Solid Waste Development Review Specialist (Planning & Development Spec. II) (Remote (To Be Determined)) – Veteran Jobs | HIRE A VETERAN

Remote (To Be Determined)
Seattle Public Utilities

Position Description

Seattle Public Utilities’ (SPU) Solid Waste Contracts & Diversion group has an opportunity for a planning professional to join a dynamic team to help implement new policy, measure outcomes, and review public and private construction permits to ensure compliance with Land Use and Solid Waste Code for solid waste storage areas, access, and collection.  
 This position will report to the Solid Waste Development Review Lead in SPU’s Solid Waste Planning and Program Management Division.
 About Seattle Public Utilities: Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a Community Centered Utility whose mission is to foster healthy people, environment, and economy by partnering with our community to equitably manage water and waste resources for today and future generations. We deliver high-quality, vital services, across four major lines of business: providing water, solid waste, drainage, and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses. SPU provides solid waste services to over 171,000 single-family households, 6,500 multifamily properties, and 8,300 commercial accounts in Seattle. Our customers depend on us to deliver high-quality, reliable, and cost-conscious utility services and to achieve the highest benefits possible for every investment we make. 
SPU is committed to increasing racial equity, diversity, and inclusion through 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. 
Why join us? 
 We know work isn’t only about what you do it’s also about whom you work for and with! SPU provides a fun and family-friendly work environment that supports a work-life balance, including:  

  • Family-friendly and multicultural work environment 
  • Generous benefits package
  • Free public transportation options 
  • City pension plan with employer/employee contributions
  • Growth potential and advancement opportunities 

Job Responsibilities

  • Conduct review of architectural plans for proposed buildings. 
  • Analyze site conditions, recommend options, and communicate code and solid waste safety requirements and best practices to applicants of proposed buildings. 
  • Serve as a subject matter expert for Solid Waste in Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections pre-submittal conferences for new building proposals.  
  • Host meetings with applicants to identify storage and collection solutions for buildings with challenging circumstances for solid waste access and collection. 
  • Learn about and apply standards from other departments to ensure positive outcomes for solid waste and other critical uses of public streets and alleys.  
  • Research, write, and edit internal and customer-facing reference guides to clarify requirements and best practices for solid waste storage & access for proposed buildings.
  • Write memoranda for the Design Review Boards for proposed buildings with challenging solid waste storage and collection conditions. 
  • Design and give presentations about solid waste storage & access requirements to architecture and development firms, internal staff, and Design Review Boards. 
  • Contribute to improvements to SPU business practices, Director’s rules, and municipal code related to solid waste storage, access, and collection by participating in planning meetings, writing content, and reviewing draft documents.

Please note this job posting is not designed to cover or contain the complete listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change as conditions require


Experience: Requires two years of experience in the solid waste industry or planning and research related to land use, urban economics, human services, environmental issues, conservation, or other experience directly related to City planning and development work.
 Education: A baccalaureate degree in planning, urban design, environmental studies, public administration, construction management, or a related field or two (2) years of relevant experience.
 Licensing and Other Requirements: Must possess a valid Washington State Driver’s License(a person possessing a valid out-of-state driver’s license must obtain a WSDL within 30-days of SPU hire date).

Additional Information

Our ideal candidate should possess some of the following knowledge, experience, skills, and abilities: 

  • Robust knowledge of solid waste industry norms and practices.  
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with experience in customer service as it relates to utilities, permitting, or compliance. 
  • Ability to analyze and interpret architectural plans with a focus on site and solid waste storage & collection plans. 
  • Excellent organizational skills. 
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. 
  • Proficiency learning a variety of software programs.  
  • A mindset of continual improvement.  
  • The ability to work well both independently and as part of a team. 
  • The ability to manage projects and various workplan strategies. 

Application Requirement(s): 

  • A full City of Seattle online application
  • Resume 
  • Cover letter describing how your skills and experience relate to the job responsibilities listed above. 

~Candidates submitting an incomplete Application Packages will NOT be considered

City of Seattle COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate? 
All City of Seattle employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Failure to submit proof of vaccination or qualify for a reasonable accommodation will result in withdrawal of a job offer.

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.

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