**The Department of Ecology's priority during the Covid-19
health crisis is to keep our staff, candidates, and the public
safe. We are still hiring and encourage you to apply to open
positions. The majority of our staff are currently working from
home; we have transitioned to a virtual recruitment process, to
include web-based interviews. **
**Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen**
Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future
generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We have 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, Ecology is a good fit.
The Nuclear Waste Program (NWP) is looking to hire a
**Single-Shelled Tank Chemist (Chemist 4)**. This position will be
located in our office in Richland, WA. It's sunny most of the time
and Richland is a great place to raise kids and enjoy the
The **Single-Shelled Tank Chemist** position is located in the
Cleanup section of the NWP program, serves as the Program
designated expert chemist for single-shelled tanks (SSTs) and
provides chemistry and regulatory technical support for the cleanup
of the Hanford site.
We are looking for applicants who have:
* A strong chemistry background and are able to evaluate the
complex chemistry of waste in the single-shelled tanks. * The
ability to explain the complex chemistry of the waste and are able
to relay vital information to non-chemist staff that could impact
DOE operations and retrievals. * Good organizational skills and are
able to review various databases, extract the needed information
and organize it for easy access and understanding. This position is
a great challenge for the right individual who wants to expand
their knowledge of complex chemistry including radionuclides.
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.
To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our
website at www.ecology.wa.gov and follow, like or visit us on
LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.
**Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts**
The **Single-Shelled Tank Chemist** position is located within
the Nuclear Waste Program. The Nuclear Waste Program's (NWP)
mission is to lead the effective and efficient cleanup of the U.S.
Department of Energy's Hanford Site, to ensure sound management of
mixed hazardous wastes in Washington, and to protect the state's
air, water, and land at and adjacent to the Hanford site.
This position is part of a team that addresses the safe
retrieval and closure of 149 single-shelled tanks on the Hanford
Site. It would be a good challenge for the right applicant as the
chemistry of the waste presents some unique opportunities for
evaluating the safe retrieval of this waste into safer double
Some of the key work activities of the **Single-Shelled Tank
* Manages review of sampling analyses for tank farms. * Advises
staff on quality assurance/quality control requirements for
sampling and analysis. * Reviews documents (e.g., Resource
Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) permit applications, waste
analysis plans, quality assurance plans, analytical methods) for
technical merit and compliance with permit conditions and
regulations. * Evaluates analytical data in support of remediation,
RCRA closure, groundwater monitoring, permitting and waste
designation. * Reviews data for regulatory decision making.
Ecology is maintaining less than maximum building occupancy, and
requiring masks, health screening questions before entry, and
**Please note:** During Stay Home, Stay Healthy, staff are
working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on
position and business need.
**This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial
screening will be April 2, 2021. In order to be considered for the
initial screening, please submit an application on or before April
1, 2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any
time after the initial screening date.**
There are multiple ways to qualify for this position. See
**Option 1:** A Bachelor's degree with a major in chemistry or a
Bachelor's degree in a related field with a minimum of 30 semester
hours or 45 quarter hours of college level chemistry **AND** six
(6) years of experience performing chemical analysis in an
**Option 2:** A Master's Degree with a major in chemistry or a
Master's degree in a related field with a minimum of 30 semester
hours or 45 quarter hours of college level chemistry **AND** four
(4) years of experience performing chemical analysis in an
**Option 3:** A Ph.D with a major in chemistry or a Ph.D in a
related field with a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter
hours of college level chemistry **AND** three (3) years of
experience performing chemical analysis in an analytical
**Option 4:** One (1) year of experience as a Chemist 3 at the
Department of Ecology.
**Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:**
* Must be able to obtain a Hanford site access badge.**
**Information about obtaining the Hanford Badge Real ID Real ID
information from the Department of Licensing * Must possess and
maintain a valid driver's license. * Must be able to work safely in
environments where potential exposure to industrial dangerous waste
chemicals, dust and noise levels, and low levels of radioactivity
might occur. * Must be able to wear safety clothing and equipment,
up to and including Level C, as defined in the OSHA 40-hour
Hazardous Waste Training requirements. * Must be able to complete
HAZWOPER training and Ecology field safety training within one (1)
year of employment. * Must complete U.S. Department of Energy
Radiation Worker 1 work training prior to any field oversight or
inspections of radiation controlled areas such as the DST tank
farms. * Must participate in radiation dosimetry program, including
wearing personal dosimetry.
**Desired Qualifications: **
We highly encourage you to **apply even if you do not have some
(or all) of the desired experience below.**
* Knowledge of: inorganic, organic, and analytical chemistry;
physical chemistry related to modern analytical instrumentation;
research methods in micro-chemistry; research report writing;
activities planning and fiscal aspects of laboratory management;
principles of good supervision. * Ability to: present technical
information clearly, both orally and in writing; deal effectively
with representatives of other agencies and organizations including
USDOE and its contractors.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make
your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant
Why work for Ecology?
Joining Ecology means becoming a part of a team committed to
protecting and restoring Washington State's environment.
A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the
most challenging problems facing our state, while keeping the
health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We
combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation
with a strong commitment to work/life balance.
*Ecology employees may be eligible for the following*:
Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public
Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other
Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan
Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance,
Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program
(DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance
Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives, Combined Fund Drive,
**Student debt and how working for Ecology can help** Employees
may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans
after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a
qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying
for more details.
*See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more
Please complete the short on-line application, supplemental
questions and upload:
* Your current chronological resume. * A cover letter explaining
how you fit the requirements of the position. **Important Note:**
When attaching documents to your application (Resume, Cover Letter,
Transcripts, DD-214, etc.):
* Please be sure to remove private information such as your
social security number, date of birth, etc. * Do not attach
documents that are password protected as these documents may not be
reviewed and may cause errors within your application when
downloaded. **Please to do NOT include your salary history.
Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if
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.
**It is in the candidate's best interest to submit all of the
documents requested above. Applications without these documents may
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.
If you are reading this announcement in print format, please
visit www.careers.wa.gov to access the online recruitment system.
Click on "Look for Jobs" and select Dept. of Ecology under the
"Department" search list. Click "Apply Search."
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If you have specific questions about the position, please email
Nina Menard at:** **Nina.Menard@ecy.wa.gov.** **Please do not
contact Nina to inquire about the status of your application.
The act of submitting application materials electronically is
considered affirmation that the information is complete and
truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful
or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application
or dismissal if employed.
This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the
Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive
This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same
job classification across the agency. Once all the position(s) from
the recruitment announcement are filled, the recruitment may only
be used to fill additional open positions for the next sixty (60)
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, military spouses 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.
*Salary:* $70,956.00 - $93,132.00 Annually
*Location:* Benton County - Richland, WA
*Job Type:* Full Time - Permanent
*Department:* Dept. of Ecology
*Job Number:* 2021-NWP3377-02183
*Agency:* State of Washington
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Posting for Location, Washington, 98504
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