Environmental Scientist II

  • King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks
  • 201 South Jackson Street, Seattle, WA, USA
  • Jul 11, 2019
Full time Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Environmental Science - Engineering Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology Water Quality Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater

Job Description

King County's Science and Technical Support Section in the Water and Land Resource Division (WLRD) is hiring an Environmental Scientist II in the Watershed and Ecological Assessment Team.

Join the Science Section whose mission is to provide scientific knowledge, information, and analysis in support of regional environmental management. The Section employs 40 staff organized into three units with broad-ranging technical expertise in applied sciences: Water Quality and Quantity, Watershed and Ecological Assessment, and Toxicology and Contaminant Assessment. Together, these units play a critical role in providing scientific guidance for water and land management in a dynamic county home to 2.2 million people, a surging economy, and ESA-listed orcas, salmon, and steelhead.

Our staff get to lead and carry out studies in applied environmental sciences, run monitoring programs, deliver specialized scientific and technical services, and inform evidence-based policies and regulations. We have the honor of partnering with other science agencies around Puget Sound, such as the Washington Department of Ecology, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, University of Washington and others. Learn more at our website.

In this position, you will bring wildlife, wetland, and other technical skills (e.g., freshwater and marine nearshore fish identification, freshwater and marine nearshore habitat assessment, and analysis and report writing) to an interdisciplinary team composed of seven ecologists. This team carries out monitoring, assessments, and other studies in streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, marine nearshore and uplands throughout King County and neighboring jurisdictions. Staff support a variety of projects and programs throughout the Division, ranging from salmon recovery efforts, large salmon habitat restoration projects, wildlife habitats, and environmental policies and programs, like the Shoreline Master Program and Critical Areas Ordinance.

You will be a member of the ecology team, responsible for data collection, analysis, reporting, and presenting results and products to entities inside and outside the County.

  • Perform as an ecology team member - assist in planning, coordinating, and implementing a broad range of projects involving ecological assessments, investigations, analyses, and reporting.
  • Carry out field assessments and monitoring activities - primarily vegetation surveys, wetland surveys (including identification, classification, and delineation), and wildlife surveys (including birds and mammals) and secondarily, fisheries and stream/river surveys.
  • Follow accepted policies and procedures for data acquisition, management, analysis, and QA/QC used by the ecology team and other jurisdiction. (e.g., Ecology's wetland assessments and classification).
  • Review ecological articles, reports, legislation, and regulations.
  • Carry out ecological data analysis with commonly used statistical and modeling software.
  • Analyze, organize and manipulate spatial data and create shapefiles and geodatabases in ArcGIS. Conduct pertinent land use assessments and analyses.
  • Prepare data summaries, memos, and reports for clients inside and outside the County.
  • Make oral presentations to colleagues, project managers, citizens, management, and the public.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree OR equivalent experience in biology, zoology, ecology, wildlife management, environmental science, natural resource management, or closely related field OR an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • At least two years of full-time work experience carrying out wetland and riparian assessments and investigations, including delineating wetlands, preparing wetland reports, conducting functional assessments, and reviewing regulations and mitigation plans.
  • At least two years of full-time work experience carrying out wildlife assessments, including bird surveys, and habitat surveys in streams and rivers.
  • Experience carrying out analyses of ecological data sets and preparing ecological reports and presentations for various clients and nontechnical audiences.

 Technical and Communication Skills:

  • Knowledge and expertise in wetland ecology (including a PWS wetland certification) and wildlife biology.
  • Knowledge and experience carrying out wildlife surveys, vegetation surveys, and wetland delineations.
  • Proficiency in identifying vegetation and wildlife species of the Pacific Northwest Ecoregion.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (specifically Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), GPS equipment and GIS software, and statistical software, specifically R.
  • Experience synthesizing, analyzing, and presenting technical information and reports to clients, team members, managers, and the public/general audiences - both written and orally.

 Personal and Interpersonal on-the-job skills:

  • Experience and ability to work effectively with interdisciplinary teams on complex technical projects including county colleagues, agency and government staff, Tribes, consultants, and community groups.
  • Experience and ability to understand and fulfill client goals and issues and to respond to changing priorities and weather dependent issues.
  • Ability to effectively plan, organize, and prioritize work on a daily basis and work on multiple tasks accurately.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work productively with team members to carry out priority field work, conduct data analysis, and produce excellent and timely products.


  • Experience with aerial photo and lidar map analysis.
  • Experience applying for and obtaining permits.
  • Experience working with local and state resource rules, regulations, and policies.
  • Experience preparing scopes, schedules, and budgets for projects using standard project management tools.
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize technical information to inform program and policy development, and project prioritization.

To apply please visit:  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/kingcounty/jobs/2499311/environmental-scientist-ii?page=3&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

Job Level



Government- Local/Regional


$36.30 - $46.02 Hourly

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