Permit Writer/Unit Lead (Environmental Specialist 3)(In-Training)

  • Washington State Department of Ecology
  • Richland, WA
  • Sep 11, 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 have 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, Ecology is a good fit.

The Nuclear Waste Program (NWP) is looking to fill a Permit Writer/Unit Lead (Environmental Specialist 3)(In-Training) position. This position will be located in our Richland Field Office (RFO) in Richland, WA.

The Permit Writer/Unit Lead position serves as a staff environmental specialist for the Waste Management Section of the Nuclear Waste Program in the Richland office. This position performs permit application review and permit development and compliance assurance for assigned Hanford and Non-Hanford facilities in order to achieve compliance with state and federal regulations and cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Facility. 

We are looking for applicants who possess strong written and verbal communications skills, have excellent people skills, are detail oriented and organized, service focused and are both adaptable and flexible.

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,FacebookInstagram or our blog

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The Nuclear Waste Program's (NWP) 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 of the Permit Writer/Unit Lead position at the Environmental Specialist 3 level include:

  • Serves as the Unit Lead/Permit Writer for assigned Hanford and Non-Hanford facilities.
  • Performs regulatory analysis and environmental regulatory oversight of assigned NWP Hanford and non-Hanford facilities and proposed permit applications and permits, and proposed cleanup actions/remedies. 
  • Conducts independent reviews of dangerous and mixed waste permit applications and permits for assigned Hanford and Non-Hanford facilities for compliance with Washington Dangerous Waste Regulations, and other relevant laws and regulations. Evaluates permit applications for completeness, accuracy and compliance with all relevant environmental regulations. Working with the project manager negotiates permit conditions and develops final decision documents for issuance. 
  • Performs independent reviews of plans and specifications, site plans, water permits, and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) remedial documents and the Hanford Federal Facility Agreement and Consent Order (Tri-Party Agreement) documents.
  • Interprets state Dangerous Waste Requirements, RCRA, Water Quality laws and regulations, Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) and CERCLA regulations, agency/program policies, technical guidelines and procedures for environmental control and management of Hanford waste sites and facilities, and other facilities regulated by the Nuclear Waste Program.
  • Performs compliance technical assistance and supports compliance inspections at assigned Hanford and Non-Hanford facilities.
  • Represents the NWP at meetings with Energy and its contractors, EPA, facility owners and operators and their consultants, other local, state and federal agencies, external interest groups and technical oversight groups.
  • Provides environmental regulatory and permitting support to Nuclear Waste Program Specialists and Section Managers on other projects. Reviews documents for compliance with applicable requirements. 
  • Provides recommendations to management on emerging issues and issues of concern regarding the project assignments. Provides guidance and leadership to other technical staff. Works with Headquarters technical staff on issues that are of mutual concern in the state. 

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be September 24, 2018.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before September 23, 2018. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

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Government- State/Provincial


$43,104.00 - $56,580.00 Annually