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Salary: $57,948.00 – $76,128.00 Annually

Job Number: 2019-SEA4490-12686
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 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 Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (PBNERR) in Skagit County, Washington is seeking applications for the Coastal Training Program (CTP) Coordinator (Environmental Planner 3) position. This is a full-time position at the Padilla Bay reserve near Mount Vernon, WA.

This position is instrumental in transferring ecological and natural resource science into the hands of coastal planners, resource managers, and other professionals involved in decisions related to coastal resources management and policy.

We are looking for applicants who possess strong communication skills (oral and written), have experience writing reports and conducting oral presentations, the ability to thrive working independently and as a highly collaborative member of a small team and experience leading and contributing to multi-partner projects.

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



Ecology’s mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment, and promote the wise management of our air, land and water for the benefit of current and future generations. Our goals are to prevent pollution, clean up pollution, and support sustainable communities and natural resources.

The mission of the Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) Program is to support community conservation efforts for our shorelands, wetlands, and floodplains.

The mission of Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (PBNERR) is to protect, preserve, and enhance the natural resources of Padilla Bay and to operate programs of education, public information, natural resource management, research, and monitoring to conserve and manage estuaries in Washington State and across the nation.

Some of the key work activities for the CTP Coordinator position include:

  • Serves as project manager for the Coastal Training Program at PBNERR and will be engaged on local, regional and national levels.
  • Provides expertise, support and guidance on coastal planning, management and/or policy development issues.  A key element of support for environmental policy guidance and resource planning and management efforts is the course offerings associated with the CTP.
  • Works with a wide range of professionals from various environmental programs, staff from state agencies and multiple levels of government, Tribal entities, and other stakeholders.
  • Provides oversight of the program, strategic planning, course and curriculum development, conducting needs assessments and evaluations, and actively participating in the hosting, administration and facilitation of CTP courses at Padilla Bay and across western Washington.
  • Remains involved on the national level through committees and workgroups of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.
  • Represents PBNERR and the Department of Ecology at local, regional, and national levels, and advances the Reserve mission and goals through engagement and collaboration with the Research, Stewardship, and Education sectors.
  • Works with a part-time assistant to implement the coastal training program and reports to the Reserve Director.

We are seeking applicants who have strong facilitation and program management skills, take a collaborative approach to their work, and have the ability to communicate and engage across a wide range of stakeholder groups (e.g. scientists, natural resource managers, landowners, Tribal communities, and local, state, and federal entities).  Successful applicants will have professional expertise in coastal policy and/or management, experience coordinating and facilitating instructional and/or educational programs, have familiarity using needs assessments and evaluations to direct and reform program performance, and an interest in collaborating with the Research and Stewardship sectors to explore emerging questions related to climate science, coastal resilience, and socioecological interactions. The applicant should be energetic and motivated to engage with our diverse group of stakeholders and explore collaborations across the national NERRS network.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening date will be January 21, 2020.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before January 20, 2020. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

Please to do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.

Required Qualifications:

A Master’s degree or above with major emphasis in environmental or natural resource management or planning, socioecological or environmental social science, regional or land use planning, environmental law, environmental science, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field, and two (2) years of professional experience in regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.


A Bachelor’s degree with major emphasis in environmental or natural resource management or planning, socioecological or environmental social science, regional or land use planning, environmental law, environmental science, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field, and four (4) years of professional experience in regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.


One (1) year of experience as an Environmental Planner 2, provided that a degree as described above has been obtained.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Three years of experience in program development or assessment; experience working with natural resource agencies or local government planning staff.
  • Program and workshop facilitation skills, experience conducting needs assessments, strong communication and organizational skills suitable for coordinating multiple courses and programs.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

  • Ability to obtain or 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 to do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.

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 Dr. Jude Apple at:  Please do not contact Dr. Apple 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.