Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1 (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 Water Resources (WR) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Water Rights Permit Writer/GIS Mapper (Environmental Specialist 2) position. This position is located in our Southwest Regional Office which is located in the same location as Ecology’s Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA.
In this role, you will be performing extremely rewarding and challenging work by managing and protecting Washington’s ground water and surface water supplies, protecting senior water rights (including yet to be quantified Tribal water rights), protecting streamflows and providing technical assistance to a wide range of state residents, local and Tribal government agency staff, hydrogeological, engineering and environmental consultants, real estate agents, attorneys and sister state agencies such as the Department of Health and Department of Fish and Wildlife.
If you like doing field visits to the different reaches of this Region, this position may be especially rewarding to you.
The mission of the Water Resources (WR) program is to manage water resources to meet the current and future needs of the natural environment and Washington’s communities.
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 that 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, fitness classes, and 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. This position is expected to work in the office up to half a day per week or one day every two weeks. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding building occupancy, mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing.
What makes this role unique?
Ecology’s Southwest Region in particular has a wide variety of water availability challenges with annual precipitation rates ranging from 15 inches to over 100 inches and geological conditions that create sustainable groundwater supplies in some part of the Southwest Region and limited supplies in other parts of the region.
The daily working experience in Ecology’s Southwest Region also includes working with a wide variety of dedicated and passionate hydrogeologists, environmental scientist, attorneys, policy and management professionals. Daily outreach to the public we serve (who have a variety of educational, economic, cultural and social backgrounds) also makes this job professionally challenging and rewarding.
Drafting Reports of Examination, comment letters and water system plan review letters is an added challenge that will greatly enhance one’s writing and communication skills. You will also be using your GIS skills to create maps for Section staff.
Additional information about working in Ecology’s Southwest region:
Ecology’s Southwest Region has an overall population of over two million people the Region is comprised of 12 Counties (ranging in population from 4,000 to over 900,000 people), 14 sovereign Tribal Nations, 20 different watersheds (12 of which have separate and specific instream flow regulations), and a wide variety of water uses ranging from municipal, multiple domestic, irrigation, fish propagation, power generation to single domestic uses.
In addition, Ecology’s Southwest Region has two National Parks, one National Volcanic Monument, the mouth and lower portion of the 4th largest river discharge in North America and several thousand miles of ocean and inland sea coastline.
What you’ll do:
- Analyze water rights permit applications – research, acquire, assemble, extract, document and analyze water rights records from Ecology and other relevant sources.
- Draft Reports of Examination – prepare written reports of examinations that result in agency decisions on water rights applications.
- Water rights mapping – digitally map using agency approved GIS software and standards, water rights place of use and point of withdrawal/diversion as described in the water rights document; perform field work as necessary in order to obtain GPS coordinates for identified withdrawals/diversions.
- Spatial Maps – prepare maps of water rights applications, permits, certificates, claims and metering orders.
- Aerial photo analysis – analyze and digitally map irrigated lands within the place of use; perform field work as necessary to verify photo analyses.
- Database management – verify and correct as necessary the information currently in agency database systems, enter new information into databases.
- Field investigations and presentations – participate in field investigations and presentations as directed.
A total of Five (5) years of experience and/or education as described below:
- Professional level Experience in: environmental analysis or control or environmental planning.
- Education: involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.
See chart below for a list of ways to qualify for this position:
One year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 1 at the Department of Ecology.
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
- Must obtain and 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.
- Some knowledge of Washington State Water Code and experience with field assessment.
- GIS course work including use of GIS database and other spreadsheet programs. Ability to perform spatial analysis; manage geographic data; perform geocoding; display points and lines from event tables; convert data from other formats; edit spatial and attribute data; create and use metadata; and produce quality maps and reports.
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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- 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.
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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.