South Puget Sound TMDL & Nonpoint Implementation Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4)

  • Washington State Department of Ecology
  • Lacey, WA, USA
  • Jan 02, 2019
Full time Environmental Science - Engineering Water Quality Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater

Job Description

TMDLs, or total maximum daily loads, describe the current state of water pollution, analyze what needs to change in order to meet water quality standards, and provide strategies for making these changes.

The Water Quality Program at the Department of Ecology is looking to hire a South Puget Sound TMDL & Nonpoint Implementation Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4). This position will develop and implement nonpoint source water pollution-reducing plans associated with TMDLs, Straight-to-Implementation projects, and other water quality assessments in South Puget Sound, Hood Canal, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca watersheds.

We are looking for applicants who are able to work with a diverse audience, able to handle competing priorities, have excellent written and verbal communication, and basic watershed management experience.

This position is located in our Southwest Regional Office in Lacey, WA.

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.  

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The mission of the Water Quality program is to protect and restore Washington's waters to support healthy watersheds and communities. Our work ensures state waters can support beneficial uses including recreational and business activities, supplies for clean drinking water, and the protection of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and public health.

As a senior inspector for the section in TMDLs, Straight to Implementation projects, and watershed assessments, the South Puget Sound TMDL & Nonpoint Implementation Specialist provides scientific and technical consultation to other agency staff, tribes, local and federal agencies including Conservation Districts, Dept.s of Health, Shellfish Protection Districts, US Forest Service, and the Natural Resource Conservation Service.  

Some of the key activities of this position include:

  • Responds to and investigates complex complaints or violations associated with agricultural land uses causing nonpoint water pollution.
  • Identifies critical water quality issues and concerns, correlates them to the CWA 303(d) list and identifies appropriate nonpoint water quality improvement strategies and or plans such as Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) and TMDL alternatives.
  • Represents the agency as a senior environmental section specialist in public meetings, workshops and hearings.
  • Plans and participates in Watershed Assessments, utilizing GIS tools and resources, and helps prioritize findings and determine appropriate tools for dealing with identified nonpoint water quality issues.
  • Assists Water Quality staff with policies and decisions associated with the Water Quality program's water quality improvement initiatives.  

This position will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be on January 14, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before January 13, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


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.


A Master's degree in one of the above fields AND three years of professional level experience as required above.  


A Ph.D. in one of the above fields AND two years of professional level experience as required above.
Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education.

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:

  • GIS experience or certification
  • Mediation Training
  • Water quality sampling experience or training
  • Laboratory experience
  • Agricultural experience or agricultural related degree

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

  • Must possess a valid driver's license.

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