Washington State NEP Stormwater Project and Financial Manager (Environmental Specialist 4) in Lacey, Washington


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The Water Quality Program (WQP) is looking to hire a NEP Stormwater Project and Financial Manager (Environmental Specialist 4). The position will be located Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

The NEP Stormwater Project and Financial Manager position serves as the senior environmental section specialist responsible for project and financial management and oversight of pass-through grants funded through the National Estuary Program's (NEP) Stormwater Strategic Initiative (SI) Lead Program – to protect, preserve, and enhance water quality in the Puget Sound.

We are looking for applicants who are able to work with a diverse audience, able to handle competing priorities, have excellent written and verbal communication and basic stormwater management experience.

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.

To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at www.ecy.wa.gov.

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The mission of the Department of Ecology is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment, for current and future generations. The mission of the Water Quality Program (WQP) is to protect and restore Washington's waters to support healthy watersheds and communities. Our work ensures state waters can support beneficial uses including recreational and business activities, supplies for clean drinking water, and the protection of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and public health.

Some of the key work activities of the NEP Stormwater Project and Financial Manager include:

NEP Stormwater SI Pass-through Funding Support: As the Section's senior environmental section specialist this position is responsible for highly technical expertise in the development and management of complex stormwater improvement and protection projects. The position will provide oversight of complex stormwater projects and funding agreements for the federal NEP pass-through grants. Duties include:

  • Independently develops, negotiates, implements, and monitors terms of agreements for pass-through NEP Stormwater Strategic Initiative funding, to ensure water quality improvement projects are in accordance with state and federal rules and regulations.
  • Serves as the project and financial manager, and coordinates with NEP Stormwater SI team on complex NEP stormwater grant projects.
  • Provides assistance in funding program development, project review and ranking, and program implementation. planning efforts, and coordinates with the NEP SI Program Planner, grant partners at the Department of Commerce and the Washington Stormwater Center, external stakeholders, federal and local governments, other state agencies, such as the Department of Health, Puget Sound Partnership, and Department of Fish and Wildlife, as well as representatives of Ecology's headquarters and regions, to ensure a well-coordinated strategic approach to selection, funding, and implementation of Near Term Actions (NTAs) to guide Puget Sound recovery.
  • Reviews, analyzes, develops and recommends policies and guidelines governing financial and project management of funding assistance for the NEP SW SI pass-through grants.
  • Provides technical support for the interpretation of federal and state statutes, Water Quality Program policies and procedures and funding program guidelines as they relate to the financial management of NEP grant projects.
  • Works closely with other Water Quality Program grant and loan managers, stormwater engineers, and municipal stormwater staff in providing for the effective and efficient management of the NEP funds.

Project and Financial Management:

  • Provides project and financial management oversight for complex water quality improvement projects for the NEP Stormwater Strategic Initiative.
  • Provides quality assurance review of the negotiated project scope of work, budget, and special conditions to ensure grant integrity, eligibility of costs, and consistency in accordance with funding program guidelines, Water Quality Program policies and procedures, and state and federal laws.
  • Reviews and certifies grant payment requests for eligible costs in accordance with the grant agreement, funding program guidelines, and state or federal laws and funding program guidelines. Participates with fiscal office staff to document eligible project costs.
  • Provides financial management assistance to grant recipients on requirements contained in Administrative Requirements for Ecology Grants and Loans, Ecology Publication No. 91-18. Provides administrative assistance to recipients on grant and record keeping and other administrative requirements.
  • Coordinates project closeout information with regional project managers and prepares recipient notification letters and final performance evaluations.
  • Ensures Ecology and grant recipients comply with state and federal statutes, rules, policies and guidelines for this new stormwater initiative.

Outreach Support:

  • Provides support for the grant funding cycle outreach, including organizing workshop and training materials, assisting in the development of program documents, and other related activities.
  • Serves as a lead facilitator and presenter in any grant recipient training, preparing presentation materials and presenting those materials to funding recipients.

Please Note: This is a project position that is funded until June 30, 2021.

This position will remain open until filled. The Next screening will be on August 19, 2016. In order to be considered for the Next screening, please submit an application on or before August 18, 2016. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field and five years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.


A Master's degree in one of the above fields and three years of professional - level experience as required above.


A Ph.D. in one of the above fields and two years of professional-level experience as required above.

Desired Qualifications:

The best qualified candidate will have experience working in:

  • Water quality or other environmental or natural resource protection programs, including policy development.
  • Stormwater pollution abatement projects and federal grants, including project management.
  • Project and financial management, and federal reporting requirements.
  • Stormwater pollution problems and impacts to water quality implementation of best management practices for water quality improvement and protection. Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

  • Must possess a valid driver's license.

  • Willingness and ability to occasionally travel. Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

In order to be considered, applicants MUST include the following documents as an attachment to their application:

  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.
  • A resume outlining your professional experience. Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. Or, you may paste the text of your resume within the profile's resume text field.

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.

If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit www.careers.wa.gov to access the online recruitment system. Click on "Look for Jobs" and select Dept. of Ecology under the "Department" search list. Click "Apply Search."

Other Information:

If you need assistance applying for this job, please call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not call this number or send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Patricia Brommer at: patricia.brommer@ECY.WA.GOV. Please do not contact Patricia Brommer to inquire about the status of your application.

The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed.

This position is included in the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) union bargaining unit for the Department of Ecology. All employees covered by the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the WFSE will, as a condition of employment, either become members of the WFSE and pay membership dues or, as non-members, pay a representation fee as described in the CBA, no later than the 30th day following the effective date of this CBA or the beginning of their employment.

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.

Job Type: Project (limited duration)

Job Number: 2016-WQP974-06804

Department: Dept. of Ecology

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $47,208.00 - $61,920.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA