Sep 11, 2020

Aquatic Species Restoration Project Manager (Environmental Planner 4)

  • DSHS
  • Lacey, WA, USA

Job Description


The Department of Ecology's priority during the Covid-19 health crisis is to keep our staff, candidates, and the public safe. We are still hiring and encourage you to apply to open positions. The majority of our staff are currently working from home; we have transitioned to a virtual recruitment process, to include web-based interviews.

The salary listed above includes the scheduled 3% general salary increase effective 7/1/2020.

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We are a culture that is invested in making a difference. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, has leadership that embraces the value of people, and believes in the fun factor, Ecology is a good fit.

The Office of Chehalis Basin (OCB) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill our Aquatic Species Restoration Project Manager (Environmental Planner 4) position. This position is located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA. We are a very small team of professionals who operate under the oversight of a statutory board of directors in a fast-moving, dynamic environment with responsibility for coordinating an extensive set of non-regulatory processes that involve multiple external partners.
We are looking for applicants who are creative problem solvers, have the flexibility to rapidly respond to emerging issues, and work well with local government staff and officials as collaborative partners. We seek applicants with the ability and enthusiasm to generate interest in and encourage progress on tackling complex and challenging issues.

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 and follow, like or visit us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.
Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts

Agency Mission: Ecology's mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment and to promote the wise management of our air, land and water for the benefit of current and future generations. 

Program Mission:  The Office of Chehalis Basin's (OCB) primary purpose is to aggressively pursue implementation of an integrated strategy and administer funding for long-term flood damage reduction and aquatic species restoration in the Chehalis river basin.
Some of the key work activities of the Aquatic Species Restoration Project Manager position are:

Represents OCB on interagency teams involved in the development and implementation elements of the Aquatic Species Restoration Plan (ASRP), including the Early Action Reach (EAR) projects. Participates in planning, institutional capacity building, and community outreach and engagement efforts with basin partners associated with the ASRP. Generate sustained interest and cooperation from local government and community partners. Coordinates ASRP contract management activities with other OCB, Agency, consultant staff, and Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) grants and contracts manager. Provide coordination related to agency State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and cultural resources responsibilities and land acquisition for ASRP projects and permits, across programs and jurisdictions in the basin. Assist the OCB Director on Basin wide ASRP policy and technical issues.  
This position will be expected to accomplish: Project and contract management oversight within OCB for ASRP development and implementation projects. Coordination with RCO and WDFW to develop and review scopes of work, and to manage timelines, deliverables, budgets and invoices. Author, review, facilitate and coordinate the development of MOUs and IAAs, memoranda of agreements, and other contractual vehicles to secure ASRP development within the Chehalis Basin.

This is a very unique opportunity to work with local governments to plan for and execute projects on the ground that immediately provide aquatic species restoration in the Chehalis river basin. 

We are a very small non-regulatory team within a larger agency, which requires the flexibility to work independently while maintaining an awareness of and connection to the larger organization.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The next screening will be May 4, 2020. In order to be considered for the next screening, please submit an application and all required materials on or before May 3, 2020. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date .

Please Note: This is a project position that is funded until June 30, 2021.

As our community responds to the public health emergency, the Department of Ecology's priority is to keep our staff, candidates and the public safe. We are experiencing some delays as we transition to a virtual recruitment process. Thank you for your patience and we will be in touch as soon as we are able. We encourage you to apply to open postings


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.


Three (3) years of professional experience in floodplain management and planning, land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.


One (1) year of experience as an Environmental Planner 3 at the Department of Ecology


Desired Qualifications:

Working knowledge of state, federal, and local permitting requirements associated with riparian and in-water restoration work. Experience working for local, state, federal or tribal resource management agency in a planning, programming, policy, or permitting capacity. Experience with implementing the cultural resource consultation requirements of Executive Order 05-05. Professional experience providing technical assistance to local governments, community organizations, and private landowners re: aquatic species habitat restoration work in floodplains. Working knowledge of community-specific property protection strategies and experience developing community-specific property protection strategies. Certified AICP Planner Certified Flood Plain Manager (CFM)

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

Possess a valid driver's license.
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 (Download PDF reader), 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 for more details.

*See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information


Supplemental Information

Application Instructions

In order to be considered, applicants MUST attach the following documents as an attachment to their application:

A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required/desired qualifications of this position. A Resume. Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.

Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position.

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.

If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit 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 e-mail Please do not 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 Cindy Bradley at: Please do not contact Cindy 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. 

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.

More than Just a Paycheck! Employee benefits are not just about the kind of services you get, they are also about how much you may have to pay out of pocket. Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.

We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career and that your priority is making sure that you and your family will maintain health and financial security. That's why choice is a key component of our benefits package. We have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits that you can mix and match to meet your current and future needs. Read about our benefits: The following information describes typical benefits available for full-time employees who are expected to work more than six months. Actual benefits may vary by appointment type or be prorated for other than full-time work. Check with the agency human resource office for specific benefit information.
Insurance Benefits Employees and families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance. There are multiple medical plans with affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout the state. Staff are eligible to enroll each year in a medical flexible spending account which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care expenses. Employees are also covered by basic life and long term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional coverage amounts. To view premium rates, coverage choice in your area and how to enroll, please visit the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) website.
  Retirement and Deferred Compensation State Employees are members of the Washington Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS). New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs. For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems' web site.Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP). This is a supplemental retirement savings program (similar to an IRA) that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options.
Vacation (Annual Leave) You begin accruing vacation starting your first month of employment. Since we value your loyalty, the amount of vacation you can accrue increases the longer you work with us. Washington State supports members of the armed forces with 21 days paid military leave per year. Vacation accrues for full-time employees per WAC 357-31-165.
Holidays Full-time employees are entitled to eleven* paid holidays:
  HOLIDAY DATE  New Year's DayJanuary 1 Martin Luther King, Jr's birthdayThird Monday in January Presidents' DayThird Monday in February Memorial DayLast Monday in May Independence DayJuly 4 Labor DayFirst Monday in September Veterans' DayNovember 11 Thanksgiving DayFourth Thursday in November & Friday after Christmas DayDecember 25 Personal HolidayEmployee's selection each calendar year
*Employees who are members of certain Unions are entitled to an additional personal leave day of their choice. Please refer to specific Collective Bargaining Agreements for more information. Social Security All state employees are covered by the federal Social Security and Medicare systems. The state and the employee pay an equal amount into the system. Sick Leave Full-time employees earn eight hours of sick leave per month. Paid sick leave may be used for reasons included in WAC 357-31-130.

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