Shoreline Management Policy Lead (Environmental Planner 5)

State of Washington Dept. of Ecology - Lacey, WA3.4

Full-time$65,000 - $86,000 a year

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

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 Department of Ecology is recruiting for a Shoreline Management Policy Lead (Environmental Planner 5) 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 Shoreline Management Policy Lead position works statewide with all management levels. This position is the lead for Shoreline Management Act policy in the State of Washington. We are looking for applicants with a strong shoreline management background and excellent policy analysis and project management skills. Our ideal candidate will have hands-on experience with shoreline planning and/or permitting. They will also have great communication skills and will be able to build and maintain cooperative relationship with agency staff, local governments, tribes, legislators, and diverse stakeholders.

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. Maybe you've seen some of our recent stories on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.

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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 mission of the Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) Program is to work in partnership with communities to support healthy watersheds and promote statewide environmental interests.

Olympia has a wonderful diversity of businesses and a beautiful natural environment located at the south end of Puget Sound. The Ecology campus is located adjacent to the Saint Martin's University in Lacey with its forested trails inviting walks at lunch. The SEA program believes in a healthy work/life balance and is family-friendly. The SEA program works with local governments to protect and manage their shorelines and wetlands. Our work touches people and communities throughout the state, ensuring that our wetland resources are valued and protected. You have the opportunity to be on the leading edge of this important work.

the Shoreline Management Policy Lead position leads Ecology in developing and implementing Shoreline Management policies and procedures. This includes providing leadership on complex shoreline management issues; researching, developing and implementing new shoreline planning policies, procedures and initiatives; coordinating shoreline planning and permitting activities to ensure statewide consistency; and providing technical support and guidance to SEA program planning staff statewide. Some specific responsibilities include:
Supporting SEA staff with shoreline planning, permitting, and compliance issues
Providing final recommendations to the program manager on Shoreline Master Program approval decisions
Working with Ecology staff and management; other state, local, tribal and federal agencies; the Legislature; and external stakeholders to further develop and implement state shoreline management policies
Leading program efforts to update SMA regulations and reviewing proposed legislation related to shoreline management
Leading interagency and intra-agency coordination on shoreline management issues

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The next screening date will be February 5, 2019. In order to be considered for the next screening, please submit an application on or before February 4, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:
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


Five (5) years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental or natural resource planning and/or program development.

Ability to: Demonstrate high level of knowledge of shoreline the Shoreline Management Act and other related laws and regulations; Shoreline Master Program development; land-use planning principles; and the basics of shoreline and aquatic science.

Desired Qualifications:
Minimum of five (5) years of experience administering the Shoreline Management Act at the state or local level in the state of Washington.
Certified AICP Planner

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
Must 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.