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 positions conduct field investigations of businesses, industries and public agencies that generate, transport, and manage hazardous wastes. The positions give you the opportunity to have hands on interaction with the regulated community and the ability to educate and execute decisions that benefit the environment.
These opportunities offer you: Ongoing opportunities for continuous growth, rewarding outcomes and a fulfilling work/life balance and personal fulfillment from knowing you are making a difference in your own community and across the state.
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
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The Hazardous Waste Compliance Inspector (Environmental Specialist 3 In-Training) positions serve 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.
Some of the key work activities include:
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.
To broaden the candidate pool, we will consider candidates that qualify at the Environmental Specialist 2 and 3 levels. Please read the qualifications section below to learn more about this exciting career growth and in-training opportunity.
NOTE: This position may be filled as an in-training at the Environmental Specialist 2 level as well as the Environmental Specialist 3 level depending on the successful candidate’s education and work experience.
As an Environmental Specialist 2 ($2,855 through $3,726 per month)
A Master's degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.
A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field and 1 year of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.
The 1 year of professional-level experience can include assisting in any of the following areas: 1) performing field surveys or studies, 2) responding to complaints involving scientific or technical content, 3) preparing public meetings and hearings, 4) assistance with routine inspections or investigations requiring specialized knowledge of industry processes, pollutant sources or natural processes, 5) responding to routine inquires or requests for technical assistance involving scientific content, 6) special projects that are scientific in nature, 7) conducting routine sampling and testing analyses, interprets data, writing reports 8) performing basic sampling data review, 9) maintaining an environmental data base to support technical projects, 10 providing routine environmental technical and administrative assistance to grant/ contract/ loan recipients of environmental protection projects.
As an Environmental Specialist 3 ($3,293 through $4,322 per month)
A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field and 2 years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.
The 2 years of professional-level experience can include a combination of the following: 1) investigating and / or resolving complaints involving science or technology content, 2) performing inspections, 3) drafting technical evaluations and reports, 4) researching information used for routine technical projects, regulatory or policy development, 5) assistance with public meetings and hearings, 6) project work requiring specialized knowledge of industry processes, pollutant sources or natural processes, 7) providing technical assistance for scientific content and/ or support for implementing scientific content programs, 8) conducting tests, analyzing and evaluating data, 9) using environmental databases to support technical projects, 10) developing scientific studies and resource management plans, 11) providing environmental technical and administrative assistance to grant/ contract/ loan recipients of environmental protection projects.
Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education.