WA State Department of Transportation
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is seeking a motivated individual who has a passion for environmental issues to join the Olympic Region Environmental Office located in Tumwater, WA. This position will be an integral part of ensuring that we improve environmental conditions with the protection of natural habitat and water quality at the forefront. The selected individual will be responsible for certifying that maintenance activities comply with environmental regulations, policies, permit provisions and best management practices. This position will stay abreast of changes in regulatory requirements and practices, and be able to convey them to maintenance, ensuring they understand them and have the expertise to adhere to them.
The selected individual must have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to plan, coordinate, and lead activities with a strong customer-focus.
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Among the varied duties, the TPS4 will perform the following:
- Independently evaluate maintenance processes and procedures that affect the overall transportation system to determine methods and practices to ensure compliance with applicable laws.
- Review complex regulatory revisions or new regulatory mandates in coordination with HQ personnel and regional staff to assess the potential impacts to regional maintenance operations and methods.
- Effectively communicate, interact, and coordinate work activities with team members, technical staff, regulatory staff, and the public.
- Serve as the technical support lead to Maintenance for wetlands, emergency spill response, and ESA Sensitive Area best practices and compliance.
- Document and determine permit and documentation requirements/needs and coordinate preparation of applications for maintenance activities.
- Advise staff on how to comply with all applicable environmental laws, rules, and regulations and provide environmental oversight during construction.
- Coordinate with WDFW in the development of general HPAs for routine maintenance activities.
- Serve as the primary maintenance trainer and instructor for Olympic Region Maintenance staff relating to environmental programs and compliance matters.
- Coordinate with regional specialists in areas such as hydraulics, geotechnical, survey, hazardous materials, and others to ensure maintenance forces have the best available information to perform necessary maintenance tasks.
Required qualifications include at least one of the following:
- One year as a Transportation Planning Specialist 3, Transportation Engineer 3, or equivalent classification in city or county agencies.
- A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in transportation, planning, engineering, or natural/physical sciences and three years of professional transportation experience involving analysis and evaluation of transportation facilities.*
- A Master’s degree in one of the above fields and two years of professional transportation experience involving analysis and evaluation of transportation facilities.*
*Analysis of environmental issues and problems involving transportation facilities will also be considered qualifying experience
In addition to one of the above, candidates are also required to have:
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing across a broad spectrum of professional levels and diverse groups within WSDOT, other agencies, and the public.
- The ability to move and carry up to 50 lbs. of field equipment.
- Knowledge of Federal, Tribal, State and local environmental laws and regulations.
- The ability to work along roadways with heavy traffic and in dense vegetation, within streams/rivers and other wet areas, with potential for exposure to insects and plant toxins.
- Knowledge of the Regional Road Maintenance 4(d) ESA program?
- Thorough understanding of environmental issues and impacts related to highway design, construction, and maintenance.
- Knowledge and understanding of State and National Environmental Policy Acts review and compliance requirements.
- Interpersonal skills to build business relationships and instruct others on technical subject matters.
- A valid driver’s license with the ability to travel to sites with occasional overnight stays.
Preferred qualifications include:
- Demonstrated ability conducting wetland delineations, evaluating wetlands.
- Experience and/or ability to coordinate and direct emergency spill response incidents and follow up.
- Ability to learn and adapt to new rules and regulations in the environmental field.
- Knowledge of fish and wildlife passage requirements.
- Demonstrated understanding of ESA Section 7 consultation processes.
How to apply:
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically.
To be considered for this position, please attach the following to your online application:
- A chronological Resume outlining your experience to date;
- A Cover Letter detailing your qualifications, and why you believe you are the best person for this role, and
- A minimum of three (3) professional references who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, knowledge base, and job-related competencies. *Applications that do not have the above documents attached will not be considered.
For inquiries about this position, please contact Robyn Lovely at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference recruitment number 19DOT-OR-31207.
WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed recruiter. WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit https://www.uscis.gov/.
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