Environmental Planner (PPM II)

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
Posted on March 18, 2023
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$41.29 - $52.34 Hourly

WA 98057-2906, WA

Job Type
Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week

DLS - Dept. of Local Services

Job Number


4/2/2023 11:59 PM Pacific


The Permitting Division of the King County Department of Local Services invites applicants reflective of our diverse local service area to apply for the position of Environmental Planner (Project/Program Manager II).
Planners work under the supervision of a Product Line Manager to produce or help produce timely, accurate, quality reviews and approvals of land use, development and building permits. Work will include assisting with the Division's implementation of Critical Area and Shoreline regulations, the State Environmental Policy Act, and related environmental policies, development standards and procedures. Working both collaboratively and independently, they apply their current planning experience to review a variety of permit types ranging from single-family projects to complex commercial or infrastructure projects.

Planners are responsible for carefully reviewing permit application plans and technical documents; working cooperatively with others in the department and in other agencies; and writing technical permit approval documents and staff reports that are clear, accurate, and defensible. An essential part of the job is to work positively and, in a solution-oriented manner with customers, their design/engineering professionals, other members of the public, and co-workers. Some presentations to the public, hearing bodies, and other agencies will be required on a periodic basis.

Job Duties

Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. In this role, you will apply equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work.
  • As assigned by the Product Line Manager, review and potentially impose conditions upon land use and building permits according to applicable codes, laws, and policies.
  • Author or assist in authoring accurate and understandable permit language, technical documents, and staff reports that are consistent with applicable codes, laws, and policies; reach out for assistance from supervisor or other professionals as needed.
  • Implementation and administration of King County's State Shoreline Management Act Shoreline Regulations, State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) policies and procedures and assist staff ecologists with coordination and administration of Critical Area regulations.
  • Author accurate and understandable permit language, technical documents, and staff reports that are consistent with applicable codes, laws, and policies.
  • Manage individual work time to meet a fluctuating workload and achieve target review times; seek direction from supervisors about project prioritization.
  • Support pre-application conferences and assist with customer inquiries.
  • Work cooperatively with others in the department or in other agencies to resolve permit- and process-related issues.
  • Exhibit and support a culture of superior customer service; work with others in the department, including supervisors, to help applicants find the possible and correct pathway to what the applicant wants to achieve.
  • Communicate on the job in ways that reflect well upon King County, the County Executive, the department, and the incumbent.
  • Scrupulously honor commitments made to customers and others.
  • Other duties as assigned
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in planning, urban studies, environmental sciences, or a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of the structure, purpose, and application of zoning codes.
  • Knowledge of the planning process.
  • Ability to read and interpret plans, policies, and regulations.
  • Experience in using common desktop workflow tools, including but not limited to the Microsoft Office Suite: Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
  • Clear and effective communication skills: ability to listen, provide feedback, and negotiate outcomes as needed; ability to provide accurate and concise oral presentations and project updates.
  • Ability and commitment to work within a Standard Work framework in the department.
  • Experience in current planning (development review and permitting).
  • Ability to read and interpret plans, policies, and regulations; knowing when to reach out for assistance from supervisor or other professionals.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish effective working relationships and partnerships across boundaries.
  • Skill in problem solving with effective solutions.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Professional current planning experience in the administration of local critical area protection regulations, Shoreline Management regulations and reviews under SEPA.
  • Knowledge and understanding of state/local environmental regulations, programs, and policies. These include the State Shoreline Management Act, State Environmental Policy Act and Growth Management Act critical area regulations.
  • American Institute of Certified Planners accreditation.
Necessary Requirements:
  • Must have a valid Washington State driver's license and the ability to operate a motor vehicle safely throughout the County.
  • Must be able to traverse construction sites in any weather condition.
Supplemental Information

Those applicants who pass the initial screening will be invited to interview the week of April 10th, 2023.

This recruitment may be used to fill vacancies for up to 6 months. Including career service, special duty assignments, STT and TLT opportunities.

WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified applicants. First consideration will be given to current PROTEC17 members in the same classification that are eligible for lateral transfer.

WORK SCHEDULE: The work week is normally Monday through Friday, 7.00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but may at times require work outside of normal business hours. This full-time position is overtime eligible.

FORMS AND MATERIALS: A completed King County Application is required. We highly recommend that you also provide a resume and cover letter (no more than 2 pages) summarizing how you meet the experience, qualifications, knowledge, and skills for the position.

SELECTION PROCESS: Applicants will be screened for clarity, completeness, and competitiveness. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more interviews. Interviews will be conducted via Teams. Reference checks and file reviews will be conducted.


For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Vivienne Swai
Human Resources Analyst

Teleworking Requirement
This is a hybrid position. The work associated with this position will be performed by teleworking; onsite work and meetings as needed.

Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities.) Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.

Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours.

King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our " True North ", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions, please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being. Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:
  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 12paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page .

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails. Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.

NOTE: Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position.Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.

For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.