Environmental Plannerproject Doh

State of Washington
40-per week WA Washington State Department of Health, 111 Israel Rd SE, Tumwater, WA 98501, United States Apply before 6/2/2024 11:59
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Overview

This posting is for an Environmental Planner 4, full-time, project position is funded through June 30, 2025. As a result, this position is not eligible for a Department of Retirement Services benefit for the duration of the placement. There may be an exception for existing state employees, please contact your Human Resources Business Partner for more information. 

Join a great team and lead us into the future

Are you passionate about making a tangible difference in communities? Do you thrive in collaborative environments where your expertise drives positive change? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you! At the Department of Health, we're dedicated to protecting and improving the health of all people in Washington state.

As the Project Manager for the Lower Yakima Valley (LYV) Groundwater Management Area (GWMA) Implementation Committee, you'll play a pivotal role in addressing elevated nitrate levels in groundwater and mitigating risks to residents' health by helping to address elevated levels of nitrate in the groundwater impacting residents. This position will serve as the senior planner responsible for the department’s Nitrate Hazard Mitigation plan and LYV GMWA by providing analysis on needs, funding, and progress to management, staff, other state agencies, local partners, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Some of the work this position will be doing:

  • Strategic Coordination: Work closely with the Implementation Committee to develop and manage oversight of the GWMA Groundwater Management Plan, ensuring alignment with program goals and objectives.
  • Effective Communication: Prepare and distribute meeting agendas and materials, as well as quarterly summaries of work for submission to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and project partners, fostering transparency and accountability.
  • Partner Engagement: Build and maintain strong relationships with community, regional, and state partners, facilitating collaboration and maximizing resources for effective implementation.
  • Resource Management: Identify and pursue funding sources to support project initiatives, leveraging efforts to achieve optimal outcomes.
  • Leadership and Mentorship: Direct and support the Community Outreach and Environmental Education Specialist, providing guidance and oversight to ensure the successful implementation of the Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Work Setting

The duty station for this position is in Richland, WA. Telework (mobile work) is currently encouraged; however, routine in-person work is expected in both Yakima and Benton Counties We anticipate the incumbent will have weekly in-person work throughout the area

Work that matters

promotes and protects the health of all people in the state of Washington, in the communities where they live, learn, work, and play. We understand that our efforts to achieve more equitable health outcomes for the communities we serve begin with our ability to operationalize and institutionalize equity throughout our internal policies, systems, and practices. 

About DOH 

Join the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and be part of a dynamic team dedicated to safeguarding public health. As a frontline defender of our communities, DOH collaborates with partners around the clock to impact the lives of every Washingtonian and visitor. We’re not just an organization; we’re a catalyst for change, guided by our core values of Equity, Innovation, and Engagement. Our  for the future of Washington’s health is in motion, and we invite you to make a meaningful impact on the well-being of the state by joining us in this exciting journey. Your work at DOH truly matters.

Why DOH  

We are dedicated to your work-life harmony and offer one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation, designed to support your lifestyle. To learn more about “Why DOH”, visit.   

Our Ideal Candidate 

Has a driving passion for the work, brings humility to their job and interactions, and understands how their actions affect others. They see the needs and objectives of others and take them into account while achieving their objectives, and they adapt their approach and expectations accordingly. They demonstrate resilience and outward behaviors even when confronted with others who are not open or collaborative. 

Required Qualifications 

Experience defined below may have been gained through paid or unpaid activities. Please ensure any relevant experience defined below is outlined in your cover letter, resume, and/or applicant profile. 

Option 1: Five (5) or more years of experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.

Experience must include practical skills in:

  • Project Management, including project planning and forecasting, task tracking, and budget management.
  • Principles and practices of environmental studies and issues, groundwater planning and operations.
  • Decision making in accordance with implementation policies and federal and state statutes.
  • Writing business correspondence, drafting documents and reports, and writing concise and accurate meeting summaries.
  • Meeting and committee coordination and facilitation.

OR

Option 2: A bachelor’s degree 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 three (3) or more years of experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.

Experience must include practical skills in:

  • Project Management, including project planning and forecasting, task tracking, and budget management.
  • Principles and practices of environmental studies and issues, groundwater planning and operations.
  • Decision making in accordance with implementation policies and federal and state statutes.
  • Writing business correspondence, drafting documents and reports, and writing concise and accurate meeting summaries.
  • Meeting and committee coordination and facilitation.

OR

Option 3: One year of experience as an 

Desired Qualifications 

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish 
  • Lived or professional experience addressing environmental injustice and working with communities of color, indigenous people, or low-income populations on environmental and social justice issues. 
  • Knowledge of federal and state solid waste and hazardous laws and regulations. 
  • Knowledge of basic nitrate and groundwater cleanup principles. 
  • Knowledge of clean water act regulations. 
  • An understanding of environmental justice research, demographic data, and equity focused assessments. 
  • Knowledge and practice of collaborative problem solving, conflict resolution, and participatory planning. 
  • Understanding and confidence discussing environmental and social justice, racism, and social and economic inequalities. 

Application Process 

Intrigued? Click "Apply" to submit your detailed application profile along with the following:

  • A cover letter (without personal pictures) describing how you meet the qualifications and why you are interested in this position.
  • A current resume (without personal pictures).
  • Three (3) or more professional references, to be listed in your profile under the references section, which includes at least one supervisor, peer, and (if you have supervised staff) someone you have supervised or led. 

Attachments: Do not attach any documents that include photos, letters of recommendation, or private information (transcripts, social security number, year of birth, etc.).    

Veterans: Applicants wishing to claim Veterans Preference must attach a copy of their DD-214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22, or signed verification of service letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to their application. Please remove or cover any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers and birth year.

Union Representation

This position is covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative. 

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion  

We regard diversity as the foundation of our strength, recognizing that differing insights and abilities enable us to reflect the unique needs of the communities we serve.  

DOH is an equal-opportunity employer. We prohibit discrimination based on race/ethnicity/color, creed, sex, pregnancy, age, religion, national origin, marital status, the presence or perception of a disability, veteran’s status, military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, or gender identity. 

For questions regarding this recruitment or accommodations related to the application or selection process, contact Lisette Anson at  or at, (360) xxx-xxxx

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Conditions of Employment/Working Conditions

With or without accommodation, I am willing and able to:

  • Work a full-time 40-hour work week and occasionally adjust work-schedule to meet business needs, which may include evenings and weekends. A flexible work schedule will be considered upon request and supervisor approval.
  • Standard business hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
  • Occasionally travel alone or with another person throughout the Benton and Yakima Counties, statewide, or out-of-state which may include overnight. 
  • Legally operate a state- or privately-owned vehicle or provide alternative transportation while on state business and drive long distances in both daylight and at night and in snow and rain conditions. 
  • Participate in emergency response exercises and emergency events/high-priority assignments as assigned.

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