Environmental Mitigation Specialist

Clark County

Vancouver , Washington

Job ID:                IRC15236

First Review:        03/02/2018, then open until filled


CLARK COUNTY’S Public Works, located in Vancouver, WA, is seeking an ENVIRONMENTAL MITIGATION SPECIALIST that will conduct biological field work necessary for the development of wetland and habitat assessments and lead mitigation or restoration design efforts associated with Clark County capital construction projects.


This is a technical and professional position in the Resource Enhancement and Permitting Section of Public Works with an emphasis on wetlands and habitat management and protection. The successful candidate will conduct biological field work necessary for the development of wetland and habitat assessments and lead mitigation or restoration design efforts associated with Clark County park development, stormwater retrofit, habitat restoration, transportation, and maintenance projects. The selected candidate will be an active participant on project teams and be responsible for the development of biological information in support of environmental documentation, permitting, and project delivery tasks such as preparing cost estimates, special provisions and contract plans that will ensure successful mitigation sites.

The Environmental Mitigation Specialist also conducts field surveys to support project environmental design, works with construction inspectors in the field during construction, performs development and/or review of environmental mitigation plans and other environmental discipline reports, and develops mitigation site monitoring strategies, assists with mitigation monitoring and reporting, and other duties as assigned.

This is a single level classification working under the direction of the Environmental Permitting Coordinator (Program Coordinator II). Incumbents are expected to work independently, often responsible for coordinating the work of environmental consultants.


Requires a Bachelor’s degree in natural resources disciplines including, environmental science, environmental engineering, wetland ecology, wildlife biology, landscape architecture, or any other discipline applicable to the position. Official transcripts may be required at the time of hire. Possession of a valid driver’s license at time of hire required. At least five years relevant environmental experience performing habitat surveys and assessments, wetland delineations, wetland functional assessments, evaluating restoration and mitigation potential, and developing and implementing mitigation plans and strategies consistent with Washington State mitigation guidance documents preferred.

Desired qualifications include:

  • Strong personal organization skills, including the ability to deliver work products of multiple projects on time and on budget;
  • Experience and expertise with the implementation of federal, state and local regulations, permitting, and compliance processes and procedures including the ability to establish and maintain proactive and positive working relationships with appropriate regulatory agencies;
  • Experience with field identification of environmental resources including plant identification, hydric soils, wetland hydrology, priority habitats and species, and the ability to independently inspect plant materials;
  • Experience in developing mitigation monitoring strategies and plans consistent with current plant population monitoring techniques;
  • Experience with monitoring construction activities for environmental compliance. Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) required within 6-months of hire;
  • Proficiency with GPS equipment, computer aided design and drafting software and/or ESRI software programs;
  • Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Wetland Scientist Certification (PWS) or Licensed Professional Landscape Architect;
  • Experience planning or implementing fish habitat enhancement or stream restoration projects desirable.

Knowledge of: contract plan development and implementation related to roadside restoration and wetland/habitat mitigation design and construction; principles of natural resource management including wetland ecology, habitat and wildlife biology, hydrology and stream geomorphology; and local, state and federal environmental regulations and permitting processes associated with wetlands and habitat impacts and mitigation.

Ability to: coordinate efficiently with project team members to meet deadlines and project milestones; delineate wetlands, inspect construction sites, evaluate plant materials, identify priority habitats and species; plan conceptually while accurately applying competing administrative guidelines within the local, state and federal environmental regulatory framework; prepare technical environmental documents included but not limited to habitat assessments, wetland delineations and functional assessments, wetland and habitat mitigation plans, permit exhibits and construction plans; and communicate effectively both orally and in writing.


$4,841 - $6,838 per month


Clark County offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Paid Days Off
  • Deferred Compensation (457 Plan)
  • Retirement through Washington State Department of Retirement Systems is required*
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 10 Paid Holidays
  • Flexible Spending
  • Life Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability

*All Clark County employees must participate in the WASHINGTON STATE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM (PERS). Employee contributions begin the first day of work. Current contribution rates are 5% to 7.38% of gross pay, depending on plan choice.

For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems' web site here: http://www.drs.wa.gov/

It is the general policy of the County to start employees in the lower or middle sections of the salary range.


Clark County is located in the southwestern part of the State of Washington, across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon. With almost 600 programs serving nearly 436,000 residents, the county provides a wide variety of employment opportunities for about 1600 people. Clark County’s structure is complex, with 18 elected officials, 13 regional councils and districts, and numerous appointed boards. Although the county seat is in downtown Vancouver, county employees provide services to all of its residents, from urban cities and towns, to the hundreds of miles of beautiful countryside. Clark County offers excellent livability and a relatively low cost of living. There is no state income tax.

 Equal Opportunity Employer

Clark County is committed to increasing the ethnic, cultural and social diversity of its workforce and ensuring that diversity is a key priority of our organization. We are committed to providing equal opportunity and access regardless of race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a disabled person, sexual orientation/gender identity, veteran status or any other status protected by law. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Clark County’s Equal Employment Opportunity Plan is available at http://www.clark.wa.gov/human-resources/documents

If you are in need of ADA/Section 504 assistance for accommodations, please contact Human Resources at (360) 397-2456; Relay (800) 833-6388.

NOTE: This announcement is intended as a general descriptive recruitment guide and is subject to change. It does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.


All Clark County positions require a completed online application.

For complete job announcement, application requirements, and to apply on-line, please visit our website at: www.clark.wa.gov/human-resources/before-you-apply IRC15236.

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