Wastewater Utility Planner - WQPPM II / WQPPM III

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time     Engineering
Posted on May 13, 2023
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$85,113.60 - $121,492.80 Annually


Seattle, WA

Job Type

Multiple job types-career service and/or temp

Job Number



DNRP-Natural Resources & Parks


Wastewater Treatment

Opening Date


Closing Date

6/5/2023 11:59 PM Pacific



Bargaining Unit

W4 : TEA-WTD, DNRP-Staff


This recruitment will fill multiple opportunities: 1 WQPPM III, 2 WQPPM II and 1 TLT/SDA WQPPM II

The Comprehensive Planning Unit has an exciting opportunity for several mid- and senior-level planners, supporting King County Wastewater Treatment Division's (WTD) long-range planning programs. These positions will provide analysis, planning, coordination, process, and policy development for a variety of planning programs and projects. Programs and projects supported by these positions will include combined sewer overflow control planning, conveyance system improvement planning, climate adaptation planning, inflow and infiltration control planning, treatment planning, and asset management planning. These positions require both working independently and working as members of teams that may include various leads, project managers, operations staff, staff from other sections, contractors, and partner agencies. The individuals in these positions will have key roles in conducting the work necessary to plan for and prepare the Wastewater Treatment Division's future. The individuals in these positions will work to account for population growth, climate change, existing and changing regulatory requirements, sewer rate affordability, equity and social justice, sustainability, interests of component agencies and stakeholders, and resiliency in the Wastewater Treatment Division's future. These positions will also work to encourage good use is made of public funds.

The Comprehensive Planning Unit develops, updates, and tracks implementation of investment plans for treatment plant upgrades, combined sewer overflow control, conveyance system upgrades, climate adaptation, and other efforts. Highlights of this unit:
  • Highly collaborative and supportive colleagues
  • Opportunities for professional growth and continued learning
  • Flexible schedules
  • Opportunities to work independently and as a team member
  • Cross-divisional collaboration with staff and managers from all other work units
Job Duties
  • Lead or assist in the development of various components of WTD's planning programs, including but not limited to Treatment Planning, Conveyance System Improvement Planning, Inflow and Infiltration Planning, Climate Adaptation Planning, and Combined Sewer Overflow Planning.
  • Review initiatives, plans, regulations, policies, technical studies, and documents for impacts on the regional conveyance and treatment system and various planning programs.
  • Coordinate, develop, execute, and/or assist with various types of planning, technical, costing, and policy analyses, such as treatment options, conveyance options, benefit/costs analysis, literature reviews, sustainability analyses, and data statistical analyses to evaluate technical concepts and recommend policies and decisions for various planning programs.
  • Coordinate with other units within WTD to consider the nexus and context of other system needs, opportunities, and priorities as they relate to various planning programs.
  • Prepare written reports, memos, and other documents necessary to support various planning programs.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills
  • Bachelor's degree in planning, engineering, environmental science, or closely related field OR the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience conducting planning, environmental review, and/or policy analysis.(Increasingly responsible experience for Senior Planner)
  • Experience reviewing, evaluating the feasibility of, and drawing logical conclusions from technical studies, plans, policies, or research findings. (Increasingly responsible experience for Senior Planner)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills for conveying technical information to a wide variety of expert and non-expert audiences.
  • Knowledge of various project management and planning techniques, principles, and practices and experience managing projects and project teams. (Senior Planner)
  • Experience working with minimal guidance where there may be ambiguity and established procedures and policies may not exist and must be developed. (Senior Planner)
  • Demonstrated skill in adapting to changing priorities, needs, and direction. (Senior Planner)
  • Ability to work successfully with a diverse group of stakeholders, including the public and elected representatives. (Senior Planner)
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of wastewater conveyance and treatment methods and techniques.
  • Knowledge of King County's regional wastewater conveyance and treatment system.
  • Knowledge of environmental regulations, such as federal Clean Water Act, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), Puget Sound Nutrient General Permit (PSNGP).
  • Knowledge of local government processes, public utility issues, and communications.
  • Experience using decision making criteria, principles and practices, including identifying issues needing management attention/input. (Senior Planner)
  • Experience effectively presenting to local agencies, elected officials, community groups, and/or the general public. (Senior Planner)
The Successful Candidate will have the following Competencies:
  • Plans and Aligns - Sets objectives to align with broader organizational goals. Breaks down objectives into appropriate initiatives and actions. Stages activities with relevant milestones and schedules. Anticipates and adjusts effective contingency plans.
  • Interpersonal Savvy - Relates comfortably with people across levels, functions, culture, and geography. Acts with diplomacy and tact. Builds rapport in an open, friendly, and accepting way. Builds constructive relationships with people both similar and different to self. Picks up on interpersonal and group dynamics.
  • Collaborates- Works cooperatively with others across the organization to achieve shared objectives. Represents own interests while being fair to others and their areas. Partners with others to get work done. Credits others for their contributions and accomplishments. Gains trust and support of others.
  • Strategic Mindset - Anticipates future trends and implications accurately. Readily poses future scenarios. Articulates credible pictures and visions of possibilities that will create sustainable value. Creates competitive and breakthrough strategies that show a clear connection between vision and action.
Working Conditions:
Telecommuting and King Street Center
The work associated with this position will be performed predominantly by telecommuting, with occasional onsite work and meetings, as influenced by business needs. Employee will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.

Work Location: Primarily teleworking and the King Street Center 201 S. Jackson St., Seattle WA 98104. There will be an expectation to travel to various worksites throughout King and South Snohomish County as needed for your work.

Work Schedule: This position is exempt from the overtime provision of the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) and is not overtime eligible. This full-time position works a 40-hour work week.

Union Representation: This position is represented by the Technical Employee's Association (TEA). All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. Wastewater TEA employees will receive first consideration.

Application instructions and selection process: This opportunity is open to all qualified applicants. Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness including online application, cover letter and resume, and responsiveness to the list of qualifications, skills, and abilities. The most viable candidates may be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews. Applications without the following required materials may not be considered for this position.
  • King County application
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter detailing your background and what you can bring to this position.
  • Responses to supplemental questions
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, if you have questions related to this recruitment process, please contact at Diana Eberly at diana.eberly@kingcounty.gov

Supplemental Information

WTD is committed to the principles of equity and social justice. We value diverse perspectives and life experiences in our workforce and are committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. WTD strives to provide equitable services to residents and businesses across King County.

About the Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) WTD protects water quality and public health in the central Puget Sound region by providing high quality treatment to wastewater collected from local sewer agencies. WTD includes over 700 employees across multiple facilities and serves 1.5 million people. To our agency, success means clean water. It means honoring our legacy while keeping a promise to another generation that our beautiful environment will be there for them to enjoy. It also means being accountable to our ratepayers and operating a well-managed agency.

To learn more about the Wastewater Treatment Division click on the below links:

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We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all - in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.

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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.

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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
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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.

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