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Water Quality & NPDES Permit Program Coordinator

Job Id: 
Public Works Department
$6,177 - $7,823/month
Job Description: 


SALARY RANGE:  $6,177 - $7,823/month

OPENS: March 16, 2021

CLOSES: When Filled first review April 1st



Under the direction of the Surface Water Manager, plan, organize and manage the daily activities of the Water Quality Section within the Surface Water Management Division.  This position is responsible for facilitation of two Lake Management Districts and is also responsible for coordination of the City’s NPDES Phase II permit, including management of permit implementation within City Departments and Public Works, submission of the annual permit report and deliverables throughout the year, and tracking of permit compliance.  This position will function as an enforcement official.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Plan, organize and manage the daily activities of the Water Quality Section of the Surface Water Management Division. Provide supervision of assigned staff including work assignment on a short and long-term basis, providing support on day-to-day tasks, managing priorities and workload, coordinating and delegating projects and tasks within the water quality section, and facilitating bi-weekly check-in meetings.
  • Assist in the development of water quality ordinances, regulations, policies, programs and design manual updates for water quality protection and NPDES permit implementation and compliance.
  • Regional coordination and participation in surface water quality research, planning and technical review.
  • Develop, implement and administer various water quality programs, such as: Surface Water Quality Monitoring, Nonpoint and Point Source Pollution Control, Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination, Water Quality Emergency Response, and Regional Water Quality Research.
  • Work with citizen, professional and industrial advisory committees, City management staff and City Council on development and adoption of Water Quality Ordinance/Regulations and Programs; provide interdepartmental coordination on water quality issues including development review, inspection, maintenance and operations activities and code compliance.
  • Prepare grant applications to State and Federal agencies for funding of Water Quality programs, studies and projects; manage grant-funded programs, studies and projects, including consultant contracts, subordinate staff, grant progress and financial reports.
  • Develop specifications for contracted services, administer and coordinate consultant contracts for compliance with established scope of work, cost, schedule and applicable federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.
  • Conduct independent field work including set up and operation of water quality and quantity monitoring equipment, collection of field data and database management.
  • Communicate with the public, contractors, and government agencies to receive complaints and suggestions, provide information and explanation regarding City water quality programs, projects, regulations, and policies.
  • Provide interjurisdictional coordination where local water quality problems cross jurisdictional boundaries; represent the Water Quality section, SWM division, or the City on technical, regional, or statewide Water Quality issues.
  • Provide facilitation of meetings, coordination of contracted services, and provides recommendations for area Lake Management Districts.
  • As an enforcement official, this position will supervise water quality investigations of both public and private surface water systems performed by the Pollution Control Specialist, and will issue Notice of Violations, Orders to Correct, and Voluntary Correction Agreements.
  • Access creeks, streams, and lakes in rough terrain and remote locations with accompanying equipment ranging from 10 to 50 pounds.
  • Work in confined spaces including maintenance access structures, catch basins and vaults.
  • Maintain regular, reliable and punctual attendance.




  • Puget Sound water resources, water chemistry, general hydrology, and challenges related to urban stormwater runoff. 
  • Federal, state and local regulations, guidelines, and standards as it relates to water quality and NPDES municipal stormwater permitting.
  • Key elements and programs of a Water Quality Plan.
  • Water quality monitoring, sampling and analysis techniques.
  • Nonpoint pollution sources and pollutants.
  • Procedures to analyze collected water quality data to identify illicit connections, illegal dumping, etc.
  • Water quality monitoring equipment including automatic samplers, flow meters, velocity meters, gas detector, sediment sampler, field test kit, and miscellaneous laboratory equipment.
  • Small boat handling and safety.
  • Workload planning and resource leveling.
  • Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Public speaking techniques.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Budget and contract preparation and management.
  • Training in spill response procedures.
  • A variety of application software, including word processing, spreadsheet, database and special purpose programs. Knowledge of GIS is a plus.



  • Perform field work as required by position.
  • Read and interpret federal, state, and local rules and regulations.
  • Analyze water quality data and draw conclusions about sources of pollution, impacts on beneficial uses, and confirmation with federal and state Water Quality standards and guidelines.
  • Coordinate with staff committees, public committees, and City Council processes for the review and approval of work products.
  • Manage grant-funded projects and coordinate with state grant officer.
  • Prepare accurate, concisely written materials such as issue papers, technical reports and recommendations.
  • Keep supervisor informed of problems, progress, and emerging issues.
  • Prepare and make effective oral presentations to groups and individuals.
  • Effectively direct the work of assigned personnel.
  • Work independently with little direction.
  • Develop specifications for contract services.
  • Plan, organize, prioritize and schedule work.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
  • Establish effective Water Quality Plan and supporting programs.
  • Physical ability to perform the essential job functions.
  • Positively and effectively interact with a diverse workforce to accomplish a common goal.



Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree of science, particularly in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Limnology, Water Resources, or Environmental Science. Five (5) years of full-time work experience in a similar position. Municipal/county government experience preferred.



Valid Washington State driver's license.


TO APPLY:  Please complete a required City of Federal Way application form and attach resume and cover letter.  Applications available at City Hall, 33325 8th Avenue South, Federal Way, online at www.cityoffederalway.com, or by calling 253-835-2530.


The City of Federal way is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workplace. Applicants may request a copy of the City’s EEOP Utilization Report by contacting Human Resources at 253-835-2531. Any person requiring ADA accommodation should advise the City of the need. For telecommunications relay service for voice and text telephones call 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388/TTY or 1-800-833-6384/voice.