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Salary: $64,008.00 – $83,964.00 Annually
Job Number: 2019-SWM4588-07743
Closing: Continuous

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

Protecting Washington State’s environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We are 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, and believes in the fun factor, Ecology is a good fit.
The Solid Waste Management (SWM) program is looking to fill a Senior Litter Prevention Coordinator (Environmental Planner 4) position. This position will be located in one of our offices located throughout the State of Washington.

The Senior Litter Prevention Coordinator position supports the SWM Program mission by working to reduce both the amount and effects of waste generated in Washington, serving as the statewide litter prevention coordinator responsible for planning and administering a statewide litter prevention outreach campaign.  This position supports the State Solid Waste Plan goal of transitioning to a society that views wastes as inefficient uses of resources and belief that most wastes can be eliminated.

The successful applicant will have negotiation and influencing smarts, be an effective communicator with project manager skills and have the ability to inspire and manage change.  The successful individual will understand social media and the crafting of messages that influence behavior change and will be comfortable working in an environment of various social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.  They will understand how each platform differs so each can be maximized individually.  This individual will have a strong desire to engage.  They will understand the utility of apps and help guide the development of a litter reporting app for the public. This position is as much about being a creative thinker and interacting with various parties at all levels as it is administering and overseeing contracts.

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.

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at and follow, like or visit us on LinkedInTwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

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.

The mission of the Solid Waste Management (SWM) program is to reduce wastes through prevention and reuse, keep toxics out of the environment, and safely manage what remains.

Some of the key work activities of the Senior Litter Prevention Coordinator are:

  • Develops an RFP for a litter prevention campaign and administer the contract.
  • Maintains contractual records and documentation.
  • Oversees the quality of the content created by the consultants and ensure that our brand identity is strengthened and adhered to.
  • Engages with state agencies and litter coordinators to ensure our litter clean-up efforts are maximized.
  • Represents agency with external stakeholders and media, responding to media inquiries, and coordinating with SWM communication staff.
  • Reduces the amount of litter created (prevention) and reduces the amount of litter (pick-up) on state highways.
  • Key Liaison with SWM Leadership Team to address concerns of the Legislature in reducing the amount of litter found on the side of Washington State Highways.

This is a senior level position that will help shape the direction the program, agency and state take in reducing the impact of litter in the state.  There is an opportunity for creativity and new ideas to accomplish this. Opportunity to influence the budget and how it is directed.

Join this exciting time in the SWM program where we are adding 10 new positions looking at everything from plastics recycling to food waste diversion, marketing, planning and other new ventures.  Come ride the wave.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening date will be August 26, 2019.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before August 25, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

If the location of this position is in Bellevue then compensation will include the additional 5% premium pay that this position will receive due to this position’s location in King County.
Please do NOT include your salary history.

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


Three (3) 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


Five (5) 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 3, provided a degree as described above has been obtained.

Desired Qualifications:

Experience developing and managing state contract processes.

Experience and/or academic training in solid waste management, waste reduction, reuse and recycling and/or sustainable resource management practices.

Knowledge of environmental planning issues, especially solid waste planning, in Washington state.  Knowledge of planning principles, techniques, current trends, environmental laws, policies and programs concerning all phases of state and local plan development; governmental administrative structure at local and state levels; environmental, social and other problems affecting development of local and state environmental resource programs; and methods and objectives of urban and natural resources planning.

Experience and training providing direct customer service, especially with customers that are dissatisfied, irate or do not want to do what is being asked of them.

Experience working as a member of a team assigned to develop and complete a project.

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

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 do NOT include your salary history.

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 send an email to Peter Christiansen at: Please do not contact Peter 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.

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.