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OCR Contract & Grant Planner

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
June 07, 2019
Company
Washington State Department of Ecology
Location
Lacey or Yakima, Washington
Years of Experiences
3 - 5
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level
Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree
Salary
68,000

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


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 Columbia River (OCR) and the Water Resources program (WR) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill an OCR Contract & Grant Planner (Environmental Planner 4) position. This position's location is flexible depending on where the successful candidate resides. This position can be located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.  or our Central Regional Office (CRO) in Union Gap, WA.
 
The OCR Contract & Grant Planner position supports the agency's and program's mission and goals by serving as the principal planning consultant to the OCR Director and WR Financial Services Section Manager, with responsibility for assisting with contract and grant financial services to implement water supply solutions directed through the Office of Columbia River program. 

We are looking for applicants who have the ability to effectively communicate detailed financial and budget information to a wide range of management, professional and technical staff both orally and in writing in formal and informal settings. The successful candidate will have the knowledge and skills to plan strategically using advance management and effective decision making, anticipating problems and making critical independent strategic decisions and developing contingency plans. Ecology is seeking someone who understands and interprets written technical reports and field studies as well as financial information. This individual must be dependable, flexible, and willing to accept responsibility.

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

 

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

 


The mission of the Water Resources program (WR) is to manage water resources to meet the current and future needs of the natural environment and Washington's communities.  The mission of the Office of Columbia River is to aggressively pursue development of water supplies to benefit both instream and out-of-stream water uses to meet Eastern Washington's economic and environmental needs. 

Some of the key work activities of the  OCR Contract & Grant Planner position are:



  • Develops, implements and oversees contract and grant agreements that support implementation of Columbia River Basin and Yakima River Basin projects that support the Office of Columbia River and the Yakima River Basin Integrated Plan (YBIP). 

  • Works with local, state, federal and/or tribal partners to develop agreements that implement water supply solutions to benefit out-of-stream users (i.e., domestic, commercial, industrial or agricultural water supply) as well as improvement of instream flow water supply to benefit fish, aquatic resources and the environment. 

  • Coordinates and consults with OCR and YBIP project proponents to implement two significant agency initiatives in cooperation with external stakeholders including local, state, tribal, federal and non-profit partners. 

  • Coordinates, consults and implements significant local, state and federal taxpayer funded investments. 

  • Develops agreements (contracts or grants) that implement projects identified by the Office of Columbia River and/or the Yakima Integrated Plan Workgroup.

  • Serves as internal liaison between OCR program staff, the WR Program Financial Services Manager and the agency fiscal office.
     


 
To broaden the applicant pool, candidates will be considered at either the Environmental Planner 3 or Environmental Planner 4 level. If the selected candidate meets the requirements for the Environmental Planner 3, they will complete an in-training plan in order to reach the Environmental Planner 4 goal class.
 
This position will remain open until filled. The next screening will be June 20, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before June 19, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


 


Qualifications


Required Qualifications:


At the Environmental Planner 4 level (Monthly Salary: $4,929 - $6,468)

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. 

AND 

Three years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development. 
 
OR

One year of experience as an Environmental Planner 3.


At the Environmental Planner 3 level (Monthly Salary: $4,466 - $5,860 )


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,

AND

Two years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.

OR

One year of experience as an Environmental Planner 2.

Two years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development, will substitute for the Master's degree provided a Bachelor's degree in a natural science field has been achieved.

Two years of professional experience in full-time budget analysis and planning will substitute for the Master's degree provided a Bachelor's degree in a natural science field has been achieved.
 


Desired Qualifications:



  • Two years of professional experience in full-time budget analysis and planning.

  • Technical Knowledge - Familiarity with water resources and water rights issues.



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

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 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 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 e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. 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 Jim Skalski at: jim.skalski@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Jim 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.