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 a Flood Risk Reduction Coordinator/Senior Planner (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, 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.
To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov.
Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts
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.
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 Flood Risk Reduction Coordinator/Senior Planner position are:
Interact collaboratively with local government staff and officials regarding flood damage reduction strategies and opportunities.
Generate sustained interest and cooperation from local government and community partners.
Develop a plan for the Chehalis Basin Board to prioritize and sequence funding and technical assistance to support flood resilience in basin communities.
Manage grants and contracts for structure elevations.
This position will be expected to accomplish:
Development of the Boards Community Flood Assistance and Resilience (CFAR) plan/approach that achieves buy-in from local government partners and property owners, and enthusiastic support from Chehalis Basin Strategy stakeholders.
Execution of flood resilience projects such as structure elevations, retrofits and acquisitions/buyouts.
This is a very unique opportunity to work with local governments to plan for and execute projects on the ground that immediately provide flood resiliency.
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 January 22, 2019. In order to be considered for the next screening, please submit an application on or before January 21, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
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, provided that at least a Bachelor's Degree has been obtained in one of the areas of study identified above.
A Bachelor's degree 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.
Five (5) years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development, which includes three (3) years of professional experience in floodplain management and planning.
Working knowledge of the state's Shoreline Management Act, Growth Management Act, Critical Area Ordinance requirements, Floodplain Management Act, Clean Water Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, FEMA's Community Rating System and the National Flood Insurance Program.
At least five (5) years of professional experience implementing a flood risk reduction/flood proofing investment program at the federal, state, tribal or local level.
Experience working for local, state, federal or tribal resource management agency in a planning, programming, policy, or permitting capacity.
Professional experience providing technical assistance to local governments re: floodplain ordinances: Providing scientific, technical, and policy assistance to local governments.
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 https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.
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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.
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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.
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