Washington State Water Quality Management Unit Supervisor (WMS Band 1) in Lacey, Washington


Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

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, has leadership that embraces the value of people, Ecology is a good fit.

The Water Quality Program (WQP) is looking to fill a Water Quality Management Unit Supervisor (WMS Band 1)position. The position will be located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

The Water Quality Management Unit Supervisorposition manages seven positions engaged in developing policy and providing environmental services in the areas of: state surface and ground water quality standards, the water quality assessment, underground injection control, water quality certification of hydropower projects, and related programs. Unit staff interpret state and federal laws, write program policies to comply with those laws, train and support regional staff and provide guidance about how to implement the programs, work with staff from other agencies to explain our programs, report to EPA and the state legislature about our progress implementing the programs, and actively implement the program's surface and ground water quality standards and water quality assessments.

We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills, the ability to quickly assess a situation and make a decision and the ability to communicate with a diverse audience. Applicants should feel comfortable working with technical details and distilling that technical information into key issues. They should also have a working understanding of the Federal Clean Water Act.

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 Water Quality Program (WQP) is responsible for regulating discharges of pollutants to surface and ground waters by writing and managing permits, enforcing water quality laws, developing water quality standards and identifying waterbodies that fail to meet those standards, and providing technical and financial assistance to appropriate entities to help them protect and restore Washington's waters.

Some of the key work activities of the Water Quality Management Unit Supervisorposition include:

  • The unit supervisor is responsible for the effective and efficient management of the unit, which provides policy direction, technical support, coordination and oversight of the surface and ground water quality standards and water quality assessment (list of impaired waters), statewide.
  • The Water Quality Management Unit is made up of one (1) journey-level position and seven (7) professional-level positions: 2 environmental specialists, 2 natural resource scientists, an environmental planner, and 2 hydrogeologists.
  • Is responsible for development and implementation of the unit work plan, including ensuring deliverables are completed by staff and are of high quality and on time.
  • Is responsible for ensuring effective and efficient use of resources to the plan goals and objectives within the budget and time constraints.
  • Is responsible for developing and implementing project assignments, establishing project priorities, tracking progress, and evaluating team and individual performance.
  • Addresses programmatic priorities through guidance and policy development and direction to unit staff regarding the development, administration, and implementation of the state surface and ground water quality standards, development of the water quality assessment, underground injection control, water quality certification of hydropower projects, and related programs.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be August 30, 2016. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before August 29, 2016. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor of Science degree in environmental, physical, or natural science, engineering, planning, or closely related field.


Five years of professional level work experience in water quality [policy development, WQ standards, WQ assessment, regulatory project management], environmental sciences, or related field.

Related advanced education may substitute for part of the required work experience on a year-for-year basis, up to two years maximum.

Desired Qualifications:

Education or experience in management and supervision and experience working on Clean Water Act programs (for example: water quality standards, list of impaired waters, Total Maximum Daily Load plans, National Permit Discharge Elimination System permits, etc.)

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

Must obtain and maintain a valid driver's license.

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

Applicants MUST include the following documents as an attachment to your application:

  • A Cover Letter explaining the following: 1) Why you are interested in the job, 2) your experience mentoring or supervising very talented analytical staff, and 3) the skills you possess that make you a strong candidate for this position.**
  • A Resume.

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 Melissa Gildersleeve at: melissa.gildersleeve@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Melissa Gildersleeve 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.

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-WQ2329-08348

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: $66,775.00 - $85,560.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA