King County Sheriff's Office Environmental Scientist I - TLT in Seattle, Washington

*WHO MAY APPLY: * This is open to the general public. If the successful applicant is a King County Career Service employee, this position will be offered as a special duty assignment.

DURATION: TLT is scheduled to end by December 31, 2018, with potential for one year extension.

SUMMARY: This Environmental Scientist I position is located within the Ecological Restoration and Engineering Services Unit (ERES) within the Rural and Regional Services Section. ERES plans, designs and implements habitat restoration projects through the capital improvement program in the Water and Land Resources (WLR) Division. This position will be responsible for a varied work program of both field and office work under the guidance of senior staff. They will provide operational support to WLRD's Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) Program, assist with project design, implementation and monitoring within ERES, as well as provide ecological support to other sections, divisions and departments, e.g., Rivers and Floodplain Management Section, Stormwater Services Section and KC Department of Transportation. WLRD sponsors four WCC Crews and an Individual Placement from the Department of Ecology. The Washington Conservation Corps ( program's mission is to conserve and enhance the natural resources of Washington and to help young adults enrich themselves by providing meaningful work and service experience. WCC crews complete a wide variety of restoration, enhancement, mitigation, and maintenance projects under the direction of department staff.

*CONTACT: * or 206-477-4740 for questions related to this recruitment.

King County and The Water and Land Resources Division value diverse perspectives and life experiences and encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans.

REQUIRED MATERIALS: The following materials are required: (1) Online King County application, (2) resume, (3) cover letter, (4) answers to the supplemental questions

Failure to submit all required forms and materials may prohibit further consideration.

WORK SCHEDULE: This position is overtime-eligible. This position normally works 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Work in excess of 10 hours per day may be necessary during field seasons or during other critical periods. Work may periodically be required in the evenings and on weekends and holidays. Job Duties:

  • Provide support to the program manager in the operation of the Washington Conservation Corps Program including the recruitment and training of WCC staff, scheduling and coordinating work and providing technical support to WCC crews in the implementation of a wide variety of habitat restoration and mitigation projects.
  • Assist in the design and implementation of a wide variety of WCC projects and projects within the Small Habitat Restoration and Agricultural Drainage Assistance Programs. Conduct site assessments, develop planting and maintenance plans, coordinate construction logistics, order materials, track expenditures and prioritize actions to remain within project budgets.
  • Provide support to the King County Professional Staff in WLRD, the Department of Transportation, DNRP Solid Waste Division and Wastewater Treatment Division in the monitoring and maintenance of mitigation and restoration projects. Prescribe and lead the implementation of project maintenance and adaptive management actions including native plantings, slope stabilization, fence construction, invasive plant removal and watering.
  • Provide support to Ecologists and Engineers in the design, implementation and monitoring and maintenance of mitigation and natural resource enhancement projects. Collect data in the field, describe environmental conditions and support project design, permitting and monitoring.
  • Assist with the administration of the Stewardship Watering Program including permitting, training and schedule coordination for contractors and WCC crews that use both reclaimed water and withdraw from streams and rivers to water restoration plantings. Assess the needs of sites including access, safety issues and watering needs. Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills:

  • Bachelor's degree in aquatic biology, ecology, fisheries, water quality, environmental science, natural resource management, or a related field; or any equivalent combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and abilities required to perform the listed job duties.

  • Knowledge of and ability to identify native plants of western Washington
  • Knowledge of environmental monitoring techniques and approaches
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written forms.
  • Skill in analyzing and interpreting technical data
  • Skill in reading and interpreting plans, specifications, drawings and technical maps and documents
  • Ability to work effectively in a team setting with skill in group problem-solving and decision-making
  • Ability to give clear direction to volunteers and restoration crews.
  • Strong working knowledge of construction and restoration techniques and theory and the ability to teach them to crew members and volunteers.
  • Knowledge of construction equipment including the safe operation and field maintenance of landscaping tools and power equipment including chainsaws, winches, brush cutters, field mowers, water pumps, track mowers, planting augers, loaders and excavators.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word and PowerPoint) and Access. Supplemental Information: *DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: *

  • Experience conducting environmental monitoring, wetland, stream or wildlife surveys.

  • Training certifications in wetland ecology, stream restoration, GIS or river safety.
  • Project and/or Program management experience
  • Experience working on or with the Washington Conservation Corps crews. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This position requires the ability to perform extensive field work in occasionally difficult conditions, including: walking on uneven terrain and in slippery conditions; walking through mucky, brushy or densely forested sites; working in and around streams, rivers, and wetlands; carrying up to fifty lbs. of field equipment for short distances. Long hours (10+ hour days) are sometimes needed for field work. Fieldwork is sometimes conducted in remote locations and in inclement weather.


  • Valid Washington State Driver's License.

  • A final offer of employment will be contingent upon successfully passing a pre-employment physical examination.

  • Employee will be required to complete First Aid and CPR training, Swift Water Awareness training, and other safety trainings deemed necessary for employee safety.

UNION MEMBERSHIP: Positions in this classification are represented by Local 17, Professional and Technical Engineers.


The supplemental questions must be completed and submitted with the application. These questions address important elements of these positions and the information you provide will help to determine your eligibility for further consideration. Your total response should be no longer than 2 pages.

Job Title: Environmental Scientist I - TLT

Opening Date/Time: Wed. 10/11/17 12:00 AM Pacific Time

Closing Date/Time: Sun. 10/22/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time

Salary: $31.23 - $39.58 Hourly

Job Type: Term Limited Temporary, Full Time, 40 hrs/wk

Location: King Street Center - 201 S Jackson St, Seattle, Washington

Department: Department of Natural Resources & Parks - Water and Land Resources Division