Environmental Affairs Officer

  • King County
  • Seattle, WA, USA
  • Nov 17, 2018
Full time Environmental Science - Engineering Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater Wetlands - Coastlines - Floodplains Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description


The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) is looking for a person with strong project management skills and ability to coordinate across multiple programs and provide leadership in growing and implementing the County's Clean Water and Healthy Habitat agenda.
The Environmental Affairs Officer position will work with several programs in the Department of Natural Resources and Parks and other departments to enhance the clean water and habitat programs and create a Clean Water/Healthy Habitat strategic plan that includes targets, measures and actions similar to King County's Strategic Climate Action Plan. In the long term this position will monitor the implementation of the strategic plan and ensure work is achieving the intended outcomes. This position will also assist in developing positions on state and federal legislation and regulations and programs related to natural resources, habitat protection and restoration, water quality, wastewater, stormwater, toxics reduction, and climate change.
Who may apply: This position is open to all qualified applicants. King County and the Department of Natural Resources and Parks values diverse perspectives and life experience and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, and veterans.
Work schedule: The workweek is normally Monday through Friday with occasional weekend or evening work as needed. This position is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not eligible for overtime pay. However this position will be eligible for approved Executive Leave.

Application Procedure: This posting will remain open until the position is filled. Applications submitted by December 16, 2018 will be screened and considered first. Applicants must submit a (1) King County Application, and (2) letter of interest. The letter of interest should describe how your experience meets the qualifications and has prepared you to perform the essential functions of the job.
About King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP): The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks works to advance sustainable and livable communities and a clean and healthy natural environment that support a prosperous and resilient economy.  With roughly 1800 employees, its mission is to provide regional parks and trails; protect the region's water, air, land, natural habitats and historic properties; and reduce, safely dispose of, and create resources from wastewater and solid waste.   The Department is comprised of Parks and Recreation, Solid Waste, Wastewater Treatment and Water and Land Resources divisions.  The Director's Office coordinates between divisions and departments, and leads or supports several countywide initiatives, including key roles in the County's response to climate change, and in equity and social justice issues.
About King County's Clean Water and Habitat Programs: King County has a long history of protecting and restoring clean water and healthy habitat, through land conservation, habitat restoration, wastewater treatment, stormwater management, and clean-up of historic pollution.  Even with these efforts, orca remain critically endangered and Puget Sound salmon runs continue to decline. As this region experiences rapid growth and a changing climate, we must focus our future investments on actions that will bring the greatest gains for orca, salmon, and our quality of life before it's too late.
King County has important roles and responsibilities in the protection and restoration of healthy watersheds and the salmon that depend on them. The County provides regional wastewater treatment for 1.7 million residents and local stormwater services in unincorporated King County.  King County protects forested headwaters, critical habitat, and river corridors that are essential to salmon conservation and recovery and works with partners to restore watershed functions.  We also have a key role to play in cleaning up historic pollution and keeping toxics out of waterways. Through growth management and development regulations, we shape our natural and built environment for generations to come.    

Examples of Duties:

  • Building upon substantial work that is already underway, work with agency leads and stakeholders to develop a strategic clean water and healthy habitat plan that includes overarching targets, measures, and actions.
  • Coordinate implementation of high priority clean water and healthy habitat initiatives across DNRP Divisions, Division of Permitting and Environmental Review, Public Health, and Roads, working with agency leads on each of these efforts. Develop overall schedule and milestones for this work. Examples include:
    • Shoreline Master Program Updates
    • Wastewater Treatment Division Comprehensive/System-wide Plan and additional analysis of WQ alternatives
    • King County Culvert Strategy
    • Enhancement of instream flows/Watershed Planning
    • Shellfish Protection
    • On-Site Septic Systems
    • Land conservation
    • Green Building Code Revisions
    • Water and habitat-related updates to the King County Comprehensive Plan.
    • Flood Plan Updates
    • Salmon Recovery Plans
    • Sediment clean-up plans
  • Flag policy, schedule, resource, and legislative and communications issues for Department Director/Deputy Director and Executive Office.
  • Work with DNRP Council relations to support development, transmittal, and review of legislation related to clean water and habitat.
  • Work with DNRP Communications and Executive Office to bring more visibility to Clean Water and Health Habitat Agenda actions.
  • Help to develop budget guidance and to help integrate budget proposals across divisions/departments.
  • Act as the resident/subject matter expert and coordinator/advisor for DNRP and the Executive.
  • Work with regulatory agencies on regulatory requirements, environmental issues and standards.
  • Make recommendations on policy, procedures and operational actions.
  • Provide direction to researchers and analysis of environmental issues or topics. Review research and analysis conducted by the other staff and make recommendations on appropriate actions.
  • Meet with department management, elected officials and stakeholders on a regular basis to convince others to initiate action.
  • Prepare legislation and other materials in support of revised/new policy initiatives.
  • Represent the department or the County at the state and federal levels to advocate for improved water quality and habitat outcomes.
  • Prepare regular reports.

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • Bachelor's degree in environmental science or closely related field and four years of increasingly responsible experience in environmental/sustainability programs or a closely related field OR a combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the work.
  • Demonstrated experience with and knowledge of state, federal and local legislative processes and rule/regulation approvals
  • Extensive demonstrated experience developing and analyzing public policy and regulations
  • Demonstrated success working with all levels of government, community organizations and private sector businesses to develop and implement projects and strategies
  • Knowledge and experience in developing project management plans and performance frameworks to achieve sustainability goals.
  • Skill and experience in working with operations staff, managers, and elected leaders or CEOs across different programs to develop implementation plans.
  • Knowledge of local, state and federal environmental laws and regulations and emerging trends and best practices relating to environmental and sustainability topics particularly as it relates to water quality and habitat
  • Knowledge of the legislative process at the local, state and federal level
  • Knowledge of research, analytical techniques and principles
  • Strong facilitation and strategic planning skills to support the development of shared goals, outcomes, and performance measures for the County's Clean Water and Health Habitat agenda.
  • Skill in communicating information to non-technical audiences
  • Skill in handling multiple competing priorities and political sensitive issues in a tactful and diplomatic manner
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Demonstrated proficiency with business applications, such as Microsoft Office suite other software applications relative to the position.

Contact Information: For questions regarding this announcement, please contact Prakash Meloot at prakash.meloot@kingcounty.gov .

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