Water Quality Planner/Project Manager I | King County Careers
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Summary WHO MAY APPLY:
This position is open to all King County employees and the
The Section's mission is to provide scientific knowledge,
information, and analysis in support of regional environmental
resource management. The Section employs 40 staff members who
are organized into three units with broad-ranging technical
expertise in the applied sciences; Water Quality and Quantity,
Watershed and Ecological Assessment, and Toxicology and
Contaminants. Collectively, these units play a critical role in
providing scientific guidance for water and land management. Our
staff lead and carry out studies in applied environmental sciences,
run monitoring programs, deliver specialized scientific and
technical services, and inform evidence-based policies and
regulations. We partner with other science agencies around Puget
Sound, such as the Washington Department of Ecology, Washington
Department of Fish and Wildlife, University of Washington and
others. Learn more at our website .
In this role, you will work as a team member in the field
hydrology program which is composed of 3-4 engineers and water
quality planners. The primary responsibility of this position is to
provide scientific and technical support to King County's
hydrologic monitoring programs. This program carries out continuous
hydrologic monitoring of streams, rivers, groundwater, lakes,
ponds, and stormwater projects. In addition, the program maintains
an extensive rain gage network. These programs and projects track
weather and hydrologic conditions over time, assess impacts from
human activities, provide data for management action, and assist
with identifying hydrologic and water quality problems. More
information about these programs is available
Job Duties Applying equity and social justice principles is a
daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King
County employees. In this role, you will apply equity and social
justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and
practices to all aspects of the work. You will also:
Install, maintain, and troubleshoot stream and river flow gages,
rain gages and temperature probes in streams, rivers and stormwater
projects or facilities.
Collect and download flow, groundwater and rain gage data.
Conduct quality control/quality assurance reviews of field and
telemetered gage data.
Use, maintain and troubleshoot hydrologic databases.
Calculate flow, rain and temperature statistics. Analyze
data for long-term trends and define correlations between hydrology
metrics and land use, habitat, and biological metrics.
Prepare maps, graphs and charts that show hydrologic and water
quality monitoring results to clients and project managers.
Assist with the writing and preparation of technical reports on
flow, rain, and temperature conditions in King County streams and
Coordinate efforts with other King County agencies,
jurisdictions, state and federal agencies, and Tribes.
Present results of data collection and analysis to
clients, colleagues, and managers.
Participate in Section and Division support activities, e.g.,
ESJ work and outreach, action teams to solve problems, data teams
to learn and coordinate new analytical approaches, etc.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills Minimum
Bachelor's degree OR equivalent experience in
hydrology, geology, environmental science, natural resource
management, or closely related filed OR an equivalent
combination of education and experience.
At least one year's experience working with stream gages, to
include installation and maintenance, troubleshooting gage
locations, uploading and analyzing data, making direct measure and
maintenance of discharge records to include stage-discharge rating
curves and carrying out data QA/QC.
At least one year's experience measuring stream flow following
standard techniques in a variety of flow conditions.
At least one year's experience using a variety of data loggers
and sensors used to collect hydrologic and meteorological
At least one year's experience collecting water samples using
standard protocols for the purpose of laboratory analysis.
Ability to safely and competently operate and maintain
commonly used field hydrology equipment, (e.g. stream gages, flow
meters, Doppler meters).
Experience using graphical and statistical software beyond Excel
(e.g. R) to conduct statistical analyses of water quantity and
quality data sets, including parametric and non-parametric
statistical testing for differences and trends, preparation of data
tables, generation and preparation of summary statistics, charts,
graphs, and maps that represent the results of environmental
Experience using GPS and ArcGIS.
Proficient using Microsoft Office (specifically, Word, Excel,
and PowerPoint) and GIS mapping software.
Experience preparing technical reports and presenting and
interpreting the results of water quality and water quality
Experience synthesizing and presenting technical information to
clients, team members, project managers, and citizens, both in
writing and orally.
Demonstrated experience and ability to work effectively with
diverse groups on complex technical projects to include county
colleagues, jurisdiction technical staff, agency staff,
consultants, and community groups.
Demonstrated ability to effectively plan, organize, and
prioritize work on a daily basis and work on multiple
tasks with the highest level of accuracy and productivity.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and work
productively with project managers and team members to carry out
priority field work, data analysis, quality reporting, and timely
Desirable Qualifications Knowledge and experience working with
local and state stormwater programs and regulations.
Familiarity with the most commonly used stormwater and
hydrologic modeling software; experience with date logger and
hydrographic equipment support software.
Necessary Special Requirements: A valid Driver's License
or the ability to travel throughout the County in a timely manner.
Ability to lift 50 pounds and carry such weight to include a
backpack and necessary equipment to monitor sites over rough
terrain, such as uneven sloping ground, or flowing water.
Additionally, the ability to swim and take as well as pass a course
in swift-water safety within 6 months of hiring. An offer of
employment will be contingent on the success of a pre-employment
physical examination and a swim test. You will also need to have
the ability and willingness to work in the field during all types
of weather events.
Supplemental Information Required Application Materials
1. King County application including the supplemental
3. Attach a cover letter - Your letter should include how your
skills and experiences makes you
qualified for this position.
NOTE: Please answer ALL questions in the online employment
application itself, with each of your jobs during the last 10 years
listed (listing each position for each employer separately), duties
explained, reasons for leaving etc. Earlier jobs should be included
if they are relevant in some way to this job. Applications that are
not complete, or do not include all required materials may be
rejected as incomplete, and not advanced in the process. Applicants
who are unable to apply online should follow the instructions under
Application Tips and FAQs at www.kingcounty.gov/jobs. If you need
an accommodation in the recruitment process or an alternate format
of this announcement, please inquire directly with the Human
Resources contact for this job announcement.
Applicants will be screened for competitiveness, completeness,
and written communication skills. The most competitive
candidates may be invited to participate in one or more interviews
and possibly other selection process elements such as a
writing exercise and/or other test. Final offers are contingent on
successful completion of reference checks.
About King County
As the only county in the United States named after Martin
Luther King Jr, one of the most influential civil rights leaders in
our nation's history, King County is a vibrant community with
residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a
region with increasing diversity that cherishes the artistic and
social traditions of many cultures. Together we are changing the
way government delivers service and winning national recognition as
a model of excellence. We continue to build on an enduring legacy
of shared values of equity and social justice, employee engagement,
innovative thinking and continuous improvement. With this
commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda aimed at
advancing regional change and is developing the systems and
standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all of our
residents, regardless of their race or income. All of these
qualities make this King
County one of the nation's best places to live, work and
This position is non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair
Labor Standards Act, and is eligible for overtime pay. All overtime
worked should be approved in advance by your supervisor. Work
schedule is normally Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Alternative work schedules may be considered. Work outside of the
normal workday maybe required periodically.
This position will work remotely. There will be an expectation
to travel to various worksites throughout King County as needed for
your work. A laptop will be supplied by King County.
For more information regarding this recruitment, please
Helen Hackley, HR Analyst, 206-477-0087,
Positions in this classification will be represented by
Class Code: 2430100
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Guided by our "True North ", we are making King County a
welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value
diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce.
To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable
recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the
highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares
and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we
solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we
are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we
are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds
identities to apply, including Native American and people of
color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with
disabilities, and veterans.
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No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities
based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including
gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic
information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class.
Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not
limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion,
transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other
forms of compensation.
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