Washington State Department of Ecology Bellevue, WA, USA
Dec 26, 2019Full time
Description Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen The Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction (HWTR) Program within the Department of Ecology is looking for a Hazardous Waste Compliance Inspector in our Northwest Regional Office in Bellevue, WA . This position conducts dangerous waste compliance inspections on complex dangerous waste generators, with a focus on pharmaceutical waste management. We are looking for self-driven applicants who thrive in a fast-paced, team-oriented work environment that truly enjoy educating and informing a diverse regulated community of regulatory requirements. Strong communication skills, a willingness to change tactics when communication appears at an impasse, and maintaining a genuine sense of curiosity about the world around them, specifically how stuff is made, are all hallmarks of a successful dangerous waste compliance inspector. 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. For more information about our agency, visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov or check us out on LinkedIn , Twitter , Facebook , Instagram or our blog . Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts Duties Ecology's mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance Washington's environment and promote the wise management of our air, land, and water for the benefit of current and future generations. 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 hazardous products and waste. What does this Hazardous Waste Compliance Inspector do? This position supports the agency and program missions by serving as the senior section specialist for the management of pharmaceutical waste. This position: Represents the northwest section on pharmaceutical rules implementation groups led by regulatory experts at headquarters, including the Healthcare Team (HCT), and will play an integral role in ensuring the upcoming rules package is implementable by regional inspectors. Serves as the main point of contact for external stakeholders and other staff in the section for regulatory outreach for a variety of impacted stakeholders including, pharmacist, hospital and medical associations, Pollution Prevention Assistance (PPA) partners, reverse distributors, and long-term care facilities. Occupies a position on the Board of Directors for the Washington Healthcare Safety Council (WSHSC), a non-profit dedicated to sharing knowledge and providing networking and training opportunities at quarterly meetings. This position's presence provides another venue to articulate regulatory requirements outside of dangerous waste compliance inspections and learn more about some of the challenges in implementing the dangerous waste regulations. As the section specialist in pharmaceutical waste, this position will also conduct dangerous waste compliance inspections, investigations, and site visits at generators of pharmaceutical waste in the northwest region. Along with this work, this position: Aims to ensure regulatory consistency is obtained statewide by coordinating with inspectors in other regions on fieldwork at pharmaceutical waste generators spanning multiple regions. Undertakes any formal enforcement actions deemed necessary at pharmaceutical waste generators located in the northwest region, conducts follow up negotiations or conditions, and may testify to support formal enforcement actions. Develops regulatory relationships with healthcare professionals and providers by effectively communicating regulatory requirements to all levels of healthcare professionals, including hospital administrators, certified nursing assistants and support staff. Prepares written documentation of inspections and site visits issued to businesses and external stakeholders' with observations and recommendations to support compliance with the Dangerous Waste Regulations, WAC 173-303. Why join the team? This job requires constant learning and curiosity. Inspectors from a variety of backgrounds have found previous technical experience applicable to this role. Those who value encouraging environmental protection likely would find this work meaningful. This is a challenging career opportunity allowing many opportunities for improving interpersonal skills while educating the public about the dangerous waste regulations, and our environmental laws as a whole. We are a multi-generational group of skilled professionals, coming from diverse backgrounds. We are tasked with obtaining lasting compliance with the dangerous waste regulations in the largest Ecology region where half of our regulated generators of dangerous waste reside. Our team possess the shared values of desiring meaningful work, making a contribution to the citizens of Washington State, and continuing on the path of personal and team development. Please Note: The salary posted above does not include the additional 5% premium pay that this position will receive due to this position's location in King County. This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be on January 9, 2020. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before January 8, 2020. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date. Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable. Qualifications Required Qualifications: A Bachelor's degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field AND five years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning which includes one year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above or two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above. Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education. OR A Master's degree in one of the above fields AND three years of professional- level experience as required above which includes one year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above or two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above. OR A Ph.D. in one of the above fields AND two years of professional-level experience as required above which includes one year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above or two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above. OR Two years of experience as an Environmental Specialist 3 at the Department of Ecology NOTE: One year of the required experience must involve implementing Washington's "Dangerous Waste Regulations", Chapter 173-303 WAC. Experience as an Environmental Specialist 2 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. Experience as an Environmental Specialist 3 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) develops plans for researching information used for technical projects, regulatory or policy development, 5) plan and facilitate public meetings and hearings, 6) project work requiring specialized knowledge of industry processes, pollutant sources or natural processes, 7) providing technical assistance for complex 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. Desired Qualifications Demonstrated experience communicating professionally with diverse stakeholder groups. Demonstrated experience applying negotiation and conflict resolution skills in both formal and informal circumstances. Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment: Must obtain and maintain a valid Driver's License.