Washington State Water Quality TMDL Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) in Spokane, Washington


Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Department of Ecology is looking for a Water Quality TMDL Specialistin our Water Quality Program. This position develops and implements water quality improvement plans with a focus on increasing community involvement, and is located at our Eastern Regional Office in Spokane, WA.

We are looking for applicants who want to build relationships with external partners in order to implement watershed planning strategies to improve water quality.

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.

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov and check us out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.

Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts


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 the Water Quality TMDL Specialist for Lower Crab Creek, Upper Crab Creek/Wilson, and Esquatzel Coulee watersheds, this position develops and implements Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), Straight to Implementation plans, and watershed assessments in order to improve water quality.

  • Identifies critical water quality issues and concerns and identifies appropriate water quality improvement strategies in concert with appropriate stakeholder groups.
  • Identifies nonpoint pollution sources and develops strategies to bring these sources into compliance with state water quality laws.
  • Investigates complaints to determine if land uses are causing nonpoint pollution, evaluates the information to determine the best course of action, and provides technical assistance on nonpoint pollution concerns.

Manages grants and loans for local agencies and nonprofits in the Lower Crab Creek, Upper Crab Creek/Wilson, and Esquatzel Coulee watersheds for activity projects to reduce nonpoint pollution and improve water quality, and works with section staff to ensure consistency with grant and loan activities throughout the region.

  • Reviews and scores applications received during the combined funding application period.
  • Negotiates and manages clear scopes of work with recipients and coordinates key stages, including negotiation, initiation, planning, execution of projects, and completion of progress reports.
  • Tracks project performance against contract obligations, and performs site visits throughout the project, specifically at critical milestones.

Builds relationships and partnerships with local communities to identify and respond to nonpoint source pollution and water quality strategies, including increasing acceptance of implementing agriculture and residential best management practices, riparian restoration, and implementing the Spokane River Permit Strategy.

  • Plans, prioritizes, develops, implements, and advises community outreach activities to support priority work occurring in the section.
  • Helps section staff identify barriers in the community that may impede the public's understanding of and participation in our work.
  • Assists the Water Quality Communications & Outreach team and section staff with efforts to promote Washington's clean water through development of outreach materials.

*Please Note: *There are two Water Quality TMDL Specialist positions being recruited for at our Eastern Regional Office. If you would like to be considered for both positions, you must submit an application for both positions.

This position is open until filled, with the initial screening on May 2, 2018. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before May 1, 2018. 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, or other allied field ANDfive 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.

Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education.


A Master's degree in one of the above fields ANDthree years of professional-level experience as required above which includes one year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above or two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above.


A Ph.D. in one of the above fields ANDtwo years of professional-level experience as required above which includes one year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above or two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above.


Two years of experience as an Environmental Specialist 3.

The 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.

*The 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 analysis, 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.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with social marketing or other public involvement processes.
  • Experience building relationships with stakeholders
  • Experience preparing and giving public presentations of technical information, assistance, guidance, training, outreach to federal, state, tribal, and local government, business, industry and the public
  • Experience participating in watershed planning approaches for control of water pollution sources and water cleanup plans (TMDLs) that include recommendations or implementations of cleanup measures.
  • Knowledge of nonpoint source pollution control strategies.
  • Experience in meeting management and large group facilitation.

Why work for Ecology?

Joining Ecology means becoming a part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington State's environment.

A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our state, while keeping the health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to work/life balance.

Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:

Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave, 11 Paid Holidays per year, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives, Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth

Student debt and how working for Ecology can help Employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.

*See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

Please include the following documents as an attachment 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 Chad Atkins at: Chad.Atkins@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Chad 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.

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: $49,020.00 - $64,296.00 Annually

Location: Spokane County – Spokane, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Department: Dept. of Ecology

Job Number: 2018-WQ4124-02676

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

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