Watershed Inspector

  • Tacoma, City of
  • Ravensdale, WA, United States
  • Mar 16, 2017
Full time Environmental Science/Engineering Natural Resources Water Quality Watershed/Stormwater

Job Description

Position Description

Tacoma Water has a proud tradition of operating and maintaining one of the country's oldest municipally owned water systems. We provide high-quality water at very competitive prices. We provide direct service to more than 300,000 people throughout Pierce and King counties.  Our mission is to provide clean, reliable water now and in the future.  If you share our values of Respect, Accountability, Inspiration, and Vision; if you have the courage to challenge and be challenged; if you demonstrate mutual respect; if you have a passion for your work; if you are team oriented; and if you value innovation, we are looking for you.

A Watershed Inspector inspects watershed property, promotes and enforces environmental sanitation/protection programs and proper logging and forestry practices. Inspectors also implement programs designed to maintain and protect drinking water quality including wildlife and fisheries programs, and utility infrastructure protection. Inspectors work as a team, and also work alone in remote areas.   Position may come in contact with hostile or abusive members of the public.  The watershed is located 13 miles northeast of the city of Enumclaw, WA.  Inspectors must be able to respond to emergencies at the watershed within 40 minutes.

City of Tacoma Recruitment Information:
One of the primary goals of the City of Tacoma Equity and Empowerment Initiative is that the City of Tacoma workforce reflects the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and we welcome candidates with diverse and/or multicultural skill sets and personal experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.


An equivalent combination to two years of advanced-level training including courses in water quality, utility operations and maintenance, forestry, engineering, law enforcement, environmental science or closely related field; and three years of related experience.


The following are required by the end of the probationary period and must be maintained throughout appointment:  Washington State Concealed Weapons Permit, City's Use of Force Policy Certification, annual successful completion of the 32 hours of Defensive Tactics Training, qualification with an accredited firearms course approved by Tacoma Water, and a Class "A" Washington State Commercial Drivers License.  A Washington State Herbicide Applicator's License may be required. Training as required by the Process Safety Management Plan and the Risk Management Plan will be required.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

Interested individuals should apply online and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes job experience, major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their responses to the supplemental questions evaluated. Applicants must receive a passing score to be placed on the eligible list for interview and hiring consideration.

Applicants whose experience and training most closely reflect the needs of the department may be invited to participate in an interview. Appointment is subject to passing a background check which will include a pre-employment medical exam, physical abilities test, drug screen, and may include a psychological exam. This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and Local 483. An employee in this position will be required to join the union within 30 days of hire. New employees must successfully complete a nine-month probationary period prior to obtaining permanent status in this classification.

We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from cityoftacoma.org and/or governmentjobs.com must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk e-mail folders.

Questions regarding this announcement may be directed to the Human Resources Department at 253.591.5400.

Closing 3/31/2017 5:00 PM Pacific

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Government- Local/Regional


$31.51 - $38.29 Hourly