Water Quality Local Loan Program Planner (Environmental Planner 3)
Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
The Department of Ecology is recruiting for a Water Quality Local Loan Program Planner (Environmental Planner 3) in the Water Quality Program. This position is responsible for providing expertise and consultation of water quality grant and loan financial management with an emphasis on the nationally recognized on-site Regional Loan Program (RLP) and is located in our Headquarters building in Lacey, WA.
We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills, the ability to work comfortably with people of different styles and work closely with our grant and loan partners to protect and restore water quality.
This position plays a key role in management and coordination of grants and loans that eliminate or repair failing onsite sewage systems, reduce pollution from urban and rural Stormwater runoff and implement agricultural best management practices.
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.
Local efforts… Diverse people… Statewide impacts
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.
The Water Quality Local Loan Program Planner is responsible for coordinating and communicating funding strategies and providing consultation to other staff within the Water Quality Program related to the management of State Revolving Fund (SRF) local loan projects, and programs funded under Clean Water Act Section 319 (nonpoint) and Section 320 National Estuary Program (NEP) authorities.
To do this, this position:
- Guides the development of policies, procedures, and guidelines for SRF/Centennial funded local loan programs.
- Supports regional project managers within the program by coordinating with EPA, Puget Sound Partnership, Department of Health, and other state and federal agencies, local governments, and Indian tribes.
- Provides both financial and project management for SRF local loan fund projects and associated Centennial grant projects including the ongoing on-site sewage Regional Loan Program (RLP). This includes negotiating agreements and amendments, approving payment requests, tracking project timelines and ensuring final project meets all deliverables.
- Provides technical assistance to funding applicants and recipients to help ensure successful implementation of on-site sewage and other nonpoint source and estuary grant and loan programs by coordinating efforts that address financial assistance of failing on-site sewage issues statewide and other non-point source local loan programs.
- Works with other program staff to promote SRF loan programs and develop enhancements to nonpoint source and estuary protection and restoration financial assistance to help meet the objectives of the Puget Sound Action Agenda and the state Nonpoint Plan.
- Conducts research on the use of other financial assistance models, including use of private financial lending institutions, reviewing existing programs in other states, and conducting stakeholder meetings to discuss and evaluate program challenges and possible changes to meet recipient needs and improve environmental successes and outcomes.
- Manages financial and quality assurance aspects of water quality grant and loan projects for Stormwater and non-point source grant and loans.
This position will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be on July 9, 2018. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before July 8, 2018. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
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 two years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.
A Bachelor’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 four years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.
- Experience working in water quality or other environmental or natural resource protection program.
- Experience or familiarity with nonpoint source pollution issues, on-site septic system issues, and the National Estuary Program.
- Experience with managing environmental protection projects, local loan programs, and work with project budgets and project financial management.
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
Must obtain and maintain 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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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.
- A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.
- A resume outlining your professional experience.
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.
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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 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.
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- Ecology Recruiter
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- Other Website
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04Please indicate your degree and major.05Please select the statement that best describes your professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.
- I have a Bachelor’s degree.
- I have a Master’s degree.
- I have a Ph.D.
- None of the above statements apply.
06Please provide additional information to support your response to question 5 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.07Please describe your experience working in water quality or other environmental or natural resource protection program. If you do not have this experience, please type NA.08Please describe your experience or familiarity with nonpoint source pollution issues, on-site septic system issues, and the National Estuary Program. If you do not have this experience, please type NA.09Please describe your experience managing environmental protection projects, local loan programs, and work with project budgets and project financial management. If you do not have this education or experience, please type NA.10Do you have a valid Driver’s License?
- I have at least one year of experience.
- I have at least two years of experience.
- I have at least three years of experience.
- I have at least four years of experience.
- None of the above statements apply
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