Environmental Scientist II

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Science
Posted on June 10, 2022
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King County International Airport (KCIA) is looking for a new Environmental Scientist II. This position will be responsible for supporting the projects under the Environmental Program and the delivery of the Airport capital program for the division.

SCOPE OF JOB DUTIES: To be considered for this opportunity, you must, at a minimum demonstrate skill and ability to: 

  • Perform office and field studies and assess the potential impacts of construction, environmental improvement activities or other activities on natural resources.
  • Evaluate previous studies; examine field conditions; measure properties of natural phenomena such as wetlands, streams and rivers and/or geologic materials; identify issues and concerns; resolve contradictory data sources; diagnose natural conditions; and predict the future behavior of natural resources.
  • Prepare and Present technical documents, maps, conclusions, and presentations for use by technical staff, Airport management elected officials, and the public.
  • Participate with other professional staff in identifying and implementing appropriate solutions to problems related to the position’s discipline.
  • Review and recommend approval of site development plans for compliance with appropriate codes for small projects.  Investigate code violation complaints.
  • Provide scientific consultation to engineering and planning functions; consult on preparation of environmental reviews such as Environmental Impact Statements.
  • Participate in leading small-scale projects involving research in the applicable scientific disciplines; assist in management of budget, schedule, and quality.
  • Effectively apply Project Management industry standards and practices in the areas of project planning, management, and delivery aligned with the Airports Project Management Manual.
  • Work with the Capital Program Manager and the Airport management team to refine project and program-level performance metrics. 
  • Work cross-sectionally to support the Airport’s community engagement and outreach activities including project reporting, more robust digital communication and partnering with community-based organizations to co-develop collaboration and educational opportunities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned under the Environmental, Strategic Climate Action, and Asset Management Programs.
    1. Train, assist and direct work of less-experienced staff.
    2. Develop scientific monitoring equipment, methods and plans.
    3. Use computer software to perform calculations and store and track data.
    4. Refine standard process for identifying, developing, and prioritizing CIP needs across the portfolio.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of relevant principles and practices of the applicable environmental, ecological or other related sciences; relevant mathematics equivalent to a bachelor’s degree and basic knowledge of other related disciplines.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of regulatory requirements for assigned projects such as environmental or land development regulations.
  • Proficient in researching, data collection, using statistical analysis, analyzing/interpreting technical data and reporting results that clearly communicates technical information (oral and written) to a variety of stakeholders, engages the audience and tells the Airport’s story.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of small-project management techniques.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of environmental monitoring approaches.
  • Skill in interpreting plans, specifications, drawings and technical maps and documents.
  • Skill in applying principles of customer service and continuous quality improvement.
  • Skill in promoting mutual respect and acceptance of all workers in a diverse work group.  Is a champion for Equity & Social Justice.
  • Meeting, planning and facilitation skills, including setting agendas, leading productive work sessions, facilitating crucial conversations, and capturing and disseminating outcomes.
This opportunity is open to all applicants.  A King County Application is required. We highly encourage you to include a resume and letter of interest with your submission.  
If you have any questions, please contact Christina Jamerson at cjamerson@kingcounty.gov or 206-477-9561.

The work associated with this position will be performed onsite and remotely as necessary or requested by management.  

Supplemental Information

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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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:

  • submit proof of vaccination, or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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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 the 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
  • 10 paid 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.

Are you applying to this position as an eligible current or previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant? Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff? Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County and I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. Additionally, the position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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