Puget Sound Nonpoint Pollution Implementation & Outreach Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4)

  • Washington State Department of Ecology
  • Lacey, WA, USA
  • Aug 19, 2018
Full time Admin Assistant/Environmental Support Biology - Ecology Communication - Public Outreach Conservation/ Natural Resources Environmental Education - Interpretation Wetlands - Coastlines - Floodplains

Job Description

The Department of Ecology has an exciting opportunity for an environmental professional looking to be a part of our Water Quality Program in Lacey, 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 Puget Sound Nonpoint Pollution Implementation and Outreach Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) is a senior environmental specialist responsible for developing and implementing nonpoint pollution reduction strategies associated with large scale water quality improvement initiatives in the Puget Sound, such as the Puget Sound Nutrient Reduction Project. This position will also assist the Watershed Management Section in providing public outreach activities by building community relationships and serving as the section's web editor. 

Duties

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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.
 
Puget Sound water quality is changing due to excessive levels of nutrients from human sources that are adversely affecting the nation's second largest marine estuary. With the ever increasing pressures that are being placed on Puget Sound from numerous pollution sources and the projected increase in populations around the Sound, it is imperative that we focus our efforts on keeping water quality healthy for the variety of marine life that inhabit Puget Sound and the people that live, work, and play in and around it.
 
One of the first major focuses of this position will be to assist with nonpoint pollution controls and outreach efforts on the Puget Sound Nutrient Source Reduction Project. This project focuses on how we can better control nutrients from point and nonpoint sources to improve water quality in Puget Sound. Visit the Puget Sound Nutrient Source Reduction Project to learn more about this effort:  https://ecology.wa.gov/Water-Shorelines/Puget-Sound/Helping-Puget-Sound/Reducing-Puget-Sound-nutrients

As a senior environmental specialist for the development and implementation of strategies to reduce nonpoint pollution in the Puget Sound, this position:

  • Provides scientific and technical assistance to agency staff and the public on the reduction of nonpoint source pollution and the implementation of water quality improvement strategies.
  • Identifies financial assistance and regulatory programs to help support riparian restoration and nutrient reduction.
  • Builds relationships with external partners, including conservation districts, health districts, counties, cities, tribes, and local restoration and salmon recovery groups, to help implement nonpoint strategies.
  • Supports implementation of program initiatives through site visits with regional staff and meeting with the regulated community to better understand issues and relationships.

This position will also provide outreach and technical support for priority activities of the Watershed Management Section, such as:

  • Develops outreach materials and strategies to better communicate science and technical information to the public.
  • Serves as the web editor to ensure that information on the website is up-to-date and easily accessible.
  • Provides technical assistance and consultation to Water Quality Program staff on state and federal water quality regulations.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be August 23, 2018. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before August 22, 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 major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field AND five years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning which includes one year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above or two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above.

Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education
 
OR
 
A Master's degree· in one of the above fields AND three years of professional- level experience as required above which includes one year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above or two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above.
 
OR
 
A Ph.D. in one of the above fields AND two years of professional-level experience as required above which includes one year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above or two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above. 
OR
 
Two years doing Environmental Specialist 3 work, such as a combination of the work described in the Environmental Specialist 3 description below.  
 

Experience as an Environmental Specialist 2 can include assisting in any of the following areas: 1) performing field surveys or studies, 2) responding to complaints involving scientific or technical content, 3) preparing public meetings and hearings, 4) assistance with routine inspections or investigations requiring specialized knowledge of industry processes, pollutant sources or natural processes, 5) responding to routine inquires or requests for technical assistance involving scientific content, 6) special projects that are scientific in nature, 7) conducting routine sampling and testing analyses, interprets data, writing reports 8) performing basic sampling data review, 9) maintaining an environmental data base to support technical projects, 10) providing routine environmental technical and administrative assistance to grant/ contract/ loan recipients of environmental protection projects.

Experience as an Environmental Specialist 3 can include a combination of the following: 1) investigating and / or resolving complaints involving science or technology content, 2) performing inspections, 3) drafting technical evaluations and reports, 4) develops plans for researching information used for technical projects, regulatory or policy development, 5) plan and facilitate public meetings and hearings, 6) project work requiring specialized knowledge of industry processes, pollutant sources or natural processes, 7) providing technical assistance for complex scientific content and/ or support for implementing scientific content programs, 8) conducting tests, analyzing and evaluating data, 9) using environmental databases to support technical projects, 10) developing scientific studies and resource management plans, 11) providing environmental technical and administrative assistance to grant/ contract/ loan recipients of environmental protection projects. 

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Familiarity with state and federal water quality laws and rules.
  • Experience participating in watershed planning approaches for control of water pollution sources and water cleanup plans (TMDLs) that include recommendations or implementation of cleanup measures.
  • Experience preparing and giving public presentations of technical information, assistance, guidance, training, outreach to federal, state, tribal, and local government, business, industry and the public.
  • Knowledge of nonpoint source pollution control strategies.

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Sector

Government- State/Provincial

Salary

$50,004.00 - $65,580.00 Annually