General Nonpoint Source and Shellfish Specialist (Environmental Specialist 3); Department of Ecology

Job Title: 
General Nonpoint Source and Shellfish Specialist (Environmental Specialist 3)
Job Location: 
Lacey, Washington
Full-Time - Permanent
$46,644.00 - $61,224.00 Annually

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, and has leadership that embraces the value of people, Ecology may be a good fit.

The Water Quality program within the Department of Ecology is looking for a Senior Nonpoint Source Water Quality Specialist in our Southwest Regional Office in Lacey, WA.
 In this position, you will help reduce land use impacts on water quality and shellfish by meeting and working with landowners and other government and tribal partners. You will help identify and respond to water quality issues, nonpoint source pollution, and shellfish bed closures.
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Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts




Agency Mission: The mission of the Department of Ecology is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment, for current and future generations. 

Program Mission: The mission of the Water Quality Program is to protect and restore Washington's waters to support healthy watersheds and communities. Our work ensures state waters can 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 you do?

  • Administer water laws and policies to correct land use impacts to water quality and shellfish issues by providing technical assistance and completing compliance and enforcement actions in the Southwest Region.
  • Participate in water quality improvement teams and shellfish work groups to address bacterial pollution of shellfish resources.
  • Use assessment tools, including GIS and water quality monitoring, to determine priorities in addressing pollution concerns.
  • Represent Ecology in public information and education opportunities for nonpoint water quality activities.
  • Foster relationships and work closely with our large number of community and business partners in order to address water quality issues.

Why join the team?

We are an energetic and collaborative team dedicated to the protection, restoration, and enhancement of Washington’s waters to sustain healthy watersheds for the benefit of current and future generations.

Please note: During Stay Home, Stay Healthy, staff are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need.
Ecology is maintaining less than maximum building occupancy, and requiring masks, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing.

This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of April 14, 2021  In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before April 13, 2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.




Required Qualifications:

There are multiple ways to qualify for this position. See options below:


Option 1:

Six (6) years of combined education and experience:

  • Experience: In environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning, such as:
    • Administering environmental laws and regulations 
    • Working with the public and/or private sectors to institute behavioral change
  • Education: Involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field 


Option 2: 

  • Two (2) years of experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning, such as:

    • Administering environmental laws and regulations 
    • Working with the public and/or private sectors to institute behavioral change
  • A Bachelor's degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.

Option 3: 

  • One (1) year of experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning, such as:

    • Administering environmental laws and regulations 
    • Working with the public and/or private sectors to institute behavioral change
  • A Master’s degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.


Option 4:

  • A Ph.D. in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field

All experience and education combinations that meet the requirements for this position:

Possible CombinationsCollege credit hours or degreeYears of required experienceCombination 1No college credit hours or degree6 years of experienceCombination 2I have 30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits.5 years of experienceCombination 3I have 60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree).4 years of experienceCombination 4I have 90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits.3 years of experienceCombination 5 A Bachelor's Degree2 years of experienceCombination 6 A Master's Degree1 years of experienceCombination 7A PhDNo experience

Desired Qualifications:

We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.

Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool

  • Experience using mediation tools or techniques, or mediation training.
  • GIS experience or certification
  • Experience or training with water quality sampling
  • Experience providing technical assistance in an agricultural setting


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 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 complete the short on-line application, supplemental questions and upload:

  • Your current chronological resume; 
  • A cover letter explaining how you fit the requirements of the position;
  • Three professional references with current contact information.

Important Note

When attaching documents to your application (Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, DD-214, etc.):

  • Please be sure to remove private information such as your social security number, date of birth, etc. 
  • Do not attach documents that are password protected as these documents may not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded. 

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.


It is in the candidate's best interest to submit all of the documents requested above. Applications without these documents may be declined.

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 careers [at] 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 email Sheila Marcoe at: Sheila.Marcoe [at] Please do not contact Sheila 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.   

This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency. Once all the position(s) from the recruitment announcement are filled, the recruitment may only be used to fill additional open positions for the next sixty (60) days.

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, military spouses 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.

Please note that all jobs are automatically removed once the application deadline passes. Jobs without a deadline are automatically removed after 30 days.