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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.

Environmental Health Director

Snohomish Health District

Location: Everett, WA             

Closing date: Open until filled; reviewed weekly

About the Position:

Under direction of the Administrative Officer, or designee, incumbent is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and works collaboratively to advise on and carry out the mission and strategic plan of the Snohomish Health District. The incumbent is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and administering the operations of multiple programs within the Environmental Health Division, as well as enforcing federal, state, county, city, and district environmental health laws, regulations, and codes. In the event of an emergency, the incumbent may serve as a member of the Incident Command Team.

 

The incumbent exhibits managerial courage and exceptional leadership as a responsible decision maker through strategic agility, innovation, and effective results. The incumbent represents and articulates the interests and priorities of the agency and public health at Board of Health, Public Health Advisory Council and other community meetings, workshops, and events. The incumbent provides a broad view and understanding of the field of environmental health as it relates to public health concepts and practices, demonstrates ability to build and maintain effective teams within the Environmental Health division as well as with other internal and external partners and is expected to apply extensive knowledge of modern management techniques and concepts to situations involving administration, policy, and procedure development.

Work is performed under long-range managerial direction in terms of broadly defined missions or functions. Incumbent has complete responsibility for their work and work is reviewed for conformance to goals and objectives of the district and the division. Results of work are considered to be technically authoritative and are normally accepted without significant change. Work may be reviewed for fulfillment of organizational objectives, effect/advice, and influence of the overall programs in area of responsibility, and the contribution to meeting the district's and community's needs.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Directs the activities of Environmental Health Division programs (Food Safety, Land Use & Safe Environments and Child Care Health Programs).

  • Attends meetings of the Board of Health to represent the agency's interests and priorities and articulate the division's issues.

  • Develops annual goals and objectives for the agency and division and performs long-range planning in conjunction with management staff and district administration.

  • Participates in and supports emergency preparedness and response activities, including preparedness for the division, agency, and community.

  • Maintains an effective working relationship with other local health department/district counterparts throughout the state, with staff of local health and social service agencies, and with the Washington State Departments of Health and Ecology.

  • Works in close partnership and collaboration with Snohomish County Planning and Development Services and Public Works Departments

  • Networks and collaborates with partners and organizations in the community and promotes the district and the division as appropriate.

  • Oversees the supervision, coaching, mentoring, training, and performance evaluation of all division staff; directly supervises and evaluates the division's assistant director; communicates the need for corrective or disciplinary action to appropriate district personnel and initiates or approves disciplinary action for division staff.

  • Guides quality improvement, performance management, and workforce development in the division.

  • Communicates in an effective manner with division management and staff on a regular basis, acts as district spokesperson as needed.

  • With appropriate approval, designs and implements programs; obtains grants as appropriate to fund on-going or new programs; prepares contract work statements as appropriate and assumes responsibility for monitoring of all divisional contracts and grants.

  • Develops and oversees annual expenditure and revenue budgets, and takes corrective action as needed; reports and addresses any variations from the budgets that will not be resolved within the fiscal year in a timely manner.

  • Interprets and ensures compliance to Washington State laws and local regulations.

  • Reviews divisional program quality assurance data regularly to assure quality of service delivery; reviews staff productivity indicators regularly and assures a high level of productivity.

  • Assures accurate reports on division activities are provided as requested.

  • Coordinates and supports the activities of the division with the activities of other divisions in the district and other community partners as appropriate.

  • Serves as a member of the Executive Leadership Team to recommend, collaborate, review, and manage district-wide issues, budgets, and policies.

  • Works in close partnership with Administrative Services Division Director in delivering exceptional customer service to environmental health clients.

  • Provides key leadership for modernizing delivery of environmental health services.

  • Incorporates principles of safety and stability, collaboration and empowerment, compassion, equity, and resilience into the Environmental Health Division's culture.

  • Represents the district on local, regional, and state committees and work groups.

Environmental Health Specialist I or II

Kitsap Public Health District

Location: Bremerton, WA             

Closing date: November 17, 2019

About the Position:

Under the direction of the Water Pollution Identification and Correction Program Manager, you would be responsible for performing environmental health services mandated by local, state and federal regulations governing water quality and water pollution prevention. The specific functions of this position are to protect and enhance surface waters and their related resources/beneficial uses in Kitsap County. Failure to perform tasks essential to the position could result in an increased potential for surface water contamination, an increased potential for shellfish, finfish, and bottom fish contamination, and an increased threat to public health.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Conducts pollution identification and correction surveys and complaint investigations to assess, identify, and correct onsite sewage system performance problems and other nonpoint pollution sources.

  • Collects surface water, shellfish, and other water-related samples as needed or directed.

  • Assists with program response to swimming beach closures, paralytic shellfish poison closures, blue-green algae blooms, sewage spills, and other water quality related hazards.

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

  • Participates in public and agency watershed management committees and steering committees related to water quality protection.

  • Prepares technical reports, activity reports, and other correspondence, and performs related work as assigned or needed.

  • Develops program related education materials and makes educational presentations to community groups and the general public.

  • Keeps current on onsite sewage and water quality issues, technologies, and regulations.

  • Assists with the administration of nonpoint pollution water quality restoration contracts and grants with the Kitsap County Public Works, the Department of Ecology, the Department of Health, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Completes electronic timecard on a weekly basis as required.

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

  • Models a lean organizational culture that promotes the practice of respect for people, openness, trust, safety, transparency, collaborative problem solving, managing with data, incremental continuous improvement and assurance.

  • Establishes and maintains cooperative, effective working relationships with coworkers, other District employees, and the general public using principles of good customer service.

  • Reports for scheduled work with regular, reliable and punctual attendance.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Environmental Health Specialist I or II

Skagit County

Location: Mount Vernon, WA                   

Closing date: November 11, 2019

About the Position:

Performs and monitors all duties of environmental health programs in county or special area of assignment to ensure compliance with federal, State and local standards and regulations regarding sanitation and disease control.  Meets with and educates the public and responds to inquiries and complaints.  Conducts and interprets appropriate surveillance, inspections, and investigations.  Implements Skagit County's Environmental Health Division activities including food safety, on-site sewage, solid waste and chemical/physical hazards, rules and regulations as field inspector. 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Inspection of retail food establishments for conformance to applicable regulations, implementation of control measures to correct violations, providing education and technical assistance to members of the food industry and the public; and responding to complaints.  Works collaboratively with the communicable disease team as directed in outbreak situations. May analyze the outbreak data utilizing epidemiological and statistical methods established by the Epidemiologist, under the direction of the division manager.

  • Investigating solid waste handling and illegal dumping complaints; provide education and technical assistance to the public on proper solid waste handling and chemical/physical hazards; ensuring compliance with applicable regulations through education and enforcement.

  • Complaint response to support the on-site sewage program; enforcement of operations and maintenance program; working collaboratively with other county departments, specifically Public Works Pollution Control and Identification program to investigate and monitor areas of pollution related to malfunctioning septic systems. Educate homeowners on proper septic system maintenance. Evaluates plans for construction of residential and commercial on-site sewage systems with respect to provisions of state and local regulations.  Works directly with design engineers, installers, general contractors, private individuals, and other public agencies.

  • Assisting with investigation of water contamination or waterborne illness complaints and outbreaks.  Inspecting camps, swimming pools and beaches on a scheduled basis.  May collect and submit shellfish samples for routine testing.  Assist with investigation of vector complaints.  Participate in emergency response activities and other duties as assigned.

  • Collects water or other environmental monitoring samples to assess the sanitary condition of surface water, ground water or other medium, analyzes test data and reports results to supervisor.

  • Provide technical assistance and consultation to the general public translating technical and regulatory information to a variety of audiences in response to environmental health and hazard inquiries. Follows-up on complaints relative to those situations that have an adverse effect on public health.

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

  • Writes grant proposals, implements and monitors grant activities and provides reports and deliverables for compliance.

  • Issues and renews permits as related to area of assignment.

  • Participates in updating program related codes, ordinance, policies, protocols.

  • Implement other environmental health and infectious disease control responsibilities, as assigned.

  • Updates and uses computerized data management systems.

Disaster Recovery Specialist

Ecology & Environment, Inc

Location: Eugene, OR; Hermiston, OR; Portland, OR; Salem, OR                      

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

Ecology and Environment Inc. (E&E) is seeking a Disaster Recovery Specialist in Portland, OR, Eugene, OR, Salem, OR, or Hermiston, OR.  This contract-specific position will support delivery of disaster-related recovery services in Oregon.  E&E is a global network of innovators and problem solvers, dedicated professionals and industry leaders in scientific, engineering, and planning disciplines working together with their clients to develop technically sound, science-based solutions to the leading environmental challenges of our time.  E&E offers opportunities for growth in a team-oriented environment.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Coordinate with and provide a high level of customer service to local and state partners to facilitate effective and accurate delivery of grant funding

  • Assist potential grant funding recipients in summarizing damage, communicating requirements for assistance, and developing project and priorities

  • Participate in virtual and in person meetings and site visits to support

  • Provide disaster recovery subject matter expertise to support review of project documentation including preparation of Project Worksheets (PWs) to determine project eligibility, scopes of work, and estimating costs to repair or replace a facility or structure to its pre-disaster design

  • Conduct preliminary damage assessments (PDAs) in the field with Federal, State, and local officials

  • Interact with clients, agency personnel, non-governmental organizations, and the public or other stakeholders

Environmental Engineer 3 (In Training)

Department of Ecology

Location: Union Gap, WA

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

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

Some of What You'll Do:

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

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

  • Managing permits for assigned municipal and industrial facilities.

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

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

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

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

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

Nonpoint Water Quality Specialist (Environmental Specialist 3)

Department of Ecology

Location: Bellevue, WA

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

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

Some of What You'll Do:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Department of Ecology

Location: Richland, WA

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

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

Some of What You'll Do:

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

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

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

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

Uplands Unit Supervisor (Environmental Engineer 5)

Department of Ecology

Location: Bellevue, WA

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

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

Some of What You'll Do:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Toxic Studies Unit Supervisor

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

The Toxics Studies Unit Supervisor position manages the Toxics Studies Unit (TSU), which provides scientific technical services in support of the agency's management and regulation of toxic chemicals.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Manages recruiting and hiring of staff in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement by and between the State of Washington and Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) and with civil service rules.

  • This position manages 11 permanent FTEs and 4 project FTEs. The highest class managed is a Natural Resource Scientist 4.

  • Plans, leads, organizes, and controls the work performed by the unit. Ensures appropriate and optimal use of the unit's resources and enhance the effectiveness of employees through timely appraisal and professional development opportunities. Supports effective communications throughout the agency.  Maintains the highest standards of personal/professional and ethical conduct and support the state's goals for a diverse workforce.

  • Plans and schedules unit workload, coordinates annual planning, establishes priorities, assigns tasks, facilitates intra- and inter-program project teams, monitors status of unit tasks and commitments, and ensures timeliness of employee assignments.

  • Evaluates the unit's staffing needs, initiates personnel actions, prepares position descriptions and essential functions analyses, recommends staff hires, arranges training and professional development opportunities, evaluates staff performance, and initiates or recommends corrective actions.

  • Manages the unit's budget and monitors expenditures; approves leave, timesheets, training requests, travel expense vouchers, and purchasing requests.

  • This position directly controls a biennial operating budget of $3.4 million.  This includes resources derived from other Ecology programs or government agencies.  The incumbent is responsible for all aspects of managing these funds and reporting on the status of the budget to the section manager.

  • Assures the timely completion of required or appropriate scientific reports, technical publications, Environmental Indicators, and other required products. Provides detailed review of QAPPs, memoranda, and technical reports to ensure the scientific validity of research methods, SOPs, findings, and recommendations.  Ensures that staff findings and recommendations are consistent with state and federal laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines.

  • Assures the long-term storage, archival, maintenance, and public access of quality assured data.

  • Prepares the unit's goals and objectives; communicates section, program, and agency activities to unit staff; communicates staff recommendations to management; coordinates monitoring activities with other unit supervisors; and prepares the unit's monthly report.

  • Serves as lead contact for policy and program development for toxic chemical assessment and serves as a program liaison on inter-program and inter-agency work groups; and coordinates with relevant governmental, professional, and industry officials.

  • Serves as the Management Sponsor for the Toxics Technical Coordination Team.

General Permit Writer

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

The General Permit Writer develops the winery general permit, irrigation system aquatic weed control general permit, and the associated policies, procedures, guidance, and regulations.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Providing technical assistance to permittees and stakeholders.

  • Reissuing the Winery General Permit and the Irrigation System Aquatic Weed Control General Permit.

  • Actively leading the Permit Implementation Team Workgroups for the Winery permit and participating on the General Permit Writer's Workgroup.

  • Developing guidance for permit implementation.

  • Providing input to management on policy development around NPDES General Permits, enforcement, and permit implementation.

  • Engaging all stakeholders to develop environmentally protective and legally defensible permits that also work for the industry sectors being regulated.

Toxics Source Identification Monitoring Lead (Natural Resource Scientist 3)

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

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

Some of What You'll Do:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Senior Toxics Reduction Planner (Environmental Planner 5)

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

This position is the designated lead project manager for implementation of the Safer Products for Washington program (SB 5135). This position will lead a multi-disciplinary team at Ecology to implement SB 5135 legislation and will be responsible for coordinating and overseeing future work on our statewide Chemical Action Plans (CAPs), including pre-CAP work on phthalates.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Is responsible for developing a detailed schedule and process that will be reviewed by the Program Manager to help ensure timely implementation and to coordinate with the agency's Executive Leadership Team as necessary. Ecology's Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction program will carry out Ecology's share of this work with support from other environmental programs, as needed, and the Department of Health.

  • Will work with interested parties to identify priority chemicals and priority consumer products containing those chemicals, develop regulatory actions for those products, and adopt rules to codify those actions. This cycle will be repeated every five years.

EH Manager

Grant County

Location: Moses Lake, WA                      

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

The Environmental Public Health (EPH) Manager oversees the EPH Division of GCHD. The primary role of this position is to work with the division staff and agency leadership to meet the goals of EPH programs through leadership, partnership, continuous program analysis of process and financial health to plan for limiting, sustaining or increasing mandated program work. The EPH Manager is expected to work directly with partner agency leaders and may be required to meet with local as well as state elected officials. The following is a summary of the division programs: on-site septic, drinking water, water recreation, food, solid waste, environmental related illness investigation/surveillance, agency preparedness and response. The EPH Manager is expected to function as a member of the Washington State Association of Local Public Health Officials (WSALPHO) – Washington State Environmental Health Directors Committee (a.k.a.- Environmental Public Health Committee). The EPH Manager will be a member of the GCHD Leadership Team and will have a voice in the future direction of the agency in addition to the EPH division programs. The EPH Manager is expected to attend Grant County Board of Health meetings to deliver the Environmental Health Report.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Responsible for division and program supervision and planning, staff performance, customer service, staff adherence to code and policy requirements, preparing grants and contracts, overseeing grant and contract deliverables, distribution of work, and assuring timeliness and completeness of assigned reporting requirements;

  • Coordinate with Administrative Division for delivery of effective environmental health customer service and administrative functions; 

  • Assists with District planning, program evaluation, policy and ordinance development, and budget;

  • As assigned, represents GCHD in local, regional and State forums and workgroups.

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), and coordinating effective and efficient responses to both food and feed incidents.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Perform independent inspections and investigations at animal feed manufacturing facilities, distributors ,trans loader 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 (US FDA).

  • Document inspection and investigation findings in a concise and well-formatted manner as prescribed by the Animal Feed Program and/or federal partners.

  • Identify unlicensed and/or unregistered products in the field and report findings in a timely manner to Animal Feed staff and Animal Feed Program Manager and take regulatory actions, as needed and appropriate.

  • Respond to consumer and industry complaints and appropriately documenting follow-up activities; conduct investigations of possible animal illness/death associated with animal food adulteration/contamination .

  • Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and departmental laws, requirements, regulations, policies, and procedures that govern the delivery of services provided by the Animal Feed Program and WSDA.

  • Interpret and apply laws, rules, policies, and practices applicable to the Animal Feed Program.

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

Environmental Health Specialist I/II

Snohomish Health District

Location: Everett, WA                   

Closing date: November 22, 2019

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.


Individuals assigned to this position are expected to apply a thorough understanding of 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.

Environmental Health Specialist Trainee or  EHS I / EHS II

Calaveras County, CA

Location: San Andreas, CA               

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

This is one position that they are seeking to fill with a Trainee, EHS I, or EHS II.  Please note that the Trainee position has a separate application.See below for information on each position  The position would conduct environmental sanitation studies, inspections and investigations; to prevent or eliminate environmental sanitation health hazards; to do related work as required.

 

EHS Trainee: This is the designation for someone who is qualified to take the REHS exam but has not yet obtained the certification.

REHS I: This is the entry level position in the classification series and as such is responsible for basic environmental health duties; incumbents in this classification will be expected to handle routine duties under close supervision.
REHS II: This is the journey level position in the classification series and will be expected to handle responsible professional duties with minimal supervision.

Application information for the Trainee here and the EHS here.  Information about the County and reasons to apply is available here.

NOTE:  California offers reciprocity or equivalency for people holding valid REHS certifications from other states and territories.  For information about that, please visit here.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Perform routine inspections and complaint investigations of permitted facilities, such as food facilities, public swimming pools, organized camps, hazardous material/waste facilities, sanitary landfill and transfer stations, and water systems, to ensure compliance with Federal, State and County laws and regulations.

  • Perform plan checks, issue construction permits and inspect water wells, septic systems, underground storage tanks, swimming pools and food facilities.

  • Conduct review of land development plans and evaluation of sites for compliance with State and County regulations for subdivision of land and commercial projects.

  • Prepares inspection and investigation reports for the enforcement of environmental and public health laws. Provides instruction for the correction of deficiencies and violations.

  • Collect samples and specimens for laboratory analysis and interprets laboratory findings.

  • Conduct joint inspections with other agencies as required.

  • Makes presentations to the public or business groups.

Nonpoint Inspector and Compliance Specialist

Washington Department of Ecology

Location: Union Gap, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

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

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

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

Some of What You'll Do:

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

  • Contacting parties responsible for reported or suspected water pollution

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

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

  • Potentially testifying in enforcement cases, when needed

Reducing Toxic Threats Unit Supervisor 

Washington Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

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

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

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

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

Some of What You'll Do:

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

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

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

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

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

Municipal Stormwater Grant Project Specialist

Washington Department of Ecology

Location: Bellevue, WA

Closing date: Continuous, first review September 3, 2019

About the Position:

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

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

Some of What You'll Do:

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

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

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

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

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

Construction Stormwater Inspector (Environmental Specialist 3)

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

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

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

Some of What You'll Do:

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

  • Responding to and investigating construction stormwater complaints.

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

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

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

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

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

Environmental Health Director

Snohomish Health District

Location: Everett, WA

Closing date: Open until Filled

About the Position:

Under direction of the Administrator, incumbent is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and works collaboratively to advise on and carry out the mission and strategic plan of the Snohomish Health District. The incumbent is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and administering the operations of multiple programs within the Environmental Health Division, as well as enforcing federal, state, county, city, and district environmental health laws, regulations, and codes.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Directs the activities of Environmental Health Division programs (Food Safety, Land Use & Safe Environments and Child Care Health Programs).

  • Attends meetings of the Board of Health to represent the agency's interests and priorities and articulate the division's issues.

  • Develops annual goals and objectives for the agency and division and performs long-range planning in conjunction with management staff and district administration.

  • Participates in and supports emergency preparedness and response activities, including preparedness for the division, agency, and community.

  • Maintains an effective working relationship with other local health department/district counterparts throughout the state, with staff of local health and social service agencies, and with the Washington State Departments of Health and Ecology.

  • Works in close partnership and collaboration with Snohomish County Planning and Development Services and Public Works Departments

  • Networks and collaborates with partners and organizations in the community and promotes the district and the division as appropriate.

  • Develops and oversees annual expenditure and revenue budgets, and takes corrective action as needed; reports and addresses any variations from the budgets that will not be resolved within the fiscal year in a timely manner.

  • Interprets and ensures compliance to Washington State laws and local regulations.

 

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 Planning Section Manager (WMS Band 2)

WA Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

The Department of Ecology is looking for an experienced policy strategist, effective manager and environmental professional to join our Air Quality program management team as the Policy and Planning Section Manager.  The successful candidate will play an important role within a leadership team in how our state, region and nation respond to air quality issues including climate change. If your career has focused on protecting, preserving and enhancing the environment or public health, this may be the position for you.

The Air Quality program leadership team members are strategic thinkers. We influence state and federal clean air law and major policies by developing plans and interagency agreements on air quality issues with state and national significance.  The Policy and Planning Section Manager leads the development of Air Quality program plans and strategies to respond to high-profile, technically complex environmental issues. We work in a fast paced, politically-sensitive environment while balancing competing public demands.


Some of What You'll Do:

This talented and seasoned team works collaboratively with headquarters and regional team members and external stakeholders to accomplish the following:

  • Write and revise statewide air quality rules that establish agency and programmatic policies and practices that can be efficiently carried out.

  • Develop statewide implementation plans to bring back and keep areas in compliance with National Ambient Air Quality Standards and to meet federal Clean Air Act requirements.

  • Develop policies and regulations related to all sources of air pollution including motor vehicles, motor vehicle fuels, woodstoves and fireplaces, industrial and commercial facilities, and outdoor burning.

  • Develop port and heavy duty diesel policy and oversee clean diesel grant program

  • Develop smoke emissions reduction strategies and oversee woodstove grant program


The Policy and Planning Section Manager:

  • Recruits, selects, trains and manages the performance of all positions within the Air Quality Program Development Section.

  • Serves on ad hoc committees that directly influence and establish policies for the Air Quality Program statewide. These polices can affect other programs within our agency, the state's local air authorities, other governments, the general public and the private sector.

 

Application Developer (IT Specialist 4)

WA Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Continuous

About the Position:

The Environmental Systems Support (ESS) Unit within the Information Technology Services Office (ITSO) at our Headquarters building in Lacey, WA. is currently looking to fill two permanent Application Developer (IT Specialist 4) positions. ESS is a cross-functional team of 14 professionals who are dedicated to providing advanced software applications to support the agency's scientists, engineers, inspectors, and policy makers. We work extremely closely with our internal and external customers to rapidly respond to their business needs, ensuring that the solutions we provide effectively contribute to Ecology achieving its mission. 

 

In this role, you will work in a supportive and professional environment with fantastic people who are passionate about the environment, understand the importance of work-life balance, and are focused on continual improvement and learning. You will contribute to diverse projects, working with varying customers using the latest Microsoft development stack and agile methodologies to tackle some of today's most challenging and exciting IT fields, such as Big Data, mobile field data collection, telemetry, data quality assurance, data discovery and search, and integration of disparate data and analytics to create business intelligence. Your work will directly support the creation of new science and policy that is focused on making measurable improvements in the environment of the State of Washington.


Some of What You'll Do:

  • As a senior-level Microsoft application developer in the Environmental System Support (ESS) Unit, independently design, develop, test, maintain, and enhance complex applications for the environmental programs we support. Use senior-level skills and experience to provide independent consultation and analysis on medium to large-scale projects that involve new technology, technical and organizational complexity, and integration of information systems and data.

  • Designs, implements, maintains and manages various complex environmental databases.

  • Independently gathers end-user requirements and designs complex computer systems to best meet business needs.

  • Keeps knowledge up to date with current technologies.

  • These positions may work alone on medium-to-large size applications, or in collaboration with a team of journey and expert level developers on larger applications.

Environmental Health Specialist I-II

Cowlitz County

Location: Kelso, WA

Closing date: Open until filled

About the Position:

This position advises business establishment owners and managers, public officials and citizens on matters of environmental health regulations, standards and methods. It collaborates with local establishments and agencies to address disease prevention through food protection and preservation, water supplies, sewage and solid waste disposal, chemical and physical hazards, vector control, recreational facilities and other public health or sanitation issues. Conducts inspections of local establishments and other sites to ensure public health and environmental safety in accordance with RCWs, WACs and local ordinances. Recommends methods to address and improve deficiencies and violations. Issues permits and approvals. Recommends enforcement actions.


Some of What You'll Do:

  • Evaluate land development plans to ensure water supplies conform to statutes and regulations. Grant or withhold construction approvals.

  • Participate in orientation and training of other environmental specialists and technicians. Serve as point of advice or assistance for technical support and case handling practices.

  • Assist department to coordinate efforts during special projects, special investigations, or emergency situations.

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

  • Inspect and evaluate health department regulated facilities or sites and their procedures to ensure public and environmental safety and compliance with statutes 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. Initiate appropriate legal action as needed.

  • 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.

  • Prepare written reports in a format and degree of detail as instructed by the supervisor or as the particular case requires.

  • Prepare and present public presentations and classes, as assigned.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

Senior Compliance Policy Specialist (Environmental Specialist 5)

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Continuous 

About the Position:

The Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction (HWTR) Program is made up of people dedicated to fostering sustainability, preventing pollution, and promoting safe waste management. We do many different things in a coordinated approach to protect the people and environment of Washington from pollution from hazardous products and waste.

This position is the agency's dangerous waste compliance policy expert. They are responsible for ensuring dangerous waste compliance policies are implemented across the agency.

 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Serve as the compliance policy technical expert to coordinate cross-agency communication and policy development with HWTR, Solid Waste Program Industrial Section, Nuclear Waste Program and TCP through the agency's Dangerous Waste Compliance Network.

  • Review, prioritize and update outdated compliance policy and guidance documents for the Generator Improvement Rule (GIR) implementation. 

  • Ensure consistent statewide implementation of the Interim Policy for Prepreg Waste to ensure consistency with the conditions that facilities must meet to comply with the agency policy. 

  • Provide compliance policy support to the interim pharmaceutical waste policy and participate on the pharmaceutical rulemaking team once the CR101 is filed in 2019 by the agency. 

  • Conduct inventory review of existing agency "dangerous waste interpretive and policy statements" required under RCW 34.05.010 as required by agency need to achieve compliance with the law.

  • Respond to highly complex and/or politically sensitive inquiries related to dangerous waste compliance policies. Review compliance related draft legislation, bill impact statements and prepare testimony for the program manager.  

  • Represent the agency on interagency, interstate organizations or federal EPA advisory committees working on RCRA compliance policy, legislation or other regulatory development.

Flood Risk Reduction Coordinator/Senior Planner (Environmental Planner 4)

Department of Ecology

Location: Lacey, WA

Closing date: Open continuous

About the Position:

The Office of Chehalis Basin (OCB) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Flood Risk Reduction Coordinator/Senior Planner (Environmental Planner 4) position. This position is located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA. We are a very small team of professionals who operate under the oversight of a statutory board of directors in a fast-moving, dynamic environment with responsibility for coordinating an extensive set of non-regulatory processes that involve multiple external partners.

 

This position will be expected to accomplish:

  • Development of the Boards Community Flood Assistance and Resilience (CFAR) plan/approach that achieves buy-in from local government partners and property owners, and enthusiastic support from Chehalis Basin Strategy stakeholders.

  • Execution of flood resilience projects such as structure elevations, retrofits and acquisitions/buyouts.

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Interact collaboratively with local government staff and officials regarding flood damage reduction strategies and opportunities.

  • Generate sustained interest and cooperation from local government and community partners.

  • Develop a plan for the Chehalis Basin Board to prioritize and sequence funding and technical assistance to support flood resilience in basin communities.

  • Manage grants and contracts for structure elevations.

Construction Stormwater Inspector (Environmental Specialist 4)

Department of Ecology - Clark County (Vancouver, WA)

Closing Date: Continuous

About the Position:

The Department of Ecology has an exciting opportunity for an environmental professional looking to be a part of our Water Quality Program in Vancouver, WA. If you want to join a team working to protect, restore, and enhance Washington's waters, this may be the job for you.

The Construction Stormwater Inspector (Environmental Specialist 4) position serves as a senior environmental specialist, ensuring that construction sites comply with water quality requirements

We are looking for applicants who want to combine their strong communication skills with technical knowledge in order to work collaboratively with private industry, other government agencies, tribes, and the public to achieve Ecology's mission of protecting, preserving and enhancing Washington's environment for future generations. 

As an agency, we invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism and accountability. 

Some of What You'll Do:

  • Conducts investigations for the identification of construction stormwater discharges within the Southwest Region.

  • Responds to and investigates construction stormwater complaints in cooperation with other programs.

  • Communicates with non-complying entities to achieve voluntary compliance.

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

  • Responds to highly complex inquiries for technical assistance requiring an advanced scientific knowledge of topics such as contaminated stormwater construction sites.

  • Represents the program in the area of construction stormwater.

  • Provides scientific and technical consultation to other agency staff and local and federal agencies on the environmental impacts of various activities.

  • Develops partnerships with communities, businesses, and interest groups in order to identify and respond to environmental issues affecting the common interest.

  • Represents the agency as a senior environmental section specialist in enforcement actions, hearings, and legal proceedings.

Construction Stormwater Inspector (Environmental Specialist 4)

Washington State Department of Ecology

Closing Date: Continuous

About the position

The Construction Stormwater Inspector (Environmental Specialist 4) position serves as a senior environmental specialist, ensuring that construction sites comply with water quality requirements

Ecology is looking for applicants who want to combine their strong communication skills with technical knowledge in order to work collaboratively with private industry, other government agencies, tribes, and the public to achieve Ecology's mission of protecting, preserving and enhancing Washington's environment for future generations. 

 

Some of what you'll do:

  • Conducts investigations for the identification of construction stormwater discharges within the Southwest Region.

  • Responds to and investigates construction stormwater complaints in cooperation with other programs.

  • Communicates with non-complying entities to achieve voluntary compliance.

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

  • Responds to highly complex inquiries for technical assistance requiring an advanced scientific knowledge of topics such as contaminated stormwater construction sites.

  • Represents the program in the area of construction stormwater.

  • Provides scientific and technical consultation to other agency staff and local and federal agencies on the environmental impacts of various activities.

  • Develops partnerships with communities, businesses, and interest groups in order to identify and respond to environmental issues affecting the common interest.

  • Represents the agency as a senior environmental section specialist in enforcement actions, hearings, and legal proceedings. 

TMDL Lead (Environmental Specialist 4)

Washington State Department of Ecology

Closing Date: Continuous

About the position

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

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

 

Some of what you'll do:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Underground Storage Tank Inspector (Environmental Specialist 3)

Washington State Department of Ecology

Closing Date: Continuous

About the position

The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) is looking to fill an Underground Storage Tank Inspector (Environmental Specialist 3) position. The position will be located in their Northwest Regional Office (NWRO) in Bellevue, WA.

The goal of the Underground Storage Tank Inspector position is to prevent pollution of the soil and groundwater by inspecting and regulating underground storage tanks (USTs). In addition, serves as the staff environmental specialist on UST technical equipment operation and UST regulations, and performs UST facility inspections in Ecology's Northwest region. Serves as a resource on UST regulations and their implementation. 

 

Some of what you'll do:

UST Inspection and Enforcement
Ensure that UST system inspections follow the Environmental Protections Agency's (EPA) Significant Operation Compliance (SOC) guidance and demonstrate an ability to apply sound professional judgment in identifying and resolving violations of UST regulations. Conduct thorough inspections of the UST facilities you are assigned, issue enforcement actions in accordance with the "UST Inspector Enforcement Manual," and assist with inspection/enforcement follow-up activities in order to return facility owner and operator to compliance. Conduct UST system installation, retrofit, and decommissioning inspections. Complaint investigation and initial investigations of suspected LUSTs are also conducted by UST inspectors.
 
Technical Assistance
Provide technical assistance and education on UST related topics to others for TCP. Act as regional contacts for external customers and statewide contact for internal customers regarding UST regulations, forms, and technical questions. When directed, represent TCP and Ecology on UST related issues in public meetings and workshops.
 
UST Project Management
Attend and participate in section meetings, UST unit meetings and UST inspector meetings. Direct and coordinate with owners and operators of UST systems, UST contractors, local government agencies, and others on complex UST projects.  Completion of special projects such as the creation of new guidance documents, the updating of old guidance documents, and the development of new tools to assist UST inspectors in the performance of their duties is also completed when possible.
 
Database and File Management

Document UST system information and compliance related data in physical files and electronic databases. Review UST related submittals (e.g. checklists, UST system test results, etc.) to ensure that databases and files contain complete and accurate information. When requested, recommend new or modified performance measures related to UST compliance.

Lead Air and Waste Management Engineer (Environmental Engineer 5)

Washington State Department of Ecology

Closing Date: Continuous

About the position


The Lead Air and Waste Management Engineer position represents the Waste Management Section as an authority in the following environmental engineering technical specialties: 

  • Air permitting and compliance requlations and air pollution control technologies.

  • Thermal treatment technologies for mixed and hazardous waste.

  • Land Disposal Restriction and other solid and liquid hazardous and mixed waste treatment technologies.

  • Barriers for landfills and cleanup sites.

 

Some of what you'll do:

  • Serves as the lead environmental engineer for the Waste Management Section of the Nuclear Waste Program in the Richland office.

  • Leads and coordinates the NWP air permitting and compliance program for the entire Hanford site.  

  • Leads the provision of profession environmental engineering expertise to the work of the Waste Management Section for Hanford and other facilities regulated by the Nuclear Waste Program.

  • Leads and performs environmental engineering regulatory review of waste management facilities and waste treatment technologies that are being proposed to meet Land Disposal Restriction treatment requirements for solid and liquid mixed wastes at Hanford and other facilities regulated by the Nuclear Waste Program. Leads the NWP Barrier Team.

  • Leads and performs professional environmental engineering work for the regulatory oversight and cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Facility in accordance with state and federal regulations and the Hanford Federal Facilities Agreement and Consent Order [Tri-Party Agreement (TPA)].

  • Leads and provides professional engineering work as a licensed Professional Engineer for the regulatory oversight of air permitting and compliance for facilities and cleanup sites in the Waste Management and Transition Projects, and in the rest of the Nuclear Waste Program.

  • Leads and performs air compliance inspections, prepare inspection reports, and recommend enforcement actions for Hanford air activities.

  • Leads and perform environmental engineering review of plans and specifications, site plans, air permits, dangerous waste, water and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and MTCA remedial documents.

  • Leads and provides professional engineering expertise for the review and evaluation of the existing Hanford air operating permit and its modifications and for new/proposed permits; negotiate and prepare permits. Interpret state air regulations, dangerous waste regulations, RCRA, Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) and CERCLA regulations, agency/program policies, technical engineering guidelines and procedures covering design requirements, engineering review and operation and maintenance requirements for environmental control and management of Hanford and non-Hanford regulated facilities.

  • Reviews and comments on designs of systems for control of air emissions during waste treatment and facility D & D.

  • Evaluates waste treatment technologies for compliance with LDR requirements. 

  • Provides engineering review of permit requirements and cleanup decision documents.

  • Drafts permit conditions and cleanup decision documents for facilities to ensure compliance with the applicable regulations. 

  • Conducts engineering inspections and quality control evaluations on the Hanford site and at non-Hanford regulated facilities to ensure compliance with design submittals and regulatory requirements. 

  • Provides general professional engineering support to Project and Section Managers on projects currently underway and proposed as part of the Hanford Cleanup. 

  • Reviews designs and documents for compliance with applicable requirements. 

  • Provides recommendations to management on emerging issues and issues of concern regarding the project assignments. 

  • Provides guidance and leadership to other technical staff on assigned tasks. 

  • Works with Headquarters technical staff on assigned state-wide issues. 

Mobile Source Air Quality Specialist (Environmental Specialist 5) (In-Training)

Washington State Department of Ecology

Closing Date: Continuous

About the position:

The Mobile Source Air Quality Specialist position serves as the statewide program expert for mobile source emissions reduction policies, strategies, regulations and technologies. The majority of criteria pollutant, toxics and carbon air pollution in Washington is from mobile sources. This position supports the agency and the AQP's mission by researching strategies and implementing programs to reduce air pollution from the mobile source sector.

Some of what you'll do:

Providing strategic policy recommendations and technical expertise to AQP management related to all aspects of reducing air pollution from mobile sources, including:

  • Providing program expertise on federal motor vehicle programs, emission reduction technologies and approaches, low carbon transportation fuels, and California's Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Program.

  • Analyzing impacts of various clean car technologies and strategies and their potential value to WA.

 
Providing program technical and policy expertise on AQ and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) impacts of transportation fuels and engine combustion technologies, including:

  • Assessing and evaluating use of transportation biofuels, renewable fuels, fossil fuels, electricity and other alternative fuels and their effects on air quality.

  • Advising program and leadership on Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) and other fuel standards targeted at reducing GHG emissions and traditional air pollutants.

  • Providing expertise on engine combustion technologies for reduced emissions.

 
Tracking, commenting and advising management on developments of mobile source AQ strategies in other states and at the federal level.  These include:

  • Tracking the development of the California Clean Car standards.

  • Tracking and reviewing the development of NHSTA/CAFÉ standards, and federal tailpipe standards.

  • Tracking the development of Low Carbon Fuel Standard in other states.

 
Independently implementing and maintaining the statewide Low Emission Vehicle Program, including:

  • Coordinating with DOL to ensure that auto manufacturers and dealers comply with state low emission vehicle requirements.

  • Maintaining state regulations that guide implementation of the program including maintaining consistency with California standards and section 177 of the Clean Air Act.

Permit Writer/Unit Lead (Environmental Specialist 3)(In-Training)

Washington State Department of Ecology

Closing Date: Continuous

About the position:

The Nuclear Waste Program (NWP) is looking to fill a Permit Writer/Unit Lead (Environmental Specialist 3)(In-Training) position. This position will be located in Ecology's Richland Field Office (RFO) in Richland, WA.

The Permit Writer/Unit Lead position serves as a staff environmental specialist for the Waste Management Section of the Nuclear Waste Program in the Richland office. This position performs permit application review and permit development and compliance assurance for assigned Hanford and Non-Hanford facilities in order to achieve compliance with state and federal regulations and cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Facility. 

Some of what you'll do:

  • Serves as the Unit Lead/Permit Writer for assigned Hanford and Non-Hanford facilities.

  • Performs regulatory analysis and environmental regulatory oversight of assigned NWP Hanford and non-Hanford facilities and proposed permit applications and permits, and proposed cleanup actions/remedies. 

  • Conducts independent reviews of dangerous and mixed waste permit applications and permits for assigned Hanford and Non-Hanford facilities for compliance with Washington Dangerous Waste Regulations, and other relevant laws and regulations. Evaluates permit applications for completeness, accuracy and compliance with all relevant environmental regulations. Working with the project manager negotiates permit conditions and develops final decision documents for issuance. 

  • Performs independent reviews of plans and specifications, site plans, water permits, and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) remedial documents and the Hanford Federal Facility Agreement and Consent Order (Tri-Party Agreement) documents.

  • Interprets state Dangerous Waste Requirements, RCRA, Water Quality laws and regulations, Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) and CERCLA regulations, agency/program policies, technical guidelines and procedures for environmental control and management of Hanford waste sites and facilities, and other facilities regulated by the Nuclear Waste Program.

  • Performs compliance technical assistance and supports compliance inspections at assigned Hanford and Non-Hanford facilities.

  • Represents the NWP at meetings with Energy and its contractors, EPA, facility owners and operators and their consultants, other local, state and federal agencies, external interest groups and technical oversight groups.

  • Provides environmental regulatory and permitting support to Nuclear Waste Program Specialists and Section Managers on other projects. Reviews documents for compliance with applicable requirements. 

  • Provides recommendations to management on emerging issues and issues of concern regarding the project assignments. Provides guidance and leadership to other technical staff. Works with Headquarters technical staff on issues that are of mutual concern in the state.

Senior Compliance Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4)

Washington State Department of Ecology

Closing Date: Continuous

About the position:

The Department of Ecology is looking for a Senior Compliance Specialist in their Water Quality Program. This position advises and coordinates compliance and enforcement actions for the Eastern Region Water Quality section in Spokane, WA.

Some of what you'll do:

As the Senior Compliance Specialist for the Eastern Region, this position conducts highly complex or controversial compliance and enforcement (C&E) actions, and works with a team dedicated to protecting and improving the water quality in eastern Washington State. This position:

  • Conducts inspections of complex multi-million dollar municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities, both planned and unplanned, and provides professional recommendations for permitted and unpermitted facilities to meet water quality requirements.

  • Manages, coordinates, and conducts non-compliance reports using independent judgment, considering various technical and regulatory approaches or methods to encourage compliance.

  • Develops, evaluates, and revises C&E processes, procedures, and rules as a member of the Water Quality Program Enforcement Workgroup.

  • Interprets and explains permit requirements and regulations to facility owners, managers, and consultants. 

  • Builds relationships and partnerships with internal staff, state or federal agencies, and the general public in order to collectively improve compliance with water quality standards and regulation in the region.

  • Reviews all permits and fact sheets in the section for enforceability and suggesting language or strategies to help promote compliance.

  • Determines appropriate alternatives and strategies to achieve compliance for facilities under investigation. Works with non-complying members of the regulated community to return to compliance.

  • Trains other staff on specific roles and responsibilities in the C&E process.

Program Planner and Performance Coordinator (Management Analyst 4)

Washington State Department of Ecology

Closing Date: Continuous

About the position:

The Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response program (SPPR) program within the Department of Ecology has a great opportunity for an experienced Program Planner and Performance Coordinator (Management Analyst 4) position. This position will be located in their Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

Some of what you'll do:

  • Program Planning:  Designated by the program manager as the program planner responsible for the development of the Spills Program Plan.  Key actions include facilitating a process with the Program Management team (PMT) to review and update program plan detailing the future work of the Program. Consults with PMT to identify and formulate strategies to address program gaps. Consults with Budget Manager to develop recommendations on how to align funding programs to more effectively implement program priorities while staying in compliance with funding requirements. Consults closely with the multiple external stakeholders and the program's Legislative/Strategic Policy Analyst to ensure program planning priorities are clearly aligned with program strategic thinking and direction. Communicates and facilitates input with program staff. Drafts and consults with the Program Manager to finalize program plan activities and budget overview information in the document. Other responsibilities include researching, analyzing, formulating, tracking, assessing the needs of external stakeholders, recommending and developing policy positions on safe marine transportation and navigation, marine oil spill prevention, oil spill preparedness, response, and natural resource damage assessment statutes, regulations, guidance and policy issues. Advises, consults and facilitates resolutions with the Program Manager, section managers and other supervisors arising from issues related to changes to policies and procedures.

  • Data Quality Improvement and Analysis:  Leads data quality improvement efforts for the program, with a focus on major applications used by program staff. Chairs the program Data Team. Coordinates with staff across the program to identify, prioritize, and address data quality issues by formalizing new business practices and processes. Conducts analysis on data for trends and presents this information to team leads and managers. Responds to requests for spill data and information in an easily understandable format.  Develops reports and documents using program data, while ensuring the quality of the data being used is reliable, such as ANT quarterly reports.

  • Program Culture Change Process Coordination: Serves as the designated lead for Spills Program culture change initiative.  Advises and consults with the Program Manager, PMT, and the Spills Engagement Team to develop and implement plans for culture improvement which may include, but are not limited to, employee recognition, celebration of programmatic successes, communication within the program, suggesting programmatic improvements and addressing barriers to achieving our best work as a program.

  • Researches Complex Issues: This position works collaboratively with the Legislative/Strategic Policy Analyst to research topics related to new legislative initiatives and recommends strategies and actions to the Program Manager and the PMT.  

Puget Sound Nonpoint Pollution Implementation & Outreach Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4)

Washington State Department of Ecology

Closing Date: Continuous

About the position:

The Puget Sound Nonpoint Pollution Implementation and Outreach Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) is a senior environmental specialist responsible for developing and implementing nonpoint pollution reduction strategies associated with large scale water quality improvement initiatives in the Puget Sound, such as the Puget Sound Nutrient Reduction Project. This position will also assist the Watershed Management Section in providing public outreach activities by building community relationships and serving as the section's web editor. 

Some of what you'll do:

One of the first major focuses of this position will be to assist with nonpoint pollution controls and outreach efforts on the Puget Sound Nutrient Source Reduction Project. This project focuses on how we can better control nutrients from point and nonpoint sources to improve water quality in Puget Sound. Visit the Puget Sound Nutrient Source Reduction Project to learn more about this effort:  https://ecology.wa.gov/Water-Shorelines/Puget-Sound/Helping-Puget-Sound/Reducing-Puget-Sound-nutrients

As a senior environmental specialist for the development and implementation of strategies to reduce nonpoint pollution in the Puget Sound, this position:

  • Provides scientific and technical assistance to agency staff and the public on the reduction of nonpoint source pollution and the implementation of water quality improvement strategies.

  • Identifies financial assistance and regulatory programs to help support riparian restoration and nutrient reduction.

  • Builds relationships with external partners, including conservation districts, health districts, counties, cities, tribes, and local restoration and salmon recovery groups, to help implement nonpoint strategies.

  • Supports implementation of program initiatives through site visits with regional staff and meeting with the regulated community to better understand issues and relationships.

 

This position will also provide outreach and technical support for priority activities of the Watershed Management Section, such as:

  • Develops outreach materials and strategies to better communicate science and technical information to the public.

  • Serves as the web editor to ensure that information on the website is up-to-date and easily accessible.

  • Provides technical assistance and consultation to Water Quality Program staff on state and federal water quality regulations.

Municipal Stormwater Permit Implementation Planner (Environmental Planner 3)

Washington State Department of Ecology

Closing Date: Continuous

About the position:

The Department of Ecology is currently looking for a Municipal Stormwater Permit Implementation Planner (Environmental Planner 3) in their Water Quality Program, located at our Eastern Regional Office in Spokane, WA.


This position develops policies, procedures, and standards of adequacy for municipal stormwater permit-related policies and efforts.

Some of what you'll do:

Municipal Stormwater Permit Planning and Implementation: This position provides expertise, consultation, and planning assistance to local government staff, assists municipalities in developing, planning, and coordinating stormwater programs beneficial to water quality, and works as part of a state-wide team on guidance development and the reissuance of the Municipal Stormwater Permit to improve efforts to meet TMDL and other state and federal water quality requirements. This includes:

  • Planning new stormwater-related initiatives and permit administration, and providing technical liaison with principle planning personnel in other state departments and directors of regional, local, and federal planning agencies.

  • Coordinating with local jurisdictions to resolve complex stormwater management planning issues, ensuring local planning efforts coordinate with other state agencies, federal agencies, tribes and/or other local governments.

  • Developing, planning, and coordinating implementation of stormwater and water quality-related Near Term Actions for review by and submittal to the Puget Sound Partnership.

 

Policy, Procedure, and Standards of Adequacy Development for MS4 Permits: This position leads the planning and coordination with local governments and Ecology HQ staff to develop and facilitate new stormwater-related initiatives such as basin planning, adaptive management, and local program equivalency determinations. This includes:

  • Serving as the planner for implementing the Eastern region's Low Impact Development code update initiative and stormwater basin planning for municipal stormwater permittees.

  • Developing policies, procedures, and standards of adequacy for LID efforts, and analyzing compliance related to the updating of municipal code to make LID the preferred and commonly-used approach to site development.

  • Providing significant input and insight into standards of adequacy for equivalency reviews of Phase I permittee stormwater management manuals and related codes.

Corrective Action Unit Supervisor (Environmental Engineer 5)

Washington State Department of Ecology

Closing Date: Continuous

About the position:

The Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction (HWTR) Program is looking to fill a Corrective Action Unit Supervisor (Environmental Engineer 5) position. This position will work out of their Northwest Regional Office (NWRO) in Bellevue, WA.

The Corrective Action Unit Supervisor position reports directly to the HWTR Section Manager. The position supervises a unit comprised of individuals whose primary responsibility is the management of investigations and cleanup under RCRA corrective action and closure work at dangerous waste management facilities within Ecology's Northwest region. The unit provides direct dangerous waste and MTCA rules assistance and compliance oversight to businesses and governments and outreach to affected communities.

Some of what you'll do:

  • Providing support and direct to staff in the managing of contaminated sites, reviewing engineering design documents/plans, Remedial Investigations/Feasibility Studies, preparing Cleanup Action plans, negotiating and implementing orders and decrees and providing technical assistance.

  • Ensures all unit work is in compliance with the Hazardous Waste Management Act and Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) and other relevant laws and regulations.

  • Pursues cleanup of contaminated sites through the implementation of applicable statues, administrative codes, and agency guidance and policy. 

  • Develop and update individual work plans for all unit staff, provide leadership and effective supervision of a staff of 4 senior level engineers, 1 hydrogeologist and 1 COEES4.

  • Coordinate with the project manager at SWRO – assist in setting up regular CAN meetings, participate and present progress reports to EPA at the RCRA quarterly managers meetings, periodic technical meetings with EPA staff on the 20/20 baseline facilities.

  • Focus on 20/20 baseline sites to reach the CA550 milestone for priority sites. Assist other site managers and strategize approaches to fast forward the process to reach CA550 milestone.

  • Provide outreach support to other site managers at public meetings in coordination with COEES4, strategize public outreach efforts, coordinate closely with our consultant, provide period updates and clarify Ecology's position/approach at city council meetings or after hours public meetings or other technical forums.

  • Negotiates and drafts consent decrees, administrative orders, and cleanup action plans which can include work to be performed and associated work schedules.

  • Reviews and comments on technical reports and proposals submitted to the agency, provides final review for engineering reports and conducts field inspections of site activities to ensure other agency requirements.

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

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

  • Review staff work for technical accuracy and consistency with agency regulations.

  • Provide mentoring, training, and consultation on environmental, hydrogeologic, and environmental engineering issues on a section wide basis.

  • Recommends compliance schedules and/or formal enforcement actions necessary to expedite contaminated site cleanups.

Water Resources Engineer (Environmental Engineer 3)

Washington State Department of Ecology

Closing Date: Continuous

About the position:

The Department of Ecology is recruiting for a Water Resources Engineer (Environmental Engineer 3) in the Water Quality Program. This position develops general permits, provides engineering review and approval for water quality permits, and provides technical assistance and guidance to other Ecology staff and permitted facilities. This position is located in their Headquarters building in Lacey, WA.

Some of what you'll do:

Program Mission: 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.

The Water Resources Engineer supports the above missions as a professional engineer by performing environmental engineering duties related to the development and implementation of permits for water quality pollution prevention and control. This includes:
 

  • Revising and reissuing the Sand and Gravel General Permit and the Vessel Deconstruction Permit.

  • Providing engineering report review and approval for the General Permits Unit.

  • Providing technical support to internal and external stakeholders, and providing permit and policy interpretation and guidance.

  • Public speaking, leading public meetings regarding general permit reissuance, participating in appeals processes, and attending professional workshops and conferences. 

  • Enacting the laws and rules around NPDES permitting in a legal and unbiased manner. 


Washington is recognized as a national leader in stormwater management. As part of this innovative culture the Water Resources Engineer will be a member of the Stormwater Technical Team as well as the General Permit Writers Workgroup. The Water Resources Engineer can expect to participate in the following processes:
 

  • Evaluating stormwater treatment flow controls for facilities.

  • Calculating permit limits for stormwater discharge for industrial and construction site.

  • Evaluation of process wastewater for the winery industry and water treatment plants.

Environmental Remediation Coordinator (Environmental Specialist 5)

Washington State Department of Ecology

Closing Date: Continuous

About the position:

The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) is looking to fill an Environmental Remediation Coordinator (Environmental Specialist 5) position. This position supports TCP's strategic goal to Clean Up Sites in support of the Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP), TCP's Site Hazard Assessment (SHA) work, and coordinating with the Pollution Liability Insurance Agency (PLIA). The position will be located in their Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.  
 
They are looking for applicants who are excited to lead their peers, have great communication and people skills, have experience in project management and aren't afraid to get up and speak in front of a crowd. We want someone with strong listening skills and the ability to facilitate technical and policy discussions.

Some of what you'll do:

Some of the Key work activities of the Environmental Remediation Coordinator position include serving as the program coordinator for Site Hazard Assessments, the Voluntary Cleanup Program and serving as a liaison with the Pollution Liability Insurance Agency (PLIA).  Examples of main tasks include:

  • Navigate conflicting priorities of external stakeholders.

  • Coordinate VCP and SHA training including regular all-staff meetings, the VCP steering committee, and other cross-regional meetings as needed. Coordinate with LUST staff and IT as applicable.

  • Evaluates ISIS and other TCP databases for VCP, Initial Investigation, and SHA policy development needs, work with IT on changing or emerging needs for data management.

VCP Coordination:

  • Ensure constant and regular communication with the VCP Steering Committee.

  • Ensure VCP staff know what resources are available to them and how to use them properly. As needed draft, update, maintain program guidelines and user manuals.

SHA Coordination:

  • Coordinate with regional SHA coordinators to ensure consistent implementation of SHA and initial investigation policies and procedures.

  • Program-wide tasks that support the selection and notification of sites receiving Site Hazardous Assessments including the following:

    • Update SHA quintiles and Hazardous Sites List twice a year.

    • Work with the site register coordinator to publish SHA information in site register.

  PLIA Coordination:

  • Serve as the liaison between Ecology and PLIA. Work with Ecology staff and management to identify issues that need coordination with PLIA and provide a central point of contact for PLIA.

  • Participate in PLIA rulemaking efforts.

  • Develop or coordinate development of operational policies, procedures and guidelines. This will often include resolving complicated and emerging issues and developing innovative policy approaches.

General Permit Engineer (Environmental Engineer 3)

Washington State Department of Ecology

Closing Date: Continuous

About the position:

The Department of Ecology is recruiting for a General Permit Engineer (Environmental Engineer 3) in the Water Quality Program. This position develops general permits, provides engineering review and approval for water quality permits, and provides technical assistance and guidance to other Ecology staff and permitted facilities. This position is located in their Headquarters building in Lacey, WA.

Some of what you'll do:

The General Permit Engineer supports the above missions as a professional engineer by performing environmental engineering duties related to the development and implementation of permits for water quality pollution prevention and control. This includes:

  • Revising and reissuing the Sand and Gravel General Permit and the Vessel Deconstruction Permit.

  • Providing engineering report review and approval for the General Permits Unit.

  • Providing technical support to internal and external stakeholders, and providing permit and policy interpretation and guidance.

  • Working with a group of 7 other general permit writers in the unit, and attending the General Permit Writers Workgroup in order to discuss issues around general permit development and implementation.

  • Participating in any appeals processes, which may include testifying at the Pollution Control Hearings Board

  • Public speaking, leading public meetings regarding general permit reissuance, and attending professional workshops and conferences. 

  • Working with a range of customers in a sometimes stressful environment.

  • Enacting the laws and rules around NPDES permitting in a legal and unbiased manner. 

Assistant Division Director Operations Section - Environmental Health Services

Public Health- Seattle & King County

Closing Date: Continuous

About the position:

This leadership position works closely with the Director of Environmental Health Services Division. This individual will assist the Environmental Health Services Division Director in all aspects of operations managing the division with primary focus on the administrative functions of budget, contracts and labor management.

This position is also responsible for leading and overseeing the integration of King County's Equity and Social Justice ordinance into the Division's policies and practices, and works to improve the delivery of county programs in accordance with King County's Equity and Social Justice Ordinance through service excellence, financial stewardship, public engagement and maintaining a quality workforce.

The Assistant Division Director-Operations is also responsible for overseeing the implementation of planning projects, and administrative oversight of policy development and implementation of policy changes. This position oversees the legislative work plan, including the King County Board of Health rules and regulations development work. This individual will work on special projects, as needed.

The position is responsible for monitoring and insuring compliance with established federal, state, and county laws, regulations and policies; department policies and procedures as they pertain to labor and collective bargaining agreements.

The Assistant Division Director- Operations will act on behalf of the director in the director's absence overseeing the day-to-day operations functioning of the division. This position will directly supervise three to four employees.

WCC Crew Supervisor 1 - North Puget Sound

Washington State Department of Ecology

Closing Date: Continuous

About the position:

The Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) program helps communities manage shorelands and wetlands. Their primary focus is on state and local responsibilities for administering Washington state and federally-delegated laws. Their mission is to work in partnership with communities to support healthy watersheds and promote statewide environmental interests.

Some of what you'll do:

  • Reviews, plans and assigns work tasks for corps members in completing conservation projects.

  • Manages the completion of projects. This includes monitoring the use of materials, communicating with project sponsor on progress, and assigning tasks to individual members.

  • Performs evaluations of corps members. Gives clear feedback on past performance and expectations for future performance and career objectives. Documents performance issues and makes recommendations for disciplinary action.

  • Interviews and makes selections of new corps members.

  • Completes and turns in necessary paperwork such as timesheets, travel logs, credit card logs & receipts, safety reports, AmeriCorps forms, hiring and termination forms, evaluations and production reports.

  • Ensures that equipment is being used safely and makes sure all equipment is properly maintained.

  • Drives vehicle and ensures that it is being maintained.

  • Operates small power tools, such as chain saws, weed-eaters, drills, augers, laser transits and others.

  • Operates state owned/leased vehicles, usually four wheel drive pick-up trucks.

  • Uses hand tools, such as shovels, hoes, rakes, hammers and axes.

  • Works on steep inclines for long periods of time.

  • Walks several miles per day in rough terrain.

  • Lifts 60 pounds repetitively for long periods of time.

Ecology Wetlands Policy Lead (Environmental Planner 5)

Washington State Department of Ecology

Closing Date: Continuous

About the position:

The Ecology Wetlands Policy Lead position works statewide with all management levels in Ecology and with diverse agencies, stakeholders and elected officials to develop state wetland policies that reflect the state's commitment to protect and restore wetlands. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on state and national legislative issues and represent the state on national forums and workgroups regarding wetland management. This position leads the agency's dedicated and professional staff of wetland scientists to ensure statewide consistency in the implementation of laws and policies.
 
The SEA Program is looking for a dynamic and creative individual with strong interpersonal skills and a desire to lead and provide strategic direction to one of the nation's leading state wetland programs. The successful applicant will have strong written and verbal skills, expert knowledge of wetland science and regulation, an understanding of political and legal aspects of wetland management, and supportive leadership.

Some of what you'll do:

Some of the key aspects of this position are:

  • Oversee implementation of the Wetland Program Plan and secure funding to implement core element tasks and priorities.

  • Ensure consistency in the application of laws, policies and guidance.

  • Identify priorities in applying science to policy and regulation.

  • Provide leadership and support to the SEA program wetland staff statewide.

 
Opportunities to solve problems:

  • This position will work on statewide issues regarding wetland management. The incumbent will mediate sensitive, complex and high stakes issues that arise from wetland and Section 401 activities. The position will provide expert testimony in legal proceedings and legislative forums. The incumbent will help shape national policy representing the state in national forums and providing state comments on national and congressional issues.

 

Interesting aspects of the position:

  • This is an exciting fast paced position with the ability to shape the policies and work of the agency's wetland program. The successful candidate will interact with a wide range of interests and be on the cutting edge of national discussions. You can affect real protections on the ground through effective support of regional staff as they implement wetland regulations and give technical assistance and policy guidance to local governments. 

 

Challenging aspects.....Are you up for the challenge?

  • Due to the expectation for providing expert testimony in legal proceedings, it is expected that the Policy Lead will have certification as a professional wetland scientist.  The successful candidate will be required to obtain certification as a Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) within 24 months of hire.

  • This position will be expected to be available outside of business hours for legislative issues during legislative session when needed. The position will require occasional overnight travel and travel throughout the state.

 

Culture of the team:

  • The wetlands team is a dynamic and fun-loving group of passionate environmental professionals. They pride themselves on the effectiveness and strength of the team in problem solving and brainstorming difficult issues. The headquarters section includes our agency's expert wetland ecologist, the wetland banking and mitigation compliance teams, wetland stewardship and Puget Sound watershed characterization team.

  • A flexible schedule is available.

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