Job Description

***NOTE*** To be considered for this position, please apply at the Skagit County Job Opportunity site:

This position works under close supervision while providing technical and field support for programs within the Natural Resources Division. Performs moderate to complex technical support tasks for projects related to the mission of the Natural Resources Division of Skagit County Public Works Department. The primary focus of this position is to coordinate the County’s response to drainage concerns.

– Salary upon hire is step 1 through 3 ($26.49 to $28.43 per hour) for a Natural Resources Technician – Surface Water, dependent upon qualifications.

– Progressive increases are based upon years of service with Skagit County, up to step 8 total steps (top step $33.75). Natural Resources Technician – Surface Water is range 12 of salary schedule Public Works (AFSCME).


Essential Functions:

Investigates and respond to citizen drainage complaints and coordinate follow-up.

Coordinates closely with the Operations Division staff to implement projects related to drainage concerns.

Edits, updates, and maintains a variety of database programs.

Performs technical work related to developing, drafting, executing, and monitoring easements.

Assists in technical work related to meeting the goals of County programs, including report preparation, synthesizing data sets, coordinating surveys, summarizing existing programs, and researching and developing projects and programs.

Drafts, executes, and manages contracts and Interlocal Agreements following applicable procurement guidelines. Manages small to medium-sized projects.

Conducts research and analysis necessary to prepare reports and give presentations for colleagues, citizen advisory committees, the Board of County Commissioners, other agencies, and the general public.

Prepares grant applications according to ranking criteria, presents grant applications to potential funding agencies, and performs ongoing grant management.

Coordinates and facilitates internal and external meetings, including logistics and producing meeting summaries.

Ensures interdepartmental coordination as it relates to monitoring and tracking executed easements.

Assists in the solicitation of bids and preparation of contracts, as applicable for conducting specified work.

May assist with Education and Outreach efforts related for Natural Resource Division programs.

Reports to Emergency Coordination Center assignment under the County’s Incident Command System as needed during emergencies.





Projects may include Farmland Legacy Program, Voluntary Stewardship Program, Pollution Identification and Correction (PIC), Water Quality Monitoring Program, and NPDES Stormwater Compliance Program.

Conducts surface water quality monitoring at various sites within Skagit County and conducts entry and quality control procedures of water quality data.

Contacts landowners to perform inspections of private and public properties to determine the potential for pollution and recommends appropriate Best Management Practices.

Participate in Source ID sampling, windshield surveys, and aerial surveys to identify sources of non-point pollution.

Facilitates public and advisory group meetings and provides a communication link to advisory committee members.

May be tasked with performing related duties. Related duties as required are duties that may not be specifically listed in the position description but are within the general occupational series and responsibility level typically associated with the employee’s classification of work.


Minimum Qualifications:

Hazards include those present in a normal office environment, working adjacent to waterways and in remote wooded areas, and working with the public on private property. Requires Bachelor’s degree in Geography, Natural Resource Management, Planning, Environmental Science or a related field and two years of experience in natural resources management; or any combination that provides a total of four years of training to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the work.

Requires knowledge of:

  • Database management
  • Conservation Easements
  • General hydrology and watershed science
  • Surface Water Management issues and techniques
  • Research methods
  • Microsoft Office Suite


Requires the ability to:

  • Research, collect, prepare, and analyze technical data pertaining to easements and land use activities.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Responds promptly and professionally to public drainage complaints.
  • Meet on site with concerned citizens and groups regarding drainage problems.
  • Coordinate with Engineering, Road Operations, and co-workers to find creative solutions to problems.
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with colleagues, elected officials, Public Works Operations staff, and the general public.
  • Assist in the preparation of comprehensive technical reports.
  • Work well independently and also as part of a team.
  • Use a range of software programs to accomplish technical aspects of the position.
  • Work occasional long hours in the field during inclement weather and with challenging terrain.
  • Interpret complex grants, designs, maps, applications, and other plans.
  • Deal tactfully and courteously with customers, both internal and external.


Licenses and/or Certifications:

Valid Washington State Driver’s License required.


80% of work is performed in an office environment. 20% of work is on project sites with exposure to varying weather and terrain conditions. Physical hazards on-site may include traffic and construction equipment.


Supplemental Information:

***NOTE*** To be considered for this position, please apply at the Skagit County Job Opportunity site:

Skagit County, as an equal employment opportunity employer, encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

It is the policy of Skagit County to follow all federal and state laws to ensure non-discrimination in its employment practices.

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential functions of this position, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods, or otherwise to balance the workload. Changes to the position description may be made at the discretion of the employer.

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