Washington State Department of Transportation
Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure that people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world’s longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world’s widest tunneling project.
WSDOT’s Northwest Region (NWR) is currently seeking a self-motivated, independent worker who thrives within a dynamic team setting and takes pride in their work to serve as Plant Establishment Program Lead. This position will support WSDOT’s mission by providing expertise to meet the federal, state, and local environmental permit and policy goals of vegetated roadsides and mitigation sites. The successful candidate appointed into this position will further support WSDOT’s mission by improving environmental conditions through wise financial and adaptive resource management. Your involvement and initiative will be supporting the natural ecology of our region and the livelihood of the travelling public. With this in mind, WSDOT is searching for someone who has a passion for environmental stewardship and wants to make a truly rewarding contribution to WSDOT Northwest Region and the state of Washington.
What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Plant Establishment Program Lead will:
Lead the NWR Plant Establishment Program to meet agency policy and permit obligations through accountable and efficient management of the Plant Establishment work.
Work with NWR Principal Landscape Architect, Program Managers, and design and construction offices to fund the Plant Establishment Program.
Compile biennial budgets and develop, organize, and track financial information over multiple biennia for a number of wetland, stream, and roadside sites.
Work with Financial Services and Program Management to collect agreement funding and track spending in Excel and Primavera P6 software.
Lead NWR Vegetation Mitigation Program and assign and manage Landscape Architecture staff to carry out restoration using vegetation mitigation funds.
Coordinate staff certified arborists for hazard tree reviews throughout the region, and track and manage requests for hazard tree review completion.
To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
Bachelors or Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture OR
Registration as a Landscape Architect
In addition to:
Current driver’s license
Two (2) years of experience as a Transportation Planning Specialist 3 (TPS3) or equivalent classification in a city or county agency, or equivalent experience in project management.
ISA Certified Arborist Credentials or the ability to obtain Credentials within one year of hire.
Knowledge and ability to perform Quality Assurance (QA)/Quality Control (QC) reviews for landscape architectural design, focusing on adaptive management and strategies in maintenance including access, safety, costs, and scheduling.
Extensive experience with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Primavera P6 or newer.
Ability to traverse uneven ground and perform field investigative work outdoors and in inclement weather.
It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
Landscape Architect license
Pesticide Public Operator License
Certified Erosion and Sediment Control license
Irrigation design and installation experience.
This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
This position offers flexible/hybrid work options
By issuance of proclamation, the Governor of Washington State mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is a condition of employment with WSDOT. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes, however, accommodations will be subject to approval based on the essential functions required of the position.
The salary listed includes the legislative approved 5% salary premium for positions in King County. An additional general wage increase of 3.25% will be applied for all state employees on July 1, 2022.
The recruiting efforts for this position may be extended beyond the displayed closing date for as long and until a sufficient candidate pool has been established. The Appointing Authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time thereafter. It is to your benefit to submit your application as soon as possible.
WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit www.uscis.gov
Work-Life Balance – We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individuals’ lifestyle.
Paid Leave – In addition to 11 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum 14 paid vacation days per year!
Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options, and free dental coverage! Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.
Tuition Assistance – Permanent employees have several options for assistance with education expenses, including tuition reimbursement programs, government discounts at participating colleges throughout the state, and eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness.
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How to Apply
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible. In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application:
An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
An attached Cover Letter that further details your qualifications, and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
Contact information to be included in the “References” section of the online application for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, knowledge base, and job-related competencies.
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WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, as well as people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Eric Saniatan, at SaniatE@wsdot.wa.gov. Please be sure to reference 22DOT-NWR-11614 in the subject line.
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