The Water Resources (WR) program within the Department of Ecology is currently looking to fill a Water Resources Regional Section Manager(WMS Band 2) position. This position will be located in our Central Region Office (CRO) in Union Gap, WA.
In this role, you will oversee water resource management in Central Washington, which includes Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Yakima, Benton, and Klickitat Counties. You will lead a dynamic team of 26 staff, including permit writers, compliance and enforcement leads, administrative professionals, and hydrogeologists.
The mission of the Water Resources (WR) program is to manage water resources to meet the current and future needs of the natural environment and Washington's communities.
This position supports the program’s mission by working closely with communities and partners to oversee effective management of the water resource within the region. The position assures that regulation, allocation, conservation and protection of water resources in the region are consistent with laws, rules, policies and procedures, and achieve the maximum net benefit to citizens of the state.
This position is eligible for a telework agreement in compliance with Ecology guidance. The Section Manager’s assigned duty station is the Central Region Office in Union Gap, where this position will work an average of two or three days per week. The Section Manager will sometimes work from the Ecology headquarters office in Lacey, another Ecology facility, or in the field as needed to engage with staff and other internal and external partners.
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, the next screening date is September 26, 2022. In order to be considered for the next screening, please submit an application on or before September 25, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We are a culture that is invested in making a difference. Join a team that is highly effective and collaborative, with leadership that embraces the value of people.
Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:
A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.
An Infants at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns.
Continuous growth and development opportunities.
A wellness program that offers education, fitness classes, and an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) are core values central to Ecology’s work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.
Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.
Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.
Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology’s work.
Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement.
We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued.
What makes this role unique?
The Central Region includes some of the most intensely irrigated areas of the state with some of the most difficult water management challenges. The region frequently interacts with tribal governments, which are heavily involved with water resources management decisions, as well as federal water project managers. Many watersheds within the region have an instream flow rule limiting water resource allocation. Decisions of the position affect the well-being of citizens and businesses and the quality of the natural environment.
What you will do:
Support Ecology’s mission by working closely with communities and partners to oversee effective management of water resources within the region.
Assure that water uses in the region are regulated, allocated, conserved, and protected consistent with laws, rules, policies and procedures, and achieve the maximum net benefit to citizens of the state.
Represent Ecology's water resources interests with local government, state and federal agencies, business, industry, agriculture, tribes, and in administrative appeals board hearings and State and Federal Courts.
One of four positions in the Water Resources Program with similar duties in four different regions of the state, representing the Central Region as a member of the Water Resources Program Leadership Team, and representing the Water Resources Program on the Regional Management Team.
This position makes water rights decisions affecting small landowners to large irrigators and municipal entities.
Manage a dynamic team of professional staff working in the region.
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, educational and volunteer experience. See below for how you may qualify.
A total of Nine (9) years of experience and/or education combined as described below:
Experience in professional level management, which includes the following:
Leadership and problem-solving experience related to complex natural resource management issues.
Experience providing oversight and direction of a program's diverse functions to meet overall program objectives.
Experience with meeting management, and consensus building in a dynamic environment addressing complex issue.
Budget management experience.
Strategic planning experience including the ability to conceptualize and articulate the future direction of a program.
Education: involving a major study in public administration, business administration, environmental management, natural sciences, natural resources, environmental sciences, physical sciences, engineering, planning, or other related field.
See chart below for a list of ways to qualify for this position:
College credit hours or degree
Years of professional level management experience - as listed above
No college credit hours or degree
9 years of experience
30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits.
8 years of experience
60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree).
7 years of experience
90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits.
6 years of experience
A Bachelor's Degree
5 years of experience
A Master’s Degree or above
3 years of experience
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
Advanced degree in engineering, environmental science, public administration, a law degree, or other closely aligned field.
Two or more years of experience supervising a work unit.
Advanced knowledge of state water resources laws and issues.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.
The Department of Ecology is Washington's environmental protection agency. Our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's land, air and water for current and future generations. We support environmental work throughout Washington. Nearly 70 percent of our budget is passed through to local communities to pay for projects that benefit the environment.
We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism and accountability.
We're scientists, engineers, environmental planners and specialists, pollution prevention specialists, inspectors, dam safety experts, hydrogeologists, chemists, emergency responders, technology innovators, fiscal officers, educators, public involvement specialists, and workforce development specialists.
We live in Washington. Some of us are from farm families; others are from towns and cities. One thing we all share is that we care deeply about our state's quality of life and the public resources entrusted to our care and protection.