Nonpoint Source Water Quality and Compliance Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4)
State of Washington
Keeping Washington Clean and EvergreenThis position can be located at our Southwest Region Office in Lacey, WA, or at our Vancouver Field Office (VFO) in Vancouver, WA.
Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.
Are you passionate about protecting Washington State’s waterways and aquatic life from runoff pollution? Interested in working collaboratively with a team of partners to implement water quality improvement projects? Enjoy working outdoors? Ecology’s Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program is focused on identifying and addressing pollution sources
The mission of the Water Quality Program is to protect and restore Washington's waters to support healthy watersheds and communities. Our work ensures state waters can support beneficial uses including recreational and business activities, supplies for clean drinking water, and the protection of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and public health.
Tele-work options for this position: This position will be eligible for up to a 90% tele-work schedule. Applicants with questions about position location options, tele-work, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in “other information.” Schedules are dependent upon position needs and are subject to change.Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, we will review applications on May 18, 2023. In order to be considered, please submit an application on or before May 17, 2023. If your application isn't received by this date, it may not be considered. The agency reserves the right to make a Hire any time after the initial screening date.
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 Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth *Click here for more information
About the Department of EcologyProtecting 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. Join a team that is highly effective and collaborative, with leadership that embraces the value of people. To learn more, check out our Strategic Plan.Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:
- A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.
- An Infants at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns.
- Continuous growth and development opportunities.
- Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.
Our commitment to DEIR
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) are core values central to Ecology’s work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology’s work.Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement.
We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued.
- In this position, you will coordinate with local, state, federal, and tribal partners to implement projects for water quality improvement initiatives. This position focuses on identifying and correcting nonpoint source pollutant sources in the Lower Columbia River and Pacific Ocean watersheds through voluntary compliance measures, and enforcement actions, if necessary.
What you will do:
- Administer water laws and policies to correct land use impacts to water quality and shellfish issues by providing technical assistance and completing compliance and enforcement actions in the Lower Columbia and Pacific Ocean watersheds.
- Respond to and investigate complex violations associated with land uses causing impacts to water quality or shellfish growing areas.
- Manage technical projects using assessment tools, including GIS and water quality data, for implementing nonpoint source strategies in priority watersheds.
- Provide scientific recommendations associated with water quality improvement initiatives.
- Develop and foster relationships with key interest groups and organizations.
Years of required experience indicated below are full-time equivalent years. Full-time equivalent experience means that any experience where working hours were less than 40 hours per week will be prorated in order to meet the equivalency of full-time. We would calculate this by looking at the total hours worked per week, divide this by 40, and then multiply by the total number of months worked. Examples of the proration calculations are:
Nine (9) years of combined experience and/or education:
- 30 hours worked per week for 20 months: (30/40) x 20 months = 15 months full-time equivalent
- 20 hours worked per week for 12 months: (20/40) x 12 months = 6 months full-time equivalent
Education: Involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.
Experience: In environmental analysis or control or environmental planning.
All experience and education combinations that meet the requirements for this position:
Possible Combinations College credit hours or degree Years of required experience Combination 1 No college credit hours or degree 9 years of experience Combination 2 30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits. 8 years of experience
Combination 3 60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree). 7 years of experience
Combination 4 90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits. 6 years of experience
Combination 5 A Bachelor's Degree 5 years of experience
Combination 6 A Master's Degree 3 years of experience
Combination 7 A PhD 2 years of experience
Two years of experience as an Environmental Specialist 3 at the Department of Ecology
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
- Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
- Experience or training with environmental compliance
- Experience in leading a project or team
- GIS experience or certification
- Experience or training with water quality sampling
- Experience working with the agricultural community
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.
- Supplemental Information
Ecology seeks diverse applicants: We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Need an Accommodation in the application and/or screening process or this job announcement in an alternative format?
- If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can reach the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or .
- If you are reading this announcement in print format, please enter the following URL to your search engine to apply: https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/Get-to-know-us/Jobs-at-Ecology.
It's in the applicant's best interest to submit all of the documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be declined.
- A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position.
- A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position.
- A list of three professional references.
Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.
For Your Privacy:
When attaching documents to your application (such as Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, DD-214, etc.):
- Please be sure to remove private information such as your social security number, date of birth, etc.
- Do not attach documents that are password-protected, as these documents may not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded.
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.
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.
If you have specific questions about the position, please email Sheila Marcoe at: . Please do not contact Sheila to inquire about the status of your application.
To request the full position description: email
Why work for Ecology?
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.
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 your health and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to life/work balance.
To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov and follow, like or visit us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.
Collective Bargaining: This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.
Equal Opportunity Employer: 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, military spouses 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 . Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or .
Note: This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency. Once all the position(s) from the recruitment announcement are filled, the recruitment may only be used to fill additional open positions for the next sixty (60) days.