Biologist – Environmental Permit Coordinator – TPS3

Location King County – Shoreline, WA King County – Shoreline, WA
Job Type Full Time – Permanent

Closing 12/8/2016 11:59 PM Pacific

WSDOT’s Environmental Office has a robust new opportunity for an energetic professional who has a passion for environmental issues. In this full time permanent position, you will be able to apply your current environmental policy and biology experience and training as well as develop both the breadth and depth of your professional knowledge through hands on collaboration with WSDOT staff, Federal, State, and Local agencies, Tribal governments, and the public. A partial list of your involvement will include providing deliverables for:
The Clean Water Act
The National Environmental Policy Act
The Endangered Species Act
The Migratory Bird Treaty Act
The Marine Mammal Protection Act
The Washington State Hydraulic Code
The State Environmental Policy Act
The Shoreline Management Act
Critical Areas Regulations

Your involvement and initiative will be supporting the natural ecology of our region and the livelihood of the public. With this in mind, WSDOT is searching for someone who wants to make a truly rewarding contribution.
This position will perform the following work:

Preparation of environmental documentation and environmental permit applications needed in support of design/construction projects.
Process environmental documentation and permit needs for various transportation and fish passage related projects.
Coordinate schedule milestones and completion dates to various business partners.
Assist in the development of scope, schedule, and budget of processes and projects.
Collect, interpret, and report field data as necessary.
Conduct wetland delineations, complete wetland reports and prepare Endangered Species Act (ESA) documentation.
Audit work to ensure that all environmental laws, rules, regulations, and policies are followed on all aspects of construction process.
Conduct field reviews of environmental conditions including temporary sediment erosion control plans, BMP installations, and spill prevention and control countermeasures for assigned construction projects.
Conduct training on current and developing environmental issues.
Other duties as assigned.
Applicants will be considered based on the following desired qualifications (required will be noted):

Bachelor’s Degree involving major study in natural resources, biology, ecology, environmental sciences, or a closely related field of study and at least three years’ professional experience conducting biological field studies, analysis, environmental permitting, and writing biological reports. A graduate degree in one of the above fields will substitute for one year of the required experience. (req.)
Working knowledge of forest ecology, wetlands, wildlife, and fisheries in the Pacific Northwest.
Firm grasp of scientific methodologies to analyze and record existing environmental conditions through field studies.
Experience with National Environmental Policy Act, Washington State Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act environmental permitting processes and regulations. (req.)
Exceptional relationship management skills: ability to create effective working relationships.
Community outreach experience.
Experience identifying common native and non-native plants.
Excellent presentation skills to diverse audiences.
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
Will be able to travel to and from work as well as visit various work sites as needed, safely and in a timely manner. (req.)

This position is covered by a union shop provision. Therefore, as a condition of employment, you are required to become a member of the PTE, Local 17, or arrange to pay that union a representational fee. The union shop requirement shall be effective on the first day of the month following the employee’s initial 30 days in this classification.

***WSDOT offers outstanding benefits, a generous amount of paid time off (true work-life balance), choice of state retirement programs including a defined benefit pension plan, advancement opportunities, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information regarding our comprehensive benefits package***

How to Apply:

Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Please select the large apply button at the top of this announcement, you may need to set up an account profile. To be considered for this position you will need to answer the supplemental questions, as part of the supplemental questions you will need to provide a letter of interest and resume. Your letter of interest should describe how your experience, training and education make you a viable and competitive candidate for this position. Be prepared to provide references at the time of interview.

Contact us:

For inquiries about this position, please contact Fereti Sa’au at 206-440-4068 or email to Please reference recruitment number 2016-NWR-202.
The Washington State Department of Transportation is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, and disabled and Vietnam era veterans are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may call the Recruitment and Retention Section, Office of Human Resources, at 360.705.7064 or email at

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