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26 Jul 2023

Full-Time Watershed Public Programs Manager (Mgr 1, Utils BU-P)

Seattle Public Utilities – Posted by alexis.reb North Bend, Washington, United States

Job Description

Do you want to serve as a trusted leader to guide public programs for Seattle customers and communities? Are you a critical thinker looking to develop and implement policies and programs for an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce? If so, then apply to this Watershed Public Programs Manager position!

The Watershed Public Programs Manager will be responsible for leading all community engagement programming based out of the Cedar River Watershed Education Center. This will include supervising the Watershed Public Programs section, and leading customized watershed education programs to connect with customers and communities and increase equity in program delivery

About Seattle Public Utilities: Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a community-centered utility that delivers vital services to Seattle residents and businesses including drinking water, drainage and wastewater, and garbage/recycling/compost. SPU also provides drinking water for 1.5 million customers in the region. SPU’s work includes system maintenance and improvements and keeping Seattle clean. Over 1,400 SPU employees work with our community to provide affordable and equitable stewardship of our water and waste resources for future generations.

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SPU commits to Our City Value and Race and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work. We actively take steps to dismantle systemic racism and increase service equity. We value diverse life experiences and strive to create a workplace that is welcoming to all. We take steps to be inclusive and equitable in our recruiting, hiring and promotional opportunities.

We know work isn’t only about what you do it’s also about who you work for and with! SPU provides a fun and family-friendly work environment that supports a work life balance, including:

  • Hybrid work schedule opportunities (As Appropriate)
  • Family-friendly and multicultural work environment
  • Generous benefits package
  • Free Orca Pass
  • City pension plan with employer/employee contributions
  • Growth potential and advancement opportunities

Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage the Watershed Education Program that provides place-based environmental educational programs for schoolchildren, families, and the general public about the source of their drinking water.
  • Oversee Cedar River Watershed Education Center operations.
  • Support coordination of Public Recreation Programs that provide recreational opportunities at Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area, Landsburg Park, and other Limited Use Areas on the periphery of the municipal watersheds.
  • Support management of the Cedar and South Fork Tait Municipal Watersheds by representing the Watershed Public Programs Section at leadership forums and participating in the Watershed Management Division’s Leadership Team.
  • Perform as a member of the Incident Command System’s (ICS) Command Staff.
  • Develop and deliver policy-level information on community outreach and engagement, environmental education, interpretation of natural and cultural resources, and recreation management to City Council, to the General Manager of Seattle Public Utilities, and to the Leadership Teams of the Water Line of Business and the Watershed Management Division.
  • Develop and manage the biennial O&M budget for the Watershed Public Programs Section and the Capital budgets for specific projects; monitor and approve expenditures; prepare cash-flow updates and budget reports as requested.
  • Supervise regular staff and oversee recruitment and supervision of temporary staff and volunteers at the Education Center; develop the Section’s annual workplan, assigning lead responsibility for specific work tasks, monitoring, and reviewing work products, and providing employee feedback and performance reviews.

Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain comprehensive listing of activitiesduties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this jobDutiesresponsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.



  • Three (3) years of program management experience in relevant areas of environmental or natural resource education, communications, cultural resource management, interpretation of natural and cultural heritage, and/or recreation program delivery, including one (1) year of supervisory experience.


  • Bachelor’s degree in education, environmental interpretation, environmental studies, natural resources management, public policy, communication, or a related field *If no degree, two (2) additional years of relevant experience will be required.

Education Equivalency:

  • Combinations of appropriate education, training, certification, and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability to the minimum education and experience requirements.

The ideal candidate should possess some or all of the following:

  • Progressive experience with program management and supervisory responsibility;
  • Strong experience working with diverse teams in a leadership capacity;
  • Commitment to race and social justice (diversity, equity and inclusion);
  • Ability to be empathetic;
  • Ability to embrace history to meet challenges of the future;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Workplace Environment / Physical Demands:

  • This position offers a unique environment with time spent indoor and outdoor in locations primarily at the Watershed Headquarters and Cedar River Watershed Education Center at Cedar Falls, near North Bend, Washington;
  • Limited telework is available for this position, due to the public facing community service nature of the work;
  • Work schedule may include evenings and weekends;
  • Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds;
  • Must be able to walk on uneven terrain.

Additional Information:

The full salary range for this position is $41.01 – $61.51 per hour.

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact: Heather Baldwin-Stewart at [email protected].

How to Apply

Application Expectations:

  • An online application including response to the supplemental questionnaire must be fully completed for consideration.
  • Please include your resume and cover letter, which will be considered once candidates are invited to interview for this position. Resumes and cover letters will NOT be considered in the review of candidate's qualifications.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents. More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at: covered family-members/most employees-plans

Who may apply: The City of Seattle encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experience. This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Learn more about Seattle Public Utilities at our web page

Job Categories: Sustainability. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: education, manager, Outreach, public sector, Seattle, spu, and watershed. Salaries: See posting for details.

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