ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST 3 *02683H
The Department of Fish and Wildlife has some of the most talented people in the natural resource field. We celebrate and value diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community, and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfilling the agency’s mission.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable recreational and commercial opportunities dependent on viable fish and wildlife populations. Each day, WDFW employees facilitate fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities for millions of residents and visitors. WDFW’s employees–field and laboratory biologists, geneticists, research scientists, hatchery professionals, policy experts, fully commissioned law enforcement officers, land stewards, lab technicians, property acquisition specialists, customer service representatives and others work throughout the state. WDFW employees protect and restore critical habitat, strive to facilitate species recovery when necessary, and manage hundreds of fish and wildlife species. WDFW employees maintain nearly a million acres of public wildlife lands. They interpret, apply and enforce state and federal laws and collaborate with stakeholders to protect fish and wildlife resources. Find out more about us and the important work we are a part of at www.wdfw.wa.gov.ENVIRONMMETAL SPECIAILIST 3(Permanent)The Department is seeking a trailblazer with a proven ability to motivate others, build a strong sense of teamwork, collaborate with diverse interest groups, successfully communicate and promote important Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) data, document management, technical support and training. This recruitment is for one full-time position within the Department’s Habitat Program, Protection-Regulatory Division. The duty station for this position will be in the Natural Resource Building, 1111 Washington St. SE, Olympia, Thurston County.
Consistent with Habitat Program’s strategic plan, this position reports to the F&W Biologist 4 in the Regulatory Services Section. The position reviews and evaluates HPA applications, plans, and supplemental materials for administrative and statutory completeness, communicates with applicants/agents on methods to achieve complete applications if deficient, and documents application status in the agency permitting database. Responsibilities also include evaluating and processing applications to ensure that all required components are submitted; explaining department requirements and procedures for applications; interpreting and explaining technical information to the public; notifying applicants/agents when applications are incomplete and requesting additional information as necessary; and providing instruction and technical support for staff. This position is also responsible for developing an expert knowledge of the HPA permitting process from application development through project completion, and providing feedback on that process and the tools used to implement each piece of the process.
- Review and evaluate HPA application materials for accuracy and administrative completeness, and process HPA applications for statutory completeness.
- Responsible for processing and reviewing HPA application materials submitted by applicants in accordance with the applicable statute, rules, agency policies, and guidance. Assign complete applications to the appropriate Habitat Biologist.
- Accompany Habitat Biologists as they perform pre-construction site visits, discuss project plans and specifications, permit provisions and cause/effect relationships of the proposed work, and conduct post-project site visits. Accompany Compliance Inspectors as they conduct compliance inspections and assist with the documentation of those inspections. Act as a conduit between field staff and management for constant improvement ideas and concepts relative to the permitting process and best management practices being used.
- Using the Habitat Program’s online permitting system, Aquatic Protection Permitting System (APPS), the incumbent will provide internal and external customer service and training on APPS. Assist supervisor and permit system development team with development of program guidance, manuals, and help tools.
- Work with staff to develop and update Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for specific project types. Conduct necessary SOP training or workshops.
- A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field and two years of professional level experience in environmental analysis or control or environmental planning. Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education.
- A Master’s degree in one of the above fields will substitute for one year of the required experience.
- A Ph.D. in the applicable science will substitute for two years of the required experience.
Must possess a valid Washington State or other State Driver’s License.
Preferred/Desired Education, Training, Skills and Abilities/Competencies:
Skills and experience necessary for this work include: Demonstrated complex records management skills. Ability to accurately and timely enter information into log sheets and database forms. Proficient in the use of common computer functions; and programs like Outlook, Word, and Excel. Proficient using standard office equipment including computers, digital scanners, photocopiers, printers, FAX. Knowledge of fish and wildlife habitat management. Good communication skills.
- Functional proficiency in the use of spreadsheets and word processing.
- Functional knowledge of relevant WACs and RCWs governing Hydraulic Project Approvals
- Functional knowledge of the requirements of State Environmental Policy Act as they pertain to the Hydraulic Code.
- Demonstrated organization and time management skills to effectively prioritize workload and maximize efficiency.
- Ability to read, interpret, and explain project plans and maps.
Key Competencies — the best-qualified applicants will demonstrate abilities in the following areas:
- Supervisory and leadership – Demonstrated skill supervising, leading, and coaching people. Excellent self-awareness to understand and relate to different personalities in a manner that produces team cohesion, trust, and solution-oriented thinking.
- Facilitation and negotiation – Demonstrated ability to apply negotiation and conflict resolution skills in contentious work settings. Leadership reaching consensus and de-escalating conflict.
- Communication and coordination – Demonstrated success using verbal and written communication skills. Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to discuss complex or controversial information in a way that is understandable and non-confrontational to different audiences. Intuitive sense for who to coordinate key messages with, including relevant management.
The successful candidate must be willing and able to:
- Read, interpret, apply and explain regulations and policies;
- Ability to create and manage complex, specialized reports and records;
- Ability to use complex software;
- Ability to perform research and make independent investigation of assigned problems;
- Ability to coordinate and analyze issues;
- Ability to work independently and apply program information in making work decisions or in supplying information to others;
- Establish and maintain positive working relations with other employees and the general public;
- Ability to work cooperatively with others as a member of a technical, service-oriented team;
- Ability to accept personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work. Ability to prioritize work, and to stay focused on tasks in spite of distractions and interruptions;
- Ability to adapt to changing work routines and responsibilities;
- Ability to stay focused on tasks, work efficiently and handle interruptions appropriately. Transition smoothly between tasks;
- Ability to apply negotiation and conflict resolution skills when communicating with difficult people under difficult circumstances.
- Use excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Handles customer inquiries and complaints promptly, courteously, and non-bureaucratically.
- Balances quality of work with ability to meet deadlines by making efficient and effective use of available time, equipment and resources with minimal supervision. Exhibits self-initiative in developing or upgrading knowledge and skills, and applying that new knowledge or skills in the work environment.
- Does not make excuses for errors or problems, instead, acknowledges and corrects mistakes. Demonstrates ethical behavior. Keeps commitments made to others. Shows respect for self and others. Asks for and accepts constructive feedback on performance and makes efforts to improve. Accepts and follows supervisory direction. Provides constructive feedback to others. Maintains alertness and concentration during normal work period. Keeps supervisor and co-workers informed of need-to-know items, and follows chain-of-command when addressing problems or issues.
- Supplemental Information
- Working Conditions
- Work is performed in an office and outdoor environment. Office work includes reading, writing, phone and computer use.
- Must have the ability to operate a vehicle and hold a valid driver’s license. Fieldwork may require the knowledge of operating GPS, clinometer, and digital camera.
- Work hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. five days a week. These hours are flexible to accommodate seasonal workload or additional duties as assigned by the supervisor.
- Physical, environmental, or mental demands of key work: Must be able to drive a vehicle to conduct field review of project sites.
- Health, Safety or Administrative Requirements: Capable of walking over rough terrain for short distances (? 1 mile) regularly or occasionally over long distances (several miles).
- Willingness and ability to work extended hours as necessary to complete assignments. May include extended travel and evening or overnight trips.
This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Washington Association of Fish and Wildlife Professionals (WAFWP). As a condition of employment you must either join the union and pay union dues, or pay the union a representational or other fee within 30 days of the date you are put into pay status.
How to Apply:
To apply for this position you MUST complete your profile at www.careers.wa.gov, ensuring you complete the Work History experience section of the online application and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:
- A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (generic cover letter will not be accepted)
- A current resume (please make it succinct)
- Three professional references (personal references do not count as professional)
Please note: Failure to follow the above application instructions will lead to disqualification. Please do not include any attachments other than the ones requested above. E-mailed documents will not be accepted after the closing of the recruitment or in lieu of attaching your documents to the online profile.
Upon submission of your online application, you will immediately receive a confirming e-mail. You will then be notified via e-mail of your status during the process. In addition to the e-mail notifications, you can check the status of your application at any time by visiting your online profile at www.careers.wa.gov. Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we ask your understanding and encourage you to use the online process and avoid calling for information.
Please note that initial screening will be solely based on the completeness of application materials submitted and the contents and completeness of the “work experience” section of your application in NeoGov. A resume will not substitute for the “work experience” section of the application. The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the supplemental questions. Responses not supported in your application may disqualify you from consideration for employment in this position. All information will be verified and documentation may be required.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife 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, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-2276 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (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 BenefitsEmployees 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 CompensationState 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.
HolidaysFull-time employees are entitled to eleven* paid holidays:HOLIDAYDATENew Year’s DayJanuary 1Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthdayThird Monday in JanuaryPresidents’ DayThird Monday in FebruaryMemorial DayLast Monday in MayIndependence DayJuly 4Labor DayFirst Monday in SeptemberVeterans’ DayNovember 11Thanksgiving DayFourth Thursday in November & Friday afterChristmas DayDecember 25Personal HolidayEmployee’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 SecurityAll 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 LeaveFull-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.
01What best describes your level of education completion:
02If you have graduated from a College or University, what is your major area of study? If multiple degrees, please list each degree and major.03Please describe your experience working as a part of a multidisciplinary group including any experiences you may have had working with such a group to reach consensus on contentious issues.04Please describe your experience managing conflict and team-building within your work group or between work groups.05Do you have experience and knowledge of hydraulic projects in or around streams, wetlands, or other water bodies and their effects on aquatic habitats and fish life.
- High School or GED
- Currently attending a College or University
- Associates degree
- Bachelor’s degree
- Master’s degree
- None of the above
06Are you willing and able to work in all weather conditions, including snow and extreme heat, and over difficult terrain including slippery rocks, steep banks, and mud up to 50% of the time?
07Do you have a valid Washington State, or other state, driver’s license? (If selected for an interview, you may be asked to furnish your license and driving record.)
08Please verify that you have included the following information in your online application: 1) A chronological resume OR a completed online profile that includes education and employment history 2) A detailed cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications for this position. 3) Detailed responses to all supplemental questions. 4) Three professional references.
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