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General Permit Coordinator (Environmental Planner 2)


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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Water Quality Program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a General Permit Coordinator (Environmental Planner 2) position. 

This position is located in our Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA.

Who are we looking for?

Along with our permit writers and rule writing project managers, you are an integral component to keeping water quality general permits, rules and 401 certifications on schedule and in compliance with laws, rules and best practices. You are well organized, self-motivated, enjoy collaborating with a team, have leadership qualities, and are interested in helping us advance our public outreach and Environmental Justice goals. If you like a dynamic position with opportunities for continuous process improvement, we are looking for you.

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.

During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. This position is not currently required to work in the office on a regular basis. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing. Looking ahead, Ecology has recently updated the agency policies on telework and flexible and compressed work schedules. Applicants with questions about position location options, telework, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in “other information.” 
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of October 24, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before October 23, 2022 end of day. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date. We do encourage you to apply after the initial screening if the position interests you.

About the Department of Ecology
Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We are a culture that is invested in making a difference. Join a team that is highly effective and collaborative, with leadership that embraces the value of people.

Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:

  • A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.
  • An Infants at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns.
  • Continuous growth and development opportunities. 
  • A wellness program that offers education, fitness classes, and an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
  • Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.

Our commitment to DEIR
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) are core values central to Ecology’s work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.
Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.
Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.
Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology’s work.
Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement.
We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued. 


Why join this team?
Washington State has delegated authority from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to write Water Quality National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permits for specific industries or operations. These General Permits typically renew on a 5-year cycle. This role provides you with an opportunity to join a team that is responsible for issuing over 20 water quality general permits, support WQ rulemaking and 401 certifications. It is collaborative work, with an opportunity to apply continuous improvement principles to processes and establish best practices. The work group you get to lead is curious, engaged and collaborative. This is a great opportunity to develop new and flex existing leadership skills.

An ideal candidate is excited about and interested in exploring environmental equity and justice. The state and our environmental regulatory agency are in a unique phase where we are integrating environmental justice (EJ) laws and best practices. This work is continuing to make its way into WQ permits and rules. 

What you will do: 

You will play an integral role in working with project managers to coordinate and facilitate the development of water quality general permits and rules. You will be responsible for helping with public involvement in decision-making by following public engagement laws, EJ laws and policies, and best practices. You will help the project managers with scheduling and tracking the steps involved for a successful permit reissuance. You will assess or review environmental plans such as economic assessments, SEPA checklists, communication plans, 401 certifications, and other permit/rule-related documents.

  • Support the development of permit or rule issuance plans, including timelines, tasks and schedules for permit and rule writers, following related WACs and RCWs.
  • Help develop and track general permit issuance across permits. Recommend schedule changes to the permit writer and unit supervisor based on workload and public involvement considerations.
  • Coordinate the preparation of plans, reports, administrative regulations, letters, and notices for rule adoption and the permit issuance process. 
  • Coordinate and support the review, formatting and editing of draft permits, rules and fact sheets, which help to describe the basis for each permit.
  • Coordinate and support the WQ Program communications team in planning for permit development and issuance for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Coordinate public involvement and outreach for general permits and rules, following related WACs and RCWs and with Environmental Justice considerations and compliance with SB 5141/HEAL Act (our state’s Environmental Justice law).
  • Lead the General Permit Writer's Workgroup.


Required Qualifications:
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, educational and volunteer experience. See below for how you may qualify.
Option 1:

  • A Bachelor’s degree with major emphasis land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field
  • Three (3) years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, project management, environmental regulation, grant management, and/or program development.
Option 2:

  • A Master’s degree or above with major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field
  • One (1) year of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, project management, environmental regulation, grant management, and/or program development.

Desired Qualifications:
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.

  • Experience, certification, or training in Project Management
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to work with technical writers or technical experts and the public
  • Experience managing multiple priorities and working with multiple project managers simultaneously, while keeping track of processes and deadlines
  • Experience with and demonstrated ability in continuous process improvement
  • An understanding of permitting or other regulatory processes
  • Experience with plain talk communication principles
  • Experience with applying Environmental Justice principles in a regulatory environment

Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.

Supplemental Information

Ecology seeks diverse applicants: We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Need an Accommodation in the application and/or screening process or this job announcement in an alternative format?

  • Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: and we will be happy to assist.
  • If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can reach the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
  • If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail Please do not send an email to this address to follow-up on the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.
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Application Instructions:

It's in the applicant's best interest to submit all of the documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be declined.

  • A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position.
  • A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position.
  • Three professional references.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable. 
For Your Privacy:
When attaching documents to your application (such as Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, DD-214, etc.):

  • Please be sure to remove private information such as your social security number, date of birth, etc. 
  • Do not attach documents that are password-protected, as these documents may not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded. 

Additional Application Instructions for Current 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.

Application Attestation: 

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. 

Other Information:
If you have specific questions about the position, please email Lucienne Banning at: . Please do not contact Lucienne to inquire about the status of your application.
To request the full position description: email

Why work for Ecology?

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.

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 your health and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to life/work balance.

Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:

Student debt: how working for Ecology can help
The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See for more details.
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Collective Bargaining: This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.  

Equal Opportunity Employer: 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, military spouses 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.

Note: This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency. Once all the position(s) from the recruitment announcement are filled, the recruitment may only be used to fill additional open positions for the next sixty (60) days.