City of Tacoma WA Environmental Technician, Senior -Environmental Services Department in Tacoma, Washington

Position Description

The City of Tacoma is accepting applications for two Senior Environmental Technicians. Both Senior Environmental Technician positions are located in Environmental Services Department, Science and Engineering Division.

Position 1: Operates as a field lead for the flow metering and sampling of the City's sanitary and surface water conveyance systems, soils, sediments, and groundwater in compliance with the City's NPDES Phase I Stormwater Permit, NPDES Wastewater Discharge Permit, and Superfund Consent Decrees (Thea Foss, Landfill). Work is also driven by the City's engineers need for precipitation, flow and hydraulic modeling data; inflow and infiltration investigation; utility billing and pollution source investigations.

Position 2: Operates as a restoration field lead for the passive open space program, primarily overseeing maintenance crews and performing restoration site monitoring and maintenance.

The Principles that Guide Us: Tacoma, the_ City of Destiny, has a workforce of dedicated, talented and open-minded employees with unique skills and perspectives. We embrace innovation and strive for excellence and community engagement in all that we do. The Principles that Guide Us, _Integrity, Service, Excellence and Equity,speak to the values that we embody as City of Tacoma employees, and represent the core of our work in public service.

Essential Duties:

  • Depending on assignment, Environmental Technician Seniors:
  • May serve as a lead for Environmental Technicians in the support of environment science projects and maintenance activities and oversees environmental project support functions;
  • Responsible for the preparation of records, logs, and reports on collected data pertinent to environmental issues such as water resources, forestry, fisheries, wildlife, botany, geology, soils, and other natural resource sciences;
  • Coordinate, perform and review environmental inspections on construction and maintenance projects. Maintain records and logs as applicable.
  • Leads the installation, maintenance, and monitoring of environmental science research and other projects including activities such as conducting surveys and collecting samples of water, fish, and wildlife.
  • May design less complex environmental science studies and projects;
  • Layout, mark, and locate projects and area boundaries for activities such as forest and game management projects and wildlife area boundary setting;
  • Document research and project findings for visual representations of environmental studies;
  • Prepares maps and maintains spatial and tabular environmental data using appropriate software;
  • Communicate information about ongoing environmental projects to government agency staff, regulators and the public;
  • Coordinate the provision of assistance in maintaining roads, gates, culverts and other facilities;
  • Lead the operation of environmental facilities, such as those required for fish handling, movement and safekeeping.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

City of Tacoma Recruitment Information: One of the primary goals of the City of Tacoma Equity and Empowerment Initiative is that the City of Tacoma workforce reflects the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and we welcome candidates with diverse and/or multicultural skill sets and personal experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work and play.


Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science and two years related work experience or an associate degree in Environmental Science and four years related work experience.

Experience may be substituted for education at a ratio of two years' experience for one year of education.

LICENSING, CERTIFICATIONS AND OTHER LEGAL REQUIREMENTS: Valid Washington State Driver's License at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter;

Valid CPR and first aid certification prior to completion of probation with maintenance thereafter.

* Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:* Positions in this class may require: sitting, stooping, kneeling, crouching, standing, pushing, pulling, walking, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motions.

Incumbents may be subject to travel, rough terrain, office environments with typical associated odors, dusts, ventilation, workspace restrictions, and noise.

Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Knowledge & Skills

Knowledge of: Environmental quality principles and practices; chemical, mechanical and biological control techniques for vegetation management; safety requirements; City regulations, organization, and policies; correct language usage and customer service etiquette and techniques; use of computers, various office equipment and computer software.

Skilled in: Map reading and use of GIS; data collection and maintaining field notes; use of water and land vehicles for maintenance and sample collection; effective communication both verbal and in writing including the compilation of reports and records; planning and organizing work, and analyzing situations to develop a course of action; establishing interoffice and interagency relationships; conducting assignments in a professional, independent, confidential, and timely manner; remaining current on applicable ordinances, rules, regulations, policies and procedures; and interacting respectfully and sensitively with individuals and groups to develop productive relationships and provide customer service.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

Our City: With a population over 200,000, Tacoma is the second largest city in the Puget Sound region, gracing the shores of Commencement Bay. We are a diverse, progressive, international city that serves as a gateway to the Pacific Rim and the rest of the world. Named one of the most livable areas in the country by, Tacoma and the surrounding area is a playground for outdoor and maritime enthusiasts. Our businesses are vibrant, our parks are beautiful, our schools are exceptional and our housing is affordable.

When you work for the City of Tacoma you'll enjoy a healthy work/life balance, the potential for flexible schedules with some job classifications, continuing education programs, leadership pathways, wellness incentives and a total rewards benefits program. We welcome you to take a look at our website and discover how the City of Tacoma can make your next career move part of our combined destiny:

The City of Tacoma believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. This job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Interested individuals must *complete the online application and attach *a detailed resume and cover letter that includes major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

Candidates who are eligible for Veteran's Preference scoring criteria must attach a copy of their DD-214 member copy 4, (proof of military discharge form) at time of application, to be eligible for review for Veteran's Preference points, with redacted birthdate and social security numbers.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have the Supplemental Questions #6-9 scored as the Experience and Training Test for this position. Those who pass with a score of 70% or higher will be placed on the Eligible List for a period of one year, and will be eligible for further consideration and potential interview selection.

Appointment is subject to passing a pre-employment background and references check. A person offered the position must successfully complete a nine-month probationary period in order to attain permanent status in this position.

Communication from the City of Tacoma: We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk email folders.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend at least an hour entering information. In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

For assistance with the NEOGOV application process, or questions regarding this job announcement, call 253-591-5400 before 4:00 pm of the date this recruitment closes.

Salary: $28.29 - $36.29 Hourly

Location: Tacoma, WA

Job Type: Non-Classified

Department: Environmental Services

Job Number: 2098-18

Closing: 5/31/2018 5:00 PM Pacific

Agency: City of Tacoma

Address: Human Resources Department 747 Market Street Tacoma, Washington, 98402-3764

Phone: 253-591-5400