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Construction Stormwater General Permit Writer

Please Note: The pay listed above includes the 3.25% pay increase that will go into effect on July 1, 2022.

Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.2 (Download PDF reader), Washington State employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination as part of the hiring process, prior to their start date. Requests for medical and religious exemptions will be considered. If you have questions, please contact with “COVID-19 vaccination” in the subject line.  

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Water Quality Program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Construction Stormwater General Permit Writer (Environmental Specialist 4) position. 

This position is located in our Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA.

Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.

Stormwater runoff from construction sites can carry muddy water, debris, and chemicals into local waterways. Sediments, chemicals, and debris can harm aquatic life and reduce water quality. We require regulated construction sites to get coverage under the Construction Stormwater General Permit (CSWGP). Following the requirements in this permit helps control and reduce water pollution.

The mission of the Water Quality Program is to protect and restore Washington's waters to sustain healthy watersheds and communities. Our work ensures that state waters support beneficial uses including recreational and business activities, supplies for clean drinking water, and the protection of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and public health. 

If you are well-organized, enjoy working with others, including the regulated community, and have leadership and problem solving skills, please consider applying. A person with technical writing skills, an understanding of stormwater, experience with regulations or the regulated community, and the ability to lead a team is a great candidate for this role on our team.

About the Department of Ecology
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. Join a team that is highly effective and collaborative, with leadership that embraces the value of people.

Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:

  • A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.
  • An Infants at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns.
  • Continuous growth and development opportunities. 
  • A wellness program that offers education, fitness classes, and an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
  • Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.

Our commitment to DEIR
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) are core values central to Ecology’s work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.
Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.
Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.
Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology’s work.
Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement.
We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued. 

During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. This position is not currently required to work in the office on a regular basis. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing. Looking ahead, Ecology has recently updated the agency policies on telework and flexible and compressed work schedules. Applicants with questions about position location options, telework, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in “other information.” 
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of July 12, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before July 11, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

What makes this role unique? 
With over 2,500 active permits, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Construction Stormwater General Permit is the Water Quality Program’s biggest permit, and is integral to protecting water quality during development in Washington state. You will work with a team of people to implement, provide technical assistant to permittees, inspect and reissue this permit on a 5-year cycle. The other partners in this work include a statewide team of permit administrators and inspectors, and regional offices. You will join a team of supportive, inclusive, collaborative, and innovative permit writers that together support, implement, and reissue 23 Water Quality General Permits.

What you will do: 

In this position, you will help the program and stakeholders with the implementation and reissuance of the statewide Construction Stormwater General Permit (CSWGP). You will also assist with erosion and sediment control on construction sites, including sites with contaminated water or soils.
Permit Development and Implementation:

  • Lead general permit-related negotiations. Respond to permit appeals and lead internal and external outreach activities related to the permit.
  • Advise program management and staff on policies, priorities, training and program/cross program issues related to the CSWGP.
  • Analyze data related to construction stormwater general permitting, guidance and training.
  • Help find information required for policy development, legislation, regulations and recommended priorities related to general permits.
  • Provide expertise and historical background on the CSWGP as needed for agency management decisions.
  • Work on the Construction Stormwater sections of the stormwater manuals (drafting content, reviewing, editing, updating guidance)
  • Lead general permit development and teams implementing the Construction Stormwater General Permit, interpreting the permit to answer questions on enforcement, monitoring, effluent limitations, Best Management Practices, and permit applicability.
  • Conduct effective management and administration of the CSWGP through the CSWGP Implementation Team (PIT):
  1. Set Meeting Agendas and post them on the CSWGP SharePoint site
  2. Facilitate monthly meetings to ensure statewide implementation consistency
  3. Develop policies, procedures and guidance to support implementation
  4. Manage follow-up on action Items
  5. Recommend and provide training

 Contaminated construction site permitting specialist:
  • Coordinate and track reviews of contaminated sites with Regional staff.
  • Assist with review of engineering reports, plans and other supporting documentation.
  • Provide Administration Order narrative, table templates, and other resources in support of Regional management of contaminated sites.
  • Help determine indicator levels for constituents, providing monitoring and other technical support for the Regions.
 Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) Program:
  • Recommend training for CSWGP inspectors.
  • Provide feedback and program improvement input to the CESCL trainers, convening a meeting with them on at least an annual basis.
  • Maintain the CESCL database and coordinate with CESCL trainers on a regular basis.
  • Analyze program structure and seek ways to improve the training layout and content requirements.
  • Draft and issue Memorandum of Agreements (MOAs) and coordinate program manager approval.
  • Coordinate necessary updates to CESCL webpages and database improvement efforts.


Required Qualifications:
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, educational and volunteer experience. See below for how you may qualify.

Option 1:
Nine (9) years of combined experience and/ or education: 

  • Education: Involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied science field.

  • Experience: In environmental analysis or control or environmental planning. 

Experience may include a combination of the following:
  • Writing environmental regulatory documents
  • Writing technical documents
  • Managing complex projects
  • Reviewing environmental documents
  • Providing technical support for environmental issues
  • Developing environmental policies, procedures, guidance, and regulations
  • Implementing an environmental regulatory program

Option 2:
  • A Bachelor's degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.
  • Five (5) years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning, which may include experience as described in option 1.

Option 3: 
  • A Master’s degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.
  • Three (3) years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning, which may include experience as described in option 1. 

Option 4:
  • A PhD degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.
  • Two (2) years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning, which may include experience as described in option 1. 

Option 5:
  • Two (2) years of experience as an Environmental Specialist 3 at the Department of Ecology.

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

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

  • Certified Inspector of Sediment and/or Erosion Control (CISEC)
  • Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL)
  • Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC)
  • NPDES Permitting Experience
  • Technical Writing Experience
  • Experience or education/training on Environmental Justice or Environmental Equity work  

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

Supplemental Information

Ecology seeks diverse applicants: We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Need an Accommodation in the application and/or screening process or this job announcement in an alternative format?

  • Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: and we will be happy to assist.
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Application Instructions:

It's in the applicant's best interest to submit all of the documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be declined.

  • A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position.
  • A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position.
  • Three professional references.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable. 
For Your Privacy:
When attaching documents to your application (such as 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. 

Additional Application Instructions for Current 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.

Application Attestation: 

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. 

Other Information:
If you have specific questions about the position, please email Lucienne Banning at: Please do not contact Lucienne to inquire about the status of your application.
To request the full position description: email

Why work for Ecology?

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.

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 your health and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to life/work balance.

Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:

Student debt: how working for Ecology can help
The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See for more details.
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Collective Bargaining: This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.  

Equal Opportunity Employer: 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.

Note: 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.