Hazardous Waste Compliance Inspector (Environmental Specialist 3) (In-Training) (Two Positions)
Salary: $42,264.00 - $55,476.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA
Job Type: Full Time - Permanent
Department: Dept. of Ecology
Job Number: 2017-HWTR11221185-06597
Closing: 8/7/2017 11:59 PM Pacific
Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We are a culture that is invested in making a difference. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, has leadership that embraces the value of people, and believes in the fun factor, Ecology is a good fit.
The Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction (HWTR) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill TWO Hazardous Waste Compliance Inspector (Environmental Specialist 3) (In-Training) positions. The positions will be housed in our Southwest Regional Office (SWRO) in Lacey, WA.
The Hazardous Waste Compliance Inspector positions conduct field investigations of businesses, industries and public agencies that generate, transport and manage hazardous wastes. The positions provide technical assistance to persons subject to hazardous waste regulations with the goal of improving understanding and achieving voluntary compliance. Hazardous waste inspectors evaluate generator compliance with regulations addressing the proper management of chemical and physical risks associated with hazardous waste. Waste generators range from the neighborhood dry cleaner to major manufacturers and military installations. Risks associated with hazardous waste include: toxicity, ignitibility, corrosivity, reactivity, and persistence.
We are looking for applicants who possess the curiosity and willingness to research deep into regulations when needed and without prompting, are able to successfully translate complex ideas and regulations to a variety of audiences, and who are willing to engage in potentially contentious discussions with others as well as the ability to diffuse conflict when necessary. Successful candidates will be problem solvers by nature, will be comfortable both seeking support from as well as providing support to colleagues when needed and who can demonstrate that they really care about both the people and environment involved as well as the issues at hand.
As an agency, our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment for current and future generations. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism and accountability. Maybe you've seen some of our recent stories on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.
To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at www.ecy.wa.gov.
Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts
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.
Some of the key work activities of the Hazardous Waste Compliance Inspector positions at the Environmental Specialist 3 level include:
To broaden the candidate pool, we will consider candidates that qualify at the Environmental Specialist 3 or 2 levels. Please read the qualifications section below to learn more about this exciting career growth and in-training opportunity.
- Serving as staff environmentalists who independently plan, prioritize and conduct inspections of dangerous waste generators, transporters, used oil processors and TSDRs to determine compliance with regulations and state statutes and facility permits to ensure compliance.
- Providing compliance assistance and informal enforcement to achieve compliance.
- Leading investigations and responding to complaints, including interviewing, sampling, coordination with affected public agencies and attorneys.
- Preparing written documentation of inspections, observations, and recommendations to achieve compliance consistent with agency and program policies and procedures.
- Submitting or entering field investigation data into agency data systems such as RCRA Info, RSVP and ERTS.
The goal class for this position is an Environmental Specialist 3 (ES3). We will consider applicants who meet the requirements for the Environmental Specialist 3 and 2 levels. If the finalist meets the requirements for the ES2 level then they will be placed into a training program to become an ES3 within a specified period of time.
At the Environmental Specialist 3 Level: Salary Range 49 – ($3522 - $4623 Monthly)(Goal Class)
A Bachelor's degree involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field AND two (2) years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.
Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education.
One (1) year as an Environmental Specialist 2.
A Master's degree involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field; AND one (1) year of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.
At the Environmental Specialist 2 Level: Salary Range 45 – ($3203 - $4191) Monthly
A Bachelor's degree involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field AND one (1) year of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.
Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education.
One (1) year as an Environmental Specialist 1.
A Master's degree involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.
Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:
- Must have or be able to obtain and maintain Driver's License.
In order to be considered, applicants MUST include the following documents as an attachment to their application:
- A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.
- A resume outlining your professional experience.
Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. Or, you may paste the text of your resume within the profile's resume text field.
Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including "please see resume" may disqualify you from further consideration.
Department of Ecology employees, please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources at (360) 407-6186.
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This position is included in the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) union bargaining unit for the Department of Ecology. All employees covered by the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the WFSE will, as a condition of employment, either become members of the WFSE and pay membership dues or, as non-members, pay a representation fee as described in the CBA, no later than the 30th day following the effective date of this CBA or the beginning of their employment.
The Washington State Department of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.