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Water Resources Statewide Permitting Coordinator (Environmental Specialist 5) (In-Training)

Location: Multiple Locations Statewide, WA

Pay: $56,880.00 - $98,040.00 Annually


The Water Resources Program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Water Resources Statewide Permitting Coordinator (Environmental Specialist 5) position. This position can be located in any of our offices listed below:

Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.

Make a meaningful impact by advancing policies to effectively manage the state’s water resources in this dynamic position! As a member of the Operations and Technical Support team within the Water Resources Program, you will learn to provide expert assistance in the evaluation of laws and the development and drafting of rules, polices, and procedures to support water right permit decision making. Once you reach the Environmental Specialist 5 level, you will be the statewide lead and expert water right permitting specialist, collaborating with staff across the state, as well as local, state, and federal agencies, Tribes, interest groups, and the public to ensure efficient water management throughout Washington. 

What makes this role unique?

This is an excellent opportunity to master the permitting process of the Water Resources Program and to develop and grow your project management, collaboration, and leadership skills. As the Water Resources Statewide Permitting Coordinator, you are the recognized expert in water right permitting, a significant and complex program specialty area. In this role, it is crucial to understand and advocate for the needs and challenges of the regional permitting teams with senior management. This includes matters relating to the development, revision, and implementation of water right permitting standards, technical procedures, and guidelines to support water right permitting, decision documents and related forms, and training.

What you will do: 

  • Oversee the Permit Quality Team, guiding the development and implementation of comprehensive water right permitting processes, offering consultation, and making recommendations to senior management.
  • Actively promote communication between permitting staff to foster connection and collaboration between the Department of Ecology’s regional offices and headquarters. 
  • Combine internal work teams agreed-upon preferences, requirements, and concerns into clear and actionable communications to program leadership.
  • Act as liaison between permitting staff and program management, including presenting information and guidance requests to the Program Leadership Team (PLT).
  • Track PLT decisions regarding permitting and communicate them to permitting staff throughout the state.

Posted 7/18/2024

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We are 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.

Working at 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.
Most Ecology positions offer:

  • Full health benefits
  • Excellent retirement benefits
  • Potential student loan forgiveness
  • Option for partial telecommute schedule
  • Option for flexible scheduling
  • Optional union membership

Ecology has offices in many
Washington communities

Why public service?

Working for Ecology means working for the people of Washington. It’s a different environment than most private sector jobs. We’re not here to make a profit, we’re not out to crush the competition, and we can’t succeed as an organization unless we make Washington a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

People who work for Ecology tell us that spirit of service means something more than just a paycheck. And it extends to everyone at our agency, whether you’re getting your boots muddy cleaning up an oil spill, developing new policies to fight climate change, or supporting our staff in payroll or human resources. Working in public service means knowing that your work matters.