Permit Writer (Environmental Specialist 5)

  • Washington State Department of Ecology
  • Lacey, WA, USA
  • Jul 26, 2018
Full time Environmental Science - Engineering Hazardous Waste - RCRA -Toxics

Job Description

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.

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Government- State/Provincial


$55,152.00 - $72,456.00 Annually