Shoreline Planner (Environmental Planner 3)
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 Shorelands & Environmental Assistance (SEA) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Shoreline Planner (Environmental Planner 3) position. This position will work out of our Eastern Regional Office (ERO) in Spokane, WA.
The Shoreline Planner position serves as a technical liaison to a number of assigned cities and counties in the Eastern Region on shoreline master planning, and provides guidance on permitting which allows for shoreline development while also protecting the shorelines of the state within the parameters of the law.
We are looking for applicants with excellent relationship building skills, the ability to quickly assess a situation, and make a decision based on agency guidance and law, excellent problem-solving skills, and the ability to communicate complex planning and scientific principles to diverse audiences.
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.
To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov and follow, like or visit us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.
Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts
Agency Mission: Ecology's mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment and to promote the wise management of our air, land and water for the benefit of current and future generations.
Program Mission: The Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) Program mission is to support community conservation efforts for shorelands, wetlands, and floodplains.
Some of the key work activities of the Shoreline Planner position are:
- Serves as an associate-level planner, providing project management, planning, policy, technical, and regulatory support to local governments in an assigned geographic area in the development and administration of Shoreline Master Programs under the Shoreline Management Act (SMA). The position has a primary focus on assistance to local governments conducting periodic reviews of shoreline master programs.
- Coordinates with program staff and local government personnel to provide appropriate help in SMA-related policy interpretations and training on the SMA and its administrative requirements.
- This position has oversight on the preparation of plans, documents and other material related to SMP and Husseman grants: participates in evaluating and awarding grants, negotiates grant agreements, provides technical assistance on issues related to the work program, monitors and ensures compliance with grant terms and financial conditions.
Interesting aspects about the position:
This is the perfect position for those with a passion for planning at the state/local government level. The position embraces a highly variable range of professional planning concepts and challenging concepts, and the opportunity to work with a variety of stakeholders. The successful candidate will travel throughout Eastern and Central Washington, and to Ecology's headquarters in Lacey, Washington with occasional overnight stays and sometimes evening meetings. The candidate may be required to testify in the event of an appeal of an adopted Shoreline Master Program.
The location and the team:
The Eastern Regional Office, Shorelands and Environment Assistance Program is located in Spokane Washington and offers flexible work schedules and a dynamic, collaborative group of employees committed to protecting Washington's shorelands, wetlands and floodplains. Just 92 miles from the Canadian border, and stone's throw from Idaho, Spokane is a paradise for lovers of the outdoors, near great mountains, majestic forests and many lakes within an hour's drive. The city is known for its enviable mountain-biking, 125 parks and municipal golf courses, including one that is nationally ranked.
This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be October 3, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before October 2, 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.
Please note this is a project position that is scheduled to end on June 30, 2023.
A Master's degree or above with a major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, or public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field (e.g. natural or biological sciences)
Two (2) years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, program development, policy planning, or working in an environmental regulatory capacity.
A Bachelor's degree with a major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, or public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field (e.g. natural or biological sciences)
Four (4) years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, program development, policy planning, or working in an environmental regulatory capacity.
One (1) year of experience as an Environmental Planner 2, provided a degree in one of the fields listed above has been obtained.
- Shoreline Management Act – experience applying the Washington Shoreline Management Act in both a planning and a permitting context.
- Growth Management Act – experience applying the Washington Growth Management Act in both a planning and a permitting context, in particular experience with Critical Area Ordinances.
- Environmental Science – substantial coursework or professional experience in freshwater ecology or other natural resource or biological science.
- Government Experience – experience working for a local, state, federal or tribal resource management agency in a planning, program management, policy, or regulatory capacity.
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
A valid driver's license.
Why work for Ecology?
Joining Ecology means becoming a part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington State's environment.
A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our state, while keeping the health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to work/life balance.
Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:
Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth
Student debt and how working for Ecology can help
Employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.
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