SEA Assistant Coastal Planner

The Washington State Department of Ecology

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 Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a SEA Assistant Coastal Planner (Environmental Planner 1) position. This position will work out of our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA

The SEA Assistant Coastal Planner position is an assistant-level planner, working under minimal supervision of the Coastal/Shorelands Section Manager, and is responsible for performing tasks to support the improvement of statewide hazard management along our coast, including flooding, erosion, landslides, and tsunamis. Responsibilities include collaboration with the interagency Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP) team to understand coastal hazards and develop strategies to reduce risk. This position also conducts research to provide mitigation options for communities through the collection and dissemination of best practices.

We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills, research and writing skills, and the ability to plain talk complex issues to a diverse audience.

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. Maybe you’ve seen some of our recent stories on TwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

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The mission of the Department of Ecology is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s land, air and water for current and future generations.

The Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) program helps communities manage shorelands, floodplains, and wetlands. Our primary focus is on state and local responsibilities for administering Washington state and federally-delegated laws. Our mission is to work in partnership with communities to support healthy watersheds and promote statewide environmental interests.
Some of the key work activities of the SEA Assistant Coastal Planner position include:

Technical Assistance:

  • Provide assistance to the Coastal Planner and the Risk MAP team to develop and disseminate products and materials to support local, state, and tribal jurisdictions to develop, evaluate, update and implement their mitigation plans and strategies, focusing on building a community’s capability to plan for and reduce risk. Technical Assistance will also encourage hazard mitigation plan implementation and advance community hazard mitigation actions through the Mitigation Planning Process in the form of administration, technical assistance for specific planning requirements, as well as resources and tools for improved planning.
  • This position will have a particular focus on developing best practices for integrating hazards information into planning and mitigation action – activities include working with agencies and communities to identify examples of successful integration of hazard information into local planning and/or mitigation action. This will include challenges, lessons learned, and funding dynamics. Information collected will be compiled into a report that provides guidance for communities through best practices, and opportunities for agencies to enhance strategic engagement.

Risk Map Program Planning and Implementation:

  • Provide assistance to the Coastal Planner and the Risk MAP team to strategically prepare for engagement with communities throughout a project’s life cycle. Goals of this engagement are to help create understanding and ownership of natural hazards at state and local levels and to strengthen and encourage communities to take responsibility for progressing risk reduction actions that will result in a more resilient community. This work includes the development and implementation of an outreach strategy to disseminate mitigation planning and technical assistance project deliverables, community engagement and training, and training to staff in multiple partner agencies to inform and shape strategic community engagement.
Please Note: This is a project position that is scheduled to end September 30, 2018.


Required Qualifications:

A Master’s degree or above with a major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field.


Two (2) years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development, will substitute for the Master’s degree provided a Bachelor’s degree in a field listed above or a natural science has been achieved.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working within collaborative processes with agency partners, technical experts, and local stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of existing and future impacts of coastal hazards on Washington communities.
  • Ability to communicate hazardous risks effectively to diverse stakeholders.
  • Understanding of local challenges with coastal hazards planning and decision-making.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills. Prior experience research, writing and producing complex environmental documents, plans or reports in a clear, concise manner.
  • Understanding of public processes, principles and techniques for planning and policy development.
  • Ability to clearly and tactfully communicate with others to develop cooperative working relationships within Ecology and with other agencies, other governments, partners, and stakeholders.
  • Ability to work independently and successfully manage work load and multiple priorities.
  • Competence with Microsoft Office software. 

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment: 

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license. 

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 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.

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Other Information:
If you need assistance applying for this job, please call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail Please do not call this number or 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 Brian Lynn at:  Please do not contact Brian 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. All employees covered by the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the WFSE will, as a condition of employment, either become members of the WFSE and pay membership dues or, as non-members, pay a representation fee as described in the CBA, no later than the 30th day following the effective date of this CBA or the beginning of their employment.

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.


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