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Environmental Services Wetlands Program (TPS3)

By November 18, 2022

Washington State Department of Transportation

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure 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.

The Opportunity
The WSDOT Environmental Services Office Wetlands Program seeks a Transportation Planning Specialist 3. The position is responsible for leading the headquarters Restoration Crew that conducts and implements site management activities statewide at environmental mitigation and roadside restoration sites.  This includes helping to identify site deficiencies and trends, developing long-term site management strategies, managing site work schedules, and overseeing the planning and implementation of management activities as directed by Region and HQ site managers and other environmental professionals.  This position coordinates with the Wetlands Program monitoring staff to provide reports of management activities conducted on mitigation sites, give observations on site conditions, install scientific data collection instruments, and collect and report data.

What to Expect
Travel is an expectation of the position and may be required on a regular or as-needed basis. Overnight stays up to 3 times per month. This is a limited project opportunity, expected to last through 06/30/2023. This project position may be renewed every biennium depending on the budget approval.

Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Transportation Planning Specialist 3 will:
Serve as the supervisor for Restoration Crew field staff, including on-site direction.
Plan and coordinate the implementation of management activities by field staff at WSDOT environmental mitigation sites and roadside restoration sites as identified by Site Managers, ensuring compliance with permits issued by the state, local, and federal regulatory agencies.
Review daily work logs, safety records, pesticide application records, and other documentation for completeness and accuracy; OFM 12-002 (1/9/17) WGS Position Description Page 2, including review of aquatic herbicide applications.
Maintain electronic schedules, site diaries, and databases of the restoration crew’s daily work activities and herbicide application records.
Order necessary supplies and equipment to complete appropriate site management activities.
Plan adaptive management strategies on environmental mitigation sites statewide.
Coordinate with HQ and region site managers, including landscape architects, biologists, and others.
Prepare and present graphic presentations on proposed and completed projects.
Coordinate both required and other appropriate crew training.

To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
Four years of experience with resource management, environmental restoration, or applied horticulture.
Strong supervisory skills and ability to identify and deliver just-in-time training.
Knowledge of laws, rules, and regulations concerning restoration work, including pesticide applicator laws, HPA, and the Clean Water Act.
Experience with and the ability to implement adaptive management and integrated vegetation management strategies.
Experience reading, understanding, and interpreting maps, contract plans, and plan sheets.
Ability to identify native and non-native plant species.
Hold a current WA State Department of Agriculture public applicators license with aquatic endorsement.
Valid driver’s license.
Ability to effectively communicate complex information to diverse groups.
Familiarity with operating and using large vehicles and other equipment, including trailers, UTVs, and ATVs.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have the following:
An associate degree in science, restoration, or related field or bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental studies/science, or resource management.
Strong skills in plant identification and Pacific Northwest native plants.
Experience with operating and maintaining small gas-powered equipment.
Use electronic field equipment, including hand-held computers, GPS receivers, and data collection devices.
Ability to communicate budgetary needs relating to the Restoration Crew’s biennial, fiscal year, and seasonal costs.

Important Notes 
This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
This position offers flexible/hybrid remote work options.
This is a limited project opportunity, expected to last through 06/30/2023.
Perform hands-on work while exposed to hazardous conditions or materials, (includes any field, site, roadway, construction or right of way activity, warehouse, or manufacturing).
Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 357-16-197 mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Compliance with this mandate is a condition of employment with WSDOT. An 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.
WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit www.uscis.gov.
Work-Life Balance – We are committed to ensuring that our staff experience the reward of public service while sustaining a routine that suits everyone’s lifestyle.
Paid Leave – In addition to 12 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum of 14 paid vacation days per year!
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 federal student loan forgiveness eligibility.
Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes various healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.

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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, the “Work Experience” portion of the application must be completed in as much detail as possible.
To be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application:
An attached Resume outlines (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
An attached Cover Letter that further explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
Contact details for a minimum of three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. NOTE: This information may be entered in the “References” section of the online application; it does not require an additional attachment.

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WSDOT is an equal-opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment where 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, 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.

Contact us
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Robyn Lovely, at LovelyR@wsdot.wa.gov. Please be sure to reference 22DOT-HQ-0P076 in the subject line.

To apply for this job email your details to HQHR@wsdot.wa.gov

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