OVERVIEW: The Sustainable Resources section of the Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) is tasked with ensuring safe, environmentally friendly use of products made from an urban renewable waste stream. For more than 35 years, King County has been returning carbon and nutrients to the land by recycling wastewater solids into a natural resource called biosolids. The biosolids forestry project in the Mountains to Sound Greenway is a partnership of private and public agencies that use biosolids to fertilize and preserve working forests in eastern King County. Every year, biosolids are applied to several hundred acres of state forest-lands and about 1,000 acres of Douglas-fir plantations in Campbell's Snoqualmie Forest.
This position consists of overseeing biosolids applications and managing the associated scope, schedule, and budget. Because of the environmental and operational complexity of this project, the forestry project manager maintains a regular presence on site to provide guidance and inspect work of contractors. A second focus for this position is to research, develop, permit, and implement soil restoration/reclamation projects.
This project manager will coordinate with many organizations and individuals including landowners and their field personnel, regulators, contractors and their personnel, WTD dewatering staff, Environmental Lab field specialists, neighbors, and representatives of environmental or conservation groups.
PRIMARY JOB FUNCTIONS:
Manage biosolids forestry projects: review and approve field units proposed by field forestry contractor; develop annual schedule for applications and schedule tasks needed to prepare them for use; secure approval of landowners; approve site design; inspect units, truck haul routes, and location of unloading sites in collaboration with haul contractor; oversee and inspect work of the biosolids application contractor; maintain complete records of all field applications. Approve design and oversee construction of unimproved roads required for field applications of biosolids. Coordinate with landowners on site preparation and operations, complying with their land management rules and requirements.
Permitting and compliance: oversee permitting of forest application sites, including land application plans, site maps, and monitoring plans; schedule soil and water sampling by the Environmental Lab; review data; inspect field sites with UW soil scientist advisor who prescribes site-specific rates for each site; prepare field application logs and site instructions for application contractor; track biosolids applications, and provide information for annual reports to Ecology. Ensure that operations comply with King County's state biosolids permit, land application plan, and any additional requirements of landowners.
Manage contracts; prepare bid documents and negotiate contracts; oversee scope, schedule and budget; initiate and develop change orders; inspect field operations and construction to ensure compliance with requirements; review, code and approve invoices.
Plan, develop and implement new soil reclamation demonstration or full-scale operational projects. Develop research or demonstration plans, prepare permit applications, review and evaluate prospective sites and partners.
Coordinate with landowners, regulators, neighbors, representatives of environmental and conservation groups. Make presentations to elected officials, community groups and the general public on projects.
Review and evaluate plans and specifications for field equipment; coordinate with KC Fleet and application contractor on the design of custom-manufactured application equipment; direct troubleshooting of field equipment.
Prepare project budget estimates; participate in weekly biosolids distribution meetings, providing estimates of weekly tonnage needed at forestry sites; prepare basic monthly reports summarizing biosolids applications and tasks completed; maintain project information in PRISM and prepare quarterly reports.
This position requires a bachelor's degree in forestry, natural resources, environmental science, environmental engineering or other relevant field--or equivalent combination of education and experience--plus two to four years of increasingly responsible project management experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the primary functions of the job.
Technical Background in Natural Resources Management
Ability to understand and interpret technical or scientific data related to soil science, plant communities, carbon sequestration, and water quality.
Ability to understand the scientific basis for biosolids application and best management practices.
Project Management in a Field Setting
Experience managing field contractors or consultants, including
Developing and managing scope/contract provisions, schedule, and budget
Overseeing the work of contractors on a daily basis and monitoring work progress
Taking corrective action for non-compliance with contract requirements
Demonstrated ability to manage records required for permit compliance with attention to detail and quality.
Demonstrated ability to manage time between field and office and prioritize tasks.
Teamwork and Communication
Ability to represent King County effectively with people of diverse backgrounds, including staff throughout the division, representatives from other County divisions, legislative and executive staff, landowners and their employees, and the general public.
Customer service orientation
Ability to communicate with tact and diplomacy and respond to politically sensitive inquiries about controversial topics.
Proactive and positive approach toward project completion, new approaches, and team success.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to effectively interpret technical or scientific information for non-technical audiences simply, clearly, and concisely.
Must be physically able to work on foot through heavy vegetation, logging slash and rough terrain under various weather conditions.
Must be able to manage large 4WD passenger vehicles safely on gravel roads and under sometimes difficult driving conditions.
Ability to use software that supports the delivery of a work product, including Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, and databases.
Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Excel and ability to design and manipulate spreadsheets.
A valid Washington State Driver's License
Education or experience in forest management, forest engineering, and/or soil science.
Experience with operation, maintenance, or design of heavy equipment used in construction and/or logging.
Familiarity with land application of biosolids, such as knowledge of required equipment, application techniques, environmental protection and monitoring, and public involvement strategies.
Background with GIS mapping software (ESRI's ArcGIS)
Knowledge of GPS and spatial data collection and use to optimize field operations.
Knowledge of Douglas-fir forests: their ecology, plant communities, soils, and management.
King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) is a progressive, nationally recognized wastewater treatment utility serving a major urban and suburban area of 1.6 million. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, WTD provides wastewater conveyance and treatment services to 32 local governments in western King and south Snohomish counties through long-term service agreements. The individual local... governments operate the local sewage collection systems that provide sewer service directly to residences and businesses, while WTD provides the major interceptors and treatment plants for the region. WTD employs approximately 600 people and has a current operating budget of $85 million. WTD is also engaged in a $1.7 billion capital improvement program intended to protect water quality and accommodate the substantial growth projected for the greater Seattle area over the next thirty years.
WTD is part of King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks, which also manages much of the region’s solid waste through its Solid Waste Division, and regional parks through its Parks Division. The department also undertakes and manages a variety of surface water services and water quality activities through its Water and Land Resources Division. More information can be found at: http://dnr.metrokc.gov/
King County, one of the largest counties in the U. S., is governed by a directly elected executive and a thirteen member legislative body, elected by districts. It engages in a broad range of governmental functions and services and employs approximately 13,000 people.