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Natural Resource Supervisor

Company: Whatcom County
Location: Bellingham
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

Job Summary

Whatcom County Planning and Development Services Department seeks a proven leader for the role of Natural Resources Supervisor. This important position is responsible for planning and directing the efforts of highly energized staff while maintaining high level customer service to citizens and other agencies. The position also serves as a key member of the PDS Management Team.

Key duties include:

Overseeing the Natural Resources Division of the Planning and Development Services Department, mentoring staff, ensuring timely, accurate and complete information on work product, projects and programs.

Managing the critical area and shoreline permit review approval processes, including implementation of decisions and instructions resulting from hearings, appeals processes and actions of the County Council.

Serving as the Countys SEPA Official, overseeing environmental impact review and compliance with related RCWs, WACs and County Code.

Implementing provisions of local, state and federally mandated planning requirements.

Making recommendations to the County Council, Director of Planning and Development Services, agencies, commissions and other planning bodies/groups on matters related to critical areas, shoreline management and SEPA/EIS.

Overseeing programs and the most complex issues within the areas of assignment. Developing or reviewing project management plans, and selecting and applying appropriate monitoring methodologies.

Responsible for managing and overseeing natural resource planning issues, including applicable watershed planning and stormwater implementation efforts.

Representing the County as spokesperson at public meetings, as assigned.

Note: The position may be filled at the higher level of Division Manager, depending on qualifications.


Requires a Bachelors degree in planning; environmental sciences, studies or policy; geology; geography; biology; freshwater studies; hydrology; forestry; land use; public administration; construction technology, or a related field.

5 years of progressively responsible, related professional planning experience including 2 years of lead/supervisory experience.

Experience with SEPA, Growth Management Act and Shoreline Management Act is required.

Experience with presentation software and geographical information systems is required.

Knowledge of ecological systems similar to Whatcom County is preferred.


Unrepresented Range 345

$6,137 - $8,264 per month

This position receives annual pay increases to the next step in the associated

Excellent Whatcom County Benefits :
Comprehensive benefits package with 100% employer paid medical, dental and vision coverage for employees and dependents. Generous paid leave program, an average of 12 paid holidays per year, short and long-term disability. WA State Retirement System plus two additional deferred compensation programs with County match. A $50,000 Life Insurance policy is also provided for employees with the option to purchase family coverage. Additional benefit information is available online .

Application Special Instructions

Please attach a Cover Letter and Resume to your online application using the Document Upload area within the application.

* Please also attach a separate document in which you address each of the following questions:

  1. Please describe your management style and experience, including details of work performed as a supervisor of professional & technical personnel. What size teams have you supervised and what level of responsibility did you hold?
  2. Please describe your experience providing professional review of land use and environmental permits using adopted codes & standards and other regulatory requirements.
  3. Please describe your experience with: a) State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA); b) Growth Management Act (GMA); and c) Shoreline Management Act (SMA).
  4. Please describe your experience with: a) providing leadership and oversight of complex projects; b) ensuring compliance with local and state statutory requirements relating to current planning and natural resources in the land entitlement process; c) working as a liaison between and advisor to City or County Councils, Mayors or Executives, Directors, Planning Commissions and other groups/agencies.

Keywords: Whatcom County, Bellingham , Natural Resource Supervisor, Other , Bellingham, Washington

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