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Floodplain Grant and Management Specialist (Environmental Planner 3)

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
June 26, 2018
Washington State Department of Ecology
Union Gap, Washington
Years of Experiences
1 - 3
3 - 5
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level
Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree
$51,504.00 - $67,584.00 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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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.

The Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Floodplain Grant and Management Specialist (Environmental Planner 3) position. This position will work out of our Central Regional Office (CRO) in Union Gap, WA.

The Floodplain Grant and Management Specialist position serves as a floodplain management specialist for the Department of Ecology's Central Regional Office with responsibility for community assistance activities with local governments enrolled in the National Flood Insurance Program and for technical assistance and state support for communities developing or implementing Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plans pursuant to FCAAP.  The position is responsible for promoting, planning, managing, and assessing the performance of Floodplains by Design (FbD) projects. The position also manages the FbD grants to local sponsors for multi-benefit flood projects in the region.

SEA is looking for an innovative, creative thinker that is highly organized, and independent.  A self-starter that has a keen interest in multi-beneficial riverine and floodplain restoration processes and projects.   

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 TwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at:

Ecology's mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment, and promote the wise management of our air, land and water for the benefit of current and future generations. Our goals are to prevent pollution, clean up pollution, and support sustainable communities and natural resources.

The mission of the Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) Program is to support community conservation efforts for our shorelands, wetlands, and floodplains.

Some of the key work activities of the Floodplain Grant and Management Specialist position are:

  • Acts as state National Flood Insurance Program coordinating officer in CRO. 

  • Provides assistance to local governments in developing and implementing innovative and preventative approaches to floodplain management leading to a reduction of flood hazards and enhancement of natural resources. 

  • Conducts field assessments of community floodplain management programs and ordinances to ensure compliance with state and federal requirements pursuant to RCW 86.16 and the NFIP regulations. 

  • Conducts flood hazard reduction education activities through use of newsletters, the Ecology Flood Internet site, workshops, and other activities. 

  • Assists FEMA during Federal Disaster Declarations.

  • Acts as Ecology lead in coordinating flood hazard reduction planning through liaison with principle planning and resource management personnel in other Ecology programs or with state and federal resource agencies. 

  • Serves as project manager for FCAAP comprehensive planning and implementing grants to local governments in coordination with Ecology stormwater and watershed planning activities and state salmon strategy. 

  • Leads Ecology's technical assistance effort to local officials in developing scopes of work and content of local and regional comprehensive flood hazard reduction plans and implementing activities. 

  • Reviews local plans and recommends Ecology approval or revisions to meet Ecology standards.

  • Represents Ecology on panels, working groups, task forces, advisory and technical committees. 

  • Representation is related to both NFIP and FCAAP activities, but is also related to other floodplain management and related work in general, such as licensing of dams, disaster mitigation strategy work groups, formulation of educational programs, etc.  This includes extensive coordination work with other state and federal agencies.

  • Coordinates work on floodplain mapping with local governments. 

  • Responsibilities include establishing mapping priorities in the CRO, explaining the FEMA map revision and restudy processes and answering community questions about Cooperating Technical Partners and the Map Modernization processes. 

  • Responsible for conducting Pre-Contract, Intermediate, and Final Coordinating meetings when the state contractor is used to prepare studies.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be July 9, 2018.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before July 8, 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, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field  AND  Two (2) of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development. 


A Bachelor'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  Four (4) years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development. 


One year of experience as an Environmental Planner 2, provided a degree as described above has been obtained.

Examples of professional experience can include:
1) Recommending policies, procedures, and standards of adequacy for planning by the agency, by other state agencies, by consultants, and by others performing planning activities over which the agency has supervisory responsibilities.
2) Coordinating the administration of contracted planning and other related contract professional services.
3) Conducting technical liaison with principal planning personnel in other state agencies and with directors of regional, local, and federal planning agencies.
4) Scheduling the work of professional staff in carrying out the resource planning and program responsibilities of the agency as a project leader.
5) Determining eligibility of consultants to perform work for the agency and recommends the selection of those found qualified for state planning services.
6) Coordinating the preparation of plans, reports, documents, administrative regulations, and other informational material designed to encourage and implement the planning objectives of the agency, and to provide information to technicians, planners, government officials, and the public.
7) Providing management and oversight of planning grants to local governments, other state agencies, and other organizations.
8) Assisting in the development of a recommended legislative program.
9) Consulting with federal, state, and local governmental officials on administrative policy in rendering technical and financial planning assistance.
10) Preparing resource management plans, and coordinates these functional components developed by state and federal agencies and by local governmental units.
11) Conducting meetings and field trips representing the agency in contacts with the public; local, state, and federal governments; civic and business groups; and other special interest groups.
Desired Qualifications:

A working knowledge of the Department of Ecology's grant and contract management system is desirable.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

  • Must possess a valid driver's license.

  • Be willing and able to occasionally work in excess of 40 hours per week and travel statewide.


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 Gary Graff at:  Please do not contact Gary 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.