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Compliance & Technical Unit Supervisor (WMS Band 1)

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Washington State Department of Ecology

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Full Time
Posted on
July 03, 2019
Washington State Department of Ecology
Bellevue, Washington
Years of Experiences
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$74,302.00 - $93,516.00 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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The Water Quality Program at the Department of Ecology is looking for a supervisor for our Compliance and Technical Assistance Unit in our Northwest Regional Office. Our Compliance and Technical Assistance Unit focuses on regulating stormwater discharges from municipalities, industries and construction sites across 7 counties in northwest Washington.

This position leads a team of around 10 staff in implementing stormwater and other general water quality permit activities, such as field inspections, technical assistance, enforcement, and outreach activities.

Our ideal candidate will have excellent people skills and experience with stormwater management and environmental enforcement. As a leader in our program, we are looking for someone who has experience coaching and mentoring staff and new hires.

As an agency, we invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism, and accountability. 

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Agency Mission: Ecology's mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's land, air and water for current and future generations. 

Program Mission: 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 beneficial uses are achieved including recreational and business activities, supplies for clean drinking water, and the protection of fish, shellfish, wildlife and public health.

The main goals of this position are to:


  • Provide leadership in stormwater management for the protection and restoration of water quality, with an emphasis on supporting collaborative processes with our statewide permit implementation teams.

  • Support the daily activities of around ten professional staff, which includes planning, leading, organizing, and directing the work performed by the unit.

  • Oversee all levels of compliance assurance work, including technical assistance, complaint response, on-site inspections and associated documentation, programmatic audits, and informal and formal enforcement actions.

  • Train and coach unit staff in use of enforcement discretion, and provide quality assurance oversight of unit inspection reports and proposed informal and formal enforcement actions.

  • Represent the program as a Lead Manager for appeals of unit-initiated enforcement actions to ensure the program's actions are legally defensible and procedurally compliant.


Why join the team?

This position is part of a team of professionals who are dedicated to protecting and improving our environment. As a unit supervisor, this position is able to observe first-hand the successes and challenges of policy implementation, and provide this perspective to the program's management team in order to improve our water quality policies. This work in the Northwest Region has special characteristics associated with population density, Puget Sound recovery, and salmon habitat protection. 

Please Note: The salary posted above does not include the additional 5% premium pay that this position will receive due to this position's location.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be July 18, 2019.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before July 17, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree in natural, environmental, or physical sciences, engineering, planning or closely related field AND five years of professional level work experience in water quality management, environmental sciences or related field. 

Related advanced education may substitute for part of the required work experience on a year-for-year basis, up to two years maximum.

Desired Qualifications


  • Education or experience in management and supervision and leading teams or work groups.

  • Knowledge of stormwater management techniques and requirements.

  • Experience with environmental enforcement, litigation or defending controversial actions.


Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment

Must obtain and maintain a valid driver's license