Job Opportunity: King County Water Quality Planner/Project Manager I

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Water Quality Planner/Project Manager I 

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King County is committed to equity and diversity in the workplace. In addition, the county is committed to recruiting and maintaining a quality workforce that shares our guiding principles: collaborative, service-oriented, results-focused, accountable, innovative, professional and fair and just.

OPENING DATE/TIME: 06/02/14 12:00 AM (GMT -8:00)

CLOSING DATE/TIME: 06/23/14 04:30 PM (GMT -8:00)

SALARY: $28.59 – $36.24 Hourly

LOCATION: King Street Center – 201 S Jackson St, Seattle

JOB TYPE: Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week

DIVISION: Department of Natural Resources & Parks – Water and Land Resources Division

JOB NUMBER: 2014MK04004


WHO MAY APPLY: This is open to the general public.

Contact: or 206-477-4740 for questions related to this recruitment.
• A King County Application Form 
• Resume and Cover Letter
• Answers to two supplemental questions are required.

WORK SCHEDULE: This is a full-time position
This is the first level in a four-level Water Quality Planner/Project Manager classification series. Incumbents in this classification are considered entry-level planners or project managers. This position will provide technical support to King County’s marine monitoring programs and involves evaluating a wide variety of marine water and sediment quality and benthos data. This position will work under the direction of senior employees with expertise in marine water quality. This position will analyze marine water and sediment quality data and marine benthos data, conduct quality control analyses on the data, interpret the data, compare these data to Washington (WA) State water quality standards or other criteria, prepare technical documents about the findings, and assist in the collection of marine data. This position will also provide technical support for DNRP’s wastewater treatment plant National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit or other permit-required monitoring and sediment management program.


  • Evaluate and interpret marine water quality data (continuous, CTD profile, and discrete), marine sediment quality data (including chemical, physical, and benthic community) for spatial and temporal trends as well as compliance with water and sediment quality standards and regulations, including NPDES permit and other permit requirements.
  • Conduct quality control/quality assurance reviews of marine water quality, marine sediment quality, and marine benthic community analyses.
  • Assist with coordination of field-sampling of marine waters, sediments, and benthos, with the King County Environmental Laboratory and occasionally assist with field sampling activities.
  • Analyze and present marine data using graphical and statistical software programs.
  • Assist with the preparation of technical memoranda, sampling and analysis plans, and reports for marine water quality and sediment quality data. Assist with coordination of NPDES sampling requirements in marine receiving waters and prepare information in response to agency or regulatory requests. 
  • Assist with the maintenance of and updates to various King County marine monitoring websites.


  • Bachelor’s degree in marine science or closely related discipline or equivalent education or experience.
  • Currently using and has two (2) years’ experience with common Microsoft Office software including Excel, Word and Powerpoint.
  • Currently using and has two (2) years’ experience using graphical and statistical software beyond Excel such as R, Matlab, SigmaPlot, SPSS, SYSSTAT, etc., and knowledge of statistical techniques for analyzing environmental data.
  • Experience applying the principles of marine water quality, including topics related to bacteria, salinity, temperature, density, nutrients, phytoplankton, marine benthos, point source inputs, and shoreline habitat issues to assess water quality conditions in King County marine waters.
  • Knowledge of research practices and sampling protocols, including those pertaining to collection of marine waters, sediments, and benthos for laboratory analysis.
  • Experience collecting water, sediment, and benthos samples according to standard protocols for the purpose of laboratory analysis of chemistry, pathogens and physical properties, including temperature, salinity, pH, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity.
  • Experience assessing data quality relative to data quality objectives, including review of any available quality assurance/quality control samples and assignment of data qualifiers.
  • Experience collecting and assessing marine benthos data, including assessments of marine benthic invertebrate health.
  • Experience comparing marine water, sediment, and benthos data to applicable water and sediment quality standards, criteria, and guidelines.  Familiarity with NPDES and or other permit reporting requirements.
  • Experience synthesizing technical information and writing technical reports and memos that present the data, data analysis, and interpretation of various water or sediment quality monitoring programs.
  • Ability to function independently with minimal supervision and also work effectively in multidisciplinary team situations.


Ability to carry 20 pounds to sampling sites along the shoreline.
Ability to collect field samples from a boat.


  • Master’s Degree in marine science or closely related discipline or equivalent education or experience.
  • Knowledge of regional marine environment.
  • Knowledge of web design and maintenance.
  • Experience analyzing and presenting marine data using spatial software programs.
  • Knowledge of ArcGIS.
  • Knowledge of NPDES permitting system.
  • Knowledge of other WA state permitting programs such as State Waste Discharge permits and reclaimed water permitting.
  • Knowledge of MTCA and CERCLA sediment remediation data and sampling procedures.


Work will generally be performed in an office environment with minimal exposure to safety and health hazards.  Occasional field work is required on boats and along the shoreline.

A valid Washington State Driver’s License or the ability to travel throughout the County in a timely manner.   An offer of employment will be contingent on the success of a pre-employment physical examination. 
Positions in this classification are represented by Teamsters, Local 117 Professional & Technical.  Union membership will be required within 30 days of employment
Please submit answers to the following two questions, limiting your answers to one (1) page total for both questions combined.



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