Yakima County Human Resources

  • 125-12 Program Coordinator - Public Services - Water Resources

    Working Title
    Water Resources Program Coordinator
    Regular Full Time Budgeted
    FLSA Status
    Public Services-Water Resources
    40 Hours Per Week
    Required Testing/Exercises
    Oral Interview
    Open Date
    Close Date
    $25.64 per hour
  • Overview

    There is one opening with the Yakima County Public Services, Water Resources Division.  This position is responsible for coordinating and implementing project components and tasks for floodplain, stormwater, groundwater or watershed projects. Activities include:  preparing permit applications and ensure project compliance, preparing grant applications, project tracking, field study, GIS and HEC-RAS analysis, and small contract administration.  


    This recruitment may be used to fill openings which may occur within 90 days of the posted closing date.  


    Carry out stormwater, floodplain, and water resource related management project, program and plan components. Ensure required plan elements and permits are considered in planning processes, track and prepare reports on implementation actions and success. Examples include permitting, construction oversight, re-vegetation, utility coordination, or remediation.

    Use GIS, HEC-RAS or field study to research and analyze groundwater, stormwater and floodplain issues; write reports based on research; provide recommendations to other staff and management consistent with goals & policies.

    Develop and maintain working relationships with community, regional, and state contacts. Coordinate efforts between numerous committees, agencies, staff and volunteers; reviews legislation and planning guidance; provides communication of new laws, information and new programs related to stormwater and flood awareness. Provide staff reports to supervisors, advisory boards and committees.

    Prepare scopes of work, negotiate interlocal agreements, contracts, or track small works or non-engineering (professional services) contracts and budgets.

    Research funding sources; writes grants and proposals, determines needs and administers grants and/or funds raised. Prepares, negotiates and tracks contracts and budgets.

    Perform other duties as assigned.


    Education and Experience: Bachelor's degree in Natural Resource Management, Environmental Engineering, Fish or Wildlife Management, Environmental Science, or closely related field in water resources and Two(2) years of experience working with local, state, federal government natural resource permitting, planning or management or related consulting experience with an emphasis on water resources or one(1) year of the above experience with a Masters Degree in Natural Resource Management, Environmental Engineering, Fish or Wildlife Management, Environmental Science, or closely related field in water resources or an equivalent.


    • WA State Driver’s License and proof of insurance, if requested.
    • Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access) and GIS, surface water or flood software.

    Equipment Used: Regularly use Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access, GIS and hydraulic computer software including ArcMap and HEC-RAS, field (passenger) vehicle, laptop computer, and camera. Intermittently use field equipment (sieves, chemical test kits, water and soil sampling equipment), boat, GPS equipment, waders.

    Working Conditions / Physical Requirements: Environmental Demands: exposure to weather, extreme cold, extreme heat, wet or humid, atmospheric conditions, moving /mechanical parts, may be required to perform field work; operate a county vehicle. Physical Demands: standing, sitting, walking, lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, bending, reaching and handling. Minor Physical Factors: balancing, kneeling, crouching, crawling, talking, hearing, smelling and visual acuity. Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

    Required Knowledge: Knowledge of stormwater regulatory issues. Knowledge of Clean Water Act and State Pollution Control Act; state and federal environmental laws and permits (State HPA, SEPA, some ESA). Knowledge of environmental sampling methods. Knowledge of GIS and surface water software such as HEC-RAS. Some knowledge of basic river and creek restoration principals. Some knowledge of flooding issues and management strategies. Some knowledge of state and federal flood management programs and regulations

    Required Skill: Skill in field techniques for surface water management and studies. Skill in obtaining permits, writing reports and plans. Skill in working as part of and facilitating team efforts.




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