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Washington State Department of Transportation Multi-agency Permit Lead – TPS4 In-Training in Olympia, Washington


Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world\'s longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world\'s widest tunneling project. 

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The Opportunity

WSDOT is seeking a Transportation Planning Specialist 4 to take on the highly essential role of Multi-agency Permit Lead. This position will lead statewide programmatic permitting and permit streamlining efforts, serving as a statewide senior permitting strategist and subject matter expert. In this role you will also provide project-level strategy and support for the acquisition of permits and approvals. The primary regulatory focus of this Multi-agency Permit Lead position is the Washington State Hydraulic Code and Washington State Shoreline Management Act. This position serves as Program Lead for workforce development related to these regulations and permits. We are looking for candidates who have a passion for protecting the environment, problem-solving, continuous improvement, and delivering excellent customer service.  

What to Expect

Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Multi-agency Permit Lead will:

Lead statewide programmatic permitting and permit streamlining efforts for General Hydraulic Project Approvals (GHPAs) and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Bridge and Ferry Terminal Washing General Permit. 

Manage regional/statewide programmatic instruments to expedite permits and approvals necessary for project development, delivery, and maintenance.

Lead and manage WSDOT's negotiation, acquisition, implementation, and reporting of new and existing General Hydraulic Project Approvals (GHPAs) to support WSDOT's Fish Passage Delivery Program and other WSDOT business needs. 

Coordinate regularly with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and other statewide WSDOT Offices.

Lead WSDOT negotiations when renewing NPDES Bridge and Ferry Terminal Washing General Permit with Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology); coordinating regularly with Ecology, WSDOT Bridge Maintenance, and Washington State Ferries (WSF) staff during implementation of the permit.

Critically evaluate WSDOT\'s process for collecting and reporting general permit data and make recommendations to improve accuracy and efficiencies.

Review, influence, and propose language for federal and state bills, fiscal notes, and rule changes.

Track, analyze and communicate environmental permitting and compliance laws and rule changes to facilitate information sharing among the regions, modes, Megaprograms and HQ Maintenance Office. 

Provide web content updates related to permits to the Compliance Solutions Branch web editor.

Support the development, maintenance, and improvement of WSDOT policies (i.e., manuals), procedures (i.e., webpages and guidance documents), and tools related to programmatic permits and permit streamlining.

Develop, deliver, and support workforce development efforts related to programmatic permits and permit streamlining so WSDOT employees and consultants who are responsible for performing permitting and compliance work have the knowledge necessary to implement those policies and procedures effectively and consistently.

Serve as an SME on WSDOT's compliance with the Washington State Hydraulic Code, Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) permitting, Shoreline Management Act, and Shoreline permitting.

Provide project-level strategy and support for acquisition