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Northwest Straits Commission Ecosystem Project Coordinator (Environmental Specialist 2)


Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We have a culture that is invested in making a difference. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, has leadership that embraces the value of people, Ecology is a good fit.

The Northwest Straits Commission (NWSC) -- a governmental organization housed in the Department of Ecology's SEA program was established to protect and restore the unique, rich marine ecosystem of the Northwest Straits region of Puget Sound through a local-based approach--is looking to fill the Northwest Straits Commission Ecosystem Project Coordinator (Environmental Specialist 2) position. This is a full-time project position based at the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve near Mount Vernon, WA.  The Commission's website is found at, and our social media handle is @nwstraits.

The Northwest Straits Commission provides resources, coordination and technical support to seven county-based Marine Resource Committees (MRCs) and carries out marine conservation projects throughout the Northwest Straits region.
We are looking for applicants who have strong communication skills both written and verbal, possess the ability to thrive working independently and as a member of a small, highly-collaborative team, are familiar with conducting scientific studies, surveys and data analysis, have excellent time and task management skills, and possess a sense of humor and excellent diplomacy skills.

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 and follow, like or visit us on LinkedInTwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts
Agency Mission: Ecology's mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment and to promote the wise management of our air, land and water for the benefit of current and future generations.  

Program Mission: The Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) Program's mission is to support community conservation efforts for our shorelands, wetlands, and floodplains.

The Northwest Straits Commission Ecosystem Project Coordinator position works under the general direction of the Marine Program Manager and in close collaboration with the Operations Manager to provide professional research support to the NW Straits Commission. The position oversees monitoring projects, equipment coordination, data processing and analysis, database population, and development of data reporting tools (such as GIS based Story Maps), while working closely with community based Marine Resources Committees and partners . The position will also work closely with the Marine Program Manager and Science Advisory Committee to improve our ability to articulate quantitative or semi-quantitative contributions of NW Straits Commission projects to ecosystem recovery.
Please Note: This is a project position that is scheduled to end September 30, 2020.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.


Required Qualifications:
A Bachelor's degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field and one (1) year of professional level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.


A Master's degree in one of the above fields.


One (1) year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 1, at the Department of Ecology.


Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in the area of Marine Ecology/ fisheries Science, or other Natural Resources Science.
  • Experience in the area of quantitative science.
  • One (1) year experience working with volunteers.
  • Knowledge and understanding of qualitative and/or quantitative analysis as applied to marine populations, ecosystems or social science.
  • Functional knowledge of GIS.
  • Knowledge of user interface development in Microsoft Access.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and programs while interfacing with a variety of partners.
  • Knowledge of NW Straits and/or Puget Sound marine and nearshore conservation issues.
  • Knowledge of the Northwest Straits Initiative.
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of interests including but not limited to ports, elected officials, businesses, environmental groups and Tribes. 
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
Must have a valid driver's license.

Why work for Ecology?

Joining Ecology means becoming a part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington State's environment.

A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our state, while keeping the health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to work/life balance.

Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:

Student debt and how working for Ecology can help
Employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See for more details.
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Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

Please include the following documents as an attachment to your application:
  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.
  • A resume outlining your professional experience.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.

Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. Or, you may paste the text of your resume within the profile's resume text field.

Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including "please see resume" may disqualify you from further consideration.

Department of Ecology employees, please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources at (360) 407-6186.

Other Information:

If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail or call 360-407-6186. Please do not send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Dr. Lucas Hart at: Please do not contact Lucas to inquire about the status of your application.

The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed.

This position is included in the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) union bargaining unit for the Department of Ecology. 

The Washington State Department of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.