Washington State Environmental Procedures Coordinator - Transportation Planning Specialist 4 in Olympia, Washington


The Opportunity: The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Environmental Services Office (ESO) is seeking an energetic person with excellent communication and organizational skills to fill a critical role in the Environmental Policy Branch. The Environmental Procedures Coordinator oversees (sets and maintains direction for) all the multi-disciplinary technical guidance that is posted on WSDOT's internet web pages and within the Environmental Manual. These tools provide essential direction to our staff and consultants; they explain how WSDOT evaluates potential impacts of agency actions, engages communities, protects natural resources, and documents the results for the public and decision-makers. ESO provides this policy and technical guidance to WSDOT's six regions, state ferries, the state rail, freight and ports office, aviation, public transit, maintenance and planning.

We are looking for someone who is able to organize and coordinate with subject experts to create and post high-quality technical guidance and respond to inquiries from project teams and executives. In collaboration with environmental managers, this position sets and maintains direction for environmental procedures and technical guidance that is posted on WSDOT's internet web pages. This position coordinates with more than a dozen technical experts and several other WSDOT offices as we move Washington forward.

This headquarters position based in Olympia, WA. serves as a statewide expert for NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act)/SEPA (State Environmental Policy Act) compliance for large and small projects. You will support the agency's day-to-day environmental compliance work by advising/assisting project teams as they consider multiple topics, including environmental justice and community effects. You will track and report on agency NEPA/SEPA performance and help find solutions for transportation projects in an environmentally responsible manner. You will assist project teams in the use of WSDOT's statewide NEPA/SEPA CE documentation database, an essential part of project delivery. WSDOT is committed to continuous improvement (LEAN/Six Sigma Concepts) and inclusive engagement (hearing from all voices, all communities). This is a unique opportunity for someone who has a passion for the environment, public decision-making, and continual process improvement.

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of a multimodal transportation system and responsible for ensuring that people and goods move safely and efficiently. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system consisting of over 18,000 lane miles and 3,600 bridge structures, WSDOT is responsible for the largest ferry system in the nation; owns three Talgo train sets in the Amtrak Cascades fleet; and works in partnership with others to maintain and improve local roads, railroads and airports, as well as to support alternatives to driving, such as public transportation, bicycles and pedestrian programs. Additionally, WSDOT manages the world's widest tunneling project and the world's longest floating bridge. WSDOT's diverse programs and projects are supported by more than 6,800 full-time employees, including engineers, vessel captains, maintenance technicians, environmental specialists, planners, and more. We take pride in our workforce and strive for excellence and integrity in everything we do.

This position will perform the following work:

  • Work with project teams and FHWA (Federal Highway Administration) to improve the NEPA/SEPA documentation database and supporting guidance documents.
  • Coordinate statewide policies, procedures, and guidelines to facilitate effective & adequate compliance with NEPA, SEPA & related regulations.
  • Provide direct project support as a consulting expert to multimodal project teams to address human environmental issues (including socioeconomic and environmental justice), and prepare draft reports, as needed.
  • In collaboration with WSDOT's Communications Office, set and maintain direction for environmental procedures and technical guidance posted on WSDOT's internet web pages.
  • Identify innovations to the environmental review and documentation process to reduce barriers to project delivery & work to implement solutions.
  • Lead and facilitate staff review and updates to the Environmental Manual, and other department manuals.
  • In coordination with FHWA, assess WSDOT's performance in compliance with WSDOT's Programmatic Agreements and periodically analyze and report on ESO performance measures.
  • Develop communication briefs, folios, web postings and makes presentations to agency staff and project teams. An ideal candidate for this position will have:

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies/Planning, Biology or closely related field.

  • Three (3) or more years' professional experience working with federal, state and/or local environmental laws, regulations, and processes required to deliver major projects.
  • Two years' experience with transportation project development and delivery, including leading or participating on a team responsible for delivering project environmental documents and the NEPA/SEPA process.
  • A Master's degree in one of the above fields will substitute for one year of required experience.
  • High level of skill using MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook software.
  • Ability to travel statewide with occasional overnight stays.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal environmental requirements, laws, regulations, policies, guidelines, and processes for the development of transportation facilities.
  • Experience writing for the web.
  • Ability to effectively handle multiple tasks and changing priorities.
  • Ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, with internal and external audiences, promptly and courteously using common language generally understood by most people (plain talk).
  • Ability to transport files, supplies or equipment weighing up to 25 lbs.

How to Apply:Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Please select the large "apply" button at the top of this announcement. You may need to set up an account profile. To be considered for this position you will need to answer the supplemental questions, as part of the supplemental questions you will need to provide a letter of interest. Your letter of interest should describe how your experience, training and education make you a viable and competitive candidate for this position.

Contact us:For inquiries about this position, please contact Phyllis Gratisat 360-705-7066 or email to gratisp@wsdot.wa.gov. Please reference recruitment number 2016-HQ-153.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, and disabled and Vietnam era veterans are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may call the Office of Human Resources, at 360.705.7042 or email atjobinfo@wsdot.wa.gov.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-HQ-153

Department: Dept. of Transportation

Closing: 10/25/2016 11:59 PM Pacific

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: $61,512.00 - $80,724.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA