Environmental Planner 3 - Regional Land Use Lead - Permanent - *13313-22

Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Snohomish County – Other, WA, WA United States

Provide consultation to the Regional Habitat Program Manager and regional teams regarding strategic technical assistance, insights, and observations on effectiveness and implementation of land use plans and actions relative to fish, wildlife, and habitat conservation, including but not limited to Comprehensive Plans, Shoreline Master Programs, Updates and Amendments, Critical Area Ordinance Updates, growth boundary updates.

Strategically engage local jurisdictions to provide insights and observations on plan effectiveness.

Coordinate the implementation of Best Available Science in local planning efforts.

Serve as the Region’s GMA, SMA, and related land use issues subject matter expert to provide technical assistance in regional land use forums to achieve WDFW conservation goals.

Develop a thorough understanding of local land use plans and actions and analyze their effects on regional fish, wildlife, and habitat priorities in order to be able to recommend practices that will avoid, minimize, or compensate for impacts to those priorities.

Stay abreast of any data regarding status and trends of local fish, wildlife, and habitats, including any available watershed health indicators.

Coordinate with other agencies and local governments to build understanding and consensus around land use plans and actions that conserve fish, wildlife, and habitats.

Continuously help to educate and support Habitat Program Headquarters’ and Regional staff during the implementation of newly updated comprehensive plan updates.

Serve in a leadership role in the Regional Operations Team, building rapport and a positive approach around land use engagement within the Agency.

Apply project management skills to successfully deliver products and services.

Perform other administrative duties as needed.

Work Setting, including hazards:

  • Office setting that includes reading, writing, phone, and computer use.
  • Schedule: Monday through Friday, core hours from 8:00 to 4:30. ]
  • Workload demands may require work outside the assigned work hours and adjustment of work schedules.
  • Some opportunities for alternative work schedules may exist. Travel Requirements:
  • Some travel and overnight stays may be required. Tools and Equipment:
  • Telephone, computer, smart phone, video conferencing, and standard office equipment.
  • Customer Interactions: Provides technical assistance to both regional biologists and external Priority Habitats and Species (PHS) users.

Closely related qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-by-year basis.

Bachelor’s degree with major emphasis in one of the following:

  • Land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning.
  • Natural resource management.
  • Land use or environmental law.
  • Public administration with an environmental emphasis.
  • Or closely related field.


  • Four (4) years of relevant experience.

Knowledge of:
Washington State planning principles, laws (including GMA and SMA), policies, and programs regarding land use and landscape conservation and how these affect fish, wildlife, and habitat conservation in Washington State.

Principles of project management and staff leadership.


  • Experience working with local governments in Washington to develop and/or implement land use plans, policies, and/or actions in the context of GMA and SMA.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply conceptual thinking and objectivity to situations and analyses.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and apply department and state policies to lead major program activities and staff to expected results.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to achieve outcomes through agreements, consensus building, negotiation, and facilitation on behalf a governmental agency or non-governmental organization.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to develop and convey clear, timely, and persuasive messages in writing and spoken word that positively influence the thoughts and actions of others.
  • Master’s degree with major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, natural resource management, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field and two (2) years of professional experience land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning and/or conservation and/or program development.

WDFW requires all employees to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. You will be required to provide proof of vaccination as part of the hiring process. Please do not upload your vaccination documentation with your application materials - your vaccination status will be verified by your supervisor before you will be allowed to work. Exemptions may be granted for religious or medical purposes.

Supplemental Information
Please note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification.

In order to successfully apply for this position, you MUST complete your profile at www.careers.wa.gov and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

  • A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (Generic cover letter will not be accepted).
  • A current resume.
  • Three professional references.

All new employees must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 Form) on their first day of work. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide documentation proving you are eligible to work in the United States. For a list of acceptable documents, please use the following link: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/form-i-9-acceptable-documents

Learn about our agency and the perks of working for WDFW!

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has some of the most talented people in the natural resource field. We celebrate and value diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community, and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfilling the agency’s mission. We value demonstrated skill in living WDFW values of Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).

WDFW employees may be eligible for the following:
Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives, Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth.

This position is in the bargaining unit represented by the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Professionals and is subject to the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Professionals.

Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Environmental and Natural Resources Planning
Salary Range
$5,136.00-$6,746.00 monthly