Aquaculture Water Quality Certification (WQC) Coordinator (Environmental Specialist 2); Department of Ecology

Job Title: 
Aquaculture Water Quality Certification (WQC) Coordinator (Environmental Specialist 2)
Job Location: 
Lacey, Washington
Full-Time - 1 year
$42,420.00 - $55,524.00/year

As our community responds to the public health emergency, the Department of Ecology’s priority is to keep our staff, candidates and the public safe. We are transitioning to a virtual recruitment process. Thank you for your patience and we will be in touch as soon as we are able. We encourage you to apply to open postings. 

Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We have a culture that is invested in making a difference. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, has leadership that embraces the value of people, Ecology is a good fit.

The Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill an Aquaculture Water Quality Certification (WQC) Coordinator (Environmental Specialist 2) position. This position will work out of our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

The Aquaculture Water Quality Certification (WQC) Coordinator position provides routine professional level review of aquaculture requests for 401 Water Quality Certifications and determines if the project needs to be assigned to senior staff. This position will also provide data entry into the Aquatic database and backup to other federal permit coordinators in the Unit

We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills and is a team player, the ability to quickly assess a situation and prioritize the tasks at hand and the ability to communicate with a diverse audience.

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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Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts 


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The mission of the Department of Ecology is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's land, air and water for current and future generations. 
The mission of the SEA Program is to support community conservation efforts for our shorelands, wetlands, and floodplains. 

Some of the key work activities of the Aquaculture Water Quality Certification (WQC) Coordinator position include:

  • Works on a dynamic Team to process applications and help the public understand the process.
  • Reviews application material to determine completeness and accuracy.
  • Enters information into a database and provides reports.
  • Advises senior-level staff and management on the status of projects.
  • Responds to emails from the public on the permit process and status of applications.
  • Works on a team that handles a large volume of applications which needs to be conducted in an organized manner.
  • Makes a lot of decisions regarding how to handle applications and other documents that come in for processing.

The successful candidate will be working with a great team that is responsible for protecting the environment through the review of projects needing permits. This position will be exposed to the majority of the Ecology programs and learn how the agency works along with the various laws that we implement.

The team is very committed to getting the job done as a team and supports each other.  They communicate and plan together on a daily bases, they have each other’s back!

This position will need to deal with challenging customers at times and the person will need to be able to work in a team environment.

Please Note: This is a project position that is funded until June 30, 2021.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be October 26, 2020.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before October 25, 2020. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field and one year of professional level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning. 


One year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 1. 


A Master's degree in one of the above fields.

Desired Qualifications:

  • At least one year of experience reviewing and processing application or similar documents.
  • Experience working in databases.
  • Experience working with SharePoint
  • Basic knowledge of the Clean Water Act and/or Coastal Zone Management Act.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

  •  Must possess a valid driver's license.


Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

Please include the following documents as an attachment to your application:

  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.
  • A resume outlining your professional experience.

Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. Or, you may paste the text of your resume within the profile's resume text field.

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 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 at (360) 407-6186.

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 careers [at] or call 360-407-6186. 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 Loree' Randall at: loree.randall [at]  Please do not contact Loree' 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 position is included in the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) union bargaining unit for the Department of Ecology.

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.

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