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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
The Shorelands & Environmental Assistance (SEA) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Senior Regional Shoreline Planner (Environmental Planner 4) position. This position will be located in our Southwest Regional Office (SWRO) in Lacey, Washington.
In this role, you will serve as a senior-level regional planner, providing leadership, policy, and technical support to the SEA Program by working with local governments in the Southwest region to assist them in developing, adopting and implementing updates to their Shoreline Master Programs that are consistent with the new Guidelines. You will also review complex shoreline permits, administer Shoreline Master Program and Coastal Zone Management grants, conduct training, and support Shoreline Management Act compliance. Typically, this position is assigned jurisdictions with more complex technical, policy, or political challenges. The Senior Planner role also exercises independent judgement to determine priorities for themselves and the Regional Planners, based on agency priorities and initiatives.
The mission of the Shorelands & Environmental Assistance (SEA) Program is to support community conservation efforts for our shorelands, wetlands, and floodplains. This position supports the mission by managing the use of shoreline, wetlands, and floodplain resources in the Southwest Region
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. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding building occupancy, mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing.
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of August 30, 2021. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before August 29, 2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills, and the ability to understand and articulate a wide array of planning and technical principles to highly diverse audiences of interested parties. Must have excellent organizational skills and the ability to work with a multitude of internal and external stakeholders.
Some of the key work activities of the Senior Regional Shoreline Planner position are:
Shoreline Master Programs: Serves as project manager for Shoreline Master Program activities, including:
- Provides expertise and guidance in the development or amendment of shoreline master programs.
- Manages negotiations with local governments to ensure local master program amendments are consistent with the Shoreline Management Act (SMA) and the Shoreline Master Program (SMP) guidelines.
- Manages the state review and approval process, conducting public hearings as necessary and assuring compliance with applicable Washington Administrative Codes.
- Conducts research and prepares analyses, including legal implications, on shoreline issues for incorporation into master program amendments.
- Looks for opportunities to engage in meaningful tribal consultation and integrate environmental justice considerations into our SMA work.
- Participates in Program-wide work on SMA policy interpretation and the preparation of SMA guidance for local governments.
- Coordinates with program staff as needed regarding the above.
- Provide training and mentoring to other staff in the region and other regions as needed; assist staff in key steps in the development of master programs.
Technical Assistance and SEPA: Coordinates with program staff and local government personnel to provide appropriate help in SMA-related policy interpretations or training. Monitors and facilitates effective administration of SMPs in assigned communities.
- Coordinates with local personnel to arrange trainings or other SMP implementation support.
- Provide policy expertise in shoreline management, assisting local jurisdictions and other external parties in administration of shoreline management programs.
SMP/CZM Grants: Serves as grant officer for SMP (Shoreline Master Program) and CZM (Coastal Zone Management) grants: participates in evaluating and development of grants, provides technical assistance on issues related to the work program, monitors and ensures compliance with grant terms and financial conditions
A Bachelor’s degree with major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, 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, with significant experience in shoreline planning.
A Master’s degree or above with major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field
Three (3) years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, with significant experience in shoreline planning.
One year of experience as an Environmental Planner 3 provided a Bachelor’s degree or higher has been achieved.
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
- Must have 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.
- Shoreline Management Act – experience applying the Washington Shoreline Management Act in both a planning context (i.e., Shoreline Master Program development or modification) and a permitting context (i.e., the review and issuance of Shoreline Substantial Development Permits, Conditional Use Permits and Variances). Knowledge of the relationship between the SMA and the Growth Management Act and Critical Areas Ordinances and their administrative rules.
- Environmental Science –substantial coursework or professional experience in freshwater or marine ecology.
- Government Experience – experience working for a local, state, federal or tribal resource management agency in a planning, program management, policy, or regulatory capacity.
- Leadership – Demonstrated ability to perform in a leadership role.
- Planning – Able to apply the principles and processes of land use planning. Knowledge of the regulations governing land use, land use permitting processes, and the institutions that govern land use.
- Project Management – Able to manage multiple projects, including developing and managing to scopes of work, milestones, and deliverables. Able to move between and prioritize among several ongoing projects and permit review. Able to coordinate the review of products by coworkers and other agencies.
- Communication – Excellent written and oral presentation skills. Must be able to convey complex technical and legal information to a variety of audiences including agency management, elected officials, and the general public. Must be able to work as part of a team and develop collaborative relationships with coworkers and external parties.
- Regulatory Interpretation – Able to understand and interpret complex laws, regulation, case law and guidance. Able to work closely with policy leads and the Attorney General’s office and conduct the research necessary to resolve policy questions. Able to effectively explain regulations and policy to outside parties.
- Grant Management – Able to negotiate and manage grants to local governments, including developing and reviewing scopes of work, monitoring progress, reviewing work products, and authorizing payments. Able to work closely with a budget analyst to ensure accurate fund management.
- Technical Knowledge – Familiarity with marine and freshwater shoreline processes and functions. Knowledge of principles of shoreline management.
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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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.