The City of Kent is currently accepting applications for the position of Senior Ecologist in our Public Works Department. Are you a dedicated professional who is passionate about the environment, particularly efforts to enhance environmental quality? Are you familiar with city codes and state, tribal, and federal regulations regarding natural resources management, critical areas requirements, and restoration/mitigation site construction standards? If you are a highly motivated and detail-oriented individual who can identify potential environmental problem areas and provide recommendations for solutions, this position may be perfect for you!
$90,336.00- $109,932.00 annually, depending on qualifications
This job will close on November 5, 2021.
This is a benefited position and it is not represented by a union. Please contact Human Resources if you have questions regarding the employment status of this position.
1. Cover letter
2. Resume (indicate duties/responsibilities, years/months of employment, supervisor’s name/email/phone number, and reason for leaving a job)
3. Responses to Supplemental Questions
4. Sample(s) of technical writing/reports written
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The selection process for this position will consist of an interview, along with an assessment of candidates' writing abilities. A short writing exercise will be given as part of the first interview.
Under the direction of the Environmental Supervisor, or designee, perform inspections of projects and properties to ensure compliance with environmental regulations, and perform other field reconnaissance and reporting duties related to natural resources (wetlands and salmon habitat) and water quality within and around the City of Kent.
Work is characterized by performing independent, routine, and usually specialized technical duties associated with environmental conservation programs including, but not limited to salmon habitat, wetlands, natural resources and ecological infrastructure projects. Duties include, but are not limited to, performing field inspections of construction and mitigation sites; maintaining inspection files and records; communicating with property owners and consultants/contactors, internal departments and external agencies, etc.; project planning and management; collecting data and analyzing data; writing habitat restoration plans and mitigation reports; and attending meetings as required. The incumbent will also investigate water quality and environmental issues, including reports of illegal dumping, spills, or stormwater-related or critical habitats/wetlands complaints, and provide recommendations to address such issues.
Work is performed under limited supervision. The supervisor defines objectives, priorities, and deadlines. The incumbent plans and carries out assignments and handles problems and deviations in accordance with instructions, policies, procedures, and/or accepted practices. Work is evaluated for technical soundness and conformity to practice and policy.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Lead in the design and preparation of construction documents for Public Works stormwater/flood management/critical areas improvement, habitat (wetland and fish) restoration, and mitigation projects in accordance with established standards of safety, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.
Prepare project plans and specifications; analyze project requirements, physical location, and other pertinent data; prepare estimate of cost as needed; ensure that project designs are in compliance with a variety of state, federal, and local laws, codes, ordinances, and regulations governing construction projects.
Perform contracting tasks including development and review of Statements of Qualifications and Scopes of Work, selection/evaluation of consultants/ contractors, routing requests for contract, coordinating with contractors, monitoring contract budget and contractor performance, negotiate and recommend contract changes if necessary, and processing of invoices. Review plans, specifications and other documents needed to implement Public Works capital improvement and operations projects and associated mitigation plans.
Identify wetland mitigation areas, develop plan elements, and secure permits for wetland restoration and mitigation projects. Utilize professional biological expertise and training to determine habitat needs and niches required by specific plant and wildlife species and to develop strategies to meet restoration and monitoring goals. Coordinate the planting and plant maintenance activities and sites monitoring with Operations staff.
Analyze the proposed development activity in relation to its impact on critical areas. Prepare and review proposed mitigation plans in relation to their ability to protect critical areas from development.
Plan, develop, and implement monitoring of mitigation and/or habitat enhancements projects. Collect, analyze, and interpret data/information and prepare monitoring reports.
Conduct site/habitat evaluations, wetland delineations/assessments, field studies on critical habitats/aquatic/endangered species, monitoring of vegetation, hydrology, water quality, wildlife, and fisheries, as well as coordinate habitats and threatened/endangered species management. Visit construction sites to inspect work progress and coordinate communications with the construction engineer/inspector during construction.
Perform field reconnaissance and natural resources/water quality investigations to identify and assess environmental problems throughout the City and natural resources conservation and project mitigation/restoration areas.
Inspect capital, mitigation, and other natural resources construction projects for compliance with applicable permits during and after construction.
Function as a lead providing guidance and training to junior staff on technical and other program/project-related matters as needed to accomplish the tasks as assigned.
Investigate reports of unpermitted activities and hazardous chemical spills or illicit discharges onto wetlands and critical areas. Assess magnitude and possible remedies and notify appropriate internal and external response parties per standard operating procedures.
Collect or lead sample collection (soil, plant, water, animal/fish) activities from construction sites and natural resources conservation areas; identify appropriate parameters for analysis; prepare samples for delivery to laboratories for evaluation; summarize and interpret analytical results for reporting and enforcement actions as necessary and recommend adaptive management strategies for implementation.
Apply for grants and project permits, and write/submit required monitoring, progress, and expense reports related to natural resources, water quality and other environmental conservation and outreach projects covered by grants and permits.
Provide input and direction to the public, developers, and consultants on the preparation of project construction documents and wetlands/critical area mitigation plans and reports.
Develop educational materials associated with protecting natural resources, critical areas/habitats, water quality/quantity; including but not limited to presentations, brochures, flyers, signage, newsletters, website updates, and handouts.
Perform a variety of technical engineering design and layout activities to assist in the preparation of plans for environmental projects using aerial imagery, and GIS data.
Participate in various technical committees, study groups, and taskforces to provide engineering and technical expertise. Conduct presentations to students, citizens, staff, developers and elected officials. Communicate project information and requirements with property owners, consultants/contractors, internal departments, external agencies, etc.
Represent the City at various meetings with citizens, contractors, consultants, and outside agencies. Interface with regulatory agencies, local agencies, consultants, other city departments, volunteer and school groups, and the general public.
Actively support the vision, mission, values, and goals of the department and the City.
PERIPHERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Perform related duties as assigned.
SUCCESSFUL INCUMBENTS FOR THIS POSITION WILL HAVE THE:
BE SKILLED IN:
HAVE THE ABILITY TO:
SKILLS FOR THE POSITION MAY BE GAINED THROUGH EDUCATION, CERTIFICATION, RELEVANT JOB EXPERIENCE or a COMBINATION, SUCH AS:
Education: Bachelor’s degree or higher education in an accredited college/university specializing in environmental science/studies/engineering, natural resources management, fish and wildlife biology, geology/hydrogeology, ecology, or related field; and
Experience: Five (5) years of work experience in the areas of environmental science, environmental inspections and assessments, wetlands management, ecological, and/or fish and wildlife management and/or research.
LICENSES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
The City of Kent is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The City of Kent is currently accepting applications for the position of Senior Ecologist in our Public Works Department. Are you a dedicated professional who is passionate about the environment, particularly efforts to enhance…
For additional information or to apply, please visit our website at www.kentwa.gov/jobs.
For additional information or to apply, please visit our website at www.kentwa.gov/jobs.