Senior Water Quality Rules Planner (Environmental Planner 3)
State of Washington
 Lacey, WA


Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Department of Ecology is currently looking for a Senior Water Quality Rules Planner (Environmental Planner 3) in our Water Quality Program, located at our Headquarters building in Lacey, WA.

This position serves as the Water Quality planner responsible for rule development, rule implementation, policy implementation, and development of related guidance.

We are looking for an applicant with excellent writing and people skills. This position must be able to understand technical data and regulations while demonstrating the ability to effectively translate that information into rule development and implementation.

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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 does this position do?

This position, located in the Program Development Services Section of the Water Quality Program, is responsible for developing, revising, and managing stormwater, wastewater, and reclaimed water rules and regulations related to the Federal Clean Water Act and the State Water Pollution Control Act. This includes:

  • Negotiating and drafting rule or policy language, and identifying and analyzing key regulatory issues.
  • Reviewing, analyzing, and evaluating previous litigation, regulations, other state or federal wastewater and reclaimed water programs, and other data in order to develop effective rules and regulations.
  • Recommending policies, guidelines, and regulations governing use of wastewater and reclaimed water.
  • Working with water quality staff, agency rule development experts and stakeholders to develop wastewater and reclaimed water regulations and policies.
  • Accepting stakeholder input from state agencies, local governments, water and wastewater utilities, associations and the public, evaluating concerns, and recommending actions to management.

This is a great opportunity to:

  • Be part of a team on the leading edge, addressing water quality issues for the state of Washington.
  • Work with a variety of environmental professionals, including internal workgroups, external advisory committees, technical experts, and regulatory and rule development personnel at Ecology and at other State agencies.
  • Develop experience in project management.
  • Gain experience in rule development for wastewater, stormwater, permitting, and reclaimed water.
  • Develop environmental negotiation and facilitation skills.

This position will remain open until filled. The initial screening date will be November 19, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before November 18, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

Please 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 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,


Two 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 2 at the Department of Ecology.

Two years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development, will substitute for the Master's degree provide a Bachelor's degree in a field listed above or a natural science has been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with environmental policy or resource planning.
  • Meeting facilitation experience or training.
  • Experience selecting successful bidders and managing contracts with consultants.
  • Technical writing experience, including permit writing and/or policy and legislative reports.
  • Experience coordinating between various agencies and programs.
  • Familiarity with water pollution control laws.
  • Experience with economics evaluations.
  • Experience working with other state agencies, the stakeholder processes and external advisory workgroups.
  • Law degree or legal experience.
  • Rule-writing experience.

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 Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives, Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth

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 the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

Please attach the following documents as an attachment to your 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. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.

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 email Nathan Lubliner at: Please do not contact Nathan 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.