This Water Quality Planner II position investigates and troubleshoots surface water quality problems; identifies and traces illicit stormwater discharges to the conveyance system and surface waters; inspects business sites for compliance with King County stormwater pollution prevention requirements; and implements enforcement action as needed to resolve water quality code violations. This position provides support in the development of plans and reviews for the impacts of regulatory actions and implementation of operational projects that support the infrastructure and operations and activities of stormwater efforts needed to protect and enhance water quality. The planner in these positions generally works independently executing their assigned projects, but will also participate in components of more complex programs. The successful candidate may have the opportunity to serve on interdisciplinary and inter-jurisdictional teams addressing environmental and regulatory issues.
WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified applicants.
King County values diverse perspectives, life experiences, and differences. The Water and Land Resources Division encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans. We are committed to being equitable and fair in providing equal access to opportunities for all.
REQUIRED MATERIALS TO APPLY: Applications without the following required materials may not be considered for this position.
King County application
Cover Letter detailing your background and describing how your education and experience meets the qualifications and has prepared you to perform the job duties (max 2 pages).
Conduct water quality site inspections at commercial and residential properties to evaluate and gain compliance with King County's Water Quality Code by applying and interpreting Best Management Practices (BMPs) per the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Manual.
Conduct Local Source Control inspections, which add the element of dangerous waste storage and handling to water quality inspections.
Investigate surface water and stormwater quality concerns and problems and recommend resolution/solutions.
Interpret and evaluate water quality codes, stormwater permits, and regulations at the county, state and federal level.
Prepare correspondence outlining required BMP implementation and technical reports in support of water quality violations.
Provide support to the section's Water Quality Program Planner III's including acting as a project manager for specific tasks within the project or program or acting as a Lead for a specific task or assignment within a project.
This work includes conducting a variety of analytical studies and representing the section on various interagency, interdisciplinary, and/or inter-jurisdictional planning teams and technical resource teams.
Respond to inquiries from the general public, consultants, and other agencies as it relates to the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Manual or interpretation of King County Code 9.12.
A Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Engineering, Water Quality, or closely related field, and/or equivalent combination of education and project work that provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties described in this job announcement.
At least two years of work experience with pollution prevention programs including experience with site inspections. This requires excellent communication and negotiation skills with business owners, other King County departments, regulatory agencies, and the general public and dealing with business operators and members of the public in a professional capacity.
One year of experience with environmental field sampling and documentation or related work.
Two years of experience in the implementation of stormwater NPDES permits or providing stormwater technical assistance. This requires demonstrated knowledge of local, state and federal laws and regulations relevant to the program and type of work described for this position, including the Clean Water Act, water quality standards, NDPES program, and King County water quality code.
Demonstrated ability to clearly and concisely communicate technical information, both in writing and orally to peers, customers, management and the public.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and efficiently.
At least two years of experience effectively planning, organizing and prioritizing work on a daily basis, carrying multiple tasks to completion concurrently, and completing work assignments.
Ability to listen to customers' concerns and to work collaboratively to achieve their understanding and compliance.
Demonstrated skills for maintaining positive and productive working relationships with colleagues and customers, such as patience, flexibility, active listening, resolving conflicts and problem solving.
Demonstrated skills as an effective participant in multi-disciplinary team meetings or coalitions.
Additional related training or post-graduate work in stormwater management, policy, or related field.
Experience in enforcing codes or regulations.
Knowledge of hazardous/dangerous waste regulations.
Knowledge and understanding of conveyance systems, flow control facilities, water quality facilities, and pollution control Best Management Practices.
Knowledge of water quality and environmental planning principles and techniques, program development, and policy analysis.
Experience in effectively working with communities where English is a second language. Fluency in one of King County's top languages – referred to as Tier 1 or Tier 2 languages in the County's Executive Order on Translation (Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Somali, Ukrainian, Amharic, Punjabi)
Internal Number: 2019LM10245
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As the only county in the United States named after Martin Luther King Jr, one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nations' history, King County is a vibrant community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the artistic and social traditions of many cultures.
We continue to build on an enduring legacy of shared values of equity and social justice, employee engagement, innovative thinking and continuous improvement. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda aimed at advancing regional change and is developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all of our residents, regardless of their race or income. All of these qualities make this King County one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.