Coastal Resource Specialist, WA Department of Ecology (Mount Vernon, WA)

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$42,264.00 – $55,476.00 Annually
Skagit County – Mt. Vernon, WA
Job Type
Full Time – Permanent
Dept. of Ecology
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Ecology’s mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment, and promote the wise management of our air, land and water for the benefit of current and future generations. Our goals are to prevent pollution, clean up pollution, and support sustainable communities and natural resources.

The mission of the Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) Program is to support community conservation efforts for our shorelands, wetlands, and floodplains.

The mission of Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (PBNERR) is to preserve, protect and enhance the natural resources of Padilla Bay and to operate programs in education, public information, natural resource management, research and monitoring to conserve and manage estuaries in Washington State and the nation.

Some of the key work activities of the Coastal Resource Specialist position are:

  • Under the general direction of the PBNERR senior scientist, collects field and laboratory data, analyzes data and prepares reports to document findings and make fact-based recommendations to senior scientist.
  • Designs, plans and implements field and lab projects to inspect and monitor estuarine and terrestrial habitats for invasive species, controls these species consistent with Padilla Bay NERR Integrated Weed Management Plan.
  • Plans and implements habitat restoration and recovery efforts based on review of scientific literature and best available scientific practices.
  • Independently coordinates with scientists from other agencies, tribes, and universities to accomplish work.
  • Provides advice to Ecology, the SEA Program and others, and serves on regional, state and national committees.
  • Engages with local watershed stakeholders and property owners to build relationships within the PBNERR boundary.
  • Manages waterfront access site issues and maintains property to PBNERR standard.
  • Participates in meetings with the Skagit Watershed Council and Marine Resource Committee.
  • Mentors Americorps, interns and volunteers.
  • Works with Padilla Bay GIS analyst to integrate data and restoration project design/status into data sets for GIS maps and products.
  • Researches, writes and submits scientific proposals for funding to agencies and institutions; assists other professional scientists in document peer review.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be May 4, 2018. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before May 3, 2018. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s degree involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field and two (2) years of professional level experience in environmental science or control or environmental planning.

Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year-for-year, for education.

A Master’s degree in one of the above fields will substitute for one (1) year of the required experience.


A Ph.D. in one (1) of the above fields.


One (1) year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 2.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in biological science, natural science, resource management, marine science, estuarine science, water quality/chemistry, toxicology.
  • Ability to produce high quality and accurate reports in a timely manner.
  • Skills in project management, writing proposals.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

First Aid/CPR and Boating Safety certifications within six month of start date.