Lead Entity Coordinator - Senior Planner

WRIA 13 Salmon Habitat Recovery Lead Entity Coordinator

Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) in Olympia, Washington, is seeking a part-time (20-24 hours a week) lead entity coordinator for Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) 13’s salmon habitat recovery program. For more information visit www.trpc.org or phone 360-956-7575. This position will remain open until filled.  Applications will be reviewed beginning October 12, 2018.

ABOUT TRPC
TRPC is located in Olympia, Washington, approximately one hour south of Seattle and two hours north of Portland, Oregon. Residents of the region enjoy a high quality of life and reasonable cost of living amid beautiful natural surroundings. 

TRPC is a Regional Transportation Planning Organization, council of governments, and Metropolitan Planning Organization governed by a 22-member intergovernmental board.  The agency is non-regulatory with a mission to “provide visionary leadership on regional plans, policies, and issues. TRPC was recently designated the WRIA 13 Lead Entity.

ABOUT THE WRIA 13 LEAD ENTITY
WRIA 13 is located in central Thurston County and north Lewis County, and encompasses the watersheds of the Deschutes River and its tributaries, as well as other smaller streams that drain directly into the Puget Sound. The population in the watershed is currently around 194,000 people. Lead entities are local, watershed-based organizations that develop local salmon habitat recovery strategies and then recruit organizations to do habitat protection and restoration projects that will implement the strategies.

Water Resource Inventory Area 13

IDEAL CANDIDATE
The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience working with multiple partners and stakeholders, boards, and committees.
  • Demonstrated experience with environmental planning and programs, preferably in salmon recovery efforts.
  • A familiarity with the Lead Entity process established in Washington Law (Revised Code of Washington 77.85 (http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=77.85).
  • Experience with grant management.
  • A demonstrated standard of accountability to local government conveners of the lead entity process.
  • A strong desire to serve the public interest.
EXPERIENCE
  • Five years of experience in environmental planning, outreach, or program coordination. 
  • Two years of project management experience with budget responsibilities must be included in the five years of experience.
EDUCATION
bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences or studies, or related field.  A master’s degree is preferred.

THE POSITION
TRPC currently has a staff of 18, consisting of planning, administrative, outreach, GIS, and transportation modeling specialists.  The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for implementing the scope of work developed annually by the WRIA 13 Salmon Habitat Recovery Committee.  A successful candidate could expect to:
  • Represent the WRIA 13 Lead Entity at a variety of salmon recovery workshops and meetings.
  • Establish, coordinate, and facilitate the citizen and technical advisory group meetings relating to the Lead Entity.
  • Working with the advisory groups, develop an annual work plan to guide the overall effort of creating a prioritized habitat project list to recommend for funding.
  • Create a ranked habitat project list and submit it to the appropriate state agencies and boards.
  • Document the goals and strategies needed for salmon recovery in the WRIA; maintain the current watershed recovery chapter or plan; and coordinate with other salmon recovery entities to ensure that goals and strategies between the entities and plans are consistent.
  • Maintain a 4-year Work Plan project list.
  • Track salmon restoration and protection projects in the WRIA 13 area in the appropriate state database.
  • Conduct community outreach and education relating to salmon recovery efforts.
  • Undertake administrative tasks relating to the role of Lead Entity Coordinator.
Highly qualified candidates will have the ability to: 
  • Lead and motivate others.
  • Manage projects.
  • Problem solve and provide holistic solutions.
  • Resolve conflict in an open and inclusive manner.
  • Develop and write plans based on an analysis of data and ongoing stakeholder, community, and agency input.
  • Organize and oversee work programs, including monitoring the budget, work schedules, grant requirements, and progress reviews.
  • Communicate effectively (in writing and orally) with individuals and groups.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Reference and criminal background checks are part of TRPC's recruitment process, subject to state law. 

COMPENSATION
TRPC provides generous annual leave and employer-paid medical and dental coverage for its employees.  The agency is a member of the Washington State Public Employees Retirement System.  TRPC provides employer-paid transit passes and supports commute trip reduction measures such as telework, compressed work weeks, and flexible schedules. 

Full time equivalent hiring range for the position is $5,728 – $7,514 per month depending on qualifications.

TO APPLY
Find full application information and materials on the agency’s website at www.trpc.org, or phone Thurston Regional Planning Council at (360) 956-7575. Email application materials to HR@trpc.org, or mail or hand deliver to 2424 Heritage Court SW, Suite A, Olympia, WA 98502. Thurston Regional Planning Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity throughout the organization.  If special accommodations to apply for this position are needed, please telephone and ask for our ADA Coordinator.  For TDD users, please use the State’s toll-free relay service by calling (800) 833-6388 and ask the operator to dial 360-956-7575.

To be considered, applicants must submit all the following:

  1. Letter of interest that addresses how your education, experience, knowledge, and abilities make you an ideal candidate for the position.
  2. Resume.
  3. Completed TRPC application.

During the recruitment process, applicants may make inquiries by e‑mail to HR@trpc.org.  The most qualified applicants will be invited to take part in an interview process.

This position will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed beginning October 12, 2018.

Thurston Regional Planning Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity throughout the organization.  If special accommodations to apply for this position are needed, please telephone and ask for our ADA Coordinator.  For TDD users, please use the State’s toll-free relay service by calling (800) 833-6388 and ask the operator to dial 360-956-7575.