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Salary: $23.37 – $30.66 Hourly
Job Number: 2019-WQP1104-06360
Closing: Continuous

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Department of Ecology is looking for a Pharmaceuticals in Wastewater Policy Coordinator (Environmental Planner 2) in the Water Quality Program in our Headquarters building in Lacey, WA.

Pharmaceuticals discharged to the environment in wastewater may threaten the health of humans, the Southern Resident Killer Whales, their prey, and other aquatic species.

The Water Quality Program has been tasked with convening discussions, identifying priorities, determining source control approaches, and recommending wastewater treatment methods to reduce pharmaceuticals in wastewater.

This position, located in the Program Development Section of the Water Quality Program, supports this effort by coordinating and facilitating the process for the development of a plan to identify, prioritize, and address pharmaceuticals and other chemicals of emerging concern (CECs) in wastewater.

This is a new position at Ecology, and is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the protection of Southern Resident Killer Whales and our Puget Sound while taking advantage of a flexible, part time (30 hour per week) schedule.

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Local efforts… Diverse people… Statewide impacts

Agency Mission: Ecology’s mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment and to promote the wise management of our air, land and water for the benefit of current and future generations.

Program Mission: 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.

What will the Pharmaceuticals in Wastewater Policy Coordinator do?

  • Develop the planning processes for the development of Water Quality plans and policies to identify, prioritize, and address pharmaceuticals and CECs in wastewater.
  • Coordinate stakeholder involvement and outreach for the development and discussion of a plan to identify the most effective actions to decrease the wastewater loading to Puget Sound of pharmaceutical chemicals identified as the highest priority of concern.
  • Conduct research of an environmental, economical, financial, and natural resources nature concerning pharmaceuticals and CECs in wastewater.
  • Coordinate the development of a prioritized list of chemicals of emerging concern that threaten the health of Southern Resident Killer Whales and their prey.

What’s it like to be a part of this team?

  • Ecology supports work-life balance and offers telework and flexible schedule options.

This is a part-time project position, expected to work 30 hours per week. This position is funded through June 30, 2021, with the possibility of extension through June 30, 2024

This position is open until filled. The initial screening will be July 24, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before July 23, 2019. 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, chemistry, biology, or closely related field, AND one year of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.


A Bachelor’s degree 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, chemistry, biology, or closely related field AND three years 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.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of wastewater treatment plants systems or natural treatment systems.
  • Experience facilitating and leading advisory or public workgroups.
  • Presentation skills and experience presenting in front of large and small public audiences.
  • Familiarity with the Southern Resident Killer Whale Taskforce and recovery efforts.
  • Education or experience with scientific research methods.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

Must be able to 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 ForgivenessTuition Waiver,  Long Term Disability & Life InsuranceDeferred Compensation ProgramsDependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA)Employee Assistance ProgramCommute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader)Combined Fund DriveSmartHealth

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 for more details.

*See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information

Supplemental Information 

Application Instructions:
Please include the following documents as an attachment to your application:
  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required 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 Carrie Graul at: Carrie.Graul@ECY.WA.GOV. Please do not contact Carrie 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 is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.

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.