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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 Program Manager 

Department of Agriculture

Location: Various locations in WA

Closing date: August 29, 2022

About the Position:

The Food Safety Program Manager is part of the division's management team and is responsible for the operation and administration of the program. This position plays a critical role in interpreting and determining public health and food safety policy, implementation of regulatory enforcement actions, development and auditing of divisional policies and procedures. The position works with food and agricultural groups, as well as local, state, and federal officials to protect public health and meet stakeholder needs. This position is responsible for taking regulatory action against those that repeatedly violate Food Safety regulations. The position implements program changes, develops, and coordinates strategies, and communicates decisions.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Develops and monitors the program's $5 million annual budget; plans spending, projects revenue, and takes action to stay within spending authority.

  • Applies for and administers grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements with local, state, federal, and university partners; negotiates, and monitors interagency agreement with public entities.  

  • Achieves and maintains expert knowledge of state, federal and foreign laws, regulations, and agency policies and procedures; develops and evaluates technical, regulatory, and administrative policies and procedures.

  • Uses management principles, advanced management methods, and strategic planning processes in the operation of the Food Safety Program. 

  • Oversees and manages all Food Safety program employees and directly supervises senior program staff, assigning and monitoring progress on various project components within the Food Safety program.

  • Develops and maintains a strategic plan and performance measures to guide the program's operation. The plan contains short and long-term goals, identifies core functions, and positions the program for the future.

  • Identifies, prioritizes, and drives internal divisional/agency improvements with a goal of increasing productivity and efficiency.

  • Makes final decisions on the issuance of licenses/certificates, recommends suspension or revocation of licenses/certificates, and takes other appropriate regulatory action against operations that are out of compliance with standards, regulations, and laws.

  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with all levels of government agencies, industry associations, and stakeholder groups. 

  • Acts as a spokesperson and educator for the program and for WSDA; responds to inquiries, conducts training workshops, presents information to stakeholders, and advocates for WA interests at national meetings.

  • Serves as an Incident Commander in response to food borne illness and other food-related emergencies.

  • Analyzes, and monitors a variety of state and federal regulations and legislations for agency for agency and program impacts; provides legislative bill and fiscal analysis on proposed legislation.

  • Testifies before the state legislature regarding food safety and impacts of proposed legislation.

  • Serves as an acting position in the absence of the FSCS Assistant Director and represents the Assistant Director on various boards, commissions, and committees. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

Food Safety Compliance Specialist 2

Washington State Department of Agriculture

Location: Benton County or Franklin County

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

The Food Safety Compliance Specialist 2 position performs journey-level work including inspections, investigations, and sample collection to protect public health from unsafe adulterated food by gaining compliance with state laws and federal regulations. Travel and the ability to work independently is required to conduct in-depth food inspections in facilities that process or hold food products including food processors and food storage warehouses; produce farms; dairy farms; dairy plants; custom meat facilities, slaughter plants and trucks; egg handling facilities; poultry processors and other food handlers.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Evaluates firm's control of public health risks by performing independent inspections of conditions in facilities that hold, pack, transfer or produce food. Inspections are based on the appropriate state and/or federal regulation and program policy.

  • Conducts federally mandated Grade 'A' Dairy testing of pasteurization equipment and evaluations of bulk milk haulers and samplers by written and practical examination.

  • Discerns between critical and minor violations and provides technical assistance to

  • industry whenever possible.

  • Provides clear and concise oral and written reports of inspection and investigation findings.

  • Assists the program in development and review of compliance cases as needed.

  • Provide technical assistance and education to industry and the public regarding food safety regulation, compliance, and enforcement.

  • Provides applicants with technical assistance to achieve licensing status including the review of construction and remodel plans for compliance.

  • Participates in developing technical brochures and factsheets to provide assistance and education to stakeholders, peers, and other regulatory officials.

  • Coordinates and works with other state, local and federal agencies in actions, inspections, investigations, and training dealing with issues of food safety.

  • Acts as field support for recall effectiveness checks and other food borne health events.

Environmental Health Specialist I-II

Cowlitz County

Location: Kelso, WA

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

This position performs site inspections and enforces local, state, and federal environmental health standards and regulations for water quality, well construction, campground and recreation facilities, solid waste handling, and on-site sewage systems. This position also processes permit applications, maintains records of inspections, performs complaint investigations, participates in the civil infraction process, and performs other regulatory activities.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Conduct research and investigation of claims/complaints concerning well water contamination, environmental complaints, professional misconduct complaints, and complaints of improper disposal of solid or liquid waste for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating violations that affect the health, safety and welfare of the community, population, and environment.

  • Evaluate and interpret plot plans, well construction logs, and water analyses during water evaluation process for short plats and building permits.

  • Coordinate with staff and governmental agencies for water system evaluation and adequacy approval.

  • Conduct routine inspections of solid waste handling and recycling facilities and assist in developing solid waste disposal plans, sites, and regulations.

  • Review designs, issue permits, and inspect on-site sewage disposal systems.

  • Perform recreational vehicle park and campground inspections for the purpose of identifying, abating and eliminating violations. Maintain communications with park and campground owners/managers to ensure timely compliance.

  • Facilitate hearings for recreational vehicle parks/campground facilities pursuant to state and local laws.

  • Provide customer service to the public by interpreting and informing them of applicable laws, regulations, and procedures with respect to solid waste, sanitation, well construction, water quality, and other related environmental health issues.

  • Prepare reports and evidence of violations of applicable laws. Serve as witness in hearings and court cases.

  • Organize and attend meetings and conferences with permit applicants, owners, and community and governmental agencies regarding environmental health related projects and issues.

  • Attend and participate in staff meetings. Provide input for personal, professional, and the department’s improvement of its responsibilities and services.

  • Attend training and seminars to update skills and knowledge in the field and stay up to date on the latest legal and technology changes or trends.

  • Assist in updating ordinances, codes, regulations, procedures, and policies associated with environmental health standards and its applications and enforcement by the department.

  • Produce and present environmental health programs to the public, elected officials and the department. Collaborate with other departments in preparing reports and presentations regarding land use applications for the director, the health officer, the hearings examiner, and the Board of County Commissioners.

  • Develop and maintain the On-site Septic Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Program.

Environmental Health Specialist I-II

Cowlitz County

Location: Kelso, WA

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

This position performs inspections and enforces local, State, and Federal environmental health standards and regulations for food protection and preservation, water supplies, chemical and physical hazards, vector control, school environmental health and safety programs, recreational facilities and other public health or sanitation issues.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Inspect and evaluate health department regulated facilities and other sites to ensure public health and environmental safety in compliance with applicable federal, state and local rules and regulations.

  • Advise facility or site operators and/or owners of applicable rules and regulations and required environmental and public health standards. Offer recommendations and corrective actions to address deficiencies in order to comply with applicable rules and regulations. Issue appropriate notice of violation following established enforcement procedures, and conduct follow up inspections.

  • Grant or deny permits, licenses or fitness of site. Recommends enforcement actions. Initiate appropriate legal action as needed.

  • Assist with the development and implementation of a school environmental health and safety program. Offer technical assistance to address deficiencies noted during inspections and as needed.  

  • Review plans for new or remodeled regulated facilities to ensure compliance with applicable regulations.

  • Assist the public with regulation compliance, and public health information pertaining to zoonotic diseases, control of rodents, bats and disease carrying insects. Consult with other agencies on special cases or refer public to other agencies as needed.

  • Respond to program emergencies, public health concerns, incidents, and complaints.  Participate in epidemiological investigations pertaining to food borne or water borne disease or other communicable diseases.

  • Provide regular status reports to the supervisor of complaints, ongoing investigations and enforcement actions. Consult with the supervisor on matters outside the scope of knowledge or for guidance, and when legal action is required.

  • Testify in administrative hearings or in courts of law regarding investigations conducted.

  • Collaborate and assist the supervisor to update and revise department procedures, references, and policies.

  • Prepare and present public presentations, classes and write reports in a format and degree of detail as instructed by the supervisor or as the particular case requires.

  • Attend training and keep current on ordinance, code, and legal changes pertaining to the field and related subjects.

  • Assist in the orientation and training of other environmental health specialists on department policies, procedures, and tasks.

  • Attend and participate in staff meetings. Provide input and recommendations to improve own work processes and the general operation, performance and services provided by the department.

  • Participate in and conduct surveys to gather information, analyze and reach conclusions to identify control measures and solutions.

  • Assist the department in coordinating efforts during special projects, special investigations, or emergency situations.

Climate Change: Cap-and-Invest Market Planner (2 positions)

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

In this role, you will support the work of two staff leads in the cap-and-invest Auctions and Market Unit. One staff lead is focused on allowance trading and entity education, and the other lead is focused on allowance auctions. The Auctions and Market 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. You will also be involved in outreach to similar programs in other jurisdictions (e.g., California and Québec), external agencies, stakeholders, and the Western Climate Initiative, Inc. For more details on job duties and qualifications, please see below.

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

Compliance and Dairy Process Improvement Coordinator

Department of Agriculture

Location: Remote only

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

The Compliance and Dairy Process Improvement Coordinator (Public Health Advisor 3) reports to the Food Safety Program Manager. This position supports the program and agency by leading the program's statewide compliance and enforcement efforts to ensure that equitable and consistent application of the laws, rules and requirements for all license, permit and endorsement types under the program's regulatory authority. This includes, but is not limited to; developing legal cases in conjunction with program legal support to protect public health, develop and provide training on enforcement procedures, enforcement alternatives and other related topics.

In addition, this position leads the agency process improvement team for the Grade 'A' Dairy program, serves as a food safety, food processing and inspectional process subject matter expert for Grade 'A' and manufactured dairy products; oversees the development and implementation of the inspector training program for dairy farms, milk plants, pasteurizer and equipment testing to ensure a consistent and technically competent workforce in alignment with State and Federal best practices and requirements. 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Complete onsite septic system inspections ensuring they are in compliance with state and local code/regulations.

  • Review applications, septic system designs, for compliance to state and local code/regulations. 

  • Contact applicants, septic designers and installers on septic systems as needed. 3. Review, create and issue permits for septic systems as per company and local/state guidelines.

  • Ensure relevant information from the septic system installer is entered into the database. 5. Conduct sanitary surveys for public Group A water systems including physical tour and compiling the required information for the report.

  • Provide technical assistance to the public as needed.

  • Assist with as-built requests as needed. 8. Conduct pool/spa inspections. 

Environmental Health Specialist I or II (multiple positions)

Lewis County Public Health

Location: Chehalis, WA

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

There are three (3) positions available - solid/hazardous waste, onsite/septic inspections, and food inspections. The positions will be required to work in all areas assigned.  This position learns and assists in performing environmental safety and sanitation studies, inspections, and investigations to enforce Federal, State, and local laws and regulations and protect the health and safety of Lewis County residents.  See the link for a complete description, job duties, and requirements for an EHS I or EHS II.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Learns and assists in conducting routine inspections to prevent or eliminate environmental and sanitation health hazards as directed; may be assigned to regulate water programs, solid/hazardous waste, environment & vector control, sewage systems, and food facilities; duties may vary according to job assignment.

  • Examines, analyzes and approves routine applications and permits; conducts routine site and facility inspections for compliance with regulations and standards; collects samples and performs special tests as needed.

  • Inspects commercial businesses and residences for compliance to safety and sanitary regulations; enforces health and safety laws and regulations; investigates a variety of routine complaints.

  • Provides referral to supervisor when problems occur which are beyond the skills of the specialist; and tracks the problem until it has been resolved.

  • Prepares and maintains records of inspections; gathers evidence for appropriate enforcement action by the Department; recommends corrective actions, warnings, notices of violation, and citations.

  • Updates and maintains a variety of files, records, charts and other documents; gathers, compiles, and synthesizes data; maintains appropriate records and prepares reports as required.

  • Presents outreach programs; talks to community groups regarding program services.

  • Responds to public health complaints; determines code violations; contacts owner; recommends abatement procedures for violations; writes and issues letters and citations within scope of authority.

  • Examines and reviews routine applications within area of assignment to include land use plans such as subdivision reviews, conditional and special use permits, comprehensive water and sewer plans, engineering plans for water and onsite sewage systems; design, construction and operation plans for solid waste facilities; plans for school siting, construction or remodeling; and food service facility plans; inspects facilities and work sites as directed.

  • Addresses concerns of citizens; provides consultation on specific environmental health issues; educates the general public, workers, school groups, and property owners on environmental health issues and code violations.

  • Cross trains in various environmental health disciplines and duties; assists with the training and cross-training of other County staff

Regional Section Manager (WMS Band 2)

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid

Closing date: Open until filled;

About the Position:

In this role, you will provide strategic and tactical leadership for shoreline, floodplain, ocean and coastal zone management in Washington State. This key leadership position is critical to fostering and developing relations with impacted stakeholders, local governments and tribes, as well as federal and state agency partners.  This position supports the missions by managing the Coastal/Shorelands Section, and has direct influence on Ecology’s management of state shorelines and floodplains as well as coastal and ocean waters. This position is accountable for managing employees providing statewide services including policy assistance, regulatory and planning oversight of local governments, scientific support, and financial assistance to local communities. The position also leads policy initiatives to improve management and protection of state shoreline, ocean, and floodplain resources.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Manage all aspects of section administration including but not limited to budget, personnel, process and policy.

  • Create, maintain, and improve an inclusive, respectful, diverse, and equitable workplace.

  • Implement, enforce, and ensure compliance with laws, rules, and policies. Develop procedures to protect and manage Southwest Region wetlands, shorelands, and watersheds in the best interest of the public.

  • Perform final review and approval for delegated signature authority actions including shoreline management actions, Section 401 water-quality certifications, wetland administrative orders, enforcement actions, civil penalties, contracts, purchasing, and personnel actions.

  • Ensure quality and consistency of staff recommendations, reports, and decisions.

  • Balance the competing needs/demands of public, private, and tribal interests in every shoreline, floodplain, wetland, and Section 401 Certification permit decision.

  • Represent Ecology on various natural resource initiatives.

  • Develop detailed workload analysis and SEA section and program plans that define goals and objectives, and coordinate development activities with other regions, regional programs, and headquarters. Monitor and adapt to national and state regulatory changes and trends.

  • Work collaboratively as a member of the SEA Program Management Team to develop program plans and strategic initiatives, policies and procedures.

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.

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.

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

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. 

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. 

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

Regional Facilities Specialist Lead

Washington State Department of Ecology

Location: Union Gap, WA; Flexible/hybrid

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

You will provide technical assistance to several health and solid waste departments in the central region of the state. This region accepts about 65-70% of the solid waste generated in Washington State, and provides technical assistance to the nation’s 5th largest landfill. This region also has several waste-to-energy operations that you will interact with.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Train new hires at local governments

  • Review the permits written by local governments to ensure conformance with solid waste rules

  • Provide technical assistance to local governments and solid waste facilities

  • Assist more junior staff in their work

  • Provide good customer service 

School Environment Health and Safety- Plan Review Lead

Department of Health

Location: Tumwater, WA (flexible/hybrid)

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

This Public Health Advisor position supports the OEHS mission as a Plan Review Lead and technical specialist for the School Environmental Health Program. A Plan Review Lead is responsible for reviewing and approving plans and specifications, develop technical and support documents, provide technical assistance statewide, conduct on-site plan review inspections and inform plan conditions, coordinate across the agency with related subject matter experts, provide comprehensive training in coordination with program staff, provide consultation and assistance to local health staff, industry professionals, other state agencies as well as school administration staff on best practices.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Providing technical assistance, in plan review, rule interpretation, and consultative services to state and local public health and safety professionals, and the public to protect health through accurate and consistent best practices. 

  • Consulting with the management and staff of local health, industry, state agencies, and professional associations to identify needs so program activities and resources are properly prioritized. Standardizing local health school program leads to promote inspection skills and consistency for plan reviews. 

  • Consulting regularly with co-workers and Supervisor to ensure the agency's school safety messages are consistent and cohesive. 

  • Routinely visiting local health jurisdictions (LHJs) to meet with management and staff, as appropriate, to discuss program status, plan review inspections, and needs.

  • Researching, developing, and updating technical guidance and training materials on school facility construction, design and maintenance.

  • Consulting regularly with co-workers and Supervisor to ensure the materials are accurate and consistent, especially regarding other areas of focus including wastewater, food safety etc.

Initial ERTS Complaint Investigator

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA (flexible/hybrid)

Closing date: Open until Filled

About the Position:

The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill an Initial ERTS Complaint Investigator (Environmental Specialist 4) 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. 

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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)

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.

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.

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 

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

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. 

Food Safety Compliance Specialist 2 (3 positions)

Department of Agriculture

Location: Spokane County, Skagit County, King County 

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

This position performs journey-level work including inspections, investigations and sample collection to protect public health from unsafe adulterated food by gaining compliance with state laws and federal regulations. Travel is required to conduct in-depth food inspections in facilities that process or hold food products including: food processors and food storage warehouses; produce farms; dairy farms; dairy plants; custom meat facilities, slaughter plants and trucks; egg handling facilities; poultry processors and other food handlers.  This is a home office based position - you must have a functional home internet connection to be successful in this role.  

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Evaluates firm's control of public heath risks by performing independent inspections of conditions in facilities that hold, pack, transfer or produce food. Inspections are based on the appropriate state and/or federal regulation and program policy.

  • Conducts federally mandated Grade 'A' Dairy testing of pasteurization equipment and evaluations of bulk milk haulers and samplers by written and practical examination.

  • Discerns between critical and minor violations and provides technical assistance to industry whenever possible.

  • Provides clear and concise oral and written reports of inspection and investigation findings.

  • Assists the program in development and review of compliance cases as needed.

  • Provide technical assistance and education to industry and the public regarding food safety regulation, compliance and enforcement.

  • Provides applicants with technical assistance to achieve licensing status including the review of construction and remodel plans for compliance.

  • Participates in developing technical brochures and factsheets to provide assistance and education to stakeholders, peers and other regulatory officials.

  • Coordinates and works with other state, local and federal agencies in actions, inspections, investigations and training dealing with issues of food safety.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Environmental Health Specialist I or II

Chelan-Douglas Health District

Location: East Wenatchee, WA

Closing date: Open until Filled

About the Position:

Conduct public health inspections of permanent and temporary food service establishments along with public and semi-public pools and spas. Review applications for new permanent and temporary food service establishments (FSE). May require work in other environmental health programs such as onsite, solid waste, schools etc.

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Report health code violations to FSE owner/operators via WA state inspection forms and by correspondence when necessary. 

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

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

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

  • Provide technical assistance and complaint response. 

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

  • Apply knowledge of bacteria, viruses, parasites and toxins to investigate reports of illness. Interview individuals to determine incubation times, symptoms and food/social histories. Coordinate efforts with state epidemiologists and the District communicable disease section. 

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

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

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

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

Food Safety Program Lead

Snohomish Health District

Location: Everett, WA

Closing date: Open until filled

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.

The position will provide technical support and consultation to the assigned section staff.  The Lead Sanitarian is expected to participate in program planning, development of policies, procedures and regulations, program implementation and evaluation as well as providing technical support to field staff and performing fieldwork as assigned.  

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

Environmental Health Specialist I/II

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 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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.      

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.

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.

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.

Statewide Resources Section Manager

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA             

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

The Statewide Resources Section Manager position is directly accountable with considerable scope of responsibility to develop and maintain Program data systems and information technology. This position requires broad strategic thinking in order to manage existing technology needs, as well as plan for future needs. 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Leads the activities of the Statewide Resources Section – managing the work of several projects and making sure the projects have the resources and management support they need to be successful.

  • Participates on the Program Management Team and Leadership Team and help with setting the direction of the Program and implementing the Program's mission.

  • Works with our partners including but not limited to US Coast Guard, EPA and the WA Department of Fish and Wildlife, WA State Military Department and other environmental trustee agencies.

  • This position is expected to successfully manage the Section staff as they work to support oil spill prevention, preparedness and response activities.

  • Support legislative process and helps develop key messages and recommendations for program initiatives during sessions.  

  • Acts as backup for the Program Manager.

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.

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.

Environmental Planner 3 (2 positions)

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA             

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

The Toxics Cleanup Program is looking to fill two Environmental Planner 3 positions. We are looking for candidates with strong team and project management skills, demonstrated success in technical writing and communication, and a desire to work collaboratively to develop policies and guidance that improve the process for cleaning up contaminated sites.

Please note: One position is permanent and the other is a project position.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Expedited Voluntary Cleanup Program Planner  (Please note: this is a project position with an expected end date of June 30, 2021)

    • As an independent project manager responsible for guiding the development of the expedited process for the voluntary cleanup program. You will work independently and collaboratively with a TCP workgroup to develop policies, guidance, and rules that implement Substitute House Bill 1290. This work directly supports TCP's strategic goal to Clean Up Sites. In this position, you will get to develop policy and guidance, write rule language, manage projects related to the implementation of SHB 1290, and provide technical editing and communication support for your project's deliverables. You will also have the opportunity to work on strategic planning and performance management for the overall voluntary cleanup program.

  • Policy Unit Planner (Please note: this is a permanent position)

    • As an independent project manager responsible for guiding the development of cleanup rules and polices you will work independently and collaboratively with senior technical staff in the policy and technical support unit and on the rule team. Key activities under TCP's strategic goal to Clean Up Sites that you will support include:

      • Development of policies and guidance through technical editing.

      • Internal and external communication during policy development and rulemaking.

      • Project management of the cleanup rule update and the development of other TCP policies including facilitating TCP teams and workgroups.

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.

Food Safety Compliance Specialist 2 - Animal Feed Program

WA Department of Agriculture

Location: Multiple positions - western Washington                     

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

The Animal Feed Program within the WSDA Food Safety and Consumer Services Division works to protect animal and public health and consumer protection through the regulation of animal food products through inspection and sampling activities, responding to consumer and industry complaints, implementation of the Animal Feed Regulatory Program Standards (AFRPS), a