Environmental Scientist I

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time     Science
Posted on March 18, 2023
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$37.55 - $47.60 Hourly

Seattle, WA

Job Type
Short Term Temporary, Full Time, 40 hrs/wk

DLS - Dept. of Local Services

Job Number

Road Services

4/2/2023 11:59 PM Pacific


The Department of Local Services (DLS), Road Services Division (Roads) is looking for two candidates for the Environmental Scientist I role in the Environmental Unit (EU). The EU provides scientific, technical, and regulatory support for Roads' capital improvement (CIP) projects, maintenance programs, and maintenance facilities. These positions are Seasonal Short-Term Temporary (STT) positions that are not to exceed 1040 hours. The positions will support the EU's diverse workload by providing maintenance support, environmental data collection, and analysis for ongoing mitigation sites and capital improvement projects. The work will primarily require field activities (90%) with office time (10%) associated with data compilation, analysis, and reporting. This position is open to all qualified applicants.

Job Duties
  • Assist with maintenance, monitoring, data processing, and documentation of Roads' mitigation sites. This work includes the following tasks:
  • Identification, reporting, and safe removal of noxious and invasive weeds using physical removal control methods.
  • Vegetation surveys in upland, riparian, and wetland areas.
  • Beaver activity monitoring and maintenance of beaver exclusion structures.
  • Planting native trees and shrubs.
  • Minnow trapping to monitor fish habitat use and fish presence absence.
  • Safely drive King County vehicles to job sites.
  • Accomplish job duties with an equity mindset.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills
  • Basic knowledge of western Washington environmental issues and ecology, including native and invasive plant identification.
  • Skilled in non-native and invasive plant species management and removal techniques.
  • Knowledge of environmental monitoring approaches.
  • Skilled in on-site inspection, field notetaking, and data management.
  • Ability to perform physically demanding tasks and work in harsh field conditions, often in inclement weather.
  • Comfortable working in and around moving and deep water.
  • Skilled in researching, analyzing, and interpreting technical data and performing basic statistical analysis.
  • Skilled in reading and interpreting engineering plans, specifications, drawings and technical maps, and documents.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and mapping software (ArcGIS).
  • Ability to work independently on specific tasks/projects/programs, as assigned and under tight deadlines.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate in multi-disciplinary/diverse team environments, resolve conflicts, and make team decisions.
  • Associate's or Bachelor's of Science degree in Environmental Science, Ecology, or any other related field.
  • Knowledge of western Washington wildlife, wetland mitigation and management, and aquatic habitat restoration techniques.
Supplemental Information

  • A final offer of employment will be contingent upon successfully passing a pre-employment physical. (Provided and scheduled by King County).
  • Possession of a valid Washington State Driver's license prior to employment.
  • Must be able to safely manage yourself in and around moving and deep water.
This position requires the ability to perform extensive field work in occasionally difficult conditions, including walking on uneven terrain and in slippery conditions; walking through mucky, brushy or densely forested sites; working in and around streams, rivers, and wetlands; and carrying up to 40 pounds of field equipment. Long hours (10+ hour days) are occasionally needed for field work. Fieldwork will sometimes involve working in remote locations and during all weather.


King County is the local service provider for the roughly quarter-million people who live in the unincorporated areas of the county. Taken together, the population in unincorporated King County would be the second-largest city in the state. The Department of Local Services includes a Director's Office and the Road Services and Permitting Divisions. The Director's Office includes a robust Community Service Area group focused on identifying and responding to the needs of urban and rural unincorporated King County residents and business. The department provides a single executive point of accountability for delivery of local services to all unincorporated areas.


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. 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 values--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 learn more, please visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/equity-social-justice.aspx

Are you ready to APPLY?The recruitment for this position is open to all applicants. A completed King County Application is required. We highly recommend that you also provide a cover letter and resume.

If you have any questions, please contact Jerrell Hollis, Senior HR Analyst, by e-mail at jhollis@kingcounty.gov or by phone at (206) 477-4318.

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.