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Department of Ecology Ocean Planning Assistant in Lacey, Washington

Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.2 (Download PDF reader), Washington State employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination as part of the hiring process, prior to their start date. Requests for medical and religious exemptions will be considered. If you have questions, please contact with “COVID-19 vaccination” in the subject line. Keeping Washington Clean and EvergreenThe Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill an Ocean Planning Assistant (Environmental Planner 2) position. This position is located in our Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA. In this exciting opportunity, you will get to work with a broad range of scientists, resource managers, planners, and policy leaders to help guide Washington’s marine spatial planning effort. In 2018, Washington State finalized a Marine Spatial Plan for Washington’s Pacific Coast that was developed to protect ocean resources and minimize conflicts with potential new ocean uses. A large amount of data and information was collected as part of the Marine Spatial Plan development process, however, there is a need to update and collect new data that will help with emerging needs and implementation. You will work with Ecology and other state agencies in their effort to identify, acquire, and make available high priority data that help protect and preserve Washington’s valuable ocean and coastal resources. In addition, you will support ocean planning efforts more broadly as part of Washington’s Coastal Zone Management Program. You will gain experience with: *Carrying out Ecology’s mission through collaborative multi-agency or multi-stakeholder workgroups convened to address marine and ocean management issues. *Research and analysis to develop policy options, and writing policy briefing documents. *Translating scientific information into pragmatic policy options. *Internal and external program communications on marine and ocean policy issues. *Technical assistance, training, and resource development for effective implementation of the Marine Spatial Plan for Washington’s Pacific Coast. This position will be housed within Ecology’s Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) Program. The mission of the SEA Program is to support community conservation efforts for our state’s shorelands, wetlands, and floodplains.Please Note: This is a project position that is funded until June 30, 2024, with the possibility of extension and future opportunities.During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. This position is not currently required to work in the office on a regular basis