General Permit Coordinator

(Environmental Planner 2)

$43,344.00 – $56,844.00 Annually
Thurston County – Lacey, WA
Job Type
Full Time – Permanent
Dept. of Ecology
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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, has leadership that embraces the value of people, Ecology is a good fit.

The Water Quality Program is looking to hire a General Permit Coordinator (Environmental Planner 2). The position will be located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

This position coordinates the development of water quality permits and rules so that they are issued in a timely manner. This includes developing and facilitating planning processes for rule and permit issuance, and facilitating advisory groups and outreach so that the public understands the new rules and permits and has the opportunity to provide input.

We are looking for applicants who are organized and have excellent written and verbal communication skills, a service focus, and the ability to work well with others in a team environment.
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.

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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.

Some of the key work activities for the General Permit Coordinator are:

Develops, coordinates, tracks and facilitates planning processes for rule and general permit issuance so that rules, permits, and associated documentation are issued in a timely manner and within the constraints of regulation:

  • Develops plans including timelines, tasks, and schedules for permit and rule writers from inception through issuance.
  • Develops and maintains a system to track general permit issuance across permits, and recommends schedule changes to the permit writer and unit supervisor based on workload and public involvement considerations.
  • Coordinates the preparation of plans, reports, administrative regulations, letters, and notices for rule adoption and the permit issuance process. Documentation may include notices to different stakeholder groups, state register notices, and newspaper notices.
  • Reviews, formats and edits draft permits, rules and fact sheets as planned and scheduled.
  • Ensures regulatory standards are followed in the filing of permit administrative records.
  • Manages a SharePoint site for the General Permit Writer Workgroup.

 Coordinates public involvement and outreach for general permits and rules:

  • Coordinates schedules and locations for public meetings, workshops, and hearings.
  • Issues public notices and state register notices.
  • Facilitates advisory groups and related correspondence.
  • Posts general permit information to the website and redesigns as needed.
  • Maintains mailing lists and list serves for each general permit prepared by PDS.
  • Serves as a hearings officer at public hearings as needed.
  • Manages public records.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial review date for this position will be August 18, 2017. To be considered for the initial review date, please apply online by August 17, 2017. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:

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 field, AND one year of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development. 


One year of experience as an Environmental Planner 1, provided a degree as described above has been obtained. 

Two years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development will substitute for the Master’s degree providing a Bachelor’s degree in a field listed above or a natural science has been achieved.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

Past experience and demonstrated capability working with technical writers and the public.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

Must possess a valid driver’s license.

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.

Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position.

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 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 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 Kathleen Emmett at: Please do not contact Kathleen Emmett 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.

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