Senior Planner (Environmental Planner 4)

  • Washington State Department of Ecology
  • Bellevue, WA, USA
  • Sep 06, 2018
Full time Conservation/ Natural Resources Environmental Planning - NEPA Remediation - Brownfields - CERCLA

Job Description


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 Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Senior Planner (Environmental Planner 4) position. This position is located in our Northwest Regional Office (NWRO) in Bellevue, WA.

The Senior Planner  provides strategic and operational planning, leadership, and services to the TCP NWRO including section performance measurement. Utilizes budget, workforce and site management databases to prepare section plans and other strategic documents. Coordinates and serves as a liaison with local government applicants of TCPs Remedial Action Grant Program.

We are looking for applicants who are detail oriented, organized, tech savvy and possess good problem solving skills.

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 Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.

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The mission of the Toxics Cleanup Program is to "Protect Washington's human health and environment by preventing and cleaning up pollution and supporting sustainable communities and natural resources for the benefit of current and future generations." 

Some of the Key work activities of the Senior Planner position include:

  • Coordinates and is a liaison with local governments who are applicants of TCPs Remedial Action Grant Program.
  • Designs, analyzes, and interprets data reports that are used for section and program planning, cleanup prioritization, determining staffing levels, budgetary decision making, and reporting for legislative requirements.
  • Coordinates section tracking/mapping in order to: demonstrate connection of section work with Program Plan, demonstrate connection of section work with Agency Strategic Plan, report performance measurements, track status of site and contract funding sources.
  • Maintains lists of needs (abandoned sites, Remedial Action Grants, abandoned leaking underground storage tanks, etc.).
  • Works with the Section Manager to review performance data and trends information in order to assess strategic performance.
  • Represents the section when asked to work with program and agency staff on committees and work groups.
  • Develops and maintains a thorough understanding of the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) cleanup requirements and process, and the state budget process.
  • Writes or edits pieces for section, program, agency, or legislative publications.
  • Reviews correspondence for clarity and plain language.
  • Reviews legal and technical documents.
  • Creates SharePoint sites for cleanup projects.
  • Uses Geographic Information Systems to produce maps for tracking, reporting, and communications.
  • Prepares PowerPoint presentations for the Section Manager, and gives presentations to the section, program, and agency, as requested. Assists Section Manager with logistical coordination and scheduling.
  • Creates brochures or other outreach materials for tracking, reporting, and communications.
  • Assists Section Manager with logistical coordination and scheduling.
  • Maintain SharePoint site for monthly reports and consolidate monthly report for the section.


Please Note: This is a project position that is funded until June 30, 2020.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening of applicants will be September 14, 2018.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before September 13, 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 a 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.
Three (3) years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, or program development. 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience developing and implementing performance management systems in the environmental field.
  • Experience and skill in facilitating teams of environmental professionals with diverse interests and views.
  • Experience in working with people on complex environmental issues.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities. 

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
Must be able to obtain and maintain a valid driver's license.

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Job Level

Mid-level,   Senior-level  


Government- State/Provincial


$57,984.00 - $76,092.00 Annually

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