E P 5 -ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW PROGRAM LEAD
State of Washington - Olympia, WA

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Service, Science, Sustainability

Under the leadership of the Commissioner of Public Lands, our work at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is done with the public’s interest in mind, which means transparency and public knowledge. Our decisions are guided by sound science as we manage state trust lands, native ecosystems and natural resources. We support the vision of a sustainable future by protecting and managing the natural resources so future generations will have them.

DNR manages over 5 million acres of state-owned land that includes forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands. We generate revenue that supports public schools, state institutions and county services. But managing lands is only half of our story. We also protect other public resources such as fish, wildlife, water, and provide public access to outdoor recreation. Two of our largest and most important state-wide resource protection responsibilities are fire prevention and suppression, and overseeing forest practices.

The DNR has an annual operating budget of approximately $187 million and has over 1200 permanent employees with approximately 300 additional staff hired during the summer fire season.

THIS RECRUITMENT IS ONLY OPEN TO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES EMPLOYEES WHO CURRENTLY HOLD PERMANENT STATUS AS A ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNER 5

Environmental Planner 5 - Environmental Review Program Lead
Recruitment #2013-02-5540T

Salary Range: $4,653 – $6,105 per month
($4,513 - $5,922 with 3% temporary reduction)

OPENS: February 21, 2013

CLOSES: February 27, 2013

WHO MAY APPLY:

This recruitment is currently open to any DNR employee who holds permanent status as an Environmental Planner 5 . The most senior applicant who meets all of the requirements below will be offered this position. For more information on Internal Movement, click here.

POSITION PROFILE:

As the Senior Environmental Planner in the Environmental and Legal Affairs Section this position is responsible for:
  • Interpreting and advising the agency re: implementing the requirements and intent of the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) including technical assistance, leadership and coaching to DNR staff, top management, and responsible officials;
  • Develop recommendations to top management re: SEPA implementation and facilitate resolution of internal and inter-agency conflicts re: SEPA;
  • Daily consultation, interpretation and critical analysis of unique and complex SEPA issues;
  • Providing SEPA expertise/consultation for complex DNR nonproject SEPA reviews (policies, plans, rules) or project EISs to project managers and agency management;
  • Review legislative bills for SEPA concerns;
  • Represent DNR on state agency SEPA team;
  • Develop and update policies and procedures as needed;
  • Supervise SEPA Center staff and other SEPA consultants.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Incumbent must maintain expert knowledge and stay current on the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA Chapter 43.21C RCW, SEPA rules Chapter 197-11 WAC), National Environmental Policy Act, DNR SEPA Rules (Chapter 332-41 WAC), Administrative Procedures Act (Chapter 34.05 RCW), Growth Management Act and any other pertinent rules and SEPA-related court cases that may affect DNR;
  • Incumbent must further demonstrate the ability to: communicate and present complex environmental assessment issues, policies and procedures, both orally and in writing, manage projects and build relationships with stakeholders, whether within DNR programs and regions or in other government agencies and, where necessary, tribes and the public.
In addition to content area expertise, this position requires the incumbent to have the following knowledge and skills in order to perform leadership roles. Incumbent must have demonstrated ability in:
  • Planning and assigning work, including setting performance standards and expectations;
  • Evaluating and documenting performance;
  • Performance feedback and coaching;
  • Training and development planning;
  • Employee motivation and performance-based recognition.

Required Skill Level:

Position works under minimal supervision within the context of agency policies; provides first level-supervision in a program. Will use mainly tactical thinking to address various customer service issues; develop, recommend, and implement agency policy and procedures on environmental assessments and; maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders and organizations.

This level of knowledge and skill is typically achieved after:
  • A Master’s degree in any Natural Resources Environmental Studies field, or a related field; and
  • 3-5 years of experience at an Environmental Planner 4 level, or similar position in a non-state entity, as the designated SEPA expert within the program, positioning research, analyzing, recommending and providing consultative services for a specialized portion of a natural resource or environmental program, including advising about or otherwise involved in promoting positive public/stakeholder relations; and
  • Completion of training in performance management, organizational planning, simple budgeting, resource planning, with at least 3 years’ experience in the active supervision and evaluation of employee performance; and
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to design and/or provide effective training.
-OR-
  • A Bachelor’s degree in any Natural Resources or Environmental Studies field, or a related field; and
  • At least 5 years’ experience at an Environmental Planner 4 level or higher, or similar position in a non-state entity, as the designated SEPA expert within the program, positioning research, analyzing, recommending and providing consultative services for a specialized portion of a natural resource or environmental program, including advising about or otherwise involved in promoting positive public/stakeholder relations; and
  • Completion of training in performance management, organizational planning, simple budgeting, resource planning, with at least 3 years’ experience in the active supervision and evaluation of employee performance; and
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to design and/or provide effective training.

ADDITIONAL INTERNAL MOVEMENT REQUIREMENTS:
As required by the WFSE 2011-2013 Collective Bargaining Agreement, Article 4.3, an applicant will only be considered for this opportunity as Internal Movement transfer candidate if:
  • The applicant holds permanent status as an Environmental Planner 5 in the WFSE bargaining unit. (Applicants can verify their bargaining unit by checking their employee profile on OrgPlus .);
  • The applicant demonstrates or been assessed to have the position specific skills, abilities, and qualifications necessary to perform the duties of the position;
  • The applicant provides supervisory verification that there are no disciplinary actions in the applicant’s personnel file for the past twelve months; there are no pending disciplinary actions; the applicant is not under investigation into alleged misconduct; and there are no performance issues being addressed, as documented in the applicant’s supervisory file;
  • The applicant has not been granted an Internal Movement transfer within the past two years;
  • The applicant has not refused an offer of an Internal Movement transfer within the past twelve months;
  • The appointment will not create a violation of DNR policy; AND
  • The appointment meets the needs of the work unit.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
To be considered for this position, please submit by February 27, 2013:
  • A letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile and required qualifications.
  • A completed application – DNR Job Application And Resume
  • An online voluntary Applicant Profile Questionnaire . (This form is not required and is submitted online. Please do not print out and send in with application materials).
  • An Internal Movement form signed by you and your supervisor.

Submit all materials by the closing date to: dnrrecruiting@dnr.wa.gov
Electronic method preferred. You must indicate #2013-02-5540T in the subject line of your e-mail.
Questions? Please contact Pamela Krueger at phone number (360) 902-1424 or e-mail us at
DNRrecruiting@dnr.wa.gov .

OR other method to:
Melody Wolf
Department of Natural Resources
PO BOX 47033
Olympia, WA 98504-7033

By submitting the application materials you are indicating that all information is true and correct to the best of your knowledge. You understand that the state may verify information and that untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from applicant pool or dismissal if employed.
This announcement is published by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The DNR is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial, and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, veterans and disabled veterans are encouraged to apply. Persons with a disability who need assistance during the screening process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format may contact DNR Recruiting staff (360) 902-1350 or (360) 902-1097. DNR may be contacted using the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TTY) by dialing 711.

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