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Environmental Specialist

Company: State of Washington
Location: Richland
Posted on: June 21, 2022

Job Description:

Per Governor Inslees Proclamation 21-14.2 , Washington State employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination as part of the hiring process, prior to their start date. Requests for medical and religious exemptions will be considered. If you have questions, please contact Careers@ecy.wa.gov with COVID-19 vaccination in the subject line. Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen The within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a SST System Regulatory Lead (Environmental Specialist 4) position. This position is located in our Richland Field Office (RFO) in . During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. At this time, this position is required to work less than one day per week in the office. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing. Looking ahead, Ecology has recently updated the agency policies on telework and flexible and compressed work schedules. Applicants with questions about position location options, telework, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in other information. In this role, you will serve as the regulatory lead for the Hanford Single-Shell Tank System (SST System). The Single Shell Tank System has 149 approximately 1 million gallon underground tanks and contain a mixture of radioactive and dangerous wastes. The Nuclear Waste Program (NWP) is in the process of issuing a WA Dangerous Waste Permit to Department of Energy for many dangerous waste management units of which the SST System is one. In this role, you will gain experience in working on one of the most challenging dangerous waste permits in the nation. The 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. 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. Join a team that is highly effective and collaborative, with leadership that embraces the value of people. Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:

  • A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.
  • An Infants at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns.
  • Continuous growth and development opportunities.
  • A wellness program that offers education, fitness classes, and an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
  • Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) are core values central to Ecologys work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations. Diversity : We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions. Equity : We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive. Inclusion : We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecologys work. Respect : We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement. We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued. Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of April 07, 2022 . In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before April 06, 2022 . The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date. What makes this role unique? In this position, you will lead the team, performing review of the SST unit Hazardous Waste permit application and development, issuance, and management of final unit permit for closure to achieve cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Facility in accordance with state and federal regulations and the Hanford Federal Facilities Agreement and Consent Order (HFFACO or Tri-Party Agreement [TPA]). In this role, you will also negotiate cleanup and permit conditions with DOE and its contractor staff and develop final decision documents for issuance. You will represent the Nuclear Waste Program (NWP) in explaining scientific bases and technical approaches to permit conditions, regulatory requirements, and policies at meetings with the U.S Department of Energy (USDOE), its contractors and/or consultants, external interest groups, and technical oversight groups. What you will do:
    • Be a subject matter and team lead for the NWP staff, performing reviews of the SST unit permit applications, development, issuance, and management of the final unit permit.
    • Serve as a Team Lead for an Environmental Engineer 3 and Chemist 4, and may also need to include a Toxicologist 2, a Toxicologist 3 and a Hydrogeologist 4 to review the SST Hazardous Waste permit information.
    • Oversee compliance with permit requirements.
    • Negotiate cleanup and permit conditions with DOE and its contractor staff and develop final decision documents for issuance.
    • Represent the NWP in explaining scientific bases and technical approaches to permit conditions, regulatory requirements, and policies at meetings with the USDOE, its contractors and/or consultants, external interest groups, and technical oversight groups. Required Qualifications: A total of Nine (9) years of experience and/or education as described below:
      • Professional level Experience: in environmental analysis or control.
      • Education: involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field. Experience may include but not be limited to a combination of the following :
        • Experience with principles and practices of environmental regulations and guidance related to the permitting and oversight of solid and liquid waste management facilities and cleanup sites; laws and regulations governing environmental issues.
        • Experience evaluating technical environmental data; training and mentoring others; establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with regulated facilities, public officials and community groups; and writing permits and environmental compliance reports. See chart below for a list of ways to qualify for this position: Possible Combinations College credit hours or degree Years of professional level experience as listed above Combination 1 No college credit hours or degree 9 years of experience Combination 2 30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits. 8 years of experience Combination 3 60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree). 7 years of experience Combination 4 90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits. 6 years of experience Combination 5 A Bachelor's Degree 5 years of experience Combination 6 A Master's Degree 3 years of experience Combination 7 A Ph.D. Degree 2 years of experience OR Two years of experience as an Environmental Specialist 3, at the Department of Ecology. Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
          • This position requires meeting the U.S. Department of Energy requirements for acquiring a badge for access to the Hanford site within 6 months. .
          • Must possess and maintain a valid drivers 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. DOE Radiation Worker 1 work training prior to any field oversight or inspections of radiation controlled areas such as the DST tank farms. Desired Qualifications: We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
            • Knowledge of principles, practices, and methods of environmental remediation; the application of emerging technologies to existing methods and of techniques of environmental sampling, testing, data gathering, basic research and field investigations; applicable state, federal and local environmental regulations and policies; multimedia environmental principles and practices.
            • Demonstrated knowledge of principles and practices of environmental regulations and guidance related to the permitting and oversight of solid and liquid waste management facilities and cleanup sites, and laws and regulations governing environmental issues.
            • Ability to provide technical direction to professional staff for complex or controversial studies or projects; provide final review for technical reports, permit evaluations, and conclusions reached by professional staff; work effectively with other government officials, the regulated community, and stakeholders on complex or controversial environmental issues or problems. Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool. Ecology seeks diverse applicants: We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Need an Accommodation in the application and/or screening process or this job announcement in an alternative format?
              • Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: careers@ecy.wa.gov and we will be happy to assist.
              • If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can reach the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388 .
              • If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov . Please do not send an email to this address to follow-up on the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.
              • If you are reading this announcement in print format , please enter the following URL to your search engine to apply: style="color: rgb(38,122,144)"> . Application Instructions: It's in the applicant's best interest to submit all of the documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be declined.
                • A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position.
                • A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position.
                • Three professional references. Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable. For Your Privacy: When attaching documents to your application (such as 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. Additional Application Instructions for Current 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. Application Attestation: 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. Other Information: 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. To request the full position description: email careers@ecy.wa.gov Why work for Ecology? 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.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 your health and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to life/work 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 , SmartHealth *See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information Student debt: how working for Ecology can help The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See Collective Bargaining: This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative. Equal Opportunity Employer: 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 . Note: 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) days.

Keywords: State of Washington, Richland , Environmental Specialist, Other , Richland, Washington

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