General Permit Manager (Environmental Specialist 3)

Washington State, Department of Ecology | Spokane, WA

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Posted Date 6/11/2018


The Department of Ecology is looking for a General Permit Manager in our Water Quality Program. This position manages general permits for wastewater discharge in areas such as sand and gravel mining, fresh fruit packing, fish hatching and rearing, boat yard, water treatment plants, and wineries. This position is located at our Eastern Regional Office in Spokane, WA.

We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills, the ability to quickly assess a situation and make a decision, the ability to communicate with a diverse audience, who enjoy working effectively with a team, and are committed to healthier streams and rivers.

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. 

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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.


The General Permit Manager works with facilities located in the Eastern Region to manage General Wastewater Discharge Permits for areas such as fruit packing, sand and gravel processing and mining, fish hatcheries, boat yards, water treatment plants, and wineries. This position is responsible for issuing permits for these facilities, and making sure that they remain in compliance with permit requirements.

This position will:

  • Provide technical assistance for facilities applying for permits.
  • Review permit applications for coverage under the various permit categories, and coordinate the review of documents with Ecology engineers and hydrogeologists.
  • Conduct inspections and field investigations of facilities, and impose on-site enforcement actions as necessary.
  • Prepare inspection reports to support agency regulatory activities, and advise permittees on their compliance status.
  • Serve as a member of the Water Quality Program's General Permit Writer's Workgroup to increase permit consistency.
  • May be called on to provide testimony before the Pollution Control Hearings Board in cases involving general permits.

This position gets to:

  • Evaluate a variety of different operations to ensure wastewater is not creating pollution issues, and work with the operations to identify and solve pollution problems.
  • Visit facilities throughout Eastern Washington, from the mountains of the Northeast part of the state to the vineyards of the Walla Walla valley, in order to provide assistance to protect water quality.
  • Be a part of a passionate team that supports and works collaboratively with each other to protect water bodies from a variety of pollution sources.


This position is open until filled, with the initial screening on June 19, 2018. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before June 18, 2018. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:


A Bachelor's degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field AND two years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.
Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education. 
A Master's degree in one of the above fields will substitute for one year of the required experience. 

A Ph.D. in one of the above fields.
One year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 2.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working with environmental legislation and regulations at the federal, state, and local level.
  • Experience communicating scientific or technical information to a diverse audience.
  • Experience reviewing and understanding complex technical documents, and preparing enforcement documents.
  • Experience applying negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Experience accurately maintaining data and records, within timelines, and using required procedures.

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Job Category
State Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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