stages of the projects.

  • Gaining consensus with internal and external stakeholders and grantees.

  • Tracking project performance against contract obligations, which includes visiting sites at critical stages to make sure they are following the grant agreements.




Please Note: This project position is funded until June 30, 2021, with the possibility of extension.

 
Please Note: The salary for this position is 5% higher than standard Environmental Specialist 4 positions due to assignment pay that is given based on this position's location.

 

This position will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be on February 21, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before February 20, 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 a 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 or control or environmental 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 in environmental analysis or control or environmental planning 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 in environmental analysis or control or environmental planning which includes one year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above, or two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above.



The 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. 


The 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 analysis, 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.


Desired Qualifications:
 



  • Experience communicating technical or scientific information with diverse audiences

  • Demonstrated ability to review and understand complex technical documents

  • Demonstrated ability to understand complex water quality related statutes, regulations, and permits

  • Demonstrated ability to apply negotiation and conflict resolution skills

  • GIS experience or certification

  • Project Management experience


 

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 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 Ralph Svrjcek at: ralph.svrjcek@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Ralph 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. All employees covered by the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the WFSE will, as a condition of employment, either become members of the WFSE and pay membership dues or, as non-members, pay a representation fee as described in the CBA, no later than the 30th day following the effective date of this CBA or the beginning of their employment.

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.