Product Testing Project Manager (Natural Resource Scientist 2)

  • Washington State Department of Ecology
  • Lacey, WA, USA
  • Oct 26, 2018
Full time EHS - Environmental, Health & Safety Environmental Science - Engineering Hazardous Waste - RCRA -Toxics Research

Job Description


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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 pollution from hazardous products and waste.

What does the Product Testing Project Manager do?

This position researches, defines, drafts, and implements product testing studies for the agency. This includes:

  • Defining product testing studies in order to evaluate the occurrence of toxic chemicals in consumer products in Washington State, and ensuring these studies are in line with the program and agency's goals and objectives.
  • Developing three to four product testing studies per biennium.
  • Performing specialized research on toxic chemical use in consumer products such as children's toys in order to ensure compliance with state consumer product safety laws. Research may also include investigation of test methods and qualified analytical labs.
  • Developing, researching, finalizing and implementing Quality Assurance Project Plans in support of the unit's identified compliance and research needs. 
  • Preparing products for testing through size reduction and/or extraction into a solution in support of the enforcement of toxics in consumer product laws. 
  • Maintaining and operating screening equipment such as the x-ray fluorescence (XRF) scanner. Operation will include set-up, calibration, and use of this screening equipment. 
  • Conducting equipment and safety training for junior staff and interns, so that staff can safely operate in the prep room.
  • This position requires strong attention to detail, the ability to use strong people skills and patience to complete a product testing studies with numerous colleagues, and can at times require completing repetitive laboratory tasks.

 Why join the team?

  • This work unit is a highly skilled team of scientists, policy experts, compliance officers, and database mangers, dedicated to protecting Washington's citizens and the environment from toxic chemicals contained in consumer products.  
  • This position uses cutting edge science to investigate the chemical makeup of consumer products. This position allows the ideal candidate the opportunity to use their curiosity and scientific ability to identify problem chemicals in order to protect the public and environment.

 Please Note: This is a project position that is currently funded through October 31, 2020

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be November 8, 2018.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before November 7, 2018. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor of science degree with major study in natural science, chemistry, environmental science, or other closely allied field AND three years of experience in sampling and chemical analysis of consumer products or related environmental media such as soil, water, waste or air.
A Master's degree in natural science, chemistry, chemical engineering, or biochemistry will substitute for two of the required three years of experience provided the major area of study was in one of the fields listed above.
A PhD in chemistry, chemical engineering, or biochemistry will substitute for the required experience, provided the major study was in one of the fields listed above.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with consumer product sampling and testing.
  • Experience conducting scientific research.
  • Experience or education with chemical properties and analytical methods.
  • Experience with spreadsheets, databases, and statistical software.
  • Experience writing reports.
  • Experience with conflict resolution and team building skills.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:
Valid Driver's License

Why work for Ecology?

Joining Ecology means becoming a part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington State's environment.

A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our state, while keeping the health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to work/life balance.

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$46,452.00 - $60,924.00 Annually