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Eastern Region Watershed Planner (Environmental Planner 4)

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
April 05, 2018
Washington State Department of Ecology
Spokane, WA
Years of Experiences
1 - 3
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level
Master's Degree
$56,844.00 - $74,604.00 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 Department of Ecology has an exciting opportunity for an environmental professional looking to be a part of our Water Quality Program in Spokane, WA. If you want to join a team working to protect, restore, and enhance Washington's waters, this may be the job for you.

The Eastern Region Watershed Planner (Environmental Planner 4) supports on-the-ground implementation of new water quality initiatives by developing and coordinating the use of tools and activities that will reduce pollution to Spokane's watersheds.

We are looking for applicants who want to work with a variety internal and external partners to develop and coordinate regional policies and strategies that meet the region's water quality needs, while maintaining consistency statewide.

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. 

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at and check us out on TwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

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.

As the senior environmental planner to the ERO Water Quality Section Manager, this position is responsible for developing and implementing innovative water quality management strategies that focus on achieving water quality standards for toxics. This includes: 

  • Developing regional policies and toxics implementation strategies, and working with key interest groups and organizations in order to effectively implement pollution control strategies.

  • Implementing policies, strategies, programs, and permitting tools that help achieve water quality standards.

  • Working with Ecology's Environmental Assessment Program to scope and implement watershed studies that fill data gaps and/or measure environmental trends for toxics, and other pollutants.

  • Working with ERO permit managers and watershed leads to ensure coordination between watershed plans, compliance schedules, and permitting activities within the ERO Watershed Section.

This position participates as an Ecology representative on the Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force, and identifies and interacts with key interest groups and organizations to effectively implement pollution source controls and water quality protection. This includes:

  • Assisting with public involvement and outreach planning associated with implementation of toxics reduction/nonpoint pollution control and watershed efforts in the Spokane watershed.

  • Working with the Urban Waters Initiative to identify sources of toxics pollution and developing strategies to bring these sources into compliance with state water quality laws. 

  • Assisting Regional Water programs staff and facility managers with policy and decisions associated with the water quality programs' TMDL efforts.

  • Harmonizing toxics reduction efforts with other Ecology programs in order to achieve water quality standards.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be April 18, 2018. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before April 17, 2018. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.




Required Qualifications:

A Master's degree or above with major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning or management, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, environmental management, chemistry, or closely related field ANDthree years of professional experience in land use, water quality, urban, regional, environmental or natural resource planning and/or program development

One year of experience as an Environmental Planner 3, provided a degree as describe above has been obtained.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to build rapport and partner with others

  • Education or experience in negotiation and conflict resolution

  • Experience reviewing sampling plans, laboratory reports, scientific reports, and permit applications

  • Experience preparing and giving public presentations of technical information, and assistance, guidance, training, and outreach to federal state, tribal, and local government, business, industry and the public

  • Experience with collaborative watershed planning approaches for control of water pollution sources and water cleanup plans (TMDLs) and the ability to facilitate the development of recommendations or implementation of cleanup measures

  • Education or experience with water quality modeling

  • Education and/or experience with the relationship between non-point and point sources of water pollution, and experience identifying and implementing NPS pollution control strategies, including best management practices, toxics management plans, and water quality improvement plans

Special Requirements

Must be able to obtain and maintain 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 for more details.
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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 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 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 Adriane Borgias at: Please do not contact Adriane 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.