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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.

Environmental Engineer 3

Department of Health

Location: King County, WA

Closing date: September 21, 2023

About the Position:

This position represents ODW as a registered Professional Engineer, administering the regional drinking water program in assigned counties under the direct supervision of the Assistant Regional Manager.   Activities include using engineering expertise to protect public health by responding to drinking water emergencies; regulating public water systems to ensure adequate quality and quantity of water supply; conducting sanitary surveys; providing technical review of water system plans and design documents; providing technical assistance to local health jurisdictions, state and federal agencies, water system owners and operators, community officials, consulting engineers, and citizen groups.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Completing inspections and investigations

  • Conducting administrative tasks in a home-based office.

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.

Environmental Health Specialist 1 or 2-RS

Kitsap Public Health District

Location: Bremerton, WA

Closing date: Open Until Filled

About the Position:

The Food and Living Environment Program consists of two programs. The Food Program is mandated under federal, state, and local regulations governing food safety. The specific functions of this position are to promote and protect the health, safety, and well-being of the public and to prevent the spread of disease through proper storage, handling, preparation, and service in food establishments or in food for public consumption.
The Living Environment Program is a partially-mandated program that covers public pools, spas, schools, camps, as well as other areas where the health and well-being of those involved may be affected by environmental concerns. Failure to perform tasks essential to the position could result in the impairment of human health or degradation of the environment.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Conducts routine and follow-up inspections at food service establishments in assigned area at set performance standards per month.

  • Conducts temporary food service establishment inspections when required.

  • Conducts interviews and investigations of foodborne illness complaints.

  • Responds to general food service establishment complaints and makes inspections as necessary.

  • Keeps current on food service and disease prevention issues, technology and regulations.

  • Maintains database and file records.

  • Conducts plan reviews and pre-operational inspections for new and remodeled food service establishments.

  • Schedules and conducts office conferences and administrative hearings with food services establishment operators to provide and explain terms for continued operation.

  • Conducts Smoking in Public Places (SIPP) and Vaping in Public Places (VIPP) inspections during routine food services establishment inspections.

  • Develops educational materials.

  • Conducts water recreation facility inspections in assigned areas and conducts follow-up inspections as needed.

  • Conducts interviews and investigations of disease, injury, near drowning, and drowning.

  • Assists with investigations of disease, injury, and general complaints.

  • Responds to general water recreational facility complaints and makes inspections as necessary.

  • Assists with standard calibration and maintenance service for program and field equipment and keeps maintenance logs.

  • Provides technical assistance to and corresponds with, the general public, other governmental agencies, and Health District staff on program related activities.

  • With the Program Manager and colleagues, works to develop, encourage, and sustain a team-oriented work environment.

  • Attends meetings with federal, State, and local agencies. 

  • Accurately completes and submits electronic timecards on a weekly basis as required.

  • Maintains accurate and organized records, databases, systems and files.

  • Prioritizes and plans own work activities. Uses work time and resources effectively.

  • Prepares a variety of letters, memos, forms, reports, and other documents; operates computers utilizing a variety of software programs, including database and word processing applications, to produce documents with clearly organized thoughts using proper sentence construction, punctuation, and grammar.

  • Responds to public health emergencies as required by the District. 

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.

Environmental Health Specialist I (2 Positions)

Thurston County

Location: Tumwater, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

The positions provide education and enforcement in specific health programs to improve conditions that might otherwise lead to pollution and/or disease transmission. Under supervision of the Environmental Health Program Manager or Senior Environmental Health Specialist one position will have responsibilities in the Land Use and On-Site Sewage Permitting Section and one in the On-Site Sewage Operations & Maintenance Section.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Reviews applications, plans, and parcels for land use proposals in coordination with partner agencies. 

  • Investigates, samples, evaluates, and acts upon public complaints of conditions involving pollution, disease, illness, or contamination.  Works with on-site sewage system professionals, property owners and public officials to ensure failing on-site systems are repaired and brought into compliance.

  • Reviews, manages records, and evaluates on-site sewage systems for compliance with operation and maintenance requirements.  Evaluates sewage systems at the time of property sale, reviews sewage system permits and inspection reports.

  • Provides technical assistance and education in person and over the phone to the public and the Building Development Center.

  • Assists with program development, drafting policies and making recommendations for consideration by department management and the Thurston County Board of Health.  

  • Conducts sanitary surveys and dye tests on-site sewage systems.  Maintains rigorous quality assurance/quality control standards.  Documents inspection results and prepares documentation needed for enforcement action for failing septic systems.

  • Conducts environmental studies by gathering, evaluating and reporting on data.  Writes technical reports.

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.

Environmental Public Health Director

Clark County

Location: Hybrid/Remote

Closing date: September 17, 2023

About the Position:

The Environmental Public Health (EPH) Director (Program Manager III) leads and manages the ongoing development and implementation of environmental health programs and services with integrity, professionalism, positivity, dedication, and compassion. This is an executive leadership team role that reports to the Health Officer/Administrator, and oversees five program managers with over 40 subordinate staff members.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Must be able to respond to public health emergencies or exercises at any time, except while on scheduled vacation or other leave.  In addition, leaves may be cancelled under public health emergencies.

  • Must protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal law.

  • Must adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines, including but not limited to timely completion of mandatory trainings.

  • Possess a valid driver’s license, vehicle insurance and has access to reliable transportation.

  • Must adhere to the Department employee immunity policy and provide documents as requested.

  • Ensures the development, implementation and maintenance  of a variety of environmental health programs to meet the current and projected needs of Clark County and the Public Health Department.

  • Serves as a member of the Leadership Team for the Department. Assumes responsibility for overall direction and strategic planning of EPH services. Advises the Public Health Director in matters concerning program objectives, program concerns, emerging issues, environmental and public health trends, and environmental services needs and gaps within the community.

  • Develops, coordinates, implements, and evaluates strategic planning initiatives and the necessary resources to accomplish those plans in accordance with the Department's mission, vision, and values.

  • Directs program operations within the EPH Division, including Drinking Water, Onsite Septic Permitting, Onsite Septic Operation & Maintenance, Hazard Assessment, Pollution Prevention Assistance, Solid Waste Enforcement, Water Recreation, School Health & Safety, Solid Waste Operations, Solid Waste Environmental Outreach, and Food Safety.

  • Responsible for the implementation and oversight of policies, procedures, objectives, and evaluation criteria for each program area; monitors and evaluates ongoing programs to assess program effectiveness, quality of service, and cost justification. Ensures critical deadlines are established and maintained.

  • Ensures compliance with and enforcement of the environmental health laws, rules, and regulations of the Washington State Department of Health, the Clark County Board of Health, and the Clark County Public Health Department. Provides direction to staff and makes recommendations to leadership regarding interpretation of laws, regulations, and policies and procedures for legal enforcement. Ensures proper implementation of the methods, techniques, and procedures utilized in investigation, analysis, evaluation, and enforcement of environmental standards.

  • Ensures that programs within the Environmental Public Health Division work collaboratively to protect the public’s health, including the health and well-being of disenfranchised, underserved populations and the entire community.

  • Supervises, mentors, and evaluates professional, technical, and administrative personnel. Participates in hiring and disciplinary process. Identifies current and future staff development needs and training opportunities. Models professionalism and respectful support  to department managers and staff.

  • Responsible for proactive and timely responses to emerging issues and public health topics by establishing clear priorities and mobilizing necessary staff and resources.

  • Collaborates with the Office of Communication staff to inform and educate the community.

  • Supervises and participates in the preparation of reports and statistical information; presents to County and state leadership, and other outside agencies.

  • Establishes and manages the Division's operating budget ensuring compliance with policies and procedures of the Department, reviews monthly revenue and expense reports and mentors program managers in areas of grant and budgeting management.  Attends all monthly grants, contracts and finance meetings with program managers.

  • Reviews and proposes changes of environmental health fees to the Board of Health annually.

  • Reviews or develops and oversees EPH Division grants, contracts, and memoranda of understanding to ensure performance objectives are met.

  • Monitors proposed state and federal legislation and regulations and provides input to Washington State Department of Health, Clark County Board of Health, and professional associations.

  • Develops strong community partnerships to address environmental health issues. Coordinates activities and collaborates with other County departments and divisions, state agencies, and community service groups; represents the Department on community and state advisory boards and participates in various Department and community committees or special projects, particularly as they relate to environmental health.

  • Participates in departmental emergency planning and response activities. Promotes public health within the community.

  • Develops strong community partnerships to address environmental health issues, including racial equity/environmental justice

  • Takes personal responsibility to provide exceptional customer service to promote and maintain a positive Public Health image, constructive working environment, and foster pride and professionalism in the workplace and community.

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.

Environmental Health Specialist I/II - Food Safety

Snohomish Health District

Location: Everett, WA

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

Under the direction of an Environmental Health Supervisor, or designee, will conduct routine inspections in the food safety program.  Additionally, the individual will provide education, technical assistance and regulatory information to members of the public.

Individuals assigned to this position are expected to apply a thorough understanding of food-borne, water-borne 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. May require some weekend work and adjustments to normal working hours as required to conduct inspections. 


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.

 

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

Food Safety Technical Specialist (2 positions)

Department of Health

Location: various locations

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

You will consult with the management and staff of local health, industry, state agencies, and professional associations to identify needs and provide direction, so program activities and resources are appropriately prioritized. These positions develop and present classroom and virtual training on food safety laws, rules, issues, policies, and practices to a wide variety of industry, regulatory, and association audiences. The Food Safety Technical Specialists also assist Local Health Jurisdictions (LHJs) and various state agencies in response to foodborne illness outbreaks, coordinating with the program’s illness response lead and other stakeholders.

  

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Manage the program’s food recall response activities

  • Actively monitor local, national, and international food product recall notices and subsequent update notices

  • Leads the statewide communication of food recall information between federal, state, and local partners.

  • Manages the program’s work reviewing food establishment and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans for LHJs

  • Lead technical specialist for plan review related issues and questions

  • Manage the program’s work on chain store issues, acting as the liaison between LHJs and corporate food company representatives.

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 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.

Indoor Air Quality Specialist

Department of Health

Location: Tumwater, WA           

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

The Indoor Air Quality Specialist will be the agency subject matter expert on indoor air quality (IAQ) in the Climate Change and Health section.  This position has expertise on indoor air quality best practices, industry standards, environmental hygiene, exposure science, and air sampling methods. The position will focus on indoor air quality issues with a specific focus on wildfire smoke guidance and a secondary focus on fossil fuel pollution and indoor sources of air pollution. 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Establishing best practices to improve indoor air quality.

  • Reviewing, updating, and/or creating indoor air guidance on topics such as wildfire smoke, asthma, school indoor air quality, long term care facility air quality, and traffic related air pollution.

  • Developing guidance communications for the general public and at risk populations.

  • Conducting investigations and implementing best practices for indoor air quality.

  • Assessing the ability to achieve cleaner indoor air during wildfire season based on current practices and existing resources in a subset or residences of identified vulnerable individuals.

  • Leading IAQ investigations and research-based pilots with local health jurisdictions or other partners including data collection, management, and analysis.

  • Writing reports, publishing results in scientific journals, or contributing to the grey or white literature.

Environmental Lab Auditor - Microbiology Specialist

Department of Ecology

Location: Port Orchard, WA           

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

WA Laboratory Accreditation Unit (LAU) is looking for a very organized, experienced microbiologist who is both technically strong and an excellent communicator who must work well with the unit supervisor, unit staff, Ecology scientists, accredited laboratories and those seeking accreditation. The ideal candidate must be able to effectively communicate technical information to a wide variety of environmental laboratories. LAU is looking for candidates that have a strong technical understanding of environmental laboratory methods, documentation, data and data validation; must have hands on technical experience in environmental microbiology.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Processes applications for accreditation.

  • Reviews quality assurance (QA) manuals and standard operating procedures (SOPs) submitted in support of applications for accreditation.

  • As microbiology specialist, reviews documentation for microbiological parameters including testing for Coliforms, E.coli, Enterococci, Salmonella, and Heterotrophic bacteria.

  • Evaluates microbiology proficiency testing (PT) results.

  • Maintains current information in the LAU database and filing system for accredited labs. 

  • Makes recommendations to the LAU supervisor on whether labs are capable of producing accurate and defensible analytical data.  

  • Prepares correspondence informing the labs of their accreditation status.

  • Conducts on-site audits of laboratories either alone or as the microbiology parameters specialist on an audit team. 

  • Prepares detailed reports of audit findings and recommends corrective actions to improve laboratory procedures. 

  • Tracks compliance with audit findings.

  • Serves as the microbiology Drinking Water Certification Officer for the Lab Accreditation Unit. 

  • Consults with microbiology lab supervisors and analysts concerning implementation of methodology and corresponding QA and PT requirements.

Site Manager (Env, Engineer 5)

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA           

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

The Site Manager position serves as the sections senior contaminated site remediation technology expert providing mentoring, training, engineering expertise on a section-wide basis, and will apply conventional engineering techniques and principles to the section's most complex projects or largest projects with complex features, such as conflicting design requirements, unsuitability of conventional materials, or difficult coordination problems, and will represent the section as an authority in remediation technology technical specialty. The position will consult with/advise section supervisors and section manager on issues related to this specialty field.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Acts as TCP-SWRO's section's technical expert for contaminated remediation technology and engineering.

  • Manages and/or oversees the investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites for compliance with Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA), other relevant laws and regulations, and program policies.

  • Negotiates, issues, and oversee agreed and enforcement orders. 

  • Oversees compliance schedules and/or formal enforcement actions necessary to expedite contaminated cleanup at contaminated Sites.

  • Prepares formal letters, memos, technical reports, and bulletins.  Negotiates and drafts agreed orders, consent decrees, enforcement orders, and cleanup action plans, including work to be performed and associated work schedules.

  • As a licensed senior environmental engineering specialist, this position will serve as the sections senior contaminated site remediation technology expert providing mentoring, training, engineering expertise on a section-wide basis, and will apply conventional engineering techniques and principles to the section's most complex projects or largest projects with complex features, such as conflicting design requirements, unsuitability of conventional materials, or difficult coordination problems, and will represent the section as an authority in remediation technology technical specialty. Position will consult with/advise section supervisors and section manager on issues related to remediation and engineering.

Senior Environmental Cleanup Engineer

Department of Ecology

Location: Bellingham, WA           

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

The Senior Environmental Cleanup Engineer position serves as an advanced senior environmental cleanup engineer for the section. As such, provides expertise on the cleanup of complex sites, including, but not limited, to sites with sediments and uplands components. This position also conducts reviews and investigations, and proposes solutions to complex environmental engineering problems on a Region-wide basis that require the application of advanced environmental engineering techniques and principles related to cleanup alternatives for sediment/uplands.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Reviews investigations and proposes solutions to environmental engineering problems related to site cleanups that require the research and application of environmental engineering techniques and principles.  

  • Serves as an engineer on teams to evaluate proposed cleanup projects to ensure appropriate engineering practices.

  • Ensures work is in compliance with the Model Toxics Control Act and other relevant laws and regulations (including CERCLA, Clean Water Act, etc.).

  • Provides mentoring, training, and consultation on environmental, hydrogeologic, and environmental engineering issues.

  • Serves as an engineer on teams to review the evaluation of cleanup alternatives and feasibility studies to ensure that the appropriate technologies are proposed and that the evaluation adequately considers any complex site issues (such as comingled plumes, proximity to surface water, etc.).

  • Assists in the calculations for determining remedial action levels and selecting the most adequate cleanup alternative at a site.      

Uplands Unit Supervisor (Env. Engineer 5)

Department of Ecology

Location: Bellevue, WA           

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) is looking to fill a Uplands Unit Supervisor (Environmental Engineer 5) position. The position will be located in our Northwest Regional Office (NWRO) in Bellevue, WA.  The Uplands Unit Supervisor position supervises the Uplands Unit comprised of individuals whose primary responsibility is the management of formal cleanup sites. The unit supervisor provides direction, supervision, mentoring, and site management expertise to the members of the unit. This position also manages high profile projects or cleanup sites as assigned by the Section Manager.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Reviews and approves all types of reports and correspondence for their own projects and for staff projects– agency decision letters, emails, technical decisions, legal decisions, public outreach materials.

  • Mentors and coaches – there's an enormous amount of complex science, technology, engineering, regulatory requirements and interpretation that needs to be tailored to and learned by each site manager and followed through.

  • Creates a site management Boot-Camp that this position sponsors and manages.

  • Coordinates with the VCP Unit Boot-Camp to make a complete MTCA on the job training.

  • Supports other units, and share knowledge – helping to define a strong technical and site management team.

  • Follows the MTCA process appropriately for all work in the unit and across the section.

  • Shepherds projects to meet schedules and project demands for self and staff.

  • Helps staff to be consistent with existing regional and program policy and decisions and to shape new ones.

  • Supports staff and assisting daily on any issue they're facing.

Hazardous Waste Compliance Inspector - 2 positions

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA              

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

The Department of Ecology's Hazardous Waste & Toxics Reduction (HWTR) Program is currently looking for a Hazardous Waste Compliance Inspector in our Southwest Regional Office in Lacey, WA.

These positions conduct field investigations of businesses, industries and public agencies that generate, transport and manage hazardous waste, and help them improve their understanding of Hazardous Waste regulations in order to achieve voluntary compliance.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Planning and leading Dangerous Waste compliance inspections and investigations.

  • With the support of senior staff, making regulatory determinations which significantly influence the environmental management of a variety of chemicals exhibiting a variety of hazards.

  • Developing regulatory relationships with businesses and other regulatory agencies in order to work together to identify and respond to environmental issues.

  • Preparing documentation of inspections, and entering inspection data into our data systems.

  • Evaluating the compliance history of regulated businesses and providing technical recommendations and documentation during formal enforcement processes.

Technical Services Section Manager

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA             

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

The Technical Services Manager position manages staff developing and implementing statewide policy in the following areas; air monitoring operations, repair, calibration, and procurement; and quality assurance and quality control for ambient air quality monitoring.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Develops and provides statewide information technology and data management services for the Air Quality Program.

  • Serves as the Program's ambient monitoring operations lead.

  • Provides calibration, repair, quality assurance and data collection for ambient air monitoring.

  • Conducts ambient monitoring in the Northwest and Southwest Regions .

  • Acts as the program contact with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding our Performance Partnership Agreement.

  • Implements statewide program quality system for monitoring operations.

  • Provides functional systems to get monitoring data collected, reviewed, and available to the public and EPA.

  • Ensures that staff have clear expectations, priorities, objectives, skills, and the tools to effectively accomplish their work in a fiscally responsible, efficient and customer friendly manner.

  • Directs resources within the section to the most important work while being consistent with overall agency and program priorities. This enables staff to be better focused on their work and the solutions they provide to air quality's problems while ensuring effective yet balanced needs of the staff, public and decision makers.

Site Manager - Environmental Engineer

Department of Ecology

Location: Spokane, WA             

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

The Site Manager - Environmental Engineer position actively applies engineering and scientific principles toward the investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites.  Professional responsibilities include front-line site manager duties, involving the protection of human health and environment, as well as, producing and evaluating engineering and other elements of environmental remedial action work. 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Manages and/or oversees the investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites for compliance with MTCA and other relevant laws and regulations at contaminated sites.

  • Applies environmental and construction management engineering processes expertise to the evaluation of cleanup plans, data, and results.

  • Conducts evaluations of cleanup activities reported under the MTCA regulations.

  • Site evaluations will be conducted by field inspections, verification sampling, reviewing and interpreting environmental data and reports, and report writing.

  • Activities will include report review and comment, working with the Attorney General's office, providing engineering support to the section, successfully working with HQ in preparing bid and contact documents, and respond to public inquiries in a timely professional manner.

  • Solves a variety of problems from the technical and procedural venue. 

  • Works to protect the State of Washington's resources.

Underground Storage Tank Inspector (Environmental Specialist 3)

Department of Ecology

Location: Spokane, WA   

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

The goal of the Underground Storage Tank Inspector position is to prevent pollution of soil and groundwater by inspecting and regulating underground storage tanks (UST). This position provides regulatory and technical expertise in the application of federal and state statutes and regulations concerning installation, use and decommissioning of UST systems, and associated pollution prevention and control issues.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Ensures inspections follow the "Significant Operational Compliance" guidance.

  • Demonstrates an ability to apply sound professional judgment in identifying and resolving UST compliance issues.

  • Conducts high quality inspections, technical assistance, and follow-up activities to achieve compliance.

  • Independently conducts field and office investigations of UST facilities related to compliance with applicable regulations, policies and/or standards.

  • Evaluates data to determine technical compliance with the UST law and regulations.

  • Independently issues notices of non-compliance and/or field penalties to bring responsible parties and service providers into compliance.

  • Provides technical assistance inspections on UST system installations, testing, and closure activities.

  • Responds to and investigates complaints/violations relating to the UST regulations.

  • Recommends use of or changes to technical operating procedures, test methods, and other practices related to ensuring UST compliance to senior staff or management.

  • Independently documents UST system information and records compliance related data in files and applicable database(s).

  • Reviews UST related submittals (e.g., checklists, etc.) to ensure databases and files contain accurate information.

  • When requested, recommends new or modified performance measures related to UST compliance to senior staff or management.

  • Independently recommends to management enforcement actions in addition to field penalties to take at non-compliant UST facilities.

  • Implements approved enforcement actions.

  • Provides testimony for the Pollution Control Hearing Board, case reviews, and court cases involving UST regulations and investigations.

  • Provides technical support to the AG's office on cases concerning UST issues.

  • Provides support on criminal investigations for violations of the UST regulations.

  • Provides technical assistance and education on UST related topics for the TCP in the eastern region.

  • Acts as a regional contact for the public and local government regarding UST regulations, forms, and technical questions.

Hazardous Waste Specialist (Environmental Specialist 3) (In Training)

Department of Ecology

Location: Union Gap, WA             

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

The Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program within the Department of Ecology is looking for a hazardous waste specialist. This position conducts field inspections of businesses and industries that generate, treat, and manage hazardous waste, and helps them improve their understanding of hazardous waste regulations in order to achieve voluntary compliance.

 

We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills, the ability to quickly assess a situation and make a decision, and the ability to communicate with a diverse audience. Applicants who enjoy a team-oriented work environment and educating and informing a diverse regulated community about regulatory requirements would find this work rewarding.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Planning and leading hazardous waste compliance inspections and investigations.

  • With the support of senior staff, making regulatory determinations which influence the environmental management of a variety of chemicals and wastes.

  • Developing relationships with businesses and other regulatory agencies in order to work together to identify and respond to environmental issues.

  • Preparing inspection reports, and entering inspection data into our data systems.

  • Evaluating the compliance history of regulated businesses and providing technical recommendations and documentation.

Nonpoint Water Quality Specialist (Environmental Specialist 3)

Department of Ecology

Location: Bellevue, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

This position is responsible for administering nonpoint source water quality laws with a focus on protecting the southern resident orca population, including protecting and restoring Chinook salmon and reducing toxic contaminants in their food web.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Investigating and resolving nonpoint water quality issues, both proactively and in response to complaints and referrals.

  • Applying and communicating technical knowledge of best management practices for livestock management, sediment and manure runoff, and other nonpoint pollution control and prevention techniques.  

  • Assessing site-specific conditions, communicating and documenting findings, and determining the best approach for working with landowners and other local stakeholders to correct nonpoint pollution problems.

  • Coordinating follow-up actions with relevant Ecology staff, including TMDL/water cleanup plan leads, and other jurisdictions and partners as appropriate.

  • Applying agency compliance assurance policies and procedures as necessary to address noncompliance with water quality laws and regulations.

Environmental Engineer 3 (In Training)

Department of Ecology

Location: Union Gap, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

This position performs professional environmental engineering duties for the engineering and regulatory oversight of industrial and municipal wastewater treatment facilities in order to protect water quality.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Providing review and final approval of municipal and industrial engineering reports, construction plans and specifications for wastewater treatment facilities to ensure compliance with state and federal water quality laws and regulations in the Central Region. 

  • Providing engineering and technical expertise for the development of wastewater discharge permits and discharge limits, sampling and testing schedules and compliance schedules for wastewater treatment.

  • Managing permits for assigned municipal and industrial facilities.

  • Providing timely review of comprehensive sewer plans and engineering reports.

  • Providing engineering support and proposing the rating for grant and loan applications.

  • Serving as the section lead for water reuse projects. This includes representing the section on the agency water reuse work group, and on the program pretreatment work group.

  • Planning and performing annual inspections, including pretreatment audits and pretreatment compliance inspections of assigned facilities in accordance with agency guidance documents and work plans.

  • Preparing technical inspection reports to support agency regulatory activities and to advise permittees of permit compliance status. 

Waste Management and Facility Transition Engineer (Environmental Engineer 3 In Training)

Department of Ecology

Location: Richland, WA

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

The Waste Management and Facility Transition Engineer position performs professional environmental engineering work for the regulatory oversight and cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Facility in accordance with state and federal regulations and the Hanford Federal Facilities Agreement and Consent Order [Tri-Party Agreement (TPA)]. This position performs engineering and regulatory analysis and field compliance oversight of facilities, proposed permits, and cleanup actions/remedies prepared by the United States Department of Energy (USDOE) and its contractors and other facilities regulated by the Nuclear Waste Program.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Performs engineering support for Hanford and non-Hanford Nuclear Waste Program RCRA permitting activities.

  • The position is the permit lead for RCRA units across various facilities.

  • The position works closely with a team of technical professionals both inside and outside Ecology's Nuclear Waste Program.

  • Solves complex RCRA permitting challenges and uses professional engineering expertise to evaluate design requirements, operation and maintenance requirements, and environmental controls.

Uplands Unit Supervisor (Environmental Engineer 5)

Department of Ecology

Location: Bellevue, WA

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

The Uplands Unit Supervisor position supervises the Uplands Unit comprised of individuals whose primary responsibility is the management of formal cleanup sites. The unit supervisor provides direction, supervision, mentoring, and site management expertise to the members of the unit. This position also manages high profile projects or cleanup sites as assigned by the Section Manager.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Reviews and approves all types of reports and correspondence for their own projects and for staff projects– agency decision letters, emails, technical decisions, legal decisions, public outreach materials.

  • Mentors and coaches – there's an enormous amount of complex science, technology, engineering, regulatory requirements and interpretation that needs to be tailored to and learned by each site manager and followed through.

  • Creates a site management Boot-Camp that this position sponsors and manages.

  • Coordinates with the VCP Unit Boot-Camp to make a complete MTCA on the job training.

  • Supports other units, and share knowledge – helping to define a strong technical and site management team.

  • Follows the MTCA process appropriately for all work in the unit and across the section.

  • Shepherds projects to meet schedules and project demands for self and staff.

  • Helps staff to be consistent with existing regional and program policy and decisions and to shape new ones.

  • Supports staff and assisting daily on any issue they're facing.

Toxics Source Identification Monitoring Lead (Natural Resource Scientist 3)

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

The Toxics Source Identification Monitoring Lead position is a senior staff scientist in the Toxics Studies Unit (TSU), this position is responsible for identifying sources of toxic contaminants in basins where salmonids may be impacted. This data is used to conduct toxic contamination source identification, determine effectiveness of source control efforts, and assess water bodies for toxic contaminants.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Defines and directs the Toxics Source Identification Program including writing the project plan, selecting monitoring parameters, monitoring techniques, and defining study areas.

  • Leads and mentors other professional staff assigned to the project including training on appropriate technical methods, field and monitoring procedures, quality assurance procedures, and office procedures.

  • Oversees staff in the office and field, conducts monitoring surveys, collects samples including record keeping and reporting procedures.

  • Prepares quality assurance project plans (QAPPs), standard operating procedures (SOPs), and scientific reports.

  • Works closely with analytical laboratories to coordinate analysis of environmental samples including developing Request for Proposals for externally contracted analyses and work.

  • Conducts surveys, analyzes and records conditions for collection of environmental samples for toxics chemical analysis.

  • Conducts statistical analysis and quality assurance review of environmental data.  Uses various software programs for data analysis (spreadsheets and statistics), and report preparation (word processing).

  • Communicates sampling results to partners, public, industry, and other agency in and understandable manor.

  • Assists with data reduction, and entry of project data into Ecology's EIM System.

  • Presents and publishes information on toxics source identification studies at conferences and in peer review journals. 

  • Serves as expert witness in legal proceedings, and provides technical assistance to departmental programs. 

  • Provides recommendations to management for developing and/or changing regulations, policies, and guidelines necessary for pollution control.

Nonpoint Inspector and Compliance Specialist

Washington Department of Ecology

Location: Union Gap, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

The Water Quality Program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Nonpoint Inspector and Compliance Specialist position in our Central Regional Office in Union Gap, WA.

This is a great opportunity for someone looking to be a part of a small, collaborative work group, and who wants to be involved in a wide variety of water quality issues throughout the Central Region. This position will require frequent fieldwork and site visits throughout Ecology's Central Region.

Ecology's Central Region is in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains. The region is uncrowded and affordable with many small communities with unique characteristics.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Visiting sites to determine if pollution has the potential to impact water quality

  • Contacting parties responsible for reported or suspected water pollution

  • Contributing to the development and use of data collection systems that include Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

  • Writing reports and correspondence to document pollution, corrective actions, and compliance with water quality regulations

  • Potentially testifying in enforcement cases, when needed

Reducing Toxic Threats Unit Supervisor 

Washington Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

The Department of Ecology Hazardous Waste & Toxics Reduction (HWTR) Program is currently looking for a supervisor for the Reducing Toxic Threats Unit, located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

This position leads a unit responsible for advancing safer products for Washington, taking action on priority chemicals, and ensuring compliance with state laws like the Children's Safe Products Act.  

There is growing public health concerns from the use of everyday consumer products that contain chemicals of concern.  In fact, the largest source of chemical pollution is not coming from point sources like smokestacks or sewer pipes, but from the combined slow and steady release of chemicals from consumer products.
 
The HWTR Program enforces Washington's toxics laws, including the Dangerous Waste regulations that many businesses need to comply with. We also offer technical assistance to businesses to reduce or eliminate their use of hazardous chemicals, work to identify safer chemical alternatives, support the development of green chemistry, and test consumer products for toxic chemicals. 

The goal of this position is to lead a team of highly motivated chemists, scientists, and environmental specialists that are working to enhance protection of Washington's people and resources by reducing toxic threats caused by the use of toxic chemicals in our economy.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Strategically deploys staff resources in order to meet performance goals for the Unit, including implementing the Safer Products for Washington program,  developing and implementing Chemical Action Plan (CAP) recommendations, identifying safer chemical alternatives,  and engagement with interested parties to better inform our work.

  • Assigns work, develops priorities, tracks progress, and evaluates team and individual performance so that the unit's staff are effective, efficient, and supported in their regulatory and technical assistance work.

  • Oversees staff work to establish relationships and build credibility with a wide range of stakeholders and partners, both internal and external to Ecology including manufacturers, retailers, academia, NGOs, tribes and other state, local and federal governments.

  • Recruits and works to retain high-quality, motivated staff, and foster creative and cooperative partnerships among agency programs as well as with external partners.

  • Supports technical staff that work with staff from the air, water and waste environmental programs and regional offices.

Municipal Stormwater Grant Project Specialist

Washington Department of Ecology

Location: Bellevue, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

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

This position supports the Water Quality Program's Stormwater Financial Assistance Program through participation in the statewide Stormwater Action Team. The Stormwater Action Team is a multidisciplinary team of stormwater project managers that share specialized stormwater-related regulatory and technical skills critical for the identification and execution of cost effective stormwater improvement projects. Duties include serving as a specialist on the intersection between stormwater grants and watershed planning, innovative pollutant removal, or other assigned stormwater topic area.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Stormwater is one of the largest contributors of pollution to Puget Sound.  Stormwater contains toxic chemicals, excess nutrients, and bacteria. The Municipal Stormwater Grant Project Specialist contributes to the reduction of pollution to Puget Sound by providing financial assistance management for complicated, highly complex, and sometimes challenging stormwater projects in the Stillaguamish, Island, Snohomish, and Cedar Water Resource Inventory Areas. This includes:

  • Developing and negotiating the terms of agreement for complex stormwater improvement projects.

  • 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.

  • Responding to highly complex inquiries for technical assistance to inform Ecology and local governments on selecting and prioritizing the use of different stormwater treatment strategies in stormwater planning.

Construction Stormwater Inspector (Environmental Specialist 3)

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

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

This Construction Stormwater Inspector works under general direction of the Watershed Resources Unit Supervisor to conduct investigations to identify construction stormwater discharges within the Southwest Region, and bring permittees into compliance with the construction stormwater permit.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Inspection of construction sites for compliance with the Construction Stormwater General Permit and delivering technical assistance.

  • Responding to and investigating construction stormwater complaints.

  • Working with higher-level environmental staff in negotiating enforcement actions, contaminated sites, and other types of complex agreements.

  • Communicating and building relationships with non-complying entities in order to work toward achieving voluntary compliance.

  • Recommending actions and procedures necessary to bring dischargers into compliance, including the use of formal and informal enforcement actions.

  • Developing partnerships with municipalities, businesses, and interest groups in order to identify and respond to environmental issues.

  • Representing the agency as environmental specialist in enforcement actions, hearings, and legal proceedings. Providing testimony in cases involving the approval, denial, or conditioning of permits; the imposition of civil penalties.

TMDL Lead (Environmental Specialist 4)

Washington State Department of Ecology

Location: Union Gap

Closing Date: Continuous

About the position

The Department of Ecology is looking for a Water Quality TMDL Lead in their Water Quality Program. This position develops and implements water quality improvement plans, and is located at their Central Regional Office in Union Gap, WA.

They are looking for applicants who want to build relationships with external partners in order to implement watershed planning strategies to improve water quality.

 

Some of what you'll do:

This position supports the Water Quality Program's goal of protecting and improving the quality of surface waters by developing and implementing Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) and TMDL Alternatives.  This will be done by:

  • Developing, coordinating, directing, and writing TMDLs, TMDL Alternatives, or other plans to protect, preserve, and enhance water quality. 

  • Assessing water quality, and analyzing and summarizing environmental studies and implementation plans. 

  • Making decisions on TMDLs involving federal, state, and local governments, EPA and the Department of Health. 

  • Coordinating multiple complex TMDLs, TMDL Alternatives, and other water cleanup plans that are currently in the implementation phase, in progress, or being scoped.  

 

This position develops partnerships with the local community and provides scientific, technical, and policy guidance on TMDLs and related complex water quality issues. This includes:

  • Involving key interest groups and organizations to effectively conduct technical studies, develop water quality implementation control strategies, and write TMDLs to protect and restore impaired waters. 

  • Coordinating and communicating with tribes, local governments and other stakeholder groups during the development and implementation of a TMDL. 

  • Monitoring and reporting on progress of implementation measures toward meeting water quality standards as specified in the TMDLs

  • Representing Ecology at legal and public hearings and conferences regarding TMDLs.

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