Permit Writer (Environmental Specialist 3) (In-Training)
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, has leadership that embraces the value of people, Ecology is a good fit.
The Environmental Specialist 3 position is responsible for independently performing the following professional level duties: reviewing water rights applications for technical accuracy and completeness and compliance with regulatory requirements; independently investigating and making recommendations on routine water rights applications for final permit approval; providing in-depth customer service, including technical assistance and interpretation of water resources policy to water rights applicants and the general public regarding water rights; evaluating water use data in the regulation of existing water rights and the enforcement against illegal water use; assisting in implementation of metering efforts for OCR; overseeing contractor or consultant services for compliance and certifying performance; and, supporting the production of legislative reports.
We are looking for applicants who have excellent written and verbal communication skills and a basic understanding of Washington's Water Code.
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.
The mission of the Office of the Columbia River (OCR) is to aggressively pursue the development of new water supplies for the Columbia River through conservation and storage projects.
Some of the key work activities at the Environmental Specialist 3 level are:
Investigates and develops water rights permit and water rights change decisions:
Reviews applications for new water rights and water rights changes for technical accuracy and compliance with regulatory requirements under state water resources law, rule and policies; independently performs complex field investigations and office research for those applications, including interviewing applicants and protesting parties; investigates historic water use and proposed point of diversion/withdrawal, place of use and purpose of use; performs computer, microfiche and file research; and other miscellaneous methods of investigation. Uses sound judgment in making recommendations; mitigates conflict when resolution is possible; negotiates permit conditions. Prepares Reports of Examination to document investigation and findings, and makes recommendations for permit approval with development schedule and conditions, or denial.
Public response and technical assistance:
Independently uses technical scientific knowledge and understanding of water resource laws, recent case law, rules and agency policy, responds to telephone, office and field contacts, and written inquiries regarding water rights, the water right process, water law, and permitting programs within the Office of Columbia River. Assists applicants in completing complex water right applications. Plans, facilitates and/or represents the program in public meetings, hearings and workshops.
Independently evaluates water use data to determine compliance with permit provisions and metering requirements. Assists OCR Watermaster (Environmental Specialist 5) in the regulation of existing water rights and enforcement against illegal water use. Recommends modified plans to water rights holders to achieve compliance.
To broaden the candidate pool, we will consider candidates that qualify at the Environmental Specialist 1, 2 or 3 levels. Please read the qualifications section below to learn more about this exciting career growth and in-training opportunity.
This position will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be February 7, 2020. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before February 6, 2020. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
Please to do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.
The goal class for these positions is an Environmental Specialist 3 (ES3). We will consider applicants who meet the requirements for the Environmental Specialist 1, 2 and 3 levels. If the finalist meets the requirements for the ES1 or the ES2 level then they will be placed into a training program to become an ES3 within a specified period of time.
At the Environmental Specialist 1 Level – Pay Range: 38 ($2912 - $3774) Monthly (Entry Level - In-Training)
A Bachelor's degree involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.
Experience at or above the Environmental Technician level or equivalent will substitute, year for year, for education.
At the Environmental Specialist 2 Level – Pay Range: 45 ($3432 - $4492) Monthly (Intermediate Level – In-Training)
A Bachelor's degree involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field AND one (1) year of professional level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.
Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education.
A Master's degree in one of the above fields.
One year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 1 at the Department of Ecology.
At the Environmental Specialist 3 Level – Pay Range: 49 ($3774 - $4953) Monthly (Goal Class)
A Bachelor's degree involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field AND two (2) years of professional level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.
Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education.
A Master's degree in one of the above fields will substitute for one (1) year of the required experience.
A Ph.D. in one of the above fields.
One (1) year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 2 at the Department of Ecology.
Working knowledge and administration of Washington State's water resources laws, case law, rules and policies.
Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:
Must possess and maintain 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 https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.
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