Surface Water Coordinator

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Join our Surface Water team for an exciting career opportunity with the City of Lake Stevens!

**This position will be open until filled. In order to be considered for first review of applications, apply by August 8, 2022** 

About City of Lake Stevens

Lake Stevens is a vibrant and growing community - the second fastest-growing city in Snohomish County - with a population of over 40,000 makes us the 4th largest city in the county.Lake Stevens is generally a residential community with access to numerous commercial, retail and recreational opportunities. Of course, the crown jewel of the community is the lake itself, which boasts some of the greatest water recreational opportunities in the county. Lake Stevens is also uniquely situated, being close to the lake, ocean, and Cascade mountains, to take advantage of many outdoor activities. The Lake Stevens Schools are excellent and coupled with a city priority of parks and increased walkability, makes Lake Stevens an ideal place to raise a family.

The City of Lake Stevens operates under the mayor-council system. The city’s motto, “One Community Around the Lake”, embodies our quality of life, top-ranked school district, and the City Council’s commitment to providing excellent services and amenities for its residents.

Why City of Lake Stevens?

  • Plan For Your Future – The City of Lake Stevens offers a comprehensive benefits package:
    • Retirement
    • Deferred Compensation options
    • Excellent healthcare options
    • Vacation, sick leave and Holidays
    • Flexible work schedules
    • And more....  See our benefits page for a complete list

If you enjoy challenging career managing high level planning, projects, field work and leading a creative team, this job is for you!

Why work for the Public Works Department?

The Public Works Department leadership team have established core values along with mission and vision statements for all employees. It is vital as we continuously improve and raise our standard of work that all employees understand and abide by a set of guidelines which provide a framework for a professionally engaged organization. It is important that candidates seeking employment within Public Works understand and are committed to these guidelines as you perform your duties.

Our Mission

We serve the Lake Stevens community by providing consistent maintenance and operations of City infrastructure through professional public works services, organizational excellence, and community interaction.

Our Vision

The Lake Stevens Public Works Department is a trusted, safety-minded, and qualified group of dedicated public works professionals. As a team, we work tirelessly to set the standard for public works operations and maintenance.


This position is responsible for coordinating and assisting in surface water management activities, including coordinating the compliance of the city’s NPDES Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit and assisting with updates and implementation of the city’s Surface Water Management Comprehensive Plan. This position coordinates annual lake maintenance activities, performs routine water quality and flow monitoring activities within the Lake Stevens Watershed. The incumbent is part of a collaborative work team that is responsive to inquiries from the public, contractors, consultants, state agencies, engineering professionals, and staff.

Work is characterized by professional responsibilities to ensure compliance with federal, state and local surface water regulations.  The incumbent acts as project lead; identifies priorities and creates timelines; ensures that deadlines are met; provides surface water outreach and education to the public; schedules inspections for public and private stormwater facilities as well as routine maintenance, pollution prevention and Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination.   Requires the ability to make decisions within job responsibilities and take responsibility for such decisions.

Work is performed under limited supervision. The supervisor provides the incumbent with project requirements and departmental standards. The incumbent is expected to maintain professional relationships with employees, vendors, elected officials, and the public.


Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Develops, coordinates, and ensures compliance with the requirements of the city’s NPDES Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit.
  • Assists with the development of an education and outreach program in accordance with the City’s NPDES Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit.
  • Serves as technical advisor to the Surface Water Manager on NPDES compliance activities, process improvement opportunities, regulatory impacts, procedures and policies relating to the area of responsibility.
  • Assists with preparation of annual work plan, performs technical analysis of work plans and executes work as assigned.
  • Proactively seeks and recommends grant opportunities, prepares applications when directed, executes agreements and monitors related requirements.
  • Ensures compliance with the city’s NPDES Aquatic Plant and Algae Management General Permit and NPDES Aquatic Noxious Weed Control Permit, and other permits as required.
  • Creates, implements and administers recordkeeping systems that meet regulatory and city requirements.
  • Ensures compliance with city policies, procedures and all local, state, federal laws in all duties.
  • Performs stormwater plan review for regulatory compliance.
  • Coordinates inspections of surface water projects.
  • Responds to citizen drainage complaints and stormwater facility questions in accordance with surface water regulations.
  • Provides technical knowledge of surface water management to other city departments; communicates with public and other agencies; responds to inquiries related to surface water management programs.
  • Applies for and administers environmental permits for capital projects and maintenance activities.
  • Administers professional services agreements and public works contracts as assigned.
  • Supports and develops standard operating procedures for public works operations and surface water program regulatory compliance.
  • Assist with the implementation of the private stormwater facility program to ensure regulatory compliance and improve surface water quality.
  • Represents the City at public meetings, prepares surface water program reports at regular intervals, maintains the City's webpages for the surface water program and uses social media to promote the program.
  • Assists with planning and organizing annual lake management program including phosphorus management, invasive and nuisance weed treatment, and routine water quality monitoring.
  • Coordinates with Snohomish County to ensure surface water fees are accurately collected based on land use and impervious surface.
  • Maintains regular and predictable attendance.


  • Performs other duties as assigned.


The physical demands described here and in the job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; talk; and hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to sit for extended periods of time and type on a keyboard for extended periods of time. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color, and peripheral vision; depth perception; and the ability to adjust focus.

Work is frequently performed in a typical office environment subject to working outside of normal working hours to meet critical timelines or to provide support in department emergency response events.  While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is subject to multiple interruptions by telephones and walk-ins by employees and citizens; may be exposed to individuals who are irate or hostile.  The noise level in the indoor work environment is usually moderate.

Employee is occasionally subject to driving to offsite locations for field work in a variety of weather conditions; while in the field, the employee must stand or walk on variable surfaces including hard, even surfaces and uneven ground, as well as sloped embankments; work may occur in the right of way or construction sites and employee may be exposed to physical hazards such as moving traffic and heavy construction equipment; the employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles; the noise level may be moderate to loud.

Regular and reliable attendance is an essential function of this position.

Evening or variable hours to attend meetings will be required.


Education, Training and Experience Guidelines

Education:  Four year degree from an accredited college or university in physical or environmental science, or closely related field;

Experience:  Three years of experience working with surface water management and related programs; two years of experience implementing NPDES Phase II Stormwater Permit preferred;

Or:  Any combination of education and experience, which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job, may be substituted for these qualifications.  Examples of these skills include:

Knowledge of:

  • Modern principles, techniques and theories of surface water management.
  • Washington state Department of Ecology’s Stormwater Management Manual for Western Washington.
  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit.
  • Construction and development standards.
  • City, county, state, and federal codes, standards, requirements and regulations relating to Fish and Wildlife; Water Quality; Surface Water, Utility and Drainage; and other applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies, and procedures related to inspection.
  • Water quality sampling techniques and methods.
  • Municipal organization, operations, policies, and objectives.
  • Applicable health and safety regulations.
  • Correct English grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.
  • Project management principles and practices.
  • Lean Management System or Six Sigma principles.
  • Modern engineering methods as applied to the design, project management and construction of surface water management systems and general construction.
  • Effective oral and written communication principles and practices to include public relations, public speaking and professional business letter writing.
  • Ability to communicate both written and verbally to a broad audience.
  • Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and computer applications such as: word processing, spreadsheets, and statistical databases.

Ability to:

  • Participate as a contributing member of a service-oriented team.
  • Work independently with minimal direct supervision.
  • Understand and follow oral and written directions.
  • Work from construction plans, blueprints, site drawings, sketches, and electronic files.
  • Read, interpret, apply, and explain codes, rules, regulations, technical documents and manuals, design standards and specifications, policies and procedures, and general business correspondence.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups and the general public.
  • Demonstrate positive and effective support, interaction and communication with individuals of diverse social and economic backgrounds.
  • Perform research and analysis on environmental or water resources issues.
  • Remain professional when dealing with hostile and/or irate contractors, owners and citizens.
  • Plan, organize, and prioritize work assignments to meet schedules and timelines.
  • Act in fair, honest, and ethical manner.
  • Maintain confidentiality and communicate with tact and diplomacy.
  • Maintain records and schedules and submit reports as required.
  • Work safely and in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, and with city policies and standards.
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, including the ability to listen effectively and to explain applicable legal requirements, policies, and procedures to internal and external customers.
  • Apply lean or six sigma principles to continuously improve processes, procedures and implement change management.



  • Valid State of Washington Driver’s License; and a driving record which meets the city’s requirements.
  • Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) certification or ability to obtain within 12 (twelve) months of hire.
  • Completion of position-relevant background check.


  • Valid State of Washington Driver’s License; and a driving record which meets the city’s requirements.
  • Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) certification or ability to obtain within 12 (twelve) months of hire.
  • Completion of position-relevant background check.

This position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

How to Apply
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible.In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application: 

  • An attached resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
  • An attached cover letter that further explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. **Please note:   Phone number AND email address are required for all professional references This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment.

The City of Lake Stevens is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, marital status, genetic information, veteran’s status, disability, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law.

There are no limitations to who's a best fit to serve this community. If we contact you for an interview and you need specific accommodations, please let us know. Please contact Human Resources at (425) 622-9400, ten (10) days in advance to allow time for us to make proper arrangements.  You're also welcome to mail your request to City of Lake Stevens Human Resources, P.O. Box 257, Lake Stevens, WA 98258; or email to

2306 131st Ave NE, Lake Stevens Full-time
Snohomish County Only This job is either located or can be performed in Snohomish County
Yearly Salary $75,000 - $84,999
Estimated Start Date 2022/09/01
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