Project/Program Manager III (Basin Stewards, 3)

King County
Seattle, WA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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"Please note the advertised salary reflects 2018 rates. The salary range for this position is anticipated to be adjusted upwards in 2019 pending labor contract ratification. If you have any questions about this, please contact the human resource representative listed in this posting."

This recruitment will be used to fill three Basin Steward positions. The Snoqualmie Basin Steward will work exclusively in the Snoqualmie and South Fork Skykomish watersheds, otherwise known as Water Resource Inventory Area 7 (WRIA 7). The Bear Creek/Snoqualmie Basin Steward will work half-time in Bear Creek (part of WRIA 8), half-time in the in the Snoqualmie and South Fork Skykomish watersheds, jointly with the Snoqualmie Basin Steward. The Cedar River/Lake Washington Basin steward will work exclusively in WRIA 8, including the Cedar River, Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish Basins.

WHO MAY APPLY:  This position is open to the general public.

King County and The Water and Land Resources Division (WLRD) value diverse perspectives and life experiences and encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans.


  • A King County Application Form
  • Answers to supplemental questions
  • Resume and Cover Letter

WORK SCHEDULE:  These positions are exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and are not overtime eligible. These positions are based on a 40-hour workweek.   Attendance at evening meetings and weekend events will be required from time to time.

PRIMARY JOB DESCRIPTION (both positions):  These positions will be located in the Regional Partnerships Unit (RPU), part of the Rural and Regional Services Section of the Water and Land Resources Division. Basin stewards serve as the "face of the county" in their respective watersheds to: protect and restore clean water and healthy habitat to benefit salmon and other fish and wildlife; connect landowners with voluntary incentive programs; help to coordinate actions among various county programs across divisions and departments; and develop strong partnerships with local tribes, community organizations, and other partner agencies.
Additional job description for Bear Creek Steward: This position will work closely with the Stormwater Services Section of the Water and Land Resources Division to implement the recommendations within the Bear Creek Watershed Management Study report. The steward's half-time work program in Bear Creek will be supported by team members and supervisors from both Sections.

Job Duties
JOB DUTIES (all three positions):
  •  Coordinate the implementation of capital improvement projects related to salmon recovery, water quality and quantity improvement, and stream restoration. Includes prioritizing projects, working with landowners to secure property access, preparing grant applications, and coordinating with internal and external project partners.
  • Identify, prioritize and coordinate property acquisitions (fee and easement) to protect water quality and habitat, secure footprints for subsequent restoration actions, and to support the county's Land Conservation Initiative.
  • Identify funding sources and write grants for acquisition, restoration, revegetation and other activities. Track grant progress (i.e., scope, schedule, budget); regularly report to grant agencies; close out grants.
  • Provide technical assistance to landowners and public agency staff related to aquatic habitat protection, restoration and surface water management. Respond to citizen and agency concerns and questions related to watershed issues.
  • Act as a networker among internal and external partners to help prioritize and align programs and actions in the watershed.
  • In coordination with communications staff at section and division levels, engage in public education and outreach activities, including the development of outreach materials, to develop a strong constituency for environmental and resource preservation efforts in the watershed.
  • Represent the county on regional committees related to salmon recovery, water quality, water quantity, stormwater management and overall watershed health.
  • Represent the county at public meetings and community forums.
  • Work closely with project managers and project teams in the Ecological Restoration & Engineering Services Unit (and Stormwater Capital Services Unit for Bear Creek) to implement on-the-ground restoration actions.
  • Coordinate with staff in other county units, such as the Parks Division,  River and Floodplain Management Section of WLRD and the Fish Passage Restoration Program to align capital projects, programs and land management objectives on county-owned properties.
  • Work with internal and external technical experts to identify monitoring needs and coordinate monitoring activities in the watershed.


  • Coordinate with the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum and represent the county on the Forum's Snoqualmie Valley Staff Committee to align actions and build partnerships among WRIA 7 partners.
  • Engage with the Snohomish Basin Salmonid Recovery Technical Committee to advance salmon recovery actions in the King County portion of WRIA 7.
  • Work closely with staff in the King County Agriculture, Forestry and Incentives Unit to ensure that projects and programs related to salmon recovery and agriculture are aligned with policies and community driven agreements for multi-objective resource management in the Snoqualmie Valley.
  • The full-time and half-time (other half of Bear Creek position) Snoqualmie Basin Stewards will work closely together to implement basin priorities while focusing on different sub-basin geographies within WRIA 7.


  • Engage in the implementation of programs and priorities in Bear Creek to support the recommendations of the Bear Creek Watershed Management Study report, including stormwater management actions (e.g., low-impact development, water quality and flow control retrofitting, source control and source tracking) and other landowner incentives.
  • Coordinate with the Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed (WRIA 8) Salmon Recovery Council and represent the county on the Council's committees to align actions and build partnerships among WRIA 8 partners within the Bear Creek system.
  • Participate in stormwater retrofit planning by working with landowners (residential, commercial and public lands) to identify and secure potential sites for retrofit facilities.
  • Serve as a program integrator and translator of technical information using best practices for plain language to the Bear Creek community. Help to organize workshops and public events to engage the community in restoration activities, incentive programs and best practices for stormwater management.


  • Coordinate with the Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed (WRIA 8) Salmon Recovery Council and represent the county on the Council's committees to align actions and build partnerships among WRIA 8 partners within the broader Cedar/Lake Washington system.
  • Coordinate with the Bear Creek basin steward and the Kokanee Recovery team in Lake Sammamish to align programs and actions.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills
The successful candidate(s) will have excellent communication skills, a demonstrated history of effectively working with a diverse range of jurisdictions, agencies, and organizations, and a proven ability to develop and maintain partnerships to cooperatively manage natural resources. The successful candidate will have extensive background in natural resource management including an understanding of critical areas and associated regulations (although the position itself is non-regulatory), salmon habitat protection and restoration, water quality improvement and low-impact development. Grant writing is an integral part of the basin steward position as many projects that will be implemented as part of this position will be grant funded.
  • Bachelor's degree in natural, physical, or environmental sciences, or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience which would provide the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties as described.
  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible program and/or project management work experience in natural resources management, including three (3) years of experience in stream, wetland, and riparian protection and restoration.
  • Demonstrated field skills in evaluating watershed, river, floodplain, stream, wetland, and riparian area functions and characteristics, and knowledge of riparian revegetation approaches for both urban and rural environments.
  • General understanding of stormwater management in urban and rural settings, including familiarity with low impact development approaches and stormwater retrofitting to address water quality and quantity impairment.
  • Ability to communicate a compelling and inspired vision to align and prioritize work efforts and coordinate communication among partners. Must have experience in public outreach and education.
  • Demonstrated ability to work through complex political situations effectively and anticipate potential difficulties. Demonstrated ability to negotiate skillfully in difficult situations with both internal and external groups and ability to see conflicts as an opportunity to find common ground and cooperation.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise initiative and decision-making while working independently as well as within multidisciplinary team situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage a complex work program, including coordination of multiple projects and tasks with differing timelines.
  • Demonstrated ability to grasp the processes necessary to complete work assignments, simplify complex processes, and see opportunities for synergy and integration.
  • Demonstrated understanding of cross-cultural communication and equity and social justice principles.
  • Demonstrated strength in written and oral communication skills.
  • High-level proficiency in Microsoft Office software, including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Must be able to perform and have experience relevant to all primary job functions.


  • Master's degree and/or advanced technical skills in natural, physical, or environmental sciences, or a related field, with an emphasis on watershed, stream, and/or wetland science.
  • Direct experience with engaging residents, businesses, and property owners to implement best practices, including low-impact development for stormwater management.
  • Direct experience in local critical areas permitting.
  • Proficiency in ESRI's ArcGIS programs.
Supplemental Information
SELECTION PROCESS: Applicants will be screened for qualifications, clarity and completeness of application materials. Competitive applicants will be those with the most relevant demonstrated qualifications. The most competitive applicants will be invited for an interview. Depending on the number of competitive applicants, preliminary telephone interviews and/or testing (such as a written exercise) may be used to screen applicants prior to offering in-person interviews.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  This position requires the ability to conduct physical site inspections and evaluations, and potentially lead volunteer revegetation efforts, which may comprise approximately 20% of work hours. There is often a need to walk on and work in uneven terrain and/or in inclement weather for extended periods of time. Field conditions include brushy, forested environments; river, stream, and wetland corridors; and slippery, uneven surfaces. Completion of river safety training may be required for certain types of field work.


  • A valid Driver's License or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire.

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact: 
Queniya Lassiter
Senior Human Resources Analyst
Phone: 206-477-3773

UNION MEMBERSHIP: Positions in this classification are represented by Teamsters, Local 117, Professional and Technical.