Washington State TMDL Lead (Environmental Specialist 4) in Bellevue, Washington


Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Department of Ecology has an exciting opportunity for an environmental specialist to improve and protect the quality of Washington State rivers, streams, and marine waters. This position will work with scientists, policy makers, local governments, tribes, nonprofit organizations, and the general public to clean up polluted waters in Snohomish, King, and Island Counties.

Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We have a culture that is invested in making a difference. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, and has leadership that embraces the value of people, Ecology is a good fit.

The Water Quality Program (WQP) is looking to hire a TMDL Lead (Environmental Specialist 4). The position will be located in our Northwest Regional Office (NWRO) in Bellevue, WA.

The TMDL Lead position develops, water quality improvement plans (also known as Total Maximum Daily Loads, or TMDLs) and works with the local community to put those plans into action. You will be providing expert guidance on water quality regulations and working on issues that have significant public health, environmental protection, economic, and political consequences.

We are looking for self-motivated applicants with excellent people skills that can communicate highly complex technical data/regulatory issues to a diverse audience including individual landowners; tribal, county, and city staff; and technical specialists. Top applicants will have experience working in multi-agency teams and understand basic surface water quality issues, especially as they relate to salmon recovery efforts and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) of permitting.

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.

Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts


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 TMDL Leadinclude:

  • This position serves as a TMDL Lead in the NWRO responsible for developing, coordinating, directing, and writing Water Quality Improvement Plans (also known as Total Maximum Daily Loads or TMDLs) or other plans to protect, preserve, and enhance water quality.
  • TMDLs set allocations for pollution control strategies and set major environmental policies for the Water Quality Program.
  • TMDLs also include assessments of water quality, analyses and summaries of environmental studies, and implementation plans.
  • The priority work area spans Water Resource Inventory Areas (WRIAs) 5 (Stillaguamish), 6 (Island), 7 (Snohomish), and limited portions of 8 (Cedar).
  • This position makes decisions on TMDLs involving multiple stakeholders (especially federal, state, and local governments such as King and Snohomish Counties, multiple cities, and several conservation districts) that have significant public health, environmental protection, economic, and political consequences (such as required controls on point and nonpoint sources of pollution).
  • To develop and implement TMDLs, this position conducts and reviews environmental assessments and protection actions that regularly require evaluation and coordination of interrelated environmental impacts (such as considering the impact of water quality actions on water quantity).
  • The position represents Ecology before federal, state, and local government officials on administrative policy and technical assistance on TMDLs.
  • This position serves as project manager and coordinator on multiple complex TMDLs that are currently in the implementation phase, in progress, or being scoped.
  • When consultants are used, the position supervises the preparation of plans, reports, documents, and other TMDL-related materials from consultants.
  • The position may also assist in the management of Ecology grants to stakeholders implementing TMDLs or other water quality activities.
  • The position provides scientific, technical, and policy guidance on TMDLs and related complex water quality issues to the local community.
  • The position will work with key interest groups and organizations to effectively conduct technical studies, develop water quality implementation control strategies, and write TMDLs to protect and restore impaired waters.
  • The position coordinates and communicates with tribes, local governments and other stakeholder groups during the development and implementation of a TMDL.
  • This position monitors and reports on progress of implementation measures toward meeting water quality standards as specified in the TMDLs.
  • This position represents Ecology at legal and public hearings and conferences regarding TMDLs.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be on November 4, 2016. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before November 3, 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 five (5) years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning which includes one year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above or two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above (described below).


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


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

The one (1) year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 3 can 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 two (2) years of experience as an Environmental Specialist 2can include assisting in any of the following areas: 1) performing field surveys or studies, 2) responding to complaints involving scientific or technical content, 3) preparing public meetings and hearings, 4) assistance with routine inspections or investigations requiring specialized knowledge of industry processes, pollutant sources or natural processes, 5) responding to routine inquires or requests for technical assistance involving scientific content, 6) special projects that are scientific in nature, 7) conducting routine sampling and testing analyses, interprets data, writing reports 8) performing basic sampling data review, 9) maintaining an environmental data base to support technical projects, 10) providing routine environmental technical and administrative assistance to grant/ contract/ loan recipients of environmental protection projects.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with TMDLs.
  • Extensive technical writing experience.
  • Meeting facilitation skills.
  • Experience coordinating work between agencies and programs and work with external advisory experience.
  • Basic skills using Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

Must possess a valid driver's license.

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 Ralph Svrjcek at: ralph.svrjcek@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Ralph 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-WQ3915-10451

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: $48,060.00 - $63,036.00 Annually

Location: King County – Bellevue, WA