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General Permit Writer (Environmental Specialist 4)


Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
Our Water Quality Program is looking for a General Permit Writer in our General Permits Unit at our Headquarters building in Lacey, WA

The General Permit Writer develops the winery general permit, irrigation system aquatic weed control general permit, and the associated policies, procedures, guidance, and regulations.

We are looking for an applicant with excellent technical writing and people skills. This position must be able to analyze and understand technical data and regulations while demonstrating the ability to effectively communicate with and provide technical assistance to stakeholders.

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 performance driven leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism, and accountability. 

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The mission of the Water Quality Program is to protect and restore Washington's waters to sustain healthy watersheds and communities. Our work ensures that state waters support beneficial uses including recreational and business activities, supplies for clean drinking water, and the protection of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and public health.
What does the General Permit Writer do?

This position is responsible for the development and implementation of wastewater and stormwater general permits, specifically the Washington Wineries and the Irrigation System Aquatic Weed Control general permits. This includes: 
  • Providing technical assistance to permittees and stakeholders.
  • Reissuing the Winery General Permit and the Irrigation System Aquatic Weed Control General Permit.
  • Actively leading the Permit Implementation Team Workgroups for the Winery permit and participating on the General Permit Writer's Workgroup.
  • Developing guidance for permit implementation.
  • Providing input to management on policy development around NPDES General Permits, enforcement, and permit implementation.
  • Engaging all stakeholders to develop environmentally protective and legally defensible permits that also work for the industry sectors being regulated.

Culture of the Team
This position is part of a group of professional permit writers, rule writers, and engineers. 

There is a potential that this position may require overnight travel, public speaking, and dealing with tough questions from stakeholders. This position involves being a part of a team that enforces water quality regulations on businesses, public entities and private individuals.

This is a great opportunity to:
  • Be part of a team on the leading edge, addressing water quality issues for the state of Washington.
  • Develop experience implementing NPDES permitting regulations under the Clean Water Act.
  • Develop experience implementing state water quality regulations.
  • Develop environmental negotiation and facilitation skills.

 This position is open until filled, with an initial screening on September 24, 2019. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before September 23, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.

Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree involving major study in environmental, physical, 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.


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.


Two years of experience as an Environmental Specialist 3 at the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Additional qualifying experience will substitute year for year for education.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience and demonstrated capability with technical writing and working with the public.
  • Experience with NPDES permitting.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment

Must maintain a valid driver's license.
Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

Please include the following documents as an attachment 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 do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.
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.

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Other Information:

If you need assistance applying for this job, please call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail 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 Nathan Lubliner at: Please do not contact Nathan to inquire about the status of your application.

This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.  

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.