Washington State Hydropower Projects Manager (Environmental Specialist 4) in Union Gap, Washington


Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

Are you an individual who likes to thrive on the learning curve? Do you enjoy interaction with a far-reaching network of natural resource professionals? The Water Quality program is in search of an individual that is ready to make major contributions to the protection of the water quality and fish species in the largest and most important river system in the northwest; the Columbia River, while promoting sustainability of renewable hydropower and the communities it supports. Come join us and learn to see the connection between laws, policy, biology and project implementation. Come join a team focused on being a partner in protecting, preserving and enhancing the environment.

The mission of the Water Quality Program is to protect and restore Washington's waters to support healthy watersheds and communities. Our work ensures beneficial uses are achieved including recreational and business activities, supplies for clean drinking water, and the protection of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and public health.

The citizens of Washington trust that the Department of Ecology supports and assists them in promoting the sustainable environmental and economic well-being of the state. That trust, coupled with our effectiveness, helps Ecology to continue to receive the support it needs to advance our environmental mission. 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 Hydropower Projects Manager position is responsible for independently providing expert guidance and oversight at major hydropower projects on the Columbia River for the protection of water quality, as well as other Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) related projects within Ecology's Central Region. This position is the primary point of contact between Ecology and proponents and holders of FERC hydropower licenses within the Region. Duties include negotiating, writing and enforcing guidelines, mitigation measures and agreements with FERC licensed facilities; these duties have statewide significance and address issues directly affecting local, state, interstate, federal and tribal interests.

Some of the key work activities include:

  • Under the general direction of the Watershed Unit Supervisor, independently represents Ecology on activities related to the implementation of Section 401 and FERC requirements for water quality, water resources, fish, and other water-related issues.
  • Works with project proponents on Section 401 implementation and coordinates with other agencies and facilitates timely resolution of inter-agency disagreements or disputes.
  • Assists with decisions on adaptive management programs for water quality measures and fish protection that are contained in aquatic settlement agreements.
  • Develops, negotiates and monitors terms and conditions of Water Quality Section 401 certifications for FERC licenses on pending and future hydropower projects in the Central Region.
  • Works with stakeholders to identify and address project impacts to temperature, total dissolved gas (TDG), flows, fish habitat and other beneficial uses. Participates in Fish Forums and fishery recovery in conjunction with FERC projects.
  • Coordinates Section 401 certification conditions with Columbia River Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) studies such as Ecology's TDG and EPA's temperature TMDLs.
  • Advises Ecology management and appropriate committees on the status of ongoing projects and participates in Ecology activities related to Section 401 certification. Consults with and advises Water Quality Program on fishery related issues.

This position is open until filled. The initial screening date was April 11, 2016. The next review date will be Tuesday, April 26, 2016. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

Please Note: This is a project position that is funded until June 30, 2017 , with a possibility of being extended.**


Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree involving major study in environmental, physical, fisheries or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field AND five 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.

Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education.


A Master's degree in one of the above fields and three 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 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 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 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:

  • Previous experience in writing and/or implementing Section 401 water quality certifications.
  • Previous experience working for or with a Public Utility District on hydropower issues.
  • Knowledge of principles, practices and methods of environmental or resource management and environmental pollution prevention and pollution control.
  • Previous experience working in the fisheries science field.
  • Understanding of applicable state, federal and local environmental regulations and policies.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

Must possess a valid driver's license.

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions

Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position.

The following documents MUST be attached to your 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 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.

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 e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not 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 Mark Peterschmidt at: mark.peterschmidt@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Mark Peterschmidt 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: Project (limited duration)

Job Number: 2016-WQP635-03298

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: $47,208.00 - $61,920.00 Annually

Location: Yakima County - Union Gap, WA