Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1 (Download PDF reader), Washington State employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18th, 2021. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 Vaccination as part of the hire process. Requests for medical and religious exemptions will be considered. If you have questions, please contact Careers@ecy.wa.gov with “COVID-19 Vaccination” in the subject line.
Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
The Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Southwest Regional Compliance and Enforcement Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) position. This position is located in our Southwest Regional Office (SWRO) in Lacey, WA.
In this role you will interact with various groups to protect people living in Washington and the environment from the mismanagement of hazardous and dangerous wastes. We work with commercial and healthcare facilities, governmental entities, and the public to ensure that when hazardous and dangerous wastes are generated, they are managed safely, from point of generation to the ultimate disposal. Fieldwork will be focused on more complex sites in a variety of industries from cabinet making to aerospace manufacturing. A perk of the job is learning how things are made as you conduct your work.
This position’s specialty will be to serve as enforcement coordinator within a team of 10 compliance inspectors, ensuring enforcement is developed and carried out appropriately with the purpose of gaining behavior change, while considering business needs. You will collaborate with your fellow inspectors, peers, managers, communications managers, and assistant attorney generals to ensure enforcement actions meet agency and program procedures and policies. You will be in the challenging role of interpreting the state Dangerous Waste Regulations which incorporate the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, one of the most complex sets of regulations that we are authorized to implement by EPA. As part of this specialty area, you will be relied on to identify areas of improvement to processes and procedures, engaging with counterparts across the state on continuous improvement.
The mission of the HWTR Program is to protect Washington’s residents and environment by reducing the use of toxic chemicals, safely managing dangerous waste, preventing new contaminated sites, and cleaning up contamination. The HWTR vision is to be national leaders in minimizing and eliminating the impacts of toxic chemicals and hazardous waste.
Protecting Washington State’s environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We are a culture that is invested in making a difference. Join a team that is highly effective and collaborative, with leadership that embrace the value of people.
Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:
- A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.
- An Infants at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns.
- Continuous growth and development opportunities.
- A wellness program that offers education, fitness classes, and an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
- Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) are core values central to Ecology’s work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.
Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.
Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.
Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology’s work.
Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement.
We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued.
During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding building occupancy, mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing.
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of October 20, 2021. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before October 19, 2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
The HWTR Program enforces many of Washington’s toxics laws, including the Dangerous Waste regulations, that most businesses, both large and small, need to comply with. We also offer technical assistance to businesses to reduce or eliminate their use of hazardous chemicals, work to identify safer chemical alternatives, support the development of green chemistry, and test consumer products for toxic chemicals.
What you’ll do:
- Plan and lead dangerous waste compliance inspections and investigations, anticipated to exhibit a high level of complexity, at priority regulated businesses and industries in the Southwest region.
- Make regulatory determinations which significantly influence the environmental management of a variety of chemicals exhibiting a variety of hazards.
- Lead the compliance unit in development of enforcement cases with peers and represent the agency in hearings and legal proceedings.
- Collaborate with other regional and statewide enforcement coordinators to ensure consistency in implementation of enforcement cases.
- Participate in negotiation of settlements, including supplemental environmental projects.
- Educate stakeholders and provide consistent, appropriate technical assistance.
- Assist in the development of enforcement tools and procedures, educational materials and training.
About the team:
The Compliance Unit and the Southwest Regional Section have strong desire to protect human health and the environment with the work we accomplish. We support each other, and embrace a work-life balance. Management is supportive, considerate and flexible; we are on the road to living the modern work environment while still providing excellent public service.
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, educational, volunteer and lived-experience. See below for how you may qualify.
Nine (9) years of education and/or experience as described below:
- Experience in environmental analysis or control or environmental planning to include knowledge of the principles, practices and methods of environmental or resource management and environmental pollution prevention and control, field investigations, and application of state, federal and local environmental regulations and policies.
- Education involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.
Experience may include a combination of the following:
- Investigating and/or resolving complaints involving science or technology content
- Performing inspections
- Drafting technical evaluations and reports
- Developing plans for researching information used for technical projects, regulatory or policy development
- Project work requiring specialized knowledge of industry processes, pollutant sources or natural processes
- Conducting tests, analyzing and evaluating data
- Using environmental databases to support technical projects
All experience and education combinations that meet the requirements for this position:
The experience as an Environmental Specialist 3 at the Department of Ecology can include a combination of the following: 1) investigating and/or resolving complaints involving science or technology content, 2) performing inspections, 3) drafting technical evaluations and reports, 4) developing plans for researching information used for technical projects, regulatory or policy development, 5) project work requiring specialized knowledge of industry processes, pollutant sources or natural processes, 6) conducting tests, analyzing and evaluating data, 9) using environmental databases to support technical projects
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
- Must have or be able to obtain and maintain Driver’s License.
- Must have or be able to obtain and maintain 40-hour HAZWOPER certification.
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
- Experience communicating complex regulatory, technical, or scientific information to an audience that doesn’t have a background in this type of information, such as business owners or the general public
- Experience conducting formal or informal enforcement processes, including inspection reports, immediate action letters, recommendations for enforcement, administrative orders, and penalties
- Experience using negotiation and conflict resolution skills
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.
Ecology seeks diverse applicants: We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
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- A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position
- A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position
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Additional Application Instructions for Current Ecology Employees:
Please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources.
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Why work for Ecology?
As an agency, our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment for current and future generations. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism and accountability.
Joining Ecology means becoming a part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington State’s environment. A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our state, while keeping your health and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to life/work balance.
Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:
Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth *See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information
Student debt: how working for Ecology can help
The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.
Collective Bargaining: This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.
Equal Opportunity Employer: The Washington State Department of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans, military spouses or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
Note: This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency. Once all the position(s) from the recruitment announcement are filled, the recruitment may only be used to fill additional open positions for the next sixty (60) days.