Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader), Washington State employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18th, 2021. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 Vaccination as part of the hire process. Requests for medical and religious exemptions will be considered. If you have questions, please contact Careers@ecy.wa.gov with “COVID-19 Vaccination” in the subject line.
Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
The Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Shoreline Planner (Environmental Planner 3) in the Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) Program. This position will be located in our Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA, and will work with a talented and dedicated team of people working in shoreline, coastal, and floodplain management.
The protection of Washington’s beautiful shorelines is achieved in part through local and state shoreline planning and permitting. In this role, you will support that work by providing expertise and assistance to Ecology staff, local governments, other state agencies, and stakeholders. Whether it’s developing guidance for local governments, coordinating our shoreline planning grants program, or providing helpful resources to Ecology shoreline staff, this position will play an integral role in our state’s shoreline management program.
The mission of the Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) Program is to support community conservation efforts for our shorelands, wetlands, and floodplains.
The Shoreline planner position helps the SEA Program achieve that mission by providing shoreline management expertise, consultation, and assistance to Ecology staff, local governments, other state agencies, and stakeholders.
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. Join a team that is highly effective and collaborative, with leadership who embrace the value of people.
Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:
- A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.
- An Infants at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns.
- Continuous growth and development opportunities.
- A wellness program that offers education, and fitness classes; an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
- Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) are core values central to Ecology’s work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.
Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.
Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.
Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology’s work.
Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement.
We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued.
During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding building occupancy, mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing.
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of October 21, 2021. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before October 20, 2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
What makes this role unique and challenging?
We are looking for candidates who have a passion for public service and enjoys working on a team of talented shoreline professionals; someone with a desire to support local governments in effective shoreline management; and someone committed to continuous growth and improvement of both themselves and our shoreline management work.
What you’ll do:
- Developing or updating content for the Shoreline Master Program handbook and Shoreline Administrators manual for local governments.
- Analyzing policy issues and preparing plans, reports, and other informational material to fulfill SEA program shoreline planning objectives.
- Supporting shoreline rule development and coordinating rule-making processes.
- Coordinating the Shoreline Planning Grants Program.
- Developing and maintaining planning information and resources on Ecology’s Shoreline Management web pages.
- Managing and updating internal guidance and resources for SEA Program planning and permitting staff.
Option 1: A Bachelor’s degree in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, or public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field AND Four (4) years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.
Option 2: A Master’s degree or above with a 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 AND Two (2) years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.
Option 3: One (1) year of experience as an Environmental Planner 2 at the Department of Ecology.
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
- Must maintain a valid driver’s license.
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
- Educational background in land-use planning, shoreline management or natural resource management.
- Two (2) years of experience working for a state, federal, local, or tribal resource or planning agency.
- Two (2) years of experience in state, tribal, or local shoreline or land-use planning or permitting.
- Experience writing content for web pages.
- Ability to: Demonstrate working knowledge of the State Shoreline Management Act and related laws and programs; the basics of shoreline processes and science; and local, state, tribal, and federal governmental structures and authorities. Identify key stakeholders concerned with shoreline management issues and understand their views and priorities. Work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders addressing complex, multi-faceted resource management issues.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.
Ecology seeks diverse applicants: We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
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It’s in the applicant’s best interest to submit all of the documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be declined.
- A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position.
- A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position.
Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.
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When attaching documents to your application (Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, DD-214, etc.):
- Please be sure to remove private information such as your social security number, date of birth, etc.
- Do not attach documents that are password protected, as these documents may not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded.
Additional Application Instructions for Current 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.
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Why work for Ecology?
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.
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 your health and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to life/work 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 *See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information
Student debt: how working for Ecology can help
The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.
Collective Bargaining: This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.
Equal Opportunity Employer: 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, military spouses 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.
Note: This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency. Once all the position(s) from the recruitment announcement are filled, the recruitment may only be used to fill additional open positions for the next sixty (60) days.