Washington State Department of Ecology

The mission of the Washington State Department of Ecology is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment, and promote the sustainable management of the state’s air, land and water for the benefit of current and future generations.   This means protecting both humans and the environment from pollution; restoring and preserving important ecosystems that sustain life; and finding ways to meet human needs without destroying environmental resources and functions. Fundamental to achieving these results lies in our everyday interaction with citizens, stakeholders, and the public we regulate. We treat our customers as partners and collaborators: provide respectful and prompt service; explore creative solutions for the best results; and act with integrity. Also critical is maintaining effective infrastructures and a workforce that is committed, productive and successful. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, teamwork, professionalism and accountability.   The citizens of Washington trust that the Department of Ecology supports and assists them in promoting the sustainable environmental and economic well being of the state. That trust, coupled with our effectiveness, helps Ecology to continue to receive the support it needs to advance our environmental mission.   To learn more about our Agency, please visit our website at - www.ecy.wa.gov      

Washington State Department of Ecology Richland, WA, USA
Aug 11, 2018
Full time
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  Nuclear Waste Program  (NWP) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill two  NWP Compliance Inspector (Environmental Specialist 4)  positions. These positions will be housed in our Richland Field Office (RFO) in  Richland, WA . These positions conduct compliance inspections on four permitted facilities that treat, store, and dispose of mixed radioactive/dangerous waste. Most inspections are done at the U.S. Department of Energy Hanford site. We are looking for individuals with the ability to understand and apply regulations, who are able to: follow standard operating procedures, identify and describe factual findings verbally and in written reports, able to work well with multiple projects and disciplines, and are able to navigate disagreements and conflict. Duties   The   NWP Compliance Inspector   positions are located within the    Nuclear Waste Program  (NWP). The Nuclear Waste Program's mission is to lead the effective and efficient cleanup of the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford Site, ensure sound management of mixed hazardous wastes in Washington, and protect the state's air, water, and land at and adjacent to the Hanford site. Some of the key work activities for the  NWP Compliance Inspector  positions include: Plans and leads senior-level Dangerous Waste compliance inspections at high-priority mixed waste TSDFs known to have the greatest complexity within the state of Washington. Independently plans, prioritizes, and conducts dangerous waste inspections of the US Department of Energy Hanford site and other facilities that treat, store and dispose of mixed radioactive/dangerous waste. to ensure compliance with the Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), 40 CFR Parts 260-279, the state Hazardous Waste Management Act (Chapter 70.105 RCW), state Dangerous Waste Regulations (Chapter 173-303 WAC), and Federal and State cleanup regulations (40 CFR Part 300 and Chapter 173-340 WAC). Provides technical and regulatory assistance to regulated facilities to achieve compliance using inspection reports and compliance letters. Prepares written documentation of inspections, observations and recommendations to achieve compliance consistent with agency and program policies and procedures. Participates in permit review and/or oversight. Responds to incidents or complaints requiring "unplanned inspections" because of alleged non-compliance with state and federal regulations. Prepares written documentation and provides data to database entry personnel within expected timeframes. As a member of the NWP Compliance Team, participates in Program Compliance Team meetings, participates in small Compliance Team meetings, helps maintain RCRA info and SharePoint records. This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be August 22, 2018.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before August 21, 2018. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
Washington State Department of Ecology Lacey, WA, USA
Jul 26, 2018
Full time
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 a   Permit Writer (Environmental Specialist 5)   position. The position will be located in our Headquarters Building in  Lacey, WA .   The   Permit Writer   position is responsible for evaluating, interpreting and developing dangerous waste management policy, guidance and regulation. This position assists in rule analysis and interpretation to Ecology staff, the regulated community, and the general public. The successful candidate will have the following qualities: Enjoys detailed work, but understands the larger picture The ability to switch between tasks easily Flexibility - this is a good job for you if you understand regulatory rules aren't black and white but often gray all over A team player (you enjoy working in teams but are proficient in completing your own portion of the work) Good communication skills – listening, writing Ability to lead and facilitate small groups to problem solve Able to work with firm deadlines Patience and the ability to manage projects that may take 2 – 3 years to finish The ability to diffuse conflict.  The successful candidate isn't afraid of conflict – we can have challenging problems and issues at times Comfortable moving forward but might not have all the answers completely worked out (patience). 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.ecology.wa.gov .    Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com