Washington State Department of Ecology

The mission of the Washington State Department of Ecology is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment, and promote the sustainable management of the state’s air, land and water for the benefit of current and future generations.   This means protecting both humans and the environment from pollution; restoring and preserving important ecosystems that sustain life; and finding ways to meet human needs without destroying environmental resources and functions. Fundamental to achieving these results lies in our everyday interaction with citizens, stakeholders, and the public we regulate. We treat our customers as partners and collaborators: provide respectful and prompt service; explore creative solutions for the best results; and act with integrity. Also critical is maintaining effective infrastructures and a workforce that is committed, productive and successful. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, teamwork, professionalism and accountability.   The citizens of Washington trust that the Department of Ecology supports and assists them in promoting the sustainable environmental and economic well being of the state. That trust, coupled with our effectiveness, helps Ecology to continue to receive the support it needs to advance our environmental mission.   To learn more about our Agency, please visit our website at - www.ecy.wa.gov      

Washington State Department of Ecology Mount Vernon, WA, USA
Apr 20, 2018
Full time
Description Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. If you want to join a highly effective, collaborative team in exciting work dedicated to managing a sustainable water supply in Central Washington, this may be the position for you. The  Shorelands and Environmental Assistance  (SEA) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill Coastal Resource Specialist (Environmental Specialist 3) position. This position will be located in our Padilla Bay Office in  Mount Vernon, WA. This position uses scientific principles in planning and implementing natural resource management, research, protection and enhancement for Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (PBNERR), monitoring and maintaining the Reserve's resource base, and interacting with Ecology and other local, state, federal and tribal entities on natural resource issues, including NOAA/NOS/OCM. The Coastal Resource Specialist  position also serves on various advisory committees regionally and statewide. We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills, the ability to communicate with a diverse audiences, and the ability to conduct filed-based monitoring and restoration projects Duties  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. The mission of   Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (PBNERR)   is to preserve, protect and enhance the natural resources of Padilla Bay and to operate programs in education, public information, natural resource management, research and monitoring to conserve and manage estuaries in Washington State and the nation.  Some of the key work activities of the   Coastal Resource Specialist  position are: Under the general direction of the PBNERR senior scientist, collects field and laboratory data, analyzes data and prepares reports to document findings and make fact-based recommendations to senior scientist. Designs, plans and implements field and lab projects to inspect and monitor estuarine and terrestrial habitats for invasive species, controls these species consistent with Padilla Bay NERR Integrated Weed Management Plan. Plans and implements habitat restoration and recovery efforts based on review of scientific literature and best available scientific practices. Independently coordinates with scientists from other agencies, tribes, and universities to accomplish work. Provides advice to Ecology, the SEA Program and others, and serves on regional, state and national committees.  Engages with local watershed stakeholders and property owners to build relationships within the PBNERR boundary. Manages waterfront access site issues and maintains property to PBNERR standard. Participates in meetings with the Skagit Watershed Council and Marine Resource Committee. Mentors Americorps, interns and volunteers. Works with Padilla Bay GIS analyst to integrate data and restoration project design/status into data sets for GIS maps and products. Researches, writes and submits scientific proposals for funding to agencies and institutions; assists other professional scientists in document peer review. This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be   May 4, 2018.   In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before   May 3, 2018.   The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date. Qualifications Required Qualifications: A Bachelor's degree involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field and two (2) years of professional level experience in environmental science or control or environmental planning. Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year-for-year, for education.     A Master's degree in one of the above fields will substitute for one (1) year of the required experience. OR A Ph.D. in one (1) of the above fields. OR One (1) year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 2.  Desired Qualifications: Master's degree in biological science, natural science, resource management, marine science, estuarine science, water quality/chemistry, toxicology.  Ability to produce high quality and accurate reports in a timely manner. Skills in project management, writing proposals. Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment: First Aid/CPR and Boating Safety certifications within six month of start date. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com Apply early because employers may close the job listing early.