Air Quality Planner (Environmental Planner 3) (In-Training)


Air Quality Planner (Environmental Planner 3) (In-Training)

$51,504.00 – $67,584.00 Annually
Thurston County – Lacey, WA
Job Type
Full Time – Permanent
Dept. of Ecology
Job Number
7/28/2017 11:59 PM Pacific
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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, with leadership that embraces the value of people, Ecology is a great fit.

The Air Quality Program (AQ) is looking to fill an Air Quality Planner (Environmental Planner 3) (In-Training) position. The position will be located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

This position performs activities directed at meeting federal and state of Washington air quality standards and minimizing public health problems.

As an independent project manager, this position will:

  • Plan, direct and coordinate rulemaking and State Implementation Plan (SIP) projects.
  • Analyze options and background materials for use by program management, EPA, and stakeholders.
  • Develop new or revise existing air quality rules to comply with state and federal requirements and to minimize health impacts.
  • Develop SIPs required by the US EPA.
  • Develop policies and provide written and oral recommendations to management for program and agency action.
  • Ensure that the assigned projects are implemented in accordance with management direction and agency’s priorities and on schedule.
  • Coordinate work of technical staff assigned to a project.
  • Maintain communications with and among committees and with local air authority partners, regional organizations, public and private interests, and the EPA.

We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills and the ability to work with diverse groups, training and/or experience in technical writing, policy development and project management, and meeting and workgroup facilitation skills.

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. Maybe you’ve seen some of our recent stories on TwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at

Local efforts… Diverse people… Statewide impacts

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The Air Quality Program’s mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance the air quality of Washington to safeguard public health and the environment, and support high quality of life.

As an Air Quality Planner, this position may be assigned to rule writing or SIP development depending on program workload priorities. Below are tasks and responsibilities specific to rulemaking and SIP development as well as general tasks and responsibilities that apply to both rulemaking and SIP development.

Some of the key work activities include:


  • Independently coordinates planning, development, and implementation of rulemaking and policy related to all aspects of air pollution regulations.
  • Prepares all required documents for each phase of rulemaking, including, but not limited to, rule development plans, environmental checklists, written responses to comments, implementation plans, technical reports, and air quality administrative regulations.
  • Writes preliminary rule language for stakeholder and management consideration; consults and negotiates with groups internal and external to Ecology to reach a recommendation to management for the final rule language; and finalizes rule language to comply with and implement federal and state environmental statutes.
  • Prepares rules for EPA approval into the State Implementation Plan, when applicable.

SIP Development:

  • Independently coordinates planning, analysis and development of submittal packages for State Implementation Plans.
  • Prepares all required documents, including draft and final SIP submittal documents, written response to comments, and director briefing materials.

General tasks applicable to both rulemaking and SIP development:

  • As rule development or SIP project manager, works with others within the AQP, including engineering and scientific staff in the formulation and evaluation of rule language, SIP submittals, and policy initiatives. Coordinates the work of technical and planning staff on a project basis.
  • Works with communications and outreach staff to develop and implement communications plans, outreach strategies and tools, and websites for rulemaking and SIP submittal projects.
  • Holds public meetings and hearings.
  • Develops policies, reports, and other informational materials that evaluate air pollution control and prevention strategies.

To broaden the candidate pool, we will consider candidates that qualify at the Environmental Planner 2 or 3 levels. Please read the qualifications section below to learn more about this exciting career growth and in-training opportunity.


The goal class for this position is an Environmental Planner 3 (EP3). We will consider applicants who meet the requirements for the Environmental Planner 2 or 3 levels. If the finalist meets the requirements for the EP2 level, they will be placed into a training program to become an EP3 within a specified period of time.

Required Qualifications:

At the Environmental Planner 3 level: Pay Range 57 – ($4292 – $5632) Monthly

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, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related scientific field.


Two (2) years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, natural resource, or public policy planning, environmental permitting, air quality monitoring, engineering, and/or program development.

At the Environmental Planner 2 level: Pay Range 50 – ($3612 – $4737) Monthly

A Master’s degree or above with major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related scientific field.


One (1) year of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource or public policy planning, environmental permitting, air quality monitoring, engineering, and/or program development.

Desired Qualifications:

Applicants should have or be able to achieve quickly the following personal competencies expected for this position:

  • Planning: Be able to identify tasks, activities, work plans and timelines needed to achieve key results and to organize and prioritize work accordingly to meet critical strategic goals and established timelines.
  • Policy Development: Have a basic knowledge of policy development processes and an interest in further developing skills such as being able to identify issues, positions, and interests of various parties and craft strategies accordingly.
  • Project Management: Effectively direct and integrate all aspects of a project, ensuring that work progresses toward achieving goals and objectives and meeting deadlines.
  • Technical Writing: Be able to learn, understand, and communicate basic air quality science and technical information; be comfortable with data presented in graphical and tabular format, and be able to understand or learn statistical concepts and terminology.
  • Meeting Facilitation: Facilitate productive stakeholder and project team meetings that meet your objectives, allow for decision making, and keep your project moving forward.
Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:
In order to be considered, applicants MUST attach the following documents as an attachment to their application:
  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required/desired qualifications of this position.
  • A resume outlining your professional experience.
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.

If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit 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 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 Jason Alberich at: Please do not contact Jason 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.

More than Just a Paycheck!
Employee benefits are not just about the kind of services you get, they are also about how much you may have to pay out of pocket. Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.

We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career and that your priority is making sure that you and your family will maintain health and financial security. That’s why choice is a key component of our benefits package. We have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits that you can mix and match to meet your current and future needs.

Read about our benefits:
The following information describes typical benefits available for full-time employees who are expected to work more than six months. Actual benefits may vary by appointment type or be prorated for other than full-time work. Check with the agency human resource office for specific benefit information.
Insurance Benefits
Employees and families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance.  There are multiple medical plans with affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout the state.  Staff are eligible to enroll each year in a medical flexible spending account which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care expenses.  Employees are also covered by basic life and long term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional coverage amounts.  To view premium rates, coverage choice in your area and how to enroll, please visit the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) website.
Retirement and Deferred Compensation
State Employees are members of the Washington Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS).  New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs.  For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems‘ web site.
Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP).  This is a supplemental retirement savings program (similar to an IRA) that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options.
Vacation (Annual Leave)
You begin accruing vacation starting your first month of employment. Since we value your loyalty, the amount of vacation you can accrue increases the longer you work with us. Washington State supports members of the armed forces with 21 days paid military leave per year. Vacation accrues for full-time employees per WAC 357-31-165.


Full-time employees are entitled to eleven* paid holidays:

New Year’s Day
January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday
Third Monday in January
Presidents’ Day
Third Monday in February
Memorial Day
Last Monday in May
Independence Day
July 4
Labor Day
First Monday in September
Veterans’ Day
November 11
Thanksgiving Day
Fourth Thursday in November & Friday after
Christmas Day
December 25
Personal Holiday
Employee’s selection each calendar year

*Employees who are members of certain Unions are entitled to an additional personal leave day of their choice. Please refer to specific Collective Bargaining Agreements for more information.

Social Security
All state employees are covered by the federal Social Security and Medicare systems. The state and the employee pay an equal amount into the system.
Sick Leave
Full-time employees earn eight hours of sick leave per month. Paid sick leave may be used for reasons included in WAC 357-31-130.
Please visit the State HR Website for more detailed information.
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Please indicate your degree and major study.
Which statement best describes your professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, natural resource or public policy planning environmental permitting, air quality monitoring, engineering, and/or program development?

  • I have at least one year of experience.
  • I have at least two years of experience.
  • None of the above statements apply.
Please provide additional information to support your response above. The following information is needed: position title(s), specific duties, and periods of employment. Make sure your response specifically addresses the qualification above. An incomplete answer, including “please see resume” may remove you from further consideration.
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