Washington State Department of Ecology Water Quality TMDL Lead (Environmental Specialist 4) in Bellevue, Washington

Description The Department of Ecology is looking for a Water Quality TMDL Lead in our Water Quality Program . This position develops and implements water quality improvement plans with a focus on increasing community involvement, and is located at our Northwest Regional Office in Bellevue, WA. We are looking for applicants who want to build relationships with external partners in order to implement watershed planning strategies to improve water quality. 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. To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov and check us out on Twitter , Facebook , Instagram or our blog . Duties 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. This position supports the Water Quality Program's goal of protecting and improving the quality of surface waters by developing and implementing Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) and TMDL Alternatives. The position will place a special focus on addressing pollution problems in urban and suburban areas, especially through stormwater management. This will be done by: Developing, coordinating, directing, and writing TMDLs, TMDL Alternatives, or other plans to protect, preserve, and enhance water quality. Assessing water quality, and analyzing and summarizing environmental studies and implementation plans. Making decisions on TMDLs involving federal, state, and local governments. Coordinating multiple complex TMDLs, TMDL Alternatives, and other water cleanup plans that are currently in the implementation phase, in progress, or being scoped. Managing Ecology grants and loans through contract development, oversight and tracking, and grant closeout. Designing environmental studies and collecting field data. This position also provides technical assistance to a wide variety of stakeholders. This will include: Providing scientific, technical, and policy guidance on TMDLs, TMDL Alternatives, and related complex water quality issues to the local community. Working closely with key interest groups and organizations to effectively conduct technical studies, develop water quality implementation control strategies, and prepare and implement local water cleanup plans designed to protect and restore impaired waters. Coordinating and communicating with tribes, local governments and other stakeholder groups on the development of grant and loan applications implementing water cleanup activities. Monitoring and reporting on progress of implementation measures toward meeting water quality standards as specified in the TMDLs/TMDL Alternatives. Ple