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Environmental Health Specialist, Senior

Central District Health - Idaho

Location: McCall, ID

Closing date: July 14, 2024

About the Position:

Central District Health (CDH) is currently recruiting for a motivated individual to join our dedicated group of public health professionals as an Environmental Health Specialist, Senior, in our McCall office. The successful candidate will embrace our agency values, have excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills, a positive attitude, and will be organized and driven to provide exceptional customer service to our clients. If you have a passion for helping others and making a positive impact in your community, perhaps it’s time you considered a rewarding career with CDH.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Perform professional level work inspecting and evaluating environmental health risks, ensuring compliance with environmental health laws, rules and regulations, and advising on environmental health concerns. Incumbent will also take an active role in preventing and investigating disease outbreaks;

  • Conduct site and soil evaluations for the purpose of determining suitability for onsite sewage disposal;

  • Evaluate soil and ground water data, write installation permits and conduct inspections of onsite sewage disposal systems for compliance with rules and regulations;

  • Evaluate and provide professional advice on engineered designs of complex sewage disposal systems regarding compliance with rules and regulations;

  • Investigate sewage on the ground complaints, issue notices of violation when needed and obtain compliance to remediate public health concerns;

  • Evaluate engineering reports for the purpose of lifting sanitary restrictions on proposed subdivisions;

  • Inspect assigned food establishments annually along with follow-up inspections and conducting plan reviews for new and remodeled establishments;

  • Conduct epidemiological investigations and complaint investigations of food facilities;

  • Operate and maintain testing equipment and detection devices used during inspections and analyze data from devices;

  • Conduct food safety training as requested by food establishments.

Lead Spill Responder

Department of Ecology

Location: Shoreline, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

In this position, you will respond to spills of oil and hazardous materials, and as a result of our clean-up efforts, you will see immediate benefit to Washington’s residents and environment. You will also manage complex human health and environmental emergencies through coordination with other federal, state, local, and tribal response partners.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Serve as Washington State’s lead representative responding to and cleaning up complex hazardous materials spills.

  • Act as a unit expert, training and mentoring others responding to and cleaning-up oil and hazardous materials spills and responding to illegal drug labs.

  • Perform hands-on clean-up work, including opening unknown drums/containers, sampling, overpack chemicals, and transports waste.

  • Complete case documentation in support of enforcement and cost recovery actions.

Senior Cap-and-Invest Market Monitor

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

As a Senior Cap-and-Invest Market Monitor, you will play a critical role supporting the successful long-term performance of Washington’s cap-and-invest program by helping ensure that our market stays transparent and free of fraud through monitoring of auctions and trading in allowance and other related markets. With your finance and/or econometric skillset, you’ll assess the market’s health with an eye towards Washington’s statutory commitments to decarbonization, and provide input for policy discussions on an ad-hoc basis. Working with Ecology’s Attorney(s) General, you’ll also investigate potential rule violations and support follow up enforcement actions if needed to maintain the market’s integrity.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Contribute to analysis of entity behavior within the cap-and-invest program with a focus on activities that change the Washington allowance market and related commodities and futures markets.

  • Coordinate market monitoring activities across state and national boundaries with other Cap-and-Invest programs as the Washington market links with other domestic and/or international jurisdictions.

  • To effectively lead market monitoring efforts, develop and maintain intuitive understanding of market by combining theoretical concepts from finance and related fields; statistical data analysis using econometrics or related methods; and review of regulated firm behavior, market transfers, allowance trends, secondary markets, and movements in related commodity markets. Apply concepts from these fields in your market monitoring work.

  • Provide support to other Cap-and-Invest Group staff as entities join the cap-and-invest market, such as providing analysis of corporate association groups that allow entities to join the market.

  • Mentor, cross-train, and serve as strong positive example to other auctions and market unit staff.

Engineering and Technical Services Manager

Department of Health

Location: Home based

Closing date: July 21, 2024

About the Position:

Over six million Washington residents receive drinking water from more than 17,000 regulated public water systems. The Office of Drinking Water ensures these systems comply with state laws and the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, under an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Engineering and Technical Services Team offers specialized support in engineering, hydrogeology, and source water protection to regional offices and public water systems. They are highly regarded experts at both state and national levels. The Engineering and Technical Services Manager collaborates closely with the Capacity Development and Policy Section Managers and Field Operations Managers within the extended management team (XMT).

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Lead the Engineering and Technical Services Section, supervising a team of seven. Collaborate with the office director, senior management, and partners to support critical engineering and regulatory activities.

  • Oversee internal policies and procedures for engineering, source water protection, and hydrogeology support programs. Manage executive-level assignments such as the Drinking Water Health Advisory Manual and maintenance of engineering design standards.

  • Provide statewide engineering, source water protection, and hydrogeology support, coordinating with various programmatic teams. Serve as a technical liaison with federal, state, and local entities.

  • Consult with Office supervisors and managers on issues related to engineering, source water, and hydrogeology support programs.

Technical Assistance, Compliance, and Operations Unit Supervisor

Department of Ecology

Location: Spokane, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

As the Technical Assistance, Compliance, and Operations (TACO) Unit Supervisor, you are responsible for providing leadership, strategic planning, professional development and technical project support to your eight staff. You’ll be charged with promoting a cooperative work environment to maintain unit cohesion, by assigning and directing work, leading and supporting the hiring and training of staff, promoting staff development, and handling personnel issues. You’ll also be responsible for coordinating cleanup efforts with the Eastern Region Section Manager, and providing oversight over a number of unit responsibilities, including Initial Investigations of environmental releases of hazardous substances, ranking of sites based on their potential to cause environmental harm, implementation of the Voluntary Cleanup Program, performing inspections of Underground Storage Tanks (USTs) and managing Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) cleanup sites.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Plan, lead, and guide the work performed by the unit on underground storage tank inspections, enforcements, investigations, and cleanups.

  • Maintain the highest standards of personal/professional and ethical conduct to support the state's goals for a diverse workforce.

  • Coordinate with staff and section manager on the prioritization of section work and the sharing of section resources.

  • Conduct required and appropriate development and performance evaluations.

  • Provide staff mentoring, training, and consultation on environmental issues and project management on a section-wide basis.

  • Communicate and provide technical assistance to the regulated community, tribes, local, state and federal government, elected leaders and environmental organizations on cleanup issues, policy and guidance updates, and underground storage tank requirements.

Chemist 3 (in-Training)

Department of Ecology

Location: various locations in WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

You’ll use your subject matter expertise in chemistry to provide technical support to various initiatives within HWTR’s Pollution Prevention and Regulatory Assistance section.   You will join a growing and dynamic team consisting of other chemists, toxicologists, and outreach specialists working towards the goal of reducing or eliminating the use of toxic chemicals in consumer products.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • You will serve as a specialist in identifying the function of toxic chemicals in consumer products and their replacement chemicals and/or materials, using one or more elements of an alternatives assessment.

  • Identify sources and uses of priority chemicals (as defined by RCW 70A.350.020) and other chemicals of concern in products through literature reviews, use of databases, review of data orders or reporting requirements and engagement with stakeholders.

  • Research the assessment of safer, feasibility and availability of alternatives to priority chemicals in consumer products to advance the goals of Safer Products for Washington.

  • Serves as a chemistry subject matter expert, including but not limited to: answering questions on general chemistry, determining chemicals within scope of Washington laws, interpretation of data or chemical analysis reports.

  • Draft technical elements (e.g. legislative reports, compliance data reporting templates) regarding chemicals in products while protecting confidential business information where appropriate.

  • Participates and contributes technical support to projects that implement compliance or technical assistance efforts on Washington laws and rules such as Safer Products for Washington, the Children’s Safe Product Act, Better Brakes and Toxics in Packaging.

  • Actively participate in interagency workgroups and meetings (e.g.: Interstate Chemicals, Clearinghouse, Northeast Waste Management Officials Association, Safer Products) and related to current projects. This includes providing presentations, participating in subgroups and on advisory committees.

Tank System, Operations and Closure Coordinator

Department of Ecology

Location: Richland, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

In this role, you will be involved in all regulatory aspects of single shell tank operation, tank cleanout, soil remediation, groundwater monitoring and cleanup, and tank farm closure. Your work will contribute significantly to reducing the threats of Hanford to the environment. You will work directly with the project manager for the Tank System Operation and Closure project and gain project management skills directly through experience. You will also work closely with engineers, chemists, hydrogeologists, toxicologists and attorneys, assisting interdisciplinary teams in resolving important issues to ensure a safer environment for human and ecological receptors at, around, and downstream of the Hanford site.  

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Coordinate Hanford single shell tank (SST) farm environmental oversight activities for the Nuclear Waste Program while ensuring that tank farm operation and closure activities dovetail with those of interacting units and surrounding areas.

  • Maintain schedules and track actions involving US Department of Energy cleanup milestones for the SSTs. 

  • Set up meetings, guide teams in project problem solving, integrate work across NWP projects and perform task-specific work for permitting.  

  • Lead review teams for complex documents.

Hazardous Waste Compliance Inspector

Department of Ecology

Location: Union Gap, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

This position provides direct oversight and technical assistance for Large On-site Sewage System (LOSS) throughout Washington State.In this position, you will be part of a small regional team that makes sure hazardous waste is managed safely, properly identified, and disposed in a safe manner. If you enjoy researching, learning, and then implementing your knowledge and skills in the field, this is the role for you! 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Plan and lead hazardous waste compliance inspections. 

  • Partner with senior staff to make regulatory decisions that impact the environmental management of chemicals and wastes.

  • Develop relationships with businesses and regulatory agencies to collaboratively identify and respond to environmental issues. 

  • Prepare inspection reports and enter information into our data systems. 

  • Evaluate the compliance history of regulated businesses and provide recommendations.

Environmental Inspection and Compliance Team Lead (4 positions)

Department of Ecology

Location: Various Locations

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

As the Environmental Inspection and Compliance Team Leads for the RMP, you’ll be responsible for leading compliance activities associated with implementing Washington’s fluorinated gas regulation. You will guide your regional teams through coordinating inspections across the region, planning inspection activities for your team, supporting team members on complex inspections and synchronizing inspection practices and policies across the program to ensure consistency in practice. You will also provide technical support to the RMP regulated community – including facility owners and operators – to help them understand and achieve mandatory compliance with refrigerant regulations.

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Coordinate and conduct inspections at facilities with refrigeration and air conditioning equipment subject to the Refrigerant Management Program (RMP).

  • Provide technical assistance to external regulated parties and Ecology staff regarding intricate RMP matters.

  • Assist with technical support in inputting mandatory reporting details into the Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Management Program (RAMP) database.

  • Communicate the rules and guidelines of the RMP in an understandable and digestible manner to members of the regulated community.

  • Conduct site investigations, system installation, retrofit, and decommissioning inspections at various facilities.

  • Identify and resolve violations of RMP regulations.

  • Provide mentoring to more junior inspectors on the team, planning and coordinating inspections and activities for the team.

Product Testing Study Chemist

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

As the Product Testing Study Chemist, you will serve as the designated expert for complex studies that involve multiple analytes, complex matrices, and other complex chemistry considerations for designing studies and evaluating study data, notably this includes Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), studies.  In this role, you will also serve as an important resource and provide subject matter expertise in product testing chemistry, chemistry methods research, and Ecology’s regulatory testing guidance for the Hazardous Waste and Toxic Reduction Program’s compliance and policy development teams.

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Perform research and secondary data analyses on complex chemicals, chemical classes, and products.

  • Design and author or co-author study plans and Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPP) for complex multi-method/analyte/matrix studies.

  • Prepare scientific reports products, publish findings, and disseminate the work of Product Testing and Ecology regionally and nationally.

  • Provide technical and subject matter expert (SME) guidance to other professional staff.

Hospital Environmental Health and Safety Investigator (2 positions)

Department of Health

Location: Tumwater, WA

Closing date:  

About the Position:

As the Hospital Environmental Health and Safety Investigator, our Health Services Consultants support the agency’s mission to work with others to protect and improve the health of people in Washington State by providing professional and technical expertise in conducting environmental health and safety inspections and other non-clinical compliance inspections and investigations in state and federally regulated hospitals. In addition, Health Services Consultants may also provide technical assistance to a variety of stakeholders and customers regarding compliance and related issues and explain the results of an inspection and investigation in various settings, including testifying in legal proceedings.

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Conducting on-site and off-site inspections and investigations in multiple geographic areas within Washington State determining compliance with state and federal health and safety standards in assigned health care facilities including but not limited to: Acute Aare Hospitals (HAC), Critical Access Hospitals (CAH), and Psychiatric Hospitals (HPSY).  

  • In conjunction with state and federal rules and regulations, creating written reports and giving verbal explanations of investigation findings.

  • Providing education and technical assistance on compliance with state and federal health and safety regulations of assigned facilities.

  • Coordinating with other state agencies, federal agencies, environmental and public health programs, and organizations such as DOH Office of Drinking Water and Wastewater Management, local health departments, and community organizations as appropriate to integrate and promote consistency and clarity of information for patient safety.

Health Administrator

Chelan-Douglas Health District

Location: East Wenatchee, WA

Closing date: 

About the Position:

The Health District Administrator leads the Health District in carrying out its mission to prevent disease, promote health in the community, and protect the health of people living, working, and visiting Chelan and Douglas Counties. This is an Executive Director position responsible for developing and providing vision for the ongoing efforts of the Health District, for building partnerships across the community to improve the public’s health, and mobilizing the passions and expertise of the health districts staff and volunteers to accomplish its mission.

**must include letter of intent and resume when applying

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Provides administrative support to the Chelan-Douglas Board of Health so that they can effectively fulfill their responsibilities.  

  • Leads the Chelan-Douglas Health District team in implementing the direction of the Board of Health and ensures compliance with statutes and regulations pertaining to public health.

  • Responsible for responding to public health emergencies and the public health effects of all-hazards emergencies, including institutionalizing and maintaining the capability for applying the incident command structure with other emergency response partners.

  • Leads public health efforts in partnership with other agencies and groups providing health-related services, across the community.

  • Regularly communicates information regarding public health and the mission of the health district to the public through publications, meetings and the media.

  • Develops an annual balanced budget and works with the Chelan-Douglas Board of Health to finalize and publish the budget.

Product Stewardship Specialist

Department of Ecology

Location: Multiple Locations

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

In this position, you will be working on the cutting edge of the fastest growing waste management policy, extended producer responsibility (EPR).  Jurisdictions around the world are using this policy to manage items like electronics, mattresses, carpet, and even packaging!  Washington has EPR laws on the books for electronics, pharmaceuticals, mercury-containing lights, paint, solar panels and batteries. Extended producer responsibility programs have the potential to dramatically increase the amount of a material or product that gets collected for recycling, benefitting people and the environment.

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Oversee implementation of product stewardship programs through collaboration with product stewardship organizations, producers, and local governments.

  • Negotiate complex and sometimes contentious policy issues with internal and external partners, as well as local, state, and federal agencies. Conduct outreach with affected interested parties, local governments, state, and federal agencies, as well as trade organizations and associations.

  • Provide ongoing technical assistance to product stewardship organizations, producers, associations, consultants, local governments, and other interested parties, regarding regulatory analysis or interpretation.

  • Identify emerging product stewardship policy issues by tracking and analyzing product stewardship initiatives and policy developments in other states and countries.

  • Lead or participate in discussions regarding development of new product stewardship programs or legislation as well as gather input and feedback for existing programs.

  • Participate in meetings and on workgroups of regional and national product stewardship organizations, comment on regional and national policy proposals, and make recommendations.

  • Conduct compliance visits at collection sites and processors, ensuring standards in statute, regulation, plans, policies and/or guidance are followed. 

  • Meet with interested parties virtually, or on-site around the state. Draft enforcement actions if necessary.

Moderate Risk Waste (MRW) Coordinator - Statewide Lead

Department of Ecology

Location: Multiple Locations

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

In this role, you will provide high-level, statewide policy assessment and program development. You will be responsible for independently developing strategies to decrease the generation of Moderate Risk Waste (MRW), increase collection of MRW, increase reuse and recycling of MRW, educate the public about MRW, as well as develop ways to reduce the toxicity of products and wastes.

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Serve as the SWM Program expert, responsible for the MRW portions of the State Solid and Hazardous Plan.

  • Assure state actions are consistent with the SWM Program Plan.

  • Lead annual statewide MRW Coordinators meeting.

  • Assist SWM planning staff with local hazardous waste planning.

  • Guide education and outreach efforts for MRW management with a focus on household hazardous wastes (HHW).

  • MRW facility annual reporting and analysis.

  • Provide technical assistance to regional MWR specialists, regional planning staff, regulated businesses, health departments, and the public. 

  • Provide expert regulatory consultation on WAC 173-350-360.

  • Manage cross-program regulatory interactions with HWTR program.

Hazardous Waste Compliance Inspector

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey or Vancouver, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

This position will lead the section in working with several business sectors overseen by the Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program. You’ll conduct inspections and provide compliance assistance to recycling facilities that manage universal waste, E-waste, certain paint wastes (and other emerging stewardship programs) and other recycling facilities managing common recyclable materials, such as metal scrap within the region. The position responsibilities also include being a section lead for waste designation and sampling and analyses. This work will allow you to collaborate and coordinate with other Ecology regions and programs, and federal, state and local agencies.  

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Inspect facilities to ensure compliance with Washington’s Dangerous Waste Regulations

  • Document your findings in inspection reports; review the reports of fellow inspectors

  • Address violations observed through informal and formal enforcement actions following program policies and procedures

  • Coordinate with internal programs and outside agencies within your specialty areas

  • Provide compliance assistance and inform the regulated community of dangerous waste management requirements

  • Be a member of the program Sampling Team responsible for providing consultation regarding proper sampling and analyses

  • Assist your colleagues with the solid waste designation process

Environmental Justice Evaluation Lead 

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

In this role, you will lead the criteria air pollution and health impact assessment components of the Climate Commitment Act. Working with a team of scientists and specialists, you will analyze emissions sources, collaborate with Department of Health staff on health impact analyses, and report on criteria pollution, health impacts and greenhouse gas emissions in overburdened communities.

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Coordinate and consult with Air Quality Program staff, the University of Washington, Washington State Department of Health, Ecology Office of Equity and Environmental Justice, and Local Air Agencies.

  • Analyze air quality monitoring, criteria pollutant emissions, and environmental health impact data. 

  • Provide technical expertise to the development of the supplemental community engagement plan describing the steps Ecology will take to identify air pollution in overburdened communities. 

  • Prepare biennial air quality evaluations and inform recommendations for emission reductions needed to achieve targets. 

  • Facilitate and support creation of air quality targets for overburdened communities standards, and emission standards, or emissions limitations on criteria pollutants. 

Lower Duwamish Hazardous Waste Compliance Inspector

Department of Ecology

Location: Shoreline, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

This position focuses on dangerous waste inspections of facilities located in the Lower Duwamish Waterway, an area of Environmental Justice concern. Together with other agencies and internal programs, this position contributes to EPA’s Superfund cleanup of the Duwamish River by ensuring risks of re-contamination are minimized at the source.

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Conduct inspections of facilities to ensure compliance with Washington’s Dangerous Waste Regulations

  • Author inspection reports; review the reports of fellow Compliance Unit members

  • Follow up on violations observed with informal and formal enforcement actions, as appropriate

  • Coordinate with other internal programs and outside agencies

  • Prepare and distribute outreach materials

Food Safety & Living Environment Program Supervisor

Chelan-Douglas Health District

Location: East Wenatchee, WA

Closing date: Open Until Filled

About the Position:

The primary purpose of the Environmental Health Generalist III (Program Supervisor) is to make sure food establishments, water recreation facilities, schools and camps are safe for the public use. This position will be involved in regulating food establishments, water recreation facilities, schools and camp programs. They are the primary contact with the state regarding these programs and are responsible for updating forms, documents, rule revisions, website updates, application process and establishing guidelines and training personnel. They will also work with communicable disease regarding foodborne and waterborne illnesses. 

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Report health code violations to the principal/superintendent of the school and report health code violations to the owner/operator of food service establishments, water recreation facilities and camps via Washington State and Chelan-Douglas Health District (CDHD) codes, regulations and inspection forms.  

  • Consult with the principal/superintendent or the owner/operator regarding ways to improve conditions and avoid future problems.   

  • Independently interpret and apply regulations and policies to specific situations.  Consult with Environmental Health Director as needed.

  • Represent CDHD at program levels to the public and other agencies.  

  • Provide technical assistance and complaint response.

  • Accurately apply program policies and procedures to insure consistent regulatory outcomes.

  • Apply knowledge of bacteria, viruses, parasites and toxins to investigate reports of illness.  Interview individuals to determine incubation times, symptoms and histories.  Coordinate efforts with state Food Safety and the CDHD communicable disease section.  

  • Respond to emergencies and immediate health hazards by giving assistance with the development of press releases, technical assistance and facilitating recalls. 

  • Maintain the data base information on permitted establishments for billings and reports on inspection frequency, violations and compliance.  Use the database to schedule inspections according to required monthly inspections and enforcement schedules.

  • Review and make recommendations on requests for variances from the regulations.

  • Shares responsibility for conducting inspections of temporary food service operations and weekly event coordination for temporary food service establishments.  Coordinate with event sponsors and provide technical assistance to the participants.

  • Issues permits and approval letters.

Nuclear Waste Program Manager

Department of Ecology

Location: Richland, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

The Program Manager for the Nuclear Waste Program (NWP) is an Exempt Management Service Band 4 position that reports to Ecology's Deputy Director, and is located at our Nuclear Waste Program office in Richland, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station. 

In this role, you will lead a team of dedicated professionals committed to the effective and efficient cleanup of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford site. Your work will include managing and directing personnel and budget resources to ensure sound management and progress for cleaning up mixed hazardous and radioactive wastes to protect Washington State’s air, water and land.

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Formulating policy, procedures, guidelines and rules related to these responsibilities and coordinating with other programs and agencies that may also play a role in the clean-up of the Hanford nuclear waste site.

  • Playing a highly visible role with three Tribal governments, federal and state agencies, local governments in the Tri Cities area and environmental and worker safety advocacy organizations across the region.

  • Serving along with Ecology’s Director, on a workgroup consisting of senior executives of the US Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Serving as Washington’s member of US Department of Energy’s State and Tribal Government’s Working Group.

  • This position has historically been appointed by the Governor’s Office to serve on the National Governor’s Association Federal Facilities Task Force representing Washington State along with regulators from other states with US Department of Energy legacy cleanup sites.

  • This position is actively involved in and provides leadership in the national group of state environmental directors (ECOS) on issues related to federal facilities.

Onsite Sewage System and Cultural Resource Planner

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

You will provide senior planner expertise and consultation as you oversee key aspects of water quality grant and loan projects and program management throughout the state. You will manage the statewide Onsite Sewage System Regional Loan Program (a collaboration between the Department of Ecology and the Department of Health) and other programs funded through the State Water Pollution Control Revolving Loan Fund and Centennial Clean Water Program. You will also serve as the Water Quality Program lead for implementation of state regulations related to protection of archaeological resources, working closely with Tribes and the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation.

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Manage the collaborative Onsite Sewage System (OSS) Regional Loan Program, collaborating with the Department of Health, local health jurisdictions, and contracted financial partner to grow the program and respond to local OSS needs.

  • Provide financial and project management for OSS projects, including negotiating agreements, approving progress reports, tracking timelines, and ensuring successful implementation of projects.

  • Support local partners in developing successful projects to address water quality impacts associated with OSS.

  • Guide the development of funding policies, procedures, and guidelines for OSS projects and programs.

  • Review project impacts on cultural resources and consult with Tribes and the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation to protect historic properties.

  • Serve as the Water Quality Program lead for implementation and compliance with 

  • Governor’s Executive Order 21-02 (Download PDF reader) relating to cultural resources.

Environmental Health Specialist I/II (2 positions)

Jefferson County

Location: Port Townsend, WA

Closing date: Open Until Filled

About the Position:

The Environmental Health Specialist (EHS) is a professional-level position responsible for conducting a wide variety of activities.  This position conducts fieldwork, gathers and analyzes water quality data. Writes reports utilizing statistical models, charts, graphs and maps. Investigates failing septic systems and informs citizens of corrective actions necessary. Responds to public complaints and enforces county code.

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Coordinate with Water Quality team, and project partners, on Pollution Identification and Correction projects

  • Conduct fieldwork to monitor freshwater streams and shorelines for fecal bacteria indicators of non-point source pollution

  • Gather and analyze water quality data using field equipment, databases, GIS and software tools

  • Help maintain mobile devices, equipment, tools and boats following safety protocols

  • Write reports and give presentations utilizing statistical models, maps, charts and graphs

  • Share data with Washington State Department of Health to help evaluate the potential risk to the public from water-borne pathogens at public beaches and shellfish beds 

  • Investigate septic systems for signs of failure and communicate with residents about best practices for septic system maintenance

  • Inform landowners about corrective actions for septic repairs and about financial assistance available

  • Respond to public complaints and enforce county code

  • Be an active and flexible participant in a dynamic, 50+ member county public health department

Overburdened Communities Grants Specialist (Three Positions)

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

 As the Overburdened Communities Grant Specialist, you will play an integral role in the development and implementation of the Improving Air Quality in Overburdened Communities Grant Program. You’ll have a key role in reducing emissions and improving air quality in communities highly impacted by air pollution. If you possess the ability to address highly complex issues using advanced scientific knowledge, critical thinking skills and expert communication abilities, we welcome you to apply!

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Engage with people in overburdened communities to co-create grant program development. 

  • Communicate and conduct outreach to Tribes, local governments, non-governmental organizations, and community members within overburdened communities to further their ability to engage and participate in grant processes.

  • In collaboration with the Improving Air Quality in Overburdened Communities Grants Unit, develop grant guidelines, scoring criteria and application processes that align with agency environmental priorities and requirements under the HEAL Act.

  • Conduct grant application solicitation, review, and award process.

  • Manage grant projects, including track and review deliverables, reporting requirements, and documentation; reimbursement requests; and closeout reports.  

  • Provide technical assistant to grant applicants and awarded grantees; interpret and explain Ecology grants guidance.

  • Apply environmental justice principles and knowledge of techniques to reduce criteria air pollution. 

Water Quality Management Unit Supervisor

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

We are looking for a supervisor who is committed to protecting Washington’s surface and groundwater. An ideal candidate will enjoy working and supporting a team of eight great water quality professionals doing high priority work that has large engagement/interest from the regulated and nonregulated community.   The work being done in this unit provides a critical foundation for water cleanup and permitting work being done in Washington’s Water Quality Program.
 

We are looking for a passionate individual who can help the Water Quality Management staff be successful developing high quality products. In this role, you will be responsible for providing support and guidance to keep work moving forward, staff engaged and supported.  As an active and engaged leader you will roll up your sleeves and do what it takes to support the team. You will be managing a unit in a section that has three units developing water quality policy for Washington State. 

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Establishing and updating Washington State’s surface water quality standard required under the federal Clean Water Act.

  • Producing Washington State’s Water Quality Assessment. This is one of the largest and most comprehensive water quality assessments in the country and includes the list of impaired waters required under the federal Clean Water Act.

  • Protecting the state's groundwater by operating the Underground Injection Control Program under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act and helping implement Washington State’s groundwater standards.

Lead Product Testing Study Scientist

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

As the Lead Product Testing Scientist, you will be responsible for conceiving, planning, organizing, and directing advanced, complex, and highly original scientific research studies for analysis of consumer products, often in concurrence with environmental monitoring, to identify and locate toxics from products, processes, and equipment used at businesses and other locations around Washington. As a part of the EAP program, you will be working in a highly collaborative technical program composed almost entirely of natural resource scientists, engineers, chemists, and hydrogeologists.

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Provide direction and coordinate scientific research studies and scientific investigations to support current law and rule; make original, independent decisions on complex scientific problems using scientific theories and principles on association of hazards and risk, in developing and testing hypotheses to deduce causes, relationships, and/or levels of toxic contaminants. 

  • Provide credible science in assessing priority toxic chemicals in consumer products and the environment to support product replacement, pollution prevention, and other reducing toxic chemicals focused studies. 

  • Ascertain the quality, utility and usability of secondary data and provide interpretations of scientific research findings for specified decision-making processes.

  • Serve as lead study scientist, point of contact, and mentor for the design, management, and facilitation of Product Testing studies.

Southwest Region Office Director

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

As the Southwest Region Office Director, you will represent the Director of Ecology with federal, Washington and Oregon State, thirteen Tribal Nations, local and elected officials; residents, environmental and industry groups; and the regulated community. The Southwest Region serves Clallam, Clark, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Mason, Lewis, Pacific, Pierce, Skamania, Thurston, and Wahkiakum counties.

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Make purchasing decisions up to $50,000 and interagency agreement contract decisions up to $100,000.

  • Manage region and field office operations with regard to office equipment, supplies, and office support staff.

  • Negotiate for and have direct control over a biennial operating budget of approximately $2 million.

  • Identify region policy and procedure needs and take the initiative to ensure their development.

  • Direct agency responses to issues that would be considered controversial including media relations and public speaking.

  • Serve as the delegated State Environmental Policy Act lead official on actions requiring an environmental impact statement involving multiple department programs.

  • Review cross-program actions proposed by region and program staff, such as enforcement orders, permits, and variances for agency and regional impacts.

  • Work alongside of Executive Management to ensure appropriate and optimum use of the Department’s resources and work to enhance the effectiveness of agency employees through ongoing performance management, coaching and access to professional development opportunities.

  • Support effective Department communication throughout the agency and region.

  • Represent our Agency’s Director with Federal, Washington and Oregon State, local, Tribal and elected officials, the general public, environmental groups, and the business community.

  • Develop credibility as a reliable and accurate problem solver and source of information for local, state, and Tribal leaders.

  • Make recommendations to the Executive Leadership Team on how to implement programs and develop policies including agency direction for work procedures to ensure responsive service delivery and consistency.

  • As appropriate, coordinate Southwest Region activities related to high-profile projects and initiatives, with the Governor’s Policy Office.

  • Support the efforts of the Office of Chehalis Basin Director to provide flood and habitat restoration solutions for the region.

Chemist 2 - In-Training

Department of Agriculture

Location: Yakima, WA

Closing date: Open Until Filled

About the Position:

The Chemical and Hop Laboratory supports several agency programs by analyzing samples taken in investigations of alleged pesticide misuse and analyzing feed and fertilizer samples. The program monitors for pesticide residues in food and dairy products. The laboratory also carries out physical grading and chemical analysis of the hop crop to ensure orderly international and domestic marketing.

The Chemist 2 - In Training position performs data analysis which includes  elements/minerals, phosphorus, fats/fibers, protein/nitrogen, ash/moisture, salt, amino acids, ionophors, and pesticide residue analysis. This position entails interpreting results, preparing and submitting reports to communicate the data related to tests and use various analytical software and a laboratory information management system (LIMS). The Chemist 2 in training requires working with with solvents, pesticides, hazardous waste, formulation, feed, fertilizer, and unknown samples. This position adheres to ISO 17025 standards. 

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Operate and maintain ICP-OES, LC & GC various detectors, LECO combustion analyzer, and various other laboratory equipment.

  • Perform sample extractions (bench work), following SOPs and Work Instructions.

  • Calculate and verify results.

  • Create worksheets and enter data in the Laboratory Information Management System.

  • Receive and log standards. 

  • Prepare Neat/Parent standards, mixes, working standards and daily injection standards for quantitative analysis. 

  • Monitor, maintain, and order house gas supplies on a rotational basis.

Senior Hydrogeologist

Department of Health

Location: Multiple/Remote

Closing date: Open Until Filled

About the Position:

This position serves as an Office of Drinking Water senior hydrogeologist and is part of the Engineering and Technical Services (ETS) section that reports to the ETS section supervisor.  

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Development of regulations, policies, and technical guidelines related to the protection of drinking water sources

  • Technical peer reviews of hydrogeologic analyses and reports

Product Testing Senior Chemist

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Open Until Filled

About the Position:

In this role, you will serve as the designated expert in the application and use of analytical methodologies for consumer product testing at Ecology. You will play a pivotal role guiding Ecology’s Product Testing in the assessment of current priority toxic chemicals and in leading the strategic design for future testing of emerging toxics and chemical priorities in products. This position will further function to strengthen collaborative scientific partnerships for testing consumer products.

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Identify, define, and communicate the appropriate use and application of analytical chemistry methods for Ecology’s Product Testing Program.

  • Coordinate, collaborate, and strategize future planning, development, and implementation of analytical chemistry methods for testing consumer products, including for personal care products testing.

  • Design and author or co-author study plans and Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPP) for complex multi-method/analyte/matrix studies and method development studies.

  • Prepare scientific reports products, publish findings, and disseminate the chemistry method application work of Product Testing and Ecology regionally and nationally.

  • Provide technical and subject matter expert (SME) guidance to other professional staff.

Environmental Health Specialist & EHS Trainee (hiring incentive available)

Multnomah County

Location: Portland, OR

Closing date: Open Until Filled 

About the Position:

This posting allows you to apply for both the Environmental Health Specialists and Environmental Health Specialist Trainee role. Both positions perform a variety of inspection duties directed toward the promotion and maintenance of environmental health laws in licensed facilities such as food service operations, swimming pool and spa pools, tourist accommodations, schools, and other facilities. 

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Inspect food service operators

  • Inspect swimming pools and spas

  • Inspection of schools and other facilities

Research Services Manager

King County

Location: Seattle

Closing date: Open Until Filled (reviewed monthly)

About the Position:

As the Research Services Program Manager, you will provide leadership to a multidisciplinary team comprised of an epidemiologist, two environmental scientists, and a librarian.  The core function of the Research team is to ensure that the Haz Waste Program’s work is informed by the best possible science and grounded in the Program’s commitment to racial equity and social justice.

You will also be a member of the Haz Waste Program’s leadership team, where you will provide strategic direction, management of the budget, contracts, and work plan for the Program’s research priorities. You will have the opportunity to fill a critical leadership position in Environmental Health Services and the Haz Waste Program.

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Partner across agencies and lines of business in strategic planning, development, and implementation of key priorities to improve and strengthen reach, service delivery, racial equity, and impact.

  • Participate in chemical policy development at the state and national level.

  • Collaborate with local, state and national partners to develop consistent strategies using the best available science.

  • Participate in multidisciplinary teams to develop novel solutions to address chemical exposures in some of our most at-risk communities.

  • Develop innovative, participatory approaches to help communities identify issues of concern and develop solutions.

  • Contribute to the evidence base regarding characterizing and mitigating hazardous chemical exposures in residents and workers in small businesses.

  • Represent the Haz Waste Program at the local, state, and national levels by participating in and presenting to workgroups, advisory committees, conferences, and other venues.

  • Train the next generation of professionals by mentoring student interns.

Spill Responder

Department of Ecology

Location: Shoreline, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

From industrial facilities to illegal drug labs to sunken boats, our work to stop releases of hazardous materials to the environment is unique and challenging. In this position, you will collaborate with law enforcement, fire service, other environmental agencies, Tribes, and other partners. Our focus on relationships builds opportunities for environmental protection as well as personal growth.

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Conduct responses to spills of oil and HAZMAT, abandoned waste, fish kills, pressurized cylinders, illegal drug manufacturing facilities, and other environmental and human health emergencies.

  • Under supervision, conduct operations to control, contain and cleanup spills, and investigate their cause.

  • Under supervision, perform hands-on cleanup actions at oil and HAZMAT spills and illegal drug manufacturing facilities.

  • As State On-Scene Coordinator, oversee cleanup actions of spillers and their contractors.

  • Complete detailed documentation of response actions.

  • Complete ongoing training related to growth and competence as a Spill Responder. 

  • Ensure safe and appropriate management of dangerous wastes generated as part of emergency oil and hazmat cleanup activities.

Hazardous Waste Compliance Inspector

Department of Ecology

Location: Union Gap, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

Washington state is a leader in hazardous waste policy and pollution prevention. In this position, you will be part of a small regional team that makes sure hazardous waste is managed safely, properly identified, and disposed in a safe manner. If you enjoy researching, learning, and then implementing your knowledge and skills in the field, this is the role for you!

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Plan and lead hazardous waste compliance inspections. 

  • Partner with senior staff to make regulatory decisions that impact the environmental management of chemicals and wastes.

  • Develop relationships with businesses and regulatory agencies to collaboratively identify and respond to environmental issues. 

  • Prepare inspection reports and enter information into our data systems. 

  • Evaluate the compliance history of regulated businesses and provide recommendations.

Environmental Health Generalist I & II

Chelan-Douglas Health District

Location: East Wenatchee, WA

Closing date:

About the Position:

The primary responsibility of the Environmental Health Generalist is to determine compliance with the appropriate state and local regulations in permitting and inspecting onsite septic systems, food establishments and water recreation facilities. This position includes office work as well as fieldwork to fully ensure that all systems, establishments and facilities comply with the appropriate regulations. Conduct onsite septic system inspections, well site inspections, complete sanitary surveys for public drinking water systems, conduct food establishment/temporary food establishment and pool/spa inspections. 

 

Some of What You'll Do:

On-site Septic Systems:

  • Complete onsite septic system inspections for compliance with state and local codes/regulations.

  • Review applications including septic system designs for compliance to state and local code/regulations. Contact applicants, septic designers and installers on septic systems as needed.

  • Review, create and issue permits for septic systems as per agency and local/state guidelines.

  • Ensure relevant information from the septic system installer is entered into the database.

  • Conduct sanitary surveys for public Group A water systems including physical evaluation and compiling the required information for the report.

  • Provide technical assistance to the public as needed.

  • Assist with as-built requests as needed. Independently interpret and apply regulations and policies to specific situations. 

  • Represent the District at the program level to the public and other agencies. 

  • Accurately apply program policies and procedures to insure consistent regulatory outcomes. Verify compliance of on-site septic systems and non-community water systems serving food service establishments. 

Food Safety & Water Recreation Facilities:

  • Report health code violations to owner/operator of food service establishments or water recreation facilities using WA state inspection forms and by correspondence when necessary.  

  • Provide technical assistance and complaint response. 

  • Investigate reports of illness and interview individuals to determine incubation times, symptoms and histories. Coordinate efforts with state Food Safety and the District communicable disease section. 

  • Respond to emergency situations and immediate health hazards by assisting with the development of press releases, providing technical assistance and facilitating recalls. 

  • Maintain database on permitted establishments for billings and reports on inspection frequency, violations and compliance. Schedule inspections according to goals and enforcement schedules. 

  • Review plans for new construction, remodeling and change of operation of food service establishments. Correspond and coordinate with other agencies such as local building and planning departments. 

  • Verify compliance of on-site septic systems and non-community water systems serving food service establishments. 

  • Perform routine inspections, permitting and regulation enforcement in permanent and temporary food service establishments as well as pools/spas.

  • Coordinates and conducts after hour inspections of temporary food service vendors. 

Environmental Health Specialist

Yakima County

Location: Yakima, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

Environmental Health Specialists use natural sciences to inspect, monitor, assess, and educate business owners, contractors, and the public about a variety of public health regulations in place to protect the health of humans and the environment.

 

This position investigates foodborne, waterborne, and vector-borne illnesses; reviews and approves plans for solid waste facilities, schools, food service establishments, drinking water systems, and onsite sewage systems; and identifies risks of hazardous materials to the environment and humans.

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Conduct inspections of food establishments to verify appropriate measures are taken to ensure the health and safety of consumers;

  • Survey public water systems, inspect wells, evaluate the feasibility of small water systems, and assure drinking water is safe for human consumption and domestic use;

  • Conduct inspections of recreational water programs, swimming pools, and spa facilities to verify appropriate measures are taken to ensure the health and safety of the public using these facilities;

  • Evaluate on-site septic systems and conduct on-site septic inspections;

  • Conduct solid waste sites inspections, advise business and homeowners of the “best practices” of managing solid waste; when appropriate, issue SEPA findings and review permits and engineering plans;

  • Conduct inspections of camps and schools to verify appropriate measures are taken to ensure the health and safety of the public using these facilities;

  • Carry out enforcement actions when public health regulations are not being met;

  • Respond to complaints, surveil, and investigate food-borne, water-borne, and vector-borne diseases;

  • Enter client information into an integrated permit management system, and be competent in using Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, and GIS;

  • Prepare professional correspondence, prepare complex and scientific reports, collect, and analyze data necessary for official documents, and design informational and educational materials specific to environmental health;

  • Prepare and present information in a clear and concise manner while conveying scientific and complex information in a manner understood by the public.

Landfill Methane Grants Coordinator

Snohomish County

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

As the Landfill Methane Grants Coordinator, you’ll be a senior planner responsible for developing, formalizing, and administering a grant program aimed specifically to reduce methane emissions from municipal landfills in Washington. Municipal landfill owners and operators must meet requirements to collect and control methane, as well as new state monitoring and reporting requirements. In this role, you will help design and implement the program to ensure that grant funding is made available to help landfill owners and operators cover costs associated with meeting these requirements. 

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Develop and manage grant requirements, processes, and evaluation criteria, ensuring coordination with management and key staff.

  • Create and coordinate outreach materials and information to promote the grant program to municipal landfills, communities, and the public.

  • Recommend for approval to management statewide projects to receive funding in accordance with the grant criteria and allowable uses of these funds. 

  • Develop and administer a clear system for managing and tracking all projects approved for funding, including oversight for the landfill methane grant program budget.

  • Design and track performance measures as well as emissions reductions associated with proposed and approved projects. 

  • Communicate and coordinate with municipal landfills, local air agencies, public utility districts, private energy companies that are co-located on municipal landfills, non-profits, trade associations, and stakeholder organizations in order to support the development of solutions to reduce methane emissions from municipal landfills. 

  • Actively engage with and responds to inquiries and requests for program-specific information from the governor’s office, the attorney general’s office, the legislature, state agencies, tribes, and stakeholders. 

Healthy Communities Supervisor

Snohomish County

Location: Everett, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

This position will provide strategy and long-term planning around Environmental Health community engagement, especially around regulatory code and fee revision efforts.  The successful applicant will be able to comfortably design and implement an outreach campaign that will identify interested stakeholders, gather and incorporate stakeholder feedback, analyze environmental justice impacts to proposed changes, and garner public support for controversial changes to regulatory code, policy and programming.  The position will build and supervise a small team of staff around community engagement, health education, and policy analysis.  

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Perform supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the Department's policies and procedures and applicable laws. Assist in interviews; make recommendations to hire; plan, assist, direct, and evaluate work in progress and upon completion; provide performance reviews; recommend and carry out disciplinary actions within scope of classification, up to and including the level of oral warning; address complaints; resolve problems; and approve/schedule leave time.

  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships between the Department and stakeholders, communities, governmental and non-governmental agencies, policy makers, and groups at the local, regional, and state level to meet the Department’s strategic objectives and initiatives.

  • Collaborate with other regional program coordinators, the Department of Health and other appropriate agencies to develop short term and long-range plans and policies and integrate activities.

  • Assign work to staff, monitor the work of staff; adjust workloads as appropriate; and provide instruction and training for assigned staff, including quality, quantity, and consistency of work. 

  • Monitor program goals and objectives; assure that assigned programs comply with contract requirements, deliverable timeframes, and quality control; and assure services are delivered in an efficient, cost-effective, and productive manner.

  • Ensure uniformity among staff in the application of rules, regulations, policies and procedures.

  • Represent the department in intra-agency, interagency and regional meetings and projects as assigned.

  • Provide input in the development of the annual budget for assigned programs; review and monitor monthly budget reports.

  • Write, monitor, and/or facilitate grants or contracts; oversee associated program planning, implementation, and evaluation; and ensure staff are using policy, systems, and environmental approaches as appropriate to address health issues within systems-of-care and communities.

  • Serve as a liaison to and resource for SCHD staff and community partners; provide consultative and technical assistance on systems change and outreach issues that impact SCHD and the community.

Clean Transportation Grants Specialist

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

As the Clean Transportation Grants Specialist, you will provide grant guidance, communications and outreach, research, and analysis in supporting senior staff. You will work with a wide array of public and private stakeholders, and closely with senior staff and budget analysts to develop and optimize funding opportunities and track existing and future grants to help further electrify transportation.

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • In collaboration with the VW Team, distribute and manage Volkswagen Settlement grants to fund transportation electrification projects.

  • Manage existing grant agreements through reviewing reports, tracking grant deliverables, and assisting grantees with technical questions. 

  • Participate as a member of the VW team in reviewing and evaluating grant applications, and recommend grant awards. 

  • Research and analyze technological developments, state and federal legislation, and regulations that may impact programs and summarize for senior staff.

  • Support other grant team members with producing maps, data graphics and data analytics.

  • Prepare agendas, handouts, and PowerPoint presentations for meetings with grantees, workgroups, other state agencies, and the Governor’s staff.

Senior Cap-and-Invest Market Monitor

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

As a Senior Cap-and-Invest Market Monitor, you will play a critical role supporting the successful long-term performance of Washington’s cap-and-invest program by helping ensure that our market stays transparent and free of fraud through monitoring of auctions and trading in allowance and other related markets. With your finance and/or econometric skillset, you’ll assess the market’s health with an eye towards Washington’s statutory commitments to decarbonization, and provide input for policy discussions on an ad-hoc basis. Working with Ecology’s Attorney(s) General, you’ll also investigate potential rule violations and support follow up enforcement actions if needed to maintain the market’s integrity.

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Contribute to analysis of entity behavior within the cap-and-invest program with a focus on activities that change the Washington allowance market and related commodities and futures markets.

  • Support potential market-related linkage work. In the event of linkage, work on the coordination of market-monitoring activities with linked program(s).

  • Maintain an up-to-date understanding of finance, econometrics, and/or related fields. Apply concepts from these fields in your market monitoring work.

  • Provide support to other CCA Implementation Group staff as entities join the cap-and-invest market, such as providing analysis of corporate association groups that allow entities to join the market. 

  • Mentor, cross-train, and serve as strong positive example to other auctions and market unit staff.

Central Region Office Director

Department of Ecology

Location: Union Gap, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

As the Central Region Office Director, you will represent the Director of Ecology and work to create unique solutions that harmonize a prosperous economy with healthy and safe communities and a clean environment. This role is highly visible in Douglas, Okanogan, Chelan, Kittitas, Yakima, Benton and Klickitat counties.

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Identify region policy and procedure needs and take the initiative to ensure their development.

  • Direct agency responses to issues that would be considered controversial including media relations and public speaking.

  • Serve as the delegated State Environmental Policy Act lead official on actions requiring an environmental impact statement involving multiple department programs.

  • Review cross-program actions proposed by region and program staff, such as enforcement orders, permits, and variances for agency and regional impacts.

  • Work alongside of Executive Management to assure appropriate and optimum use of the Department’s resources and work to enhance the effectiveness of agency employees through ongoing performance management, coaching and access to professional development opportunities.

  • Support effective Department communication throughout the agency and region.

  • Resolve cross-program operational problems with appropriate Section Managers, Unit Supervisors and staff, and provide routine feedback to the Executive Management Team.

  • Promote effective working relationships with field office staff, supervisors, managers and other regional staff.

  • Promote effective working relationships with local, state, federal and Tribal government partners.

  • Authorize and provide oversight to significant personnel actions occurring in the Central Region.

Overburdened Communities Grants Unit Supervisor

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

As the Overburdened Communities Grants Unit Supervisor, you will be at the forefront of developing a grant program to reduce harmful pollution and improve air quality in communities overburdened and impacted by air pollution in Washington. You will be the senior policy consultant for oversight and administration of Improving Air Quality in Overburdened Communities Initiative grants. These grants incentivize the reduction of emissions from non-regulated sources in identified overburdened communities highly impacted by air pollution consistent with RCW 70A.65.020.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Build and implement a meaningful community engagement process to inform the development and implementation of the new grant program.

  • Lead a highly collaborative team, recruiting, evaluating, training, mentoring, and promoting career development of staff. Enhance employee effectiveness through professional development opportunities, timely appraisal, performance management, and discipline, when necessary.

  • Ensure compliance with the Healthy Environment for All Act (Chapter 70A.02 RCW), Climate Commitment Act (Chapter 70A.65 RCW), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.), and other applicable environmental justice requirements, by staying in close alignment with Ecology's Office of Equity and Environmental Justice.

  • Provide administrative, project design, and technical support to Tribes, local governments, non-governmental organizations and community members within communities in order to further their ability to engage and participate in grant processes.

  • Develop and implement a system for managing and tracking projects receiving funding. Estimate and track criteria pollutant emission reductions from projects.

  • Provide expertise on criteria air pollution reduction strategies in overburdened communities for non-regulated sources in an easily accessible manner. Write, review, and conduct analysis of technological developments, state and federal legislation, and regulation.

  • Ensure that the unit’s work is high quality and adheres to applicable legislative and legal requirements, and agency grant management best practices, by checking work, giving clearing instructions and coaching to unit staff.​

Environmental Health Specialist II - On-Site Sewage Operations & Maintenance

Thurston County

Location: Olympia, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

You will serve as project lead in one or more program areas providing technical expertise to program staff, industry professionals, and deliver project recommendations and guidance. With strong customer services skills, you will offer technical assistance in person and over the phone, including review of septic system inspection reports; interpreting laws and policies; and receiving and investigating complaints. 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Conduct environmental studies by gathering, evaluating, and reporting on data. 

  • Review, manage records, and evaluate on-site sewage systems for compliance with operation and maintenance requirements.

  • Conduct sanitary survey and dye tests of on-site sewage systems.

  • Maintain rigorous quality assurance/quality control standards.

  • Document inspection results and prepare documentation needed for enforcement action for failing septic systems.

  • Work with on-site sewage system professionals, property owners and public officials to ensure failing on-site systems are repaired and brought into compliance.

  • Offer technical support and education to the public.

  • Assist with program development, draft policies, write technical reports, and make recommendations for consideration by department management and the Thurston County Board of Health.

  • Perform other work as required or assigned including but not limited to a 24/7 response during public health emergency situations and disease outbreak investigations.

Vancouver Field Office Manager

Department of Ecology

Location: Vancouver (hybrid)

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

In this role, you will be responsible for the management and oversight of the 13-staff member field office. The primary expectation of the position is to foster a One Ecology approach by promoting a spirit of cooperation and teamwork. You will assist the SWRO Region Director and facilitate awareness and delivery of integrated, cross program services for all areas and diverse populations of the region, with an emphasis on Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania Counties. You will engage with a wide range of partners and focus on maintaining collaborative relationships with local government partners, Tribal governments, environmental and community organizations, business groups, and agricultural producers. 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Proactively build and maintain collaborative and effective relationships with local, state, federal, Tribal, community and private sector organizations in Southwest Region and with parallel organizations operating across the Columbia River in Oregon.

  • Monitor, plan, recommend, and facilitate coordinated cross-program service delivery for significant environmental and financial activities, primarily in Clark, Cowlitz, and Skamania Counties as well as other territory in the Southwest Region.

  • Engage with internal and external parties to manage and resolve complicated substantive issues or concerns.  

  • Engage with other Ecology offices and programs as well as with other agencies on behalf of the Regional Director including with the Central and Eastern Region Offices on Columbia River topics and the Office of Chehalis Basin on watershed issues. 

  • Facilitate internal teams involved in complex proposals that involve multiple regulatory decisions.

  • Work periodically with agency executive management in strategic planning for special studies or projects with high public interest. 

  • Is responsible for independently managing, planning, organizing, and directing administrative business office operations to ensure the Vancouver Field Office is secure and open for business and operational so that staff are able to safely accomplish their work and carry out the mission of Ecology.

  • Develop and deliver risk communication during emergencies or other circumstances.

Diesel Reduction Unit Supervisor

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Open Until Filled

About the Position:

As the Diesel Reduction Unit Supervisor, you will be the senior policy consultant for oversight of the state and federal Volkswagen settlements and the Clean Diesel Grants team. The settlement dollars and grants will incentivize the reduction of emissions from diesel exhaust to reduce greenhouse gases and protect those most affected by toxic diesel emissions.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Provide leadership, guidance, and management support on policy and program development. 

  • Set strategic goals and objectives consistent with federal consent decrees, trustee guidance, and legislative direction. 

  • Create and administer effective, consistent, and equitable grant programs. 

  • Recruit, evaluate, train, mentor, and promote career development of staff.

Senior Underground Storage Tank Inspector

Department of Ecology

Location: Shoreline, WA

Closing date: Open Until Filled

About the Position:

As a Senior Underground Storage Tank (UST) Inspector, you will work to protect the land, water, and air of the state by preventing environmental contamination through regulatory oversight of UST facilities. Oversight includes a combination of education, UST technical compliance inspections, UST installation inspections, UST decommission inspections, complaint investigations, and issuing enforcement actions when necessary. Education, inspections, and enforcement actions result in increased compliance with state UST regulations.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Conduct UST technical compliance, decommissioning, and installation inspections.

  • Issue the appropriate enforcement action(s) to responsible parties and resolve enforcement actions.

  • Provide technical assistance, expertise, and education concerning UST systems, UST decommissions, Site Assessments, and the regulations that apply to them.

  • Direct and coordinate owners and operators, contractors, local, state and federal government agencies, and others on complex UST projects including, but not limited to, UST decommissions and Site Assessments. 

  • Promptly respond to UST complaints.

  • Conduct initial investigations in response to spills of petroleum products.

Improving Air Quality in Overburdened Communities Grants Unit Supervisor

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Open Until Filled

About the Position:

As the Improving Air Quality in Overburdened Communities Grants Unit Supervisor, you will be the senior policy consultant for oversight and administration of Improving Air Quality in Overburdened Communities Initiative grants. These grants incentivize the reduction of emissions from non-regulated sources in identified overburdened communities highly impacted by air pollution consistent with RCW 70A.65.020.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Develop and facilitate a strategic community engagement process, including the development and implementation of processes of the grant program that support the meaningful engagement and input of overburdened communities and vulnerable populations.  

  • Conduct activities ensuring compliance with the Healthy Environment for All Act (Chapter 70A.02 RCW), Climate Commitment Act (Chapter 70A.65 RCW), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.), and other applicable environmental justice requirements, by staying in close alignment with Ecology's Office of Equity and Environmental Justice.

  • Provide administrative, project design and outreach support to Tribes, local governments, non-governmental organizations and community members within communities in order to further their ability to engage and participate in grant processes.

  • Develop a system for managing and tracking projects receiving funding. Estimate and track criteria pollutant emission reductions from projects.

  • Provide expertise on criteria air pollution reduction strategies in overburdened communities for non-regulated sources in an easily accessible manner. Write, review, and conduct analysis of technological developments, state and federal legislation, and regulation.

  • Recruit, evaluate, train, mentor, and promote career development of staff. Provide support, management, coordination, and supervision of staff. Enhance employee effectiveness through professional development opportunities, timely appraisal, performance management, and discipline, when necessary.

  • Ensure that the unit’s work is high quality and adheres to applicable legislative and legal requirements, and agency grant management best practices, by checking work, giving clearing instructions and coaching to unit staff.

Senior Environmental Health Specialist

Thurston County

Location: Olympia, WA

Closing date: Open Until Filled

About the Position:

Thurston County Public Health and Social Services (PHSS) is recruiting for a Senior Environmental Health Specialist to work in our Land Use Program to ensure compliance with government standards and regulations. In this role, you assist in hiring staff, including coordinating and performing training, establishing performance expectations, monitoring progress, and evaluating employee performance. You also plan, organize, assign projects and tasks, and supervise the work of assigned section staff. During times of absences, vacations, and heavy/high volume workloads you provide coverage and assistance.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Review and approve land use projects, commercial building permits, and city land use applications

  • Oversee or conduct the inspection, evaluation, and project review of land parcels and subdivisions to determine feasibility of on-site sewage disposal systems or the condition of existing systems

  • Review and process permits according to local and state regulations and department guidelines and policies 

  • Coordinate appeal hearing actions and present expert testimony while representing the department at public hearings and weekly pre-submission conferences 

  • Research requests or complaints to personally provide assistance to clients for unusual, complex, or difficult issues

  • Develop and maintain records management systems and procedures, including computer-related records systems, to ensure an accurate and complete billing process for the program area

  • Evaluate work practices and processes and implement changes to improve program quality and efficiency

  • Prepare budgets and ensure contract objectives are met, acting as a liaison to the State Department of Health

  • Review land use applications for compliance with the Sanitary Code while coordinating reviews with Planning and Public Works. Examples: subdivisions (short, large lot, plats), boundary-line adjustments, special-use applications (home-based business, commercial projects, cell towers, gravel mines, etc.), administrative site plans, reasonable-use exceptions, etc. 

Senior Clean Diesel Specialist (Environmental Specialist 5)

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

As the Senior Clean Diesel Specialist, you will be a statewide expert for planning, developing, implementing and evaluating the effectiveness of programs to reduce criteria and toxic emissions from diesel exhaust. Working with the Clean Diesel Team in the Pollution Reduction Grants Section,  you will design, implement, and manage funding programs to reduce harmful emissions from transportation. You will also interact with the program communications team to update and maintain accurate program details on the Ecology website, communicate grant funding availability, and share the benefits of funded projects. Additionally, you will collaborate with other grant programs in Air Quality, and other state agencies, including the Department of Commerce and Department of Transportation, local air agencies, and port authorities on joint initiatives to reduce diesel emissions.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Develop and manage clean diesel projects and look for new diesel emission reduction opportunities.

  • Calculate criteria and greenhouse gas pollutant emissions reductions associated with funded projects. 

  • Seek funding opportunities and partnerships for clean diesel projects in the public and private sectors.

  • Oversee Clean Diesel Program budget tracking and management.

  • Represent the Air Quality Program (AQP) in communicating technical information, plans, programs, and projects for reducing diesel emissions to stakeholders and the public. 

  • Provide input and expertise on diesel related emission mitigation projects, budget decision packages, and agency request legislation.

  • Research, analyze, and evaluate emissions reductions, transportation electrification, diesel vehicles, climate change and other related policies and technology developments, state and federal legislation, and regulations that may impact the Clean Diesel Program. 

  • Evaluate proposed revisions to EPA regulations and provide recommendations to AQP management.

  • Provide input and expertise on diesel emission reduction projects and grants, budget decision packages, and agency request legislation.

Registration and Compliance Specialist

Department of Ecology

Location: Spokane, WA (hybrid)

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

As the Registration and Compliance Specialist, you will provide comprehensive expertise and state and federal regulatory oversight for all air pollutant source registration activities in the Eastern Region. In this role, you will identify and notify regulated sources, complete inspections, collect data and prepare annual emissions reports, and collect annual fees for over 400 air pollution sources. Additionally, you will also develop inspection schedules for regulated facilities and document appropriately for enforcement actions. Through your analysis of the annual emissions inventory, you will also be able to help set compliance programs as well as other air quality program priorities.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Plan, prepare for, and conduct scheduled and unannounced on-site compliance inspections.

  • Determine compliance with permits and air quality regulations.

  • Manage the registration database and conduct emissions inventories.

  • Prepare and distribute annual emissions reports and bills.

  • Collect annual fees for over 400 air pollution sources.

  • Prepare written documentation of inspections, observations, and recommendations.

  • Compile data and draft recommendations for enforcement actions. 

Climate Pollution Reduction Program Manager (Exempt Band 4)

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA (hybrid)

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

The Program’s responsibilities include leading and managing the Cap and Invest Program, the Clean Fuels Standard, Zero Emission Vehicle Standards, Greenhouse Gas Reporting Requirements, and Hydrofluorocarbon transition. This position is responsible for and focused on implementing the climate policies set for the state including fully market-based systems designed to incentivize businesses to find the most efficient path to lower carbon emissions so that residents have a healthy environment and climate. The Program Manager represents the Director of Ecology in a wide variety of greenhouse gas reduction forums and works closely with other state agencies, other states and nations implementing greenhouse gas reduction laws and programs. 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Developing and implementing the state’s cap and invest program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the state’s largest emitting sources consistent with the emissions limits in state law.

  • Supporting the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, including managing and providing information from Ecology’s greenhouse gas emission reporting system. 

  • Working with other programs, agencies, and communities to identify overburdened communities and establish a new community monitoring program in at least ten of those communities to invest cap and invest proceeds.

  • Developing and implementing a new program requiring fuel suppliers to gradually reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels to 20 percent below 2017 levels by 2034 in accordance with the Clean Fuels Standard Act of 2021.

Community Outreach and Environmental Education Specialist 2

Department of Ecology

Location: Union Gap, WA 

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

In this role, you will have an opportunity to work with an underserved and overburdened population to help them understand water quality issues that are impacting them. You will develop successful outreach solutions that will directly impact the community in a way that helps protect their health and livelihood and will gain invaluable experience working with an underserved environmental justice community in a positive way.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Work with community advocates and residents to develop a local community engagement plan focused on effectively engaging the Lower Yakima Valley regarding implementation of the LYV-GWMA program, as well as other water quality concerns of the community.

  • Use facilitation and communication skills to engage and develop working relationships with communities to effectively involve them in the LYV-GWMA Implementation process.

  • Help facilitate effective public participation for the LYV-GWMA community during implementation. This may include facilitating Implementation  committee meetings, public educational events, and discussions with the public and stakeholders on how best to reach out and support involvement in the implementation process.

  • Coordinate outreach efforts with external stakeholders, including the Department of Health, Yakima Health District, and Yakima County through activities such as writing, reviewing, or updating publications authored by multiple agencies. 

  • Gather stakeholder feedback on local concerns regarding groundwater nitrate contamination, including fact sheets, presentations, public outreach events, and web content; evaluate and adjust strategies.

  • Advise and support the distribution of information to the public on involvement opportunities regarding Water Quality Program projects and actions impacting the Lower Yakima Valley.

  • Act as the Central Region Office (CRO) Water Quality program (WQP) representative for developing and implementing the CRO Environmental Justice Group.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting & Verification Section Manager 

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA (hybrid)

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

As the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting and Verification Section Manager you will play a critical role in the success of the Cap-and-Invest Program. The Emissions Reporting and Verification Section is part of the CCA Implementation Group, and is responsible for receiving, processing, analyzing, and verifying emissions data from reporting entities. As a result, this Section provides the foundation for the whole Cap-and-Invest Program and is therefore central to the State’s efforts to address climate change, decarbonize the economy, and prepare Washington for a leadership role in the green economy of the future.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Successfully managing the emissions reporting process and ensuring that those reports are received and processed correctly and on time. 

  • Overseeing the analysis and verification of emissions reports and ensuring that entities are completely and accurately reporting emissions. 

  • Implementing the compliance and enforcement program as to violations of emissions reporting-related laws and rules. 

  • Overseeing the provision of technical assistance to hundreds of reporting entities. 

  • Working with other units within CCA Implementation Group to ensure the success of the Cap-and-Invest Program. 

  • Providing detailed policy and technical support in support of legislation and rulemaking.

  • Representing Ecology in working with other state agencies, stakeholders, interested parties, Tribes, and national and international groups on issues related to emissions reporting and verification.

Senior Cap-and-Invest Market Monitor

Washington State Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

As a Senior Cap-and-Invest Market Monitor, you will play a critical role supporting the successful long-term performance of Washington’s cap-and-invest program by helping ensure that our market stays transparent and free of fraud through monitoring of auctions and trading in allowance and other related markets. With your finance and/or econometric skillset, you’ll assess the market’s health with an eye towards Washington’s statutory commitments to decarbonization, and provide input for policy discussions on an ad-hoc basis. Working with Ecology’s Attorney(s) General, you’ll also investigate potential rule violations and support follow up enforcement actions if needed to maintain the market’s integrity.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Contribute to analysis of entity behavior within the cap-and-invest program with a focus on activities that change the Washington allowance market and related commodities and futures markets.

  • Support potential market-related linkage work. In the event of linkage, work on the coordination of market-monitoring activities with linked program(s).

  • Maintain an up-to-date understanding of finance, econometrics, and/or related fields. Apply concepts from these fields in your market monitoring work.

  • Provide support to other CCA Implementation Group staff as entities join the cap-and-invest market, such as providing analysis of corporate association groups that allow entities to join the market. 

  • Mentor, cross-train, and serve as strong positive example to other auctions and market unit staff.

Senior Permit Data Specialist

Washington State Department of Health

Location: Richland, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

ThNuclear Waste Program (NWP) is looking to fill a Senior Permit Data Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) position. This position is located in our Richland Field Office (RFO) in Richland, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Administer and maintain the files related to dangerous waste, water, and air permits according to the NWP Permit Modification Guidance and Permit Configuration Control Guidance.

  • Lead configuration control meetings as well as guidance, development, and maintenance for configuration control and provide training to new permitting staff on Air, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and Water permits.

  • Lead the administration of and maintain the files related to the Hanford Air Operating Permit (AOP), Notices of Construction (NOCs), and State Waste Discharge Permits.

  • Lead development of configuration control process for the Hanford Air Operating Permit (AOP) and Notices of Construction (NOC).

  • Provide Technical Editor Support when assigned and needed due to vacancies or high workload for Technical Editors.

Field Operations Manager 

Washington State Department of Health

Location: Tumwater or Spokane Valley, WA

Closing date: Open until Filled

About the Position:

The position works closely with the Deputy Director of Administration Operations and the Capacity Development and Policy Manager to foster collaboration and communications across the office. They

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Lead ODW’s Operations Team and is a member of the office’s Management Team. The Field Operations Manager provides key leadership support to the Office Director and Deputy Director and may provide coverage for the Office Director in their absence with full decision-making authority. 

  • Oversee the work of our teams working across the state covering the southwest, northwest, and eastern regions, with approximately 65 positions

  • Supervise three WMS2 managers (one in each region), an Administrative Assistant 3, and a non-permanent Environmental Planner 3

Restoration Project Permit Specialist

Washington State Department of Ecology

Location: Various

Closing date: Open until Filled

About the Position:

In this role you will serve as a senior environmental section specialist representing Ecology on a statewide Habitat Recovery Pilot Program (HRPP). While ensuring the protection, preservation, and enhancement of the state’s land, water, and water resources you will assist Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and other agencies in the development of innovative solutions to resolve emerging issues around habitat restoration and recovery projects permitting delays.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Represent Ecology on the interdisciplinary statewide Habitat Recover Pilot Program (HRPP).  

  • Provide technical assistance in the development, implementation, and evaluation of improvements to regulatory processes for permitting habitat restoration and recovery while protecting the environment.

  • Review, analyze, develop, and recommend agency policies, guidance, and procedures to address the complex environmental review and permitting needed associated with habitat restoration and recovery projects. 

  • Coordinating, evaluating, and accepting stakeholder input and then providing recommended actions to Ecology management.

  • Design, develop conduct or review environmental studies related to complex environmental impacts or gains from habitat restoration and recovery projects.

  • Provide independent review, evaluate, and assess of habitat restoration and recovery projects needing Ecology permits that are going through the HRPP or other improvement efforts.

  • Work closely with other federal and state agency reviewing habitat restoration and recovery projects and conduct site visits.

  • Establish and work with other Ecology programs and state agencies review teams to habitat restoration and recovery projects.

  • Work cooperatively with colleagues to resolve internal policy interpretation issues, concerns, or disagreements.  

Program Manager II-Environmental Public Health -Food Safety

Clark County

Location: Vancouver, WA

Closing date: Open until Filled

About the Position:

Program Manager II positions manage a significant program(s) and associated staff that directly impact departments and policies countywide. Incumbents are expected to handle considerable complexity in program budget process and management, with high visibility or impact on significant operations within the County. Incumbents forecast, plan, develop and implement strategies and programs to accomplish goals, priorities and objectives including managing department resources; developing, interpreting, monitoring, adjusting and implementing policies and procedures; and managing daily operations.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Plan, organize and determine overall program organization, and allocation of financial, human and capital resources

  • Develop and maintain effective personal and department-level working relationships, including other governments, other County departments, community organizations, neighborhood groups and individual citizens. 

  • Represent the department in relations with state, federal and local regulatory agencies

  • Fiscal management including development and presentation of the program operating budget, monitoring of revenues and expenditures, development or improvement of funding mechanisms and sources, ensuring that all programs are within budget and as cost effective as possible

  • Define program goals and objectives and develop and manage short- and long-term department goals and priorities

  • Establish methods and means of accomplishing objectives

  • Guide and lead the development, implementation, interpretation and application of policies and practices within scope of regulatory authority and in alignment with multiple missions  

  • Measure and evaluate program/unit performance and effectiveness, including delivery of quality of program services and activities

  • Develop and implement new elements of the assigned program and/or department division as necessary

  • Prepare reports on program performance, needs, services information, and demographic data

  • Oversee the selection, training, motivation and evaluation of staff, including disciplinary actions

  • Direct, coordinate and review the program and staff work plan

  • Meet with staff to identify and resolve problems; assign work activities and projects; monitor work flow; and review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures

  • Develop and oversee policies, programs and activities involving community relations, community education and public information in coordination with department’s Communications team

  • Promote optimum community participation and input into the program or department activities

  • Provide information to staff, and other interested parties on applicable local, state and federal codes, regulations, requirements, standards, and programs 

  • Participates in community outreach efforts as applicable to the program and department

  • Perform other related duties as required 

Environmental Technician

Department of Ecology

Location: Spokane, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

In this entry-level position, you will get the opportunity to use what you've learned in school and apply it to environmental sampling techniques. Some of the key work activities include: hiking, field navigation, biological monitoring, water quality sampling, habitat surveys and using different types of monitoring equipment. The information that you collect will help assess the condition of streams and watersheds. The data is used to describe the status and trends of watershed health, lakes and other environmental conditions to better inform natural resource conservation and management plans.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Perform field gear preparation and use, instrument calibration, collection and preparation of environmental samples and stream flow measurements.

  • Under supervision and direction of professional staff, uses established protocols to conduct Surface Water Monitoring assessments that supports evaluation of impacts to water quality and aquatic ecosystems.

  • Collect water quality samples.

  • Work in rugged and sometimes remote field locations for consecutive days under adverse weather conditions.

  • Traverse streambeds in chest waders to measure water quality or stream flow.

  • Assist with data reduction, analysis, entry of project data into Ecology's Environmental Information Management System (EIM).

  • Assist with quality assurance review of environmental data.

Technical Assistance Coordinator

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

As the Technical Assistance Coordinator, your focus will be on providing technical assistance on the high-priority Tacoma Smelter Plume (TSP) Project, responding to complex inquiries from developers, property owners, and local government planning offices looking to develop land contaminated due to air pollution from the Asarco smelter in Tacoma.  In this role, you will provide expertise on TSP contamination and the appropriate remediation strategies and ensure compliance with cleanup laws and regulations.  

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Provide Tacoma Smelter Plume (TSP) contamination-specific site management and technical assistance.

  • Review project plans, engineering documents, environmental covenants, maintenance and monitoring plans, to ensure compliance with cleanup regulations.

  • Serve as a technical resource and respond to inquiries from the public, planners, consultants, and property owners.

  • Manage data in Environmental Information Management (EIM) System and other various program databases.

  • Create and update map layers with new VCP sites and sampling results using GIS. 

  • Draft TSP State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) comments for non-project SEPA notices (Capital Improvement Plans, Public Works plans, comprehensive plans, Grading Ordinance changes).

  • Serve as primary contact for all TSP SEPA-related questions from local governments and applicants.

  • Develop individual webpages for sites remediated through the voluntary cleanup program (VCP).

Environmental Engineer 5 (In Training)

Department of Health

Location: Tumwater, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

Join the Shellfish Growing Area Team within the Office of Environmental Health & Safety. The team is responsible for the classification of over 375,000 acres of commercial and recreational harvesting areas within Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Pacific Coast, Willapa Bay, and Grays Harbor.  We monitor marine water quality and assesses potential pollution sources within the watersheds surrounding the designated shellfish growing areas. Our risk assessments lead to the classification and harvest opportunities for commercial shellfish growers that ship their products throughout the world. Activities and actions completed by our Shellfish Growing Area Team are known and followed nation-wide.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Determine the size and shape of shellfish harvesting closure zones needed around pollution discharges and spills of public health significance.   

  • Evaluate discharges from wastewater treatment plants, combined sewer overflows, industrial facilities, marinas, and nonpoint pollution sources to determine the dilution and dispersion of the pollutants in the marine water to determine where molluscan shellfish may be safe for consumption. 

  • This designated expert must also quickly determine necessary closure areas when pollution spills occur.

  • Complete technical hydrographic studies using the expertise of federal and local partners to determine the potential impact from point sources.

Environmental Engineer 3 

Department of Health

Location: Tumwater, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

The Environmental Engineer 3 represents ODW as a registered Professional Engineer, administering the regional drinking water program in assigned counties under the supervision of the Assistant Regional Manager. 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Responding to public health emergencies related to drinking water

  • Setting clear expectations for Washington’s public water systems and holding them accountable for protecting public health

  • Providing funding and technical assistance to support safe and reliable drinking water

  • Educating and informing our partners and the people of Washington about drinking water issues

Environmental Health Specialist II, Drinking Water and Land Use Program

Thurston County

Location: Olympia, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

This position will provide technical assistance in person and over the phone, educate the public regarding septic and water systems; document inspection results; assist with program development, draft policies, and make recommendations for consideration by department management and the Thurston County Board of Health.  

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Water system sanitary surveys, well site inspections, review of water system plans, and reporting on contracts.

  • Review of land use applications for compliance with the Sanitary Code,

  • Provide Public Health representation at presubmission conferences and provide testimony to the County Hearing Examiner on landuse applications. 

  • Managing and coordinating applications between departments and divisions to ensure regulatory timelines are met

  • Ne the main contact for local City Planning Departments.

Environmental Inspector 

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

As an Environmental Inspector, you will help prevent environmental contamination by protecting the land, water, and air of the state through regulatory oversight of underground storage tanks (UST). In this role, you will visit gas station owners throughout the region, to help them understand why monitoring of their USTs is so important, and make sure their testing and monitoring fall within our state regulations. 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Complete Underground Storage Tank (UST) inspections.

  • Conduct initial investigations in response to petroleum product spills.

  • Help owners and operators understand how to achieve compliance.

  • Work to help decommission outdated or non-functioning USTs.

  • Provide oversight on UST installations and retrofitting.

  • Respond to any UST complaints.

  • Take enforcement action(s) as necessary.

Senior Epidemiologist (non-medical) Project

Department of Health

Location: Olympia, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

 The Built Environment Section (BES) Manager effectively builds, motivates, and coaches teams and provides supervision and leadership to nine staff. This position has broad latitude and discretion in identifying priorities, developing strategies, and allocating resources. One of the team’s this position leads is new work for DOH, and this position will develop the new program collaboratively with local health jurisdictions and other partners.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Bring an equity and inclusion skillset that will help the agency implement its Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion transformation. 

  • Effectively manage budget allocations, ensuring performance expectations and measures are met, and continually evaluate results to improve program performance. 

  • Identify resource needs, identifying, obtaining, and managing state and federal funding to support priority work where necessary. 

  • Work collaboratively on an ongoing basis with other agency programs, local, state, and tribal entities to identify and respond to emerging issues.

  • Strategically plan and implement activities to utilize wastewater-based epidemiology to inform public health action. 

Annual Reporting Fee Specialist

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

You will be a member of an energetic team that is responsible for the administration and implementation of the state’s Annual Dangerous Waste Reporting System, the submission of the Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) required Biennial Report and support of activities in the collection of the Hazardous Waste Generation Fee.  You will interact with the public, regulated community and regulators from all levels of federal and state government. You will gain knowledge and experience regarding the protection of human health and the environment through the regulation of dangerous waste management and pollution prevention. As a contact, your priority will be helping businesses to understand how the laws surrounding dangerous waste management applies to them. This position is responsible for reviewing documentation submitted by businesses that generate dangerous waste for accuracy and completeness. You will actively assist the Hazardous Waste Generation Fee Administrator in the collection of the Hazardous Waste Generation fee. This work includes helping businesses understand how and if the fee applies to them, how to pay their fee and how to apply for relief from the fee if applicable.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Serve as a dangerous waste reporting expert

  • Ensure the accuracy and integrity of the dangerous waste annual reporting data collected and entered into TurboWaste

  • Independently interpret RCRA and Dangerous Waste Regulations for the public, regulated community and staff.

  • Assist generator community to accurately submit their required reporting documents. 

  • Assist the Hazardous Waste Generation Fee section lead in the implementation of the Revised Code of Washington Chapter 70A.218

  • Assist with teaching, mentoring and training new and junior Hazardous Waste Generation Fee team members to consistently answer client questions, review requests for relief from the fee and process exemptions. 

  • Make recommendations to senior staff regarding the implementation of the Gen Fee program and fee.

  • Act as the section’s public disclosure specialist.

Climate Change: Cap-and-Invest Outreach and Education Specialist 

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Continuous

 

About the Position:

As a Cap-and-Invest Outreach and Education Specialist, you will be part of the policy unit within the CCA Implementation Group, leading education and outreach efforts to inform the public about the Climate Commitment Act generally, and the Cap-and-Invest Program specifically.  You will be responsible for leading effective community outreach and policy education, including strategic engagement with participating businesses, key stakeholders, Tribes, the Legislature, and the general public.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Provide education and outreach about Climate Commitment Act and Cap-and-Invest program to Tribal governments, local, state and federal agencies, the State Legislature, covered entities, stakeholders and the general public.

  • Assess outreach and education needs for a wide variety of stakeholders, program participants, and other external participants, and plan and execute outreach and education efforts to address those needs.

  • Facilitate effective and adaptive statewide stakeholder outreach: organize and facilitate public meetings, workshops, and other opportunities for public participation on statewide Cap-and-Invest projects and initiatives. 

  • Advise Climate Commitment Act Implementation Manager and top management on education and community outreach opportunities and issues and assist in formulating program policy.

  • Plan and present at community events, forums, workshops, and listening sessions about climate and air quality rulemaking activities. 

  • Serve as liaison with local, state and federal agencies, Tribes, community groups, and other stakeholders on Cap-and-Invest program-related information and updates.

  • Document stakeholder needs and concerns and advise program management on education and outreach needs related to rulemaking.

  • Develop outreach and educational materials, including written materials, online content, video production, presentations, and social media targeted to various internal and external audience needs.

Environmental Complaint Investigator (Environmental Specialist 4)

WA Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

As the SWRO Environmental Complaint Investigator, you will be responsible for responding to, investigating, evaluating, and reporting on complaints of potentially contaminated sites. You will additionally perform Site Hazard Assessments (SHAs) of contaminated sites where you will use site data and information to evaluate the potential risk to human health and the environment.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Perform initial investigations on complaints of potentially contaminated sites, including gathering information from the complainant, traveling to the site and completing a physical investigation, collecting samples, evaluating site conditions.

  • Prepare written investigative reports summarizing site activities, observations and analytical sampling results.

  • Update site information to various agency databases on findings throughout investigation process.

  • Take lead in coordinating and conducting cross-program/multi-discplinary inspections. Provide high quality technical assistance when needed.

  • Prepare letters, memos, technical reports, bulletins, or other documents as needed.

  • Drive a state vehicle for field visits within Ecology’s Southwest Region.

Cap-and-Invest Emissions-Intensive Trade-Exposed Industries

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

In this role, you will be the agency’s lead expert in emissions-intensive and trade-exposed industries (EITEs) as part of the State’s Cap-and-Invest program while furthering policy and statutory objectives and ensuring a successful program. This position will coordinate the design and development of key policies and guidance on EITEs and the auction and market program, which is a top priority of the agency, Legislature, and Governor’s Office.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Develop and apply expertise in the design and implementation of policies concerning emissions-intensive, trade-exposed industries (EITEs). 

  • Apply expertise in the interaction of EITE policies with greenhouse gas allowance auctions and market design, implementation, and compliance.

  • Provide technical support, advice, and expertise to support rulemaking. 

  • Evaluate and review literature and analyses conducted by outside consultants and entities.

  • Analyze policies and best practices for EITE entity regulation from other jurisdictions (California, Quebec, and other relevant markets) and apply that analysis to Washington’s program.

  • Identify and analyze regulatory implications of existing and proposed federal and state laws, rules, and policies.

  • Consult regularly with regulated entities, state and local agencies, stakeholders, Tribal governments, and interested parties regarding the allowance auctions and market and EITE policies and rules.        

  • Provide analysis and consultation in support of outreach to environmental justice groups and interested parties regarding EITE policies and rules.   

Environmental Health Specialist I or II

Deschutes County 

Location: Bend, OR

Closing date: continuous

About the Position:

This position will perform a variety of technical functions including inspection of licensed facilities and investigation of basic environmental issues and complaints regarding water resources, land use, soils, food safety, air quality, public facilities, and solid waste disposal to protect the health and safety of County residents.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Conducting Foodservice inspections in restaurants, mobile food units, caterers.

  • Conducting inspections of childcare businesses, school lunch programs, and other licensed facilities.

  • Assist the public with complaints involving foodborne illness and hazards such as lead, radon, mold, and blue-green algae blooms.

Health and Environmental Investigator I / II

King County

Location: King County (various locations)

Closing date: continuous

About the Position:

The HEI I / II positions provide education, inspection, and compliance services to a broad variety of food establishments, schools, and water recreation facilities to minimize risks of injury and disease. The HEI I / II will enable businesses to protect public health and comply with the Codes of the King County Board of Health by conducting routine inspections, educational visits and other investigations at food establishments, schools, pools, and spas in King County. Additionally, the HEI I / II will implement program activities and priorities outlined by the King County Equity and Social Justice Ordinance and the King County Strategic Plan.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Provide culturally competent education, technical assistance, and regulatory compliance services to restaurants and other food establishments, schools, water recreation facilities, the media, and the general public. 

  • Convey and interpret public health and environmental codes, regulations, policies, and technical regulatory information to a variety of diverse audiences. 

  • Conduct inspections of food establishments (permanent and temporary), pools, schools, and beaches to ensure compliance with current public health and environmental codes, regulations, and policies. 

  • Determine if regulatory violations have occurred, document violations, establish schedules for corrective actions, and make recommendations for additional compliance actions to senior investigators. 

  • Perform food borne illness investigations at food establishments and injury investigations at water recreation facilities and coordinate activities with senior level investigators. 

  • Respond to public complaints and inquiries about food borne illness, injuries at water recreation facilities and other environmental health concerns. 

  • Maintain and use program based computerized systems, write reports, and maintain accurate field records. 

  • Work with other agencies and jurisdictions to receive, screen, or share information regarding environmental health investigations as needed to coordinate multi-jurisdictional enforcement actions. 

  • Present environmental health program information at meetings and public forums. 

  • Participate in assigned Environmental Health Division meetings and trainings. 

  • The Health & Environmental Investigator will implement program activities and priorities outlined by the King County Equity and Social Justice Ordinance and the King County.

Environmental Health Specialist I or II

Walla-Walla County

Location: Walla Walla, WA

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

The Environmental Health Specialist performs detailed professional environmental health inspection, evaluation and enforcement duties consistently exercising judgment and discretion to determine compliance with federal, state, and local regulations and policies. The employee is expected to function effectively and independently in assigned areas of responsibility, enforcing the full range of environmental health programs including, but not limited to; food protection, on-site sewage disposal, drinking water supplies, solid waste handling, schools, swimming pools, insect and rodent control and epidemiology

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Performs detailed professional environmental health enforcement and inspection duties using independent judgment and discretion to determine compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.

  • Areas of responsibility are the programs of food protection, on-site sewage disposal, water supplies, solid waste handling, swimming pools, insect and rodent control, and epidemiology.

  • Process permit applications, provide inspection reports, conduct food handling classes, consult, and educate clients, participate in planning, training, and response to public health emergencies

Senior Compliance Policy Analyst (Regulatory Analyst 3)(In-Training)

Department of Ecology

Location: Statewide

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

The HWTR Program strives to protect Washington’s residents and environment by reducing the use of toxic chemicals, regulating the generation and management of dangerous waste, preventing new contaminated sites, and cleaning up contamination.  In this position you will be a part of a diverse and innovative team that has a collaborative approach to our work. We strive to create rules, policies, statutory interpretations, and regulatory implementation, which are equivalent and consistent with regulation, enforceable, and implementable. 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Work with and support regional dangerous waste inspectors across programs to ensure consistent regulatory analysis, interpretation, and implementation of SDWP compliance policies and regulations across HWTR, NWP, SWMP-IS, and TCP.

  • Identify, elevate, and resolve complex or precedent-setting SDWP compliance questions or problems.

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate SDWP compliance policies, interpretive statements, and compliance related regulatory guidance, in consultation with other Ecology subject matter experts.

  • Help organize agency internal and external compliance workshops, webinars, or educational outreach for training and collaboration.

  • Participate in some facility inspections in support of the regional dangerous waste inspectors.

  • Collaborate with Ecology HWTR, NWP, SWMP-IS, TCP, and Spills programs, EPA, and other subject matter experts as necessary to carry out assigned work tasks.

  • Provide technical assistance to Ecology staff, industry, Tribal Governments, and interested members of the public.

Treatment, Storage, Disposal Facility Specialist

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

As a Treatment, Storage, Disposal Facility Specialist, you will be faced with evaluating the complexity of how dangerous wastes generated at a variety of businesses and institutions are accepted and managed for treatment, storage and disposal. The ability to see the big picture and at the same time drill down to the details is key to success. Problem solving and strategizing to foster safe waste management and protection of human health and the environment are key aspects of this position. The successful applicant will be great at prioritizing and keeping organized, and expert at communicating verbally and in writing to a variety of audiences, including internal managers and colleagues and externally with the facility’s representatives and other regulatory agencies and the general public. The work is characterized as “running a marathon, not a sprint”. 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Understand and interpret the facility specific permit conditions in order to evaluate the facility’s compliance.

  • Conduct periodic inspections of the facility and its associated transfer facilities within the state to determine compliance.

  • Investigate incidents such as releases, fires, explosions and reactions from managing dangerous wastes.

  • Identify issues at the facility that may result in threats to human health and the environment and develop compliance strategies to mitigate those threats.

  • Communicate internally with the permit writer, permit engineer and corrective action (clean-up) staff regarding the facility operations. Communicate externally with the facility staff regarding ongoing operations and permit conditions applicable to those operations.

  • Support the other TSD Specialist through collaborative discussions and meetings, helping to maintain consistent oversight of these important facilities.

Lead Spill Responder/Dangerous Waste Coordinator

Department of Ecology

Location: Eastern WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

The  Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Lead Spill Responder/Dangerous Waste Coordinator (Environmental Specialist 4) (In-training) position. This position is located in either our Central Region Office (CRO) in Union Gap, WA. or in our Eastern Region Office (ERO) in Spokane, WA.

 

In this role, you will respond to spills of oil and hazardous materials, and respond to illegal drug manufacturing facilities to remove chemicals dangerous to human health and the environment. You will manage complex human health and environmental emergencies – and, as a result of our clean-up efforts, will see immediate benefit to Washington’s residents and environment.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Act as a unit expert, training and mentoring others responding to and cleaning-up oil and hazardous materials spills and drug labs.

  • Coordinate illegal drug manufacturing facility response with law enforcement partners.

  • Track and manage dangerous wastes for safe disposal following Ecology waste management rules and guidelines.

  • Perform hands-on clean-up work, including opening unknown drums/containers, sampling, over pack chemicals, and transports waste.

  • Complete case documentation in support of enforcement actions and cost recovery.

  • Participate in Ecology’s after-hour and weekend on-call duty rotation, responding to spills 24/7.

Food Safety Lead

Snohomish Health District

Location: Everett, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

Under direction of assigned Environmental Health (EH) Section Supervisor (or other EH management staff), incumbent is an experienced environmental health specialist who performs a wide range of activities in the Environmental Health Division.  Individuals assigned to this position are expected to apply a thorough understanding of food, water and waste-borne communicable diseases, potential public health risks associated with solid and hazardous waste and their means of transmission and control to work situations that are varied as well as routine.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Perform all duties associated with an EHS II.

  • Serve as a direct and principal source of technical assistance and guidance to assigned section staff.

  • Organize section staff, occasionally assign work and conduct special projects.

  • Maintain a professional relationship with other public agencies and private individuals engaged in business with the District.

  • Analyze data and reports and make recommendations to the Section Supervisor concerning public notification, public health advisories and Health District policies, procedures and regulations.

  • Provide instruction and training for section staff including quality, quantity and consistency of work.

  • Keep section staff updated as to current regulations, practices and policies.

  • Provide technical support and leadership to professional and technical staff; provide trouble shooting, technical report writing, record keeping and project analysis.

  • Serve as the lead on program area disease, injury and or environmental threat investigations.

  • Coordinate section workload and activities.

  • Organize public information and education programs.

  • Represent SHD on interagency committees, workgroups, and at public meetings.

  • Attend meetings of relevant outside agencies and groups as needed and present testimony at public hearings and/or legal proceedings.

  • Grant and contract preparation and reporting.

  • Implement and evaluate Health District responsibilities outlined in program area grants and contracts.

  • Interprets and applies District policies and guidelines.

  • Provides oversight on quality improvement projects for the Section.

  • Reviews staff work for accuracy, appropriateness, and timeliness.

  • Provides feedback to staff regarding their fieldwork observations and assessments.

  • Assists with training staff on use of new technology and inspection tools.  

  • Offers technical and troubleshooting assistance to staff on use of technology (EC/ECR/ECO) and other inspection tools.

  • Ensures section staff is updated on current regulations, practices, and policies.

  • Preparation of reports and other statistical data as requested.

  • Maintains active field workload or other program responsibilities as determined by Section Supervisor.

  • Performs extensive review, evaluation, and oversight of all program areas.

  • Organizes, prepares agendas, and conducts staff meetings.

  • Organizes general public information and educational programs relative to program areas.

Division Manager - Environmental Health

Walla Walla County

Location: Walla Walla, WA

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

Under limited supervision, plans, directs, manages, and enforces RCW and WAC regulations for the programs within Environmental Health including but not limited to; food protection, on-site sewage disposal, water supplies, solid waste handling, schools, swimming pools, insect and rodent control, epidemiology, and Emergency Preparedness.  The Manager routinely and consistently applies extensive knowledge of modern management techniques and concepts to situations involving administration, policy, and procedure development. Interprets and ensures compliance to Washington State Laws, sanitary codes and local regulations and codes.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Assures compliance of program activities with department goals and objectives, State and Federal laws and county policies and procedures.

  • Provides technical expertise to staff and community partners

  • Oversees field work and supervises staff occupying the positions of Environmental Health Specialist I and II and Program Coordinator Emergency Preparedness.

Voluntary Cleanup Program Unit Supervisor

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

This position currently is the first line supervisor for 9 professional staff (positions) in one of three units in the Southwest Region Office within the Toxics Cleanup Program. In this role, you will be responsible for managing, administering, and directing activities related to the investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites. You will provide technical support and oversight to technical staff. You will also act as a site manager providing regulatory oversight to ensure that cleanup actions comply with the mission of the Department, Program, the MTCA, and other applicable environmental laws, regulations, and policies. This position is critical to the Section’s effort in meeting our Office of Financial Management and other performance goals. 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Provide support to and direct staff in managing Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) and formal cleanup sites, performing cleanup report review, and providing technical assistance for VCP and formal MTCA sites. 

  • Implement and ensure Program and Section management decisions.

  • Supervise and coordinate the Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) Southwest Region Office (SWRO) Voluntary Cleanup Program to ensure consistent reviews and timely responses for VCP investigation and cleanup reviews. Ensure a high level of client service consistent with agency policies and regulations.

  • Supervise the TCP-SWRO Site Hazard Assessment Grant Coordinator and Initial Investigator.

  • Supervise, provide support to and direct Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) staff and ensure implementation of the section and program LUST Strategic Plan.

  • Lead and assist with hiring and training staff.

  • Manage the investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites for compliance with the Model Toxics Control Act, and other relevant laws and regulations.

  • Negotiate, issue, and enforce Department Enforcement Orders and Inter-Agency Agreements.

  • Negotiate Agreed Orders and Consent Decrees with owners or operators of properties to implement site cleanups.

  • Provide technical assistance to consultants, industry, government authorities, the public and other agency staff.

  • Serve as the Ecology Representative with governmental agencies and other involved parties.

  • Manage, oversee Remedial Action Grants with local governments.

  • Manage and oversee contracts and contractors to implement cleanup work or site or environmental investigations.

Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Site Manager (2 positions)

Department of Ecology

Location: Shoreline, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

You will be responsible for independently planning, developing, directing, conducting, overseeing, and providing technical assistance and guidance on cleanup of contaminated sites including Leaking Underground Storage Tank sites. You will evaluate cleanup plans, data, and results. You will ensure cleanup sites meet the substantive requirements of the Model Toxics Control Act and other relevant laws and regulations and thus supports the Clean Up Sites goal in the Toxics Cleanup Program’s strategic plan. The program manager has identified this work as a priority for the program for the protection of soil, groundwater, surface water and air quality at these sites, for meeting our agency performance goals. 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Manage the investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites for compliance and completeness with laws and regulations including performing field visits and verification sampling.

  • Review and provide technical comments on Remedial Investigations, Feasibility Studies, Cleanup Action Plans, Health and Safety Plans, post cleanup compliance monitoring, and Quality Assurance/Quality Control documents. 

  • Apply expertise on environmental remediation processes to evaluate cleanup plans, environmental data, and results.

  • Provide basic project management, review and approve work plans, status reports, develop schedules and budgets, oversee contractors, grants, participate and manage public outreach, and legal documents.

  • Negotiate issues and enforce administrative orders and inter-agency agreements.

Policy and Technical Support Unit Manager

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

In this position, you will lead the Policy and Technical Support Unit. The work in this unit covers a wide range of topics that support the statewide cleanup activities directed by TCP. This includes developing statewide guidance, defining appropriate cleanup levels for environmental contaminants and drafting environmental rules and policies. You will need to understand a wide range of statewide work and deploy staff strategically to get the work completed.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Lead and manage a staff of 10-15 environmental professionals.

  • Develop, implement and prioritize policy projects that reduce environmental impacts and health disparities.

  • Analyze and develop statewide programs and policies through collaborative engagement in a complex work environment. 

  • Lead a team that develops new program-wide initiatives that include drafting and supporting development of legislation, replying to budget requests, guidance development, rule writing and implementation. 

  • Serve as the back-up for the program’s legislative liaison.

Climate Change: Cap and Invest Allowance Auctions Lead

Washington State Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA; Flexible/hybrid

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

In this role, you will provide staff leadership in the Cap-and-Invest Auctions and Market unit. The unit helps bring companies into the cap-and-invest program, facilitates allowance auctions and trading, and safeguards the cap-and-invest program’s integrity through ongoing market surveillance. The role includes substantial outreach to other jurisdictions (e.g., California and Québec), external agencies, stakeholders, and the Western Climate Initiative, Inc., which provides the platform for Washington’s allowance auctions. 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Working with Washington’s market subcontractor (WCI, Inc.) to ensure cap-and-invest entities understand and can participate in allowance auctions

  • Supporting the budget team in communicating revenue projections

  • Working with external cap-and-invest entities to ensure entities send Ecology accurate, timely, and complete auction-related data required by the cap-and-invest regulations to participate in allowance auctions

  • Working with WCI, Inc. on auction design improvements, and external jurisdictions (e.g., California and Québec, Canada) to harmonize auction processes as relevant

Voluntary Cleanup Program Unit Supervisor

Washington State Department of Ecology

Location: Shoreline, WA; Flexible/hybrid

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

In this role, you will report to the Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) Northwest Regional Office (NWRO) Section Manager, supervisor for 15 amazing professional staff (positions) in one of four units and will be a member of our section’s leadership team. You will have a wide range of opportunities by leading staff who will be recommending to list and rank new suspected and confirmed contaminated sites, providing technical assistance for sites that have entered Ecology’s Voluntary Cleanup Program, overseeing sites under Orders and Consent Decrees, conducting periodic reviews for sites that have institutional controls and recommending to delist sites that have met the State’s cleanup standards.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Provide team leadership, coaching, mentoring and training staff on technical, policy and regulatory issues. 

  • Provide support to and direct staff in managing Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) cleanup sites, performing cleanup report review, and providing technical assistance and guidance for VCP sites. 

  • Negotiate Agreed Orders, Consent Decrees, and Inter-Agency Agreements to implement site cleanups.  

  • Provide technical assistance and formal oversight to consultants, industry, government authorities, the public and other agency staff. 

  • Serve as the Ecology Representative with governmental agencies and other involved parties. 

  • Manage and oversee contracts and contractors to implement cleanup work and environmental investigations. 

  • Coordinate cross-program initiatives. 

  • Assist in the annual and long-term section, program and agency planning processes. 

Permit Coordinator (Environmental Specialist 5)

Washington State Department of Ecology

Location: Richland, WA; Flexible/hybrid

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

In this role, you will be part of a core team of 6 staff who support the dangerous waste permitting efforts for the Nuclear Waste Program. This includes the dangerous waste permit for the Hanford site, which is the largest and most complex in the state. As a permit coordinator for the Nuclear Waste Program, you will serve as a senior program expert in dangerous waste and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act regulations for facilities managing, treating or storing dangerous and radioactive waste. You will have the opportunity to lead, coach and mentor other environmental specialists supporting dangerous waste permitting. Our Team is at the forefront of developing process, and guidance for the permitting for our program. You will also coordinate with the other Ecology programs implementing the dangerous waste regulations and with our oversight agency, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10. 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Independently apply regulatory interpretations and provide regulatory assistance to junior staff, peers, management, and the permittee. 

  • Work closely with project teams to ensure that permitting decisions meet the regulatory requirements, permits are drafted to be enforceable, compliant, equivalent, and consistent.

  • Review and correct the work of permit writers to ensure that they are properly evaluating modifications to the Hanford Site-wide and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard dangerous waste permits and are performing their duties in a consistent manner. 

  • Provide technical support and lead contentious and regulatory issues involved with reissuance of the Hanford site-wide Rev 9 dangerous waste permit renewal.

  • Prepare formal correspondence that is accurate and concise. 

Climate Change: Cap-and-Invest Market Planner

Washington State Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA; Flexible/hybrid

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

The mission of the Air Quality Program (AQP) is to protect and improve air quality in Washington and to protect our State’s environment for current and future generations.  Washington is in the process of building an economy-wide cap and invest program, and Air Quality’s newly created Climate Commitment Act Implementation Group is leading the design and implementation of this program.  As part of the cap and invest program, businesses and entities will be required to obtain allowances tied to their emissions, which can be bought, sold, and traded.  This market will begin in 2023, and the proceeds will be invested in initiatives to decarbonize transportation and other sectors of the economy, promote clean energy, and advance equity and environmental justice. 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Help covered entities understand and participate in the allowance market

  • Work with WCI, Inc., which provides the auction platform for Washington’s cap-and-invest program, on allowance market changes 

  • Communicate with programs in other jurisdictions (e.g., California and Québec, Canada) as the unit works to harmonize allowance processes with other programs that use the WCI platform.

  • Perform direct outreach to entities with trading questions, and work with our communications team to develop and deliver trainings on how to participate in the market and place trades.

  • Help work with WCI, Inc., which provides the auction platform for Washington’s cap-and-invest program to ensure cap-and-invest entities understand and can participate in allowance auctions

  • Support the budget team in communicating revenue projections

  • Work with participating entities to ensure they comply with cap-and-invest regulations by providing Ecology with accurate, timely, and complete auction-related data 

  • Work with WCI, Inc. on auction design improvements, and with external jurisdictions (e.g., California and Québec, Canada) to harmonize auction processes

Initial ERTS Complaint Investigator

Washington State Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA; Flexible/hybrid

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

In this role, you will independently perform initial investigation of Environmental Report Tracking System (ERTS) complaints, perform site hazard assessments, and use applicable site data and information to evaluate the potential risk of contaminant releases to human health and the environment. Working individually and as a team, you will make recommendations to senior staff and your management chain regarding hazard rankings and add sites to Ecology’s Hazardous Sites List (HSL), accept or decline new ERTS referrals and recommend assignment to appropriate staff. You will also support your supervisor and section manager by updating, interpreting, reviewing, imputing, and evaluating site information in applicable Ecology databases. Field work involves site visits, evaluating whether contamination is present (including visual observations and sampling), and speaking with members of the regulated public. Following prescribed methods, you will work closely with internal staff and routinely work with the public about questions and complaints.  

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Independently perform Initial Investigation of ERTS complaints: gather additional information with the complainant; coordinate with the property owner to obtain access and explain why Ecology will be on the property; travel to a location and investigate, take notes, photos, and collect environmental sample; evaluate site conditions - potentially including analytical result; and generate an initial investigation report summarizing Ecology’s findings with a recommendation. 

  • Perform site hazard assessments (SHAs) of sites: using applicable site data and information, evaluate the potential risk to human health and the environment, recommend a hazard ranking score, and, when needed, add the site to Ecology's HSL.

  • Update, interpret, review, impute, and evaluate site information in the Integrated Sites Information System (ISIS), Environmental Information Management System (EIM), ERTS, and other applicable agency databases as directed by the Supervisor and/or Section Manager. 

  • Take part in required training, planning, policy review/comment, and associated administrative activities.

  • Accept or decline new ERTS referrals and recommend assignment to appropriate staff. 

  • Interact with other program and agency staff, attorneys, consultants, contractors, other environmental professionals, and the regulated public.

Animal Food Field Inspector (FSCS2)- 3 Positions

Washington State Department of Agriculture

Location: Remote

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

The WSDA wants you to join the Animal Feed Program (AFP) to help us ensure the safety and integrity of animal food by becoming a field inspector! We are hiring to fill 3 Animal Food Field Inspector vacancies in different territories (Eastern, Central and Northwest Washington) they are classified as a Food Safety Compliance Specialist 2 (FSCS 2), and reports directly to the Animal Food Field Supervisor/Preventive Controls Specialist (FSCS 3). The preferred counties for each territory are outlined in bold below. These positions are full time field based with regular car travel within assigned territory and occasional out of state travel. 

 

These positions serve the Animal Feed Program in carrying out objectives and tasks in its strategic action plan by performing field activities such as inspections, investigations, sample collections, technical assistance, recall activities and compliance/enforcement actions at any applicable facility within the state to protect animals and humans from misbranded or adulterated/contaminated animal food or ingredients. These positions are expected to demonstrate a strong working knowledge of the applicable federal and state laws, rules, and regulations related to animal feed. These positions are expected to perform field activities independently while prescribing to set procedures, policies or directives. They need to discern between major and minor violations and one-time, isolated events vs. pattern or history of violations while documenting observations in an articulate and well-organized manner. 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Perform independent or joint inspections and investigations at animal feed manufacturing facilities, distributors, transloader locations, warehouses, retail locations and other feed-related establishments under the authority of the Washington State and under contract with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

  • Interpret, apply and ensure compliance with federal, state, and departmental laws, requirements, regulations, policies, and procedures applicable to Animal Feed Program and WSDA.

  • Ability to discern between critical and significant observations as well as one-time, isolated events vs. violations that exhibit pattern or history of incompliance and risk during inspectional/investigational activities.

  • Document inspectional and investigational findings in a concise, well-formatted, and timely manner as prescribed by the Animal Feed Program and/or federal partners.

  • Identify adulterated, contaminated, or misbranded products, unregistered products, or unlicensed firms in the field and report findings in a timely manner to appropriate Animal Feed staff. Conduct appropriate or assigned compliance/enforcement actions.

  • Conduct Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) Reviews and complete reports in a timely manner.

  • Provide testimony during legal and/or compliance/enforcement proceedings related to field activities as needed.

  • Deploy as a member of the Washington Rapid Response Team (RRT) during events related to food and/or feed and function under the Incident Command System (ICS).

  • Assist with new staff training through trainees observing field activities.

  • Collect samples of animal feed and animal feed ingredients under Washington State authority or under contract with the FDA while employing appropriate sampling techniques.

  • Collect samples in response to consumer complaints or compliance/enforcement follow-up activities.

  • Effectively and proactively communicate with licensees, registrants, agency representatives, and stakeholders to provide technical assistance in a professional and articulate manner.

  • Demonstrate working knowledge of the current animal food-related laws, regulations, policies, guidance documents, etc. in order to effectively assist industry partners and other stakeholders.

  • Effectively communicate with co-workers to troubleshoot and resolve challenges related to Program work in a positive manner.

Rapid Response Team Coordinator

Department of Agriculture

Location: Anywhere in Washington

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

There’s a vacancy for a Rapid Response Team Coordinator in the Food Safety and Consumer Services Division at the Washington State Department of Agriculture. The position will work on the Rapid Response Team (RRT) and be responsible for protecting public and environmental health by preparing for and responding to food and feed emergencies. The primary job duties is to coordinate the Division's emergency planning, response, and recovery services and RRT and manage Federal grants and cooperative agreements.

  

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Coordinate the operation and activation of the Rapid Response Team (RRT).

  • Serves as Division liaison to support food, feed, produce, pesticide, animal services, and other regulatory and response divisions/programs within WSDA to cooperatively develop, maintain, and implement an effective and innovative emergency management and response system.

  • Develops plans and procedures to prepare for, respond to, and recover from complex emergencies and events.

  • Develops, approves, and maintains a strategic plan and performance measures to guide the RRT's operation and long-term sustainability.

  • Administer the RRT component of the FDA Flex Funding Model (FFM) Cooperative Agreement.

  • Serve as Project Director and/or Principal Investigator for the long-term and strategic management of assigned Federal and State grant and cooperative agreements, grants, and budgets

Climate Change: Clean Fuel Standard Program Analyst

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

The mission of the Air Quality Program (AQP) is to protect and improve air quality in Washington. The Air Quality Program’s vision is clean, healthy air and climate for all of Washington. One of our goals is to inform decisions, and raise public awareness and engagement by providing accurate and timely information on ambient air pollution and its impacts. This position is responsible for helping fuel suppliers submit accurate reports, producing recurring reports of program data, and monitoring multiple data sources to predict future credit price swings and compliance challenges. You don’t need to be an expert in transportation fuel markets to succeed in this role, just a love of numbers, good Excel skills, the ability to provide great technical support, and a desire to be on the leading edge of climate policy in the U.S.

  

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Oversee the submission and verification of fuel and credit transaction reports. Support and assist program participants with the submission process and make sure the data we collect are of high quality.

  • Produce monthly and annual data reports. Serve as the primary point of contact for data and analysis requests.

  • Work with IT staff and stakeholders to develop and maintain the IT platform for reporting and credit trading. Identify and solve problems as they arise.

  • Develop and maintain a reporting desk manual and other support documents.

  • Track fuel markets, electric vehicle charging, and credit markets in Washington and neighboring states. Identify cases of potential fraud or double-counting.

  • Monitor program data, news, and data from other states and provinces to predict future swings in the credit price. Recommend policy options, if needed, to stabilize the market.

  • Provide research and data analysis to support outreach activities, enforcement, and fuel pathway application review.

  • Seek to maximize equity and environmental justice in the operation of the Clean Fuel Standard program. Provide research and analysis to support efforts to improve equity and better serve overburdened communities.

Climate Change: Clean Transportation Grants and Cultural Resources Specialist

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

In this position, you will play a key role in reducing emissions and electrifying the transportation sector by overseeing the investment of settlement funds from the Volkswagen “Dieselgate” emissions violations. You will serve as the VW Team’s lead on Cultural Resources Reviews and implementation of agency and state environmental justice policy, ensuring protection of archaeological and tribal resources and compliance with Washington’s new Healthy Environment for All Act (HEAL). In this position, you will work collaboratively with other members of the VW Settlements Team to develop funding opportunities and negotiate, implement, and track grants. 

  

Some of What You'll Do:

  • In collaboration with the VW team, distribute and manage Volkswagen Settlement grants to fund projects such as electric vehicle charging stations, electric school buses, electric transit buses, and shore power for ships and other ocean-going vessels

  • Serve as the Air Quality Program’s Cultural Resources Review specialist, developing and maintaining expert working knowledge of principles in cultural resource reviews

  • Develop grant guidelines, scoring criteria, and application processes

  • Negotiate and implement grant contracts and manage projects

  • Track criteria pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions reductions associated with projects 

  • Serve as the Volkswagen team lead on compliance with state environmental justice laws and policies (e.g., HEAL Act)

Pollution Prevention & Regulatory Assistance Section Manager

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

As the Pollution Prevention and Regulatory Assistance Section Manager, you will be a key member of the Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction leadership team. This is a high paced environment that offers opportunities to shape the future of the program and the legislation that governs it. You will be responsible for creating and implementing new programs and plans that engage with the public and ultimately reduce the toxic chemicals making their way into our environment and our bodies.

  

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Hire, train, supervise, and coach section staff, which includes 7 direct reports.

  • Work with program staff and leadership to build understanding about how the work of this section will contribute to program goals and support our regional teams.

  • Think strategically to envision the future of the section, and the new and emerging work we do.

  • Identify and support succession planning strategies and staff development opportunities.

  • Help develop policies and guidance for implementing hazardous waste rules and laws.

  • Support your team as they implement state and federal laws and programs, including:

  • Safer Products for Washington

  • Children's Safe Products

  • Better Brakes Law

  • Hazardous Waste Management Act

  • Manage a biennial budget of approximately $12 million.

  • Develop and foster collaborative partnerships with internal and external stakeholders to find creative and innovative solutions. You'll work with other state and federal agencies, local and tribal governments, and the public.

Environmental Health Specialist I/II

Snohomish Health District

Location: Everett, WA

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

This position will conduct routine inspection and investigation in the Safe Environments program. Additionally, the individual will provide education, technical assistance and regulatory information to members of the public. The incumbent may be assigned to one or more areas in the Safe Environments section including, but not limited to those which deal primarily with solid waste facilities, chemical/physical hazards, landfills, complaint investigation, pollution prevention assistance, school health and safety and water recreation. 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Maintain a professional working relationship with the regulated community, staff of other public agencies concerning District regulatory responsibilities as well as public and private individuals who utilize the department's services.

  • Travels to various sites throughout the county conducting inspections and investigations to ensure compliance with current regulations.

  • Provides education, technical assistance, and regulatory compliance advice to the facility, the public and the media, translating technical and regulatory information to a variety of audiences.

  • Completes reports of areas in violation.

  • Recommends corrective measures and takes appropriate enforcement action.

  • Meets with responsible parties to discuss correction of deficiencies and to obtain compliance through education and appropriate enforcement action.

  • Reviews plans for establishments/facilities and inspects construction and remodeling.

  • Investigates complaints and incidents of suspected illness at establishments/facilities.

  • Maintains accurate field records, write reports, makes recommendations for follow-up actions based upon findings of investigations.

  • Updates and uses computerized data management systems.

Health Educator - Land Use

Snohomish Health District

Location: Everett, WA

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

The Health Educator plans and provides health education to the public and community partners regarding Environmental Health activities and regulations.  This position will work closely with other team members of Environmental Health to develop education and outreach material for a varied number of topics. The initial focus of this position will be education and outreach related to onsite sewage disposal system monitoring and maintenance but can include other areas of Environmental Health. This position will work closely with the public around land use activities and regulations, promoting proper septic system care and maintenance, and operating programs to provide financial incentives to septic system owners.  The position will also facilitate meetings of the public, or of subject matter experts in the areas of land use and onsite sewage.    

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Develops, maintains, updates, and implements various health education activities and materials.

  • Provides educational presentations to groups, specific to identified audience needs. 

  • Develops accessible networks of personnel and resources for assessed health education. 

  • Participates in staff meetings, committees, task forces, coalitions, and focus groups.

  • Prepares reports as requested.

  • Participates in meeting facilitation with internal and external partners.

  • Contributes to the development and implementation of media campaigns to promote Environmental Health and Public Health.  

  • Presents information sensitively, effectively, and professionally with persons from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial, ethnic and professional backgrounds and persons of all ages and lifestyle preferences.

Auctions Lead

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

You will be a crucial member of the Cap-and-Invest team. You will coordinate and implement allowance auctions that firms participate in to meet their emissions compliance obligations. These auctions are the linchpin of the cap-and-invest program and generate significant proceeds applied towards the decarbonization of the transportation industry, improving access to clean energy, and advancing health equity and environmental justice.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Working with Washington’s market subcontractor (WCI, Inc.) to ensure Cap-and-Invest entities understand and can participate in allowance auctions

  • Supporting the budget team in communicating revenue projections

  • Working with external Cap-and-Invest entities to ensure entities send Ecology accurate, timely, and complete auction-related data required by the Cap-and-Invest regulations to participate in allowance auctions

  • Working with WCI, Inc. on auction design improvements, and external jurisdictions (e.g., California and Québec, Canada) to harmonize auction processes

Allowance Trading and Education Lead (Environmental Planner 4)

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

You will be responsible for ensuring firms can trade—and participate—in the Cap-and-Invest market. By helping firms get comfortable with this new market and how it works, you will enable them to maintain a primary focus on decreasing emissions so Washington can meet its goal of reducing emissions by 95% by 2050.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Helping Cap-and-Invests covered entities understand and participate in the allowance market

  • Working with Washington’s market subcontractor (WCI, Inc.) on allowance market changes based on feedback the incumbent receives from Cap-and-Invest market participants and others

  • Working with external jurisdictions (e.g., California and Québec, Canada) to harmonize allowance processes 

  • Direct outreach to entities with trading questions, as well as working with our communications team to develop and deliver trainings on how to trade and participate in the market 

Emissions Inventory Specialist

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

The mission of the Air Quality Program (AQP) is to protect, preserve, and enhance the air quality of Washington to safeguard public health and the environment and support high quality of life. The federal Clean Air Act requires all states to have statewide operating permit programs for businesses and industries that are the largest sources of air pollution. An air operating permit contains all the permit requirements that apply to an air pollution source. 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Work with other analysists to assess potential air emissions impacts related to proposed legislation, rule, policy or guidance.

  • Conduct training and guide Washington Emissions Inventory Reporting System users as they enter and certify their air emissions data.

  • Develop and maintain air emission inventories for several assigned source categories and report them annually, triennially, and develop emissions inventories for specific modeling projects.

Permit Technician

Snohomish Health District

Location: Everett, WA

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

Under the direction of the Land Use Supervisor, or designee, the incumbent performs a variety of technical assignments involving office review, permit processing and other technical support work. Additionally, the individual will provide education, technical assistance and regulatory information to members of the public.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Performs intake reviews and processes permit applications.

  • Uses computers to establish and maintain permit data bases and research parcel information.

  • Assists the public and answers inquiries about department services, programs and records; explains rules, policies, and procedures, and research database and files; refers matters requiring policy interpretation to supervisor for resolution.

  • Supports the relationship between the District and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with visitors and District staff; maintains confidentiality of work-related issues and District information; performs other duties as required or assigned.

  • Maintain a professional working relationship with the regulated community, staff of other public agencies concerning District regulatory responsibilities as well as public and private individuals who utilize the department's services.

  • Provides education, technical assistance, and regulatory compliance advice to the facility and the public translating technical and regulatory information to a variety of audiences.

  • Updates and uses computerized data management systems.

BEACH Program Coordinator (Environmental Specialist 4)

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

In this role, you will be responsible for coordinating and leading the EPA-funded Washington State Beach Environmental Assessment, Communication, and Health (BEACH) Program. You will gain experience in implementing and maintaining a multi-year surface water monitoring program that evaluates bacterial impacts to marine swimming beaches. Responsibilities include managing budgets and contracts, leading and mentoring professional project staff, training volunteers on appropriate technical methods, writing technical documents, working with news media, conducting outreach, working with local health departments, and ensuring monitoring bacteria and notification of water quality problems follow proper procedures.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Manage the Washington BEACH Program with guidance from the Inter-Agency BEACH Committee including designing, implementing and maintaining the multi-year surface water monitoring program to evaluate bacterial impacts to marine swimming beaches.

  • Ensure all grant requirements are being met. Among other grant requirements, this position must apply for the annual EPA grant each year, manage the program budget, write and manage contracts with local entities, ensure data manager submits data to EPA by deadline, and write the annual report to EPA each year.

  • Coordinate the implementation and evolution of the Program with EPA. 

  • Write Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPPs) for statewide monitoring of marine beaches and develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

  • Lead and mentor other professional staff assigned to the project which includes training on appropriate technical methods.

  • Hold an annual inter-agency committee meeting, work with the news media, and ensure that monitoring of bacteria and notification of water quality problems follows proper procedures.

  • As the lead author, prepare the draft and final project reports for internal and external audiences.

  • Coordinate and compile weekly incoming bacterial data and submit data annually to the EPA. Work in conjunction with IT and BEACH staff to maintain the database. 

Flood Risk Reduction Program Coordinator

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

The Office of Chehalis Basin (OCB) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Flood Risk Reduction Program Coordinator (Environmental Planner 4) position. The Chehalis River Basin is Washington’s second largest watershed, and this position is unique because it specifically supports Chehalis River Basin-related flood damage reduction. The region has had more federally declared flooding disasters than any other part of Washington State, and you will be helping real people solve real problems "on-the-ground". In doing this, you will have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of diverse partners on projects that when complete, immediately reduce flood damages at individual locations.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Provide technical and policy recommendations for implementation of the Community Flood Assistance & Resilience (CFAR) Program. 

  • Manage flood damage reduction project contracts, contractors and construction through Ecology or the WA State Recreation and Conservation Office. 

  • Coordinate with the local partners in the basin to facilitate and ensure efficient communication during implementation of CFAR programs and projects.  

  • Coordinate with the principal planner and with other state agencies, federal agencies, and local governments in development of community protection strategies that identify areas where buildings should be acquired or retrofitted to reduce or mitigate flood damage. 

  • Provide technical assistance to communities and property owners on non-regulatory floodplain management and flood insurance matters. 

  • Coordinate with Ecology Regional floodplain management staff, Flood Program policy lead, State NFIP Coordinator, Ecology RiskMAP coordinator, and OCB staff, to ensure Chehalis Basin Strategy flood risk reduction program priorities are informing state and Federal priorities.

Food Safety Program Supervisor

Snohomish Health District

Location: Everett, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

Snohomish Health District Environmental Health is searching for a Supervisor for the Food Safety Program. Qualified applicants should have a background in food safety and a general understanding of other programs in Environmental Health. The Food Safety program oversees annual inspections and permit activities for food service establishments and school kitchens, seasonal inspections and permits for temporary events and farmers markets, food borne illness investigations, donated food distribution organizations, and other activities related to safety of food in Snohomish County. We are a growing program, searching for someone who can help us expand, innovate and modernize. 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Provide instruction and training for assigned staff including quality, quantity and consistency of work and to ensure uniformity among field staff in the application of rules, regulations, policies and procedures.

  • Analyze and resolve problems and deficiencies within assigned program area.

  • Review plans for upcoming projects or new services/businesses in assigned program area.

  • Provide assistance to federal, state and local agencies and to the public on technical problems in a program area.

  • Draft proposals for rules, regulations, policies and procedures as assigned.

  • Research environmental health problems, monitor ongoing programs and prepare modifications and evaluations.

  • Develop program proposals and grant applications in program areas as assigned.

  • Represent the division in intra-agency and interagency meetings and projects as assigned.

  • Prepare reports and other documents as needed; complete and/or review paperwork such as work orders and time sheets.

  • Review time and material reports and maintain work records.

  • Interact with State and County personnel regarding projects, coordinate jobs, and process paperwork as needed.

  • Assist in the development of program budgets.

  • Requisition materials, equipment and supplies.

Land Use Supervisor

Snohomish Health District

Location: Everett, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

Under the general supervision of an Environmental Health Assistant Director, incumbent plans, organizes, and supervises daily activities and operations in one or more division-wide environmental health programs such as food, sewage, water quality, solid waste/chemical and physical hazards, or water recreation facilities, and is responsible for supervising assigned personnel.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Provide instruction and training for assigned staff including quality, quantity and consistency of work and to ensure uniformity among field staff in the application of rules, regulations, policies and procedures.

  • Analyze and resolve problems and deficiencies within assigned program area.

  • Review plans for upcoming projects or new services/businesses in assigned program area.

  • Provide assistance to federal, state and local agencies and to the public on technical problems in a program area.

  • Draft proposals for rules, regulations, policies and procedures as assigned.

  • Research environmental health problems, monitor ongoing programs and prepare modifications and evaluations.

  • Develop program proposals and grant applications in program areas as assigned.

  • Represent the division in intra-agency and interagency meetings and projects as assigned.

  • Prepare reports and other documents as needed; complete and/or review paperwork such as work orders and time sheets.

  • Review time and material reports and maintain work records.

  • Collaborate with other division supervisors and other District employees to coordinate work schedules to assure jobs and projects are completed in accordance with established time lines.

  • Attend pre-construction meetings and walk-throughs after job completion, as required.

  • Establish and maintain cooperative, effective working relationships with co-workers, other District employees, and the general public.

  • Respond to public health emergencies as required by the District, assist in coordinating with other agencies and emergency providers.

Permit Coordinator - Nuclear Waste Program (3 positions)

Washington State Department of Ecology

Location: Richland, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

As a permit coordinator for the Nuclear Waste Program, you will serve as a senior program expert in Dangerous Waste and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations for facilities managing, treating or storing dangerous and radioactive waste. You will have the opportunity to lead, coach and mentor other environmental specialists supporting dangerous waste permitting. You will be at the forefront of developing processes, and guidance for the permitting for our program. You will also lead in coordinating with the other Ecology programs in implementing the dangerous waste regulations and with our oversight agency, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10. Work is performed in an office or at home environment but you will also get to participate in field work including oversight of field work and operation of facilities to ensure consistency with permit application material and permit requirements. 

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Independently apply regulatory interpretations and provide regulatory assistance to junior staff, peers, management, and the permittee. 

  • Work closely with project teams to ensure that permitting decisions meet the regulatory requirements, permits are drafted to be enforceable, compliant, equivalent, and consistent.

  • Oversee the work of permit writers to ensure that they are properly administering portions of the Waste Treatment Plant Permit and are performing their duties in a consistent manner. 

  • Develop approaches to complex issues of Waste Treatment Plant Facility start up, testing, and ongoing operations.

  • Provide technical support and lead contentious and regulatory issues involved with reissuance of the Hanford site-wide Rev 9 dangerous waste permit renewal.

  • Prepare formal correspondence that is accurate and concise. 

Project and Engagement Coordinator

Washington State DOH

Location: Tumwater, WA

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

This supervisory Project and Engagement Coordinator will provide leadership, coordination and subject matter expertise for the initiative of building and increasing network for wastewater surveillance on a local, state and national level. To be successful, this person must engage and build relationships with stakeholders and partners, leading the effort to ensure the success of building capacity around wastewater surveillance for COVID-19 to serve as a foundation for surveillance of other diseases and substances. 

 

This position will coordinate the work between the wastewater sampling collection and strategy, public health lab, and epidemiologists to ensure cohesive development of analytical tools and flexible sampling strategies for SARS-CoV-2 (and potentially variants) wastewater surveillance.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive project plan encompassing all tasks, activities and sections required for success of project. 

  • Provide coordination and leadership to the development of wastewater surveillance strategy: setting up sampling sites; establishing analytical tools; developing public and internal interfaces for data. 

  • Submit reporting as required by grant.  

  • Coordinate to ensure alignment and that these strategies are meeting goals and objectives and requirements of all parties. 

  • Engage with stakeholders and partners at the local, tribal, state and national levels and with public and private entities, building networks and participation.

  • Lead effort in formalization of agreements with wastewater treatment plans, on-site systems, large onsite sewage system, institutional systems (schools, long term care, correctional, temporary housing) to set up sampling sites (MOUs or other agreements as needed)

  • Lead and coordinate the development and documentation of systems, processes, procedures and other foundational documents to ensure standardization, sustainability for work.

  • Plan and implement education effort (materials, workshops, training) for LHJ and tribal partners that includes information on: how the data can be used, how to do the testing and analysis.

  • Provide subject matter expertise, attending local, state and national meetings, representing the department of health as appropriate. 

  • Provide leadership, supervision and direction to staff.

Regional Hydrologist

Department of Ecology

Location: Union Gap, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

In this role you will review groundwater monitoring reports from landfills to ensure any impacts get attention right away. You may serve as site cleanup manager should cleanup actions be triggered. Additional activities include reviewing hydrogeologic assessments for new or expanding landfills, assisting with proposed biosolids sites for potential impacts to groundwater and may also help with emerging contaminants of concern, such as PFAS, by conducting monitoring of landfill leachate, groundwater, or landfill gas.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Provide technical review and guidance to clients, local governments, and the public based on in-depth knowledge relating to groundwater monitoring standards at solid waste facilities and associated environment protection.

  • Serve as lead over an independent cleanup action to ensure it continues to progress in accordance with the Model Toxics Control Act, and provide hydrogeologic review and expertise for landfill cleanups with other staff leads.

  • Serve as technical lead for all section discussions involving groundwater monitoring, modeling, groundwater quality standards, groundwater investigations, and rule interpretation.

  • Coordinate and administer technical training activities for jurisdiction health agencies, solid waste facilities, or for other stakeholders. Assist in the creation of training programs associated with adoption and implementation of solid waste regulations.

  • Responsible for review of quarterly and annual monitoring reports, preparing environmental indicators for landfills in the region, and conducting statistical analysis of groundwater sampling data. 

  • Help with emergency contaminants of concern as related to landfills.

  • Ensure accuracy of data uploaded to Ecology’s Environmental Information Management database.

Municipal Stormwater Grant Project Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) (In Training)

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Open until Filled

About the Position:

The Water Quality Program within the Department of Ecology is looking for a Municipal Stormwater Grant Project Specialist  to join the Watershed Unit in our Southwest Regional office. This position is located in Lacey, WA.

In this position, you will provide financial and technical assistance to local governments for municipal stormwater projects in order to protect and preserve water quality in Washington State. You'll focus on watersheds in the Southwest Region, and particularly those in Pierce, Mason, Jefferson, and Clallam counties.


The mission of the Water Quality Program is to protect and restore Washington's waters to support healthy watersheds and communities. Our work ensures state waters can support beneficial uses including recreational and business activities, supplies for clean drinking water, and the protection of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and public health. 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Working with a team of internal and external partners, including engineers and financial managers, to evaluate, plan, install, and maintain critical stormwater water quality treatment and flow control infrastructure.

  • Developing and negotiating grant and loan terms of agreement.

  • Tracking project performance against contract obligations, which includes visiting sites at critical stages to make sure they are following the grant agreements.

  • Reviewing and rating environmental stormwater grant applications for accuracy and compliance with regulatory requirements. 

  • Helping local governments understand how to use Ecology funds to improve stormwater management. 

  • Participating in critical decision making processes regarding the value of various stormwater management options. 

Quality Assurance Coordinator (Toxicologist 2)

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Open until Filled

About the Position:

The Quality Assurance Coordinator position evaluates technical information related to regulatory toxicology, such as the analysis of complex data sets including chemical and/or biological data. The position serves as the program’s designated Quality Assurance Coordinator providing expert guidance on appropriate methodologies for the collection and analysis of Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) contaminants; and, serves as a program liaison with internal Ecology staff, other federal and state agencies, consultants, and stakeholders. They will also maintain their expertise stay up to date on peer reviewed publications, regulations, and guidance documents; and, be able to convey information on latest sampling and analysis methodologies to their program peers

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Provides support on Quality Assurance / Quality Control (QA/QC) and sampling plan evaluation, appropriate laboratory methodologies, and statistical analysis of chemicals and toxicity tests against regulatory criteria.

  • Serves as the section's EIM/MyEIM expert to evaluate chemical and biological data resulting from sampling to the application of statewide regulatory standards in the cleanup of contaminated marine / freshwater sediment sites.

  • Mentoring staff on the analysis of regulated chemicals and bioassays and provide technical assistance to consultants, industry, other governmental authorities, and the public. 

  • Reviews and provides comments to technical and supporting documents.

  • Serves as the program’s Quality Assurance Coordinator and liaisons with the Agency Quality Assurance Officer.

  • Conducts field audits on site at various times of the year.

  • Applies basic principles of environmental chemistry, human toxicology, and aquatic toxicology to evaluating actions needed at contaminated sites.

  • Represents TCP and Ecology in scientific / regulatory discussions surrounding MTCA quality assurance in Washington State.

  • Is comfortable working both independently and in a team environment. 

EH Specialist I or II

Walla-Walla County

Location: Walla Walla, WA

Closing date: Open Until Filled

About the Position:

Walla Walla is seeking an Environmental Health Specialist I or II to work in the programs of food protection, on-site sewage disposal, water supplies, solid waste handling, swimming pools, insect and rodent control, and epidemiology.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Performs detailed professional environmental health enforcement and inspection duties

  • Process permit applications 

  • Provide inspection reports 

  • Conduct food handling classes, consult, and educate clients

  • Participate in planning, training, and response to public health emergencies

Regional Manager, Office of Drinking Water - Northwest Region

Department of Health

Location: Kent, WA         

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

Reporting to the Office of Drinking Water (ODW) Deputy Director of Operations, the NW Regional Manager leads a team of approximately 20 staff to fulfill the Office of Drinking Water mission, vision, and values.  This position is responsible for implementing the State Board of Health Drinking Water Regulations for water purveyors in a 7-county area in NW Washington so that the people of Washington State have safe and reliable drinking water.  

 

The NW Region includes approximately 895 community and 447 non-community Group A water systems, including the major cities of Tacoma, Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, Mt Vernon, Bellingham, Anacortes, and Oak Harbor.  These water systems serve approximately 50% of the state population.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Supervises staff

  • Leads response to public health emergencies and threats relative to drinking water

  • Directs staff and resources to implement state and federal drinking water regulations in the region

  • Participates in the Operations Management Team and the Office of Drinking Water Leadership Team

Program Manager - Environmental Health

Walla Walla County

Location: Walla Walla, WA         

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

The Program Manager, Environmental Health is responsible for planning, implementing, coordinating, directing, and evaluating environmental public health programs in accordance with federal, state and county legislative and administrative requirements under the guidance of the Director of Community Health.  The Manager is generally available to review preliminary findings and discuss difficult or sensitive problems. Tact and diplomacy are required during extensive public contact to explain legal and administrative requirements in seeking compliance with regulations. Work also requires a considerable
amount of contact with other county, city and state offices and the general public to insure uniform enforcement of public health and environmental laws and regulations.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Develops, modifies, and implements environmental public health programs based on federal, state or county requirements.

  • Establishes policies and procedures to implement programs.

  • Monitors and assists in the development of the environmental public health budget.

  • Evaluates the work of subordinates to determine if programs are being properly implemented and administered and initiates corrective action if necessary.

  • Represents the department at meetings with other governmental agencies including county, city, state, federal and other local health jurisdictions.

  • Carries out specifically assigned programs and their requirements in a full range of environmental public health programs including but not limited to; food protection, on-site sewage disposal, drinking water systems, solid waste, schools, swimming pools, insect and rodent control, vector and
    animal borne disease control and epidemiology.

  • Monitors and maintains environmental public health databases and software for field inspections.

  • Participates in planning, training and response in public health emergencies as assigned.

  • Participates in quality improvement/assurance activities of the department.

Environmental Health Specialist I/II (Land Use and Safe Environments)

Snohomish Health District

Location: Everett, WA         

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

This position conducts routine inspections in one or more environmental health programs such as sewage, water quality, solid waste/chemical and physical hazards, or water recreations facilities.  Additionally, the individual will provide education, technical assistance and regulatory information to members of the public.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Maintain a professional working relationship with the regulated community, staff of other public agencies concerning District regulatory responsibilities as well as public and private individuals who utilize the department's services.

  • Travels to various sites throughout the county conducting inspections and investigations to ensure compliance with current regulations.

  • Provides education, technical assistance, and regulatory compliance advice to the facility, the public and the media, translating technical and regulatory information to a variety of audiences.

  • Completes reports of areas in violation.

  • Recommends corrective measures and takes appropriate enforcement a