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Environmental Science Assistant - City of Issaquah ( Job # 15-0026)

This job is closed.

Minimum Salary: $5,281.00 per month
Maximum Salary: $6,737.00 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Public Works Engineering
Closes: March 29, 2015 at 11:00 PM
(Open to current employees and the general public.)



The City of Issaquah is currently recruiting to fill the positoin of Environmental Science Assistant.  This entry level position assists in and implements pollution prevention, control and mediation studies and programs using, in part, a  knowledge of related biological and/or physical science research and analytical methods and techniques and related federal and  state laws and regulatory requirements.  Exercises a high degree of professional judgment in resolving administrative and technical program problems and in working effectively with the business community and other governmental agencies.


All applicants must be able to pass a Washington State Patrol background check as well as have a current Washington State Driver's license free from frequent or serious violations.  Must be able to pass a pre-employment physical.



  • Conducts pollution prevention activities and investigations by identifying and researching pollution prevention and control needs and problems; monitoring and/or collecting field data; and performing technical evaluations.
  • Provides support to stormwater, water and sewer utility regulatory programs, including pollution investigations, stormwater facility inspections, surface water monitoring, and municipal stormwater system regulatory compliance.
  • Initiates contacts and works with business and property owners to obtain voluntary compliance with surface water, ground water pollution, and sanitary sewer source control methods and requirements.
  • Provides support to internal (staff) and external (citizen and business) stakeholders through various education and technical assistance methods, interpretation of regulations, database development/tracking, outreach and education, and reporting.
  • supports local business and community efforts to reduce pollution related to storm water runoff, groundwater problems, hazardous and solid waste management and adverse air quality impacts.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other employees, consultants, contractors and the general public.

Education, Training and Experience Required:

A position in this class is required to have the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree in the physical or biological sciences or environmental science with some coursework related to water resources, water quality, pollution control topics.
  • Prefer a minimum of two years of  year experience in water pollution sources and source controls, water quality monitoring and testing, preparation of technical studies and reports, and development of water quality investigations or any combination of education and experience which would provide the applicant with the required knowledge, skills and ability.


Licensing and Certification:

A valid Washington State Driver's License with a driving record free from serious or frequent violations.


  • Knowledge of scientific study design, methods and evaluation.
  • Working knowledge in pollution prevention principles and practices, particularly as it relates to stormwater.
  • Proficiency with computer applications needed to implement the programs assigned to the position, including database and geographic information system applications.
  • Familiarity with, or ability to grain proficiency in, laws and regulations applicable to surface and ground water pollution, and hazardous waste.
  • Familiarity with, or ability to grain proficiency in, laws and regulations regulatory agencies applicable to surface and ground water pollution, and hazardous waste.
  • Ability to develop and administer new programs and studies related to pollution prevention, control and remediation.
  • Ability to communicate with business owners and managers regarding storm water and groundwater pollution.
  • Ability to express ideas effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work independently in both office and field settings.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, consultants, contractors and the general public.
  • Ability to independently perform stormwater field work, including water sampling and lifting heavy catch basin and manhole covers weighing up to 40 lbs.


This position performs a substantial amount of fieldwork and also performs planning, research and other office work making substantial use of computer resources.  Field work involves: walking over uneven terrain; climbing and stooping to obtain samples and evaluate physical conditions of properties and facilities; and being exposed to inclement weather, potential chemical and biological hazards and construction site safety concerns.


City Hall NW
1775 12th Ave NW
Issaquah, WA 98027