Washington State Municipal Stormwater Permit Planner (Environmental Planner 3) in Lacey, Washington


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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, and has leadership that embraces the value of people, Ecology is a good fit.

The Water Quality Program is looking to fill a Municipal Stormwater Permit Planner *(Environmental Planner 3)*position, located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

The Municipal Stormwater Permit Planner develops municipal stormwater management permits, and provides policy and planning guidance. This requires a comprehensive programmatic approach to managing the environmental impacts of urban stormwater runoff.

We are looking for applicants who are organized and have excellent written and verbal communication skills, a service focus, and the ability to lead and work well with others in a team environment.

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 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.

As an independent project manager, this position is responsible for developing the permit that guides the implementation of municipal stormwater programs at the city and county levels in Phase I municipal stormwater permitted jurisdictions. This includes:

Municipal stormwater permit planning and development:

  • Serves as an associate level planner with responsibility for developing municipal stormwater management permits.
  • Develops policies, procedures, and permit requirements used by local governments, other state agencies, consultants, and others in stormwater management.
  • Works with other programs, local governments, and state agencies in identifying information required for policy development, legislation, regulations and recommended priorities related to general permits.
  • Conducts technical liaison with internal and external planning personnel at the local, state, and federal levels related to implementing general permits, including questions on enforcement, monitoring, and effluent limitations, best management practices (BMPs), permit applicability, and administration.
  • Works with the Attorney General's Office to effectively coordinate, negotiate, and resolve enforcement actions and permit appeals. Compiles the necessary materials to be presented before judicial courts and boards, represents the program and agency management, and testifies at legal hearings.
  • Plans, directs, and coordinates internal and external outreach activities related to the permits. This includes planning and coordinating permit reissuance to engage stakeholders.

Developing policies, procedures, and standards of adequacy for general permits:

  • To guide development of new and modified permit requirements and guidance, gathers and analyzes information on stormwater policies, procedures, and regulations.
  • Leads planning and coordination with local governments and Ecology regional planning staff to develop and facilitate new stormwater-related initiatives such as basin planning, adaptive management, and local program equivalency determinations.
  • Provides significant input and insight into standards of adequacy for equivalency reviews of Phase I permittee stormwater management manuals and related codes.

General permit writing:

  • As the Phase I permit writer, writes municipal stormwater general permits, fact sheets, and formal responses to public comments.
  • Composes correspondence, drafts documents, and prepares reports for final editing.
  • Attends unit, section, program, and agency meetings as appropriate to ensure coordinated work efforts and stays updated on related projects.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be August 29, 2017. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before August 28, 2017. 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 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 ANDtwo years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.


One year of experience as an Environmental Planner 2, provided a degree as described above has been obtained.

NOTE:Two years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development, will substitute for the Master's degree provide a Bachelor's degree in a field listed above or a natural science has been achieved.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

Two or more years of regulatory experience and demonstrated abilities to:

  • Read and understand scientific/technical literature, interpret data, and interact with scientists.
  • Communicate well in writing and in speech (especially when communicating regulatory concepts to a lay audience)
  • Lead others (e.g. team members) toward the achievement of a project goal.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

Must possess a valid driver's license.

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

A cover letterand resume are critical in the screening process. Please include these documents as attachments to your application.

  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.
  • A resume outlining your professional experience.

Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. Or, you may paste the text of your resume within the profile's resume text field.

Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including "please see resume" may disqualify you from further consideration.

Department of Ecology employees, please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources at (360) 407-6186.

If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit www.careers.wa.gov to access the online recruitment system. Click on "Look for Jobs" and select Dept. of Ecology under the "Department" search list. Click "Apply Search."

Other Information:

If you need assistance applying for this job, please call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not call this number or send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Vince McGowan at: vincent.mcgowan@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Vince to inquire about the status of your application.

The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed.

This position is included in the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) union bargaining unit for the Department of Ecology. All employees covered by the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the WFSE will, as a condition of employment, either become members of the WFSE and pay membership dues or, as non-members, pay a representation fee as described in the CBA, no later than the 30th day following the effective date of this CBA or the beginning of their employment.

The Washington State Department of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

Salary: $51,504.00 - $67,584.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Department: Dept. of Ecology

Job Number: 2017-WQ3879-07391

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

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Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov