Washington State Senior Data Steward and WQ Permitting Specialist (Environmental Specialist 5) in Lacey, Washington


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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 Water Quality Program (WQP) is currently looking to fill a Senior Data Steward & WQ Permitting Specialist (Environmental Specialist 5) position. This position will be located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

The Senior Data Steward & WQ Permitting Specialist independently performs expert-level work with only administrative direction from WQP management. This position serves as the Agency and WQ Program expert and implements actions to address the most significant complex permit quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) and permit data management issues. This is an opportunity to help shape and guide Washington State's water quality permitting program.

The successful candidate will be a problem solver, innovative, curious, and will possess excellent people skills.

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 Water Quality Program (WQP) is to protect and restore Washington's waters to sustain healthy watersheds and communities. Our work ensures that state waters 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 Senior Data Steward & WQ Permitting Specialist are:

  • Serves as the Agency and Program expert and policy specialist responsible for ensuring permit entry, tracking, and reporting compatibility with the Permitting and Reporting Information System (PARIS) database.
  • Coordinates PARIS redevelopment and updates, works with contractors/Ecology developers to meet state and federal requirements; incorporates EPA electronic reporting rule requirements into PARIS 3.0, and expands dataflow from the Department of Ecology to the EPA.
  • Responds to highly complex and/or politically sensitive inquires for technical assistance requiring expert scientific knowledge of issues related to PARIS/Portal.
  • Reviews WQ permits statewide for quality assurance and quality control and compatibility with the Department of Ecology and the EPA.
  • Responds to the State Review Framework audits and ensures compliance with EPA's electronic reporting rule.
  • Represents the agency in negotiations and discussions of highly complex permit issues.
  • Leads the Permit Data Quality Workgroup to discuss business rules in PARIS and to discuss Permit Workgroup decisions that affect what the permit coordinators/permit administrators see in the permits and how they set up permits in PARIS.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be October 18, 2016. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before October 17, 2016. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field and six (6) years of professional level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning, which includes two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above.


A Master's degree in one of the above fields AND four (4) years of professional-level experience as required above which includes two (2) years equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above.


A Ph.D. in one of the above fields AND three (3) years of professional-level experience as required above which includes two (2) years equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above.


One (1) year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 4, provided a degree as described above has been obtained.

NOTE: At least one (1) year of the required professional level experience must include Water quality permitting and/or Water Quality policy development.

The two (2) years of experience equal to an Environmental Specialist 3can include a combination of the following: 1) investigating and / or resolving complaints involving science or technology content, 2) performing inspections, 3) drafting technical evaluations and reports, 4) develops plans for researching information used for technical projects, regulatory or policy development, 5) plan and facilitate public meetings and hearings, 6) project work requiring specialized knowledge of industry processes, pollutant sources or natural processes, 7) providing technical assistance for complex scientific content and/ or support for implementing scientific content programs, 8) conducting tests, analyzing and evaluating data, 9) using environmental databases to support technical projects, 10) developing scientific studies and resource management plans, 11) providing environmental technical and administrative assistance to grant/ contract/ loan recipients of environmental protection projects.

The one (1) year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 4 can include a combination of the following: 1) Responding to highly complex inquiries for technical assistance requiring advanced scientific knowledge; 2) Developing, negotiating, implementing and monitoring terms of agreements for environmental mitigation efforts, remedial actions, grants, and loans; 3) Representing the agency in enforcement actions, hearings, and legal proceedings; providing testimony in cases which may form the basis for precedent-setting interpretations of agency jurisdiction and regulatory authority; 4) Reviewing, analyzing, developing, and recommending policies, guidelines, and regulations; 5) Analyzing legislative bills for potential impacts on program administration; 6) Providing scientific and technical consultation to other agency staff, local and federal agencies, and other stakeholder groups; 7) Assessing adverse environmental conditions and making decisions that impact large numbers of the public; 8) Responding to high priority and complex threats to the environment; coordinating all phases of a response with appropriate private, local, state, and federal representatives and directs environmental response contractors; 9) Investigating causes of environmental threats and recommend and takes actions including enforcement; 10) Assessing impacts of pollution, gathering legally defensible data, developing damage estimates, and soliciting and recommending restoration proposals; 11) Planning, developing, designing, and conducting professional research studies.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize and communicate complex legal and technical issues both orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of the federal and state water quality laws and regulations.
  • Knowledge of how complex databases fit together into the overall program and agency structure and how that may affect how data is entered and pulled.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

Must possess a valid driver's license.

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

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.
  • 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 Bill Moore at: bill.moore@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Bill 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: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-WQ4235-10204

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: $53,016.00 - $69,648.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA