CCA: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Reporting Specialist (Environmental Planner 3) (In-Training)

  • Washington State Department of Ecology
  • Hybrid (Lacey, WA, USA)
  • Mar 29, 2024
Full time Environmental Protection Environmental Planning - NEPA

Job Description

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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Climate Pollution Reduction Program (CPRP) is looking to fill the Climate Commitment Act Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Reporting Specialist (Environmental Planner 3) (In-Training) position. This position will be located at our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.
   
As the Climate Commitment Act Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Reporting Specialist, you will support the Climate Commitment Act Reporting Unit by identifying greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions baselines, verifying the calculations for impacts to GHG emissions, and developing GHG emission methodologies to aid with annual reporting requirements related to the Climate Commitment Act (CCA) program. This will involve understanding and executing CCA requirements, including tracking GHG reductions for the Department of Ecology as well as other participating state agencies and institutes of higher learning. You will develop GHG emissions reporting policies and procedures to ensure that methods of CCA reporting of GHG calculations are consistent with the GHG inventory. In connection with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), you will augment their Excel reporting tools for Washington’s use for CCA expenditure reporting, as well as converting other reporting tools to assist other participating state agencies and institutes of higher learning with future calculations.


Note: This position offers a career path and on-the-job training. This position allows you to progress through the Environmental Planner (EP) field and achieve the goal class of an Environmental Planner 3 (EP3). Candidates will be considered at the EP2 and EP3 levels, depending on their qualifications. For salary levels for each, please see the qualifications section.   

The principal department strategic priorities and goals that relate to the Climate Pollution Reduction Program (CPRP) include: reduce and prepare for climate impacts; prevent and reduce toxic threats; and deliver efficient and effective services. The CPRP’s mission is to implement policies and programs to reduce carbon emissions in the state of Washington so that the state meets its statutory greenhouse gas emission limits. The CPRP focuses long term, requiring creative and strategic decision making for implementation to achieve broad statewide and interstate success reducing carbon emissions in the state of Washington so residents have a healthy environment and climate.

Tele-work options for this position: This position will be eligible for up to an 80% tele-work schedule. Applicants with questions about position location options, tele-work, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in “other information.” Schedules are dependent upon position needs and are subject to change.

 
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, we will review applications on April 11, 2024. In order to be considered, please submit an application on or before April 10, 2024. If your application isn't received by this date, it may not be considered. The agency reserves the right to make a Hire any time after the initial screening date. 


Please Note: We will review all applications received before the date above. Additional reviews after this date typically only occur if we have a small applicant pool, or if a successful Hire was not made.

Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:
Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver,  Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth *Click here for more information 

About the Department of Ecology

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. Join a team that is highly effective and collaborative, with leadership that embraces the value of people. To learn more, check out our Strategic Plan

Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:

  • A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.
  • An Infants at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns.
  • Continuous growth and development opportunities. 
  • Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.

Our commitment to DEIR
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) 
are core values central to Ecology’s work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.

 

Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.
 
Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.
 
Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology’s work.
 
Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement.

 
We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued. 

 

Duties

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What makes this role unique?
In your role as the Climate Commitment Act Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Reporting Specialist, you’ll serve as program lead on greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction reporting. Collaborating with parties across the state, you’ll develop the GHG reporting methodologies and resources for Washington State agencies and universities and colleges to appropriately report to Ecology, their GHG emissions reductions. Upon collection of this data, you will work with the Climate Pollution Reduction Program (CPRP) finance team to analyze this data in order to meet reporting obligations associated with the Climate Commitment Act. You’ll also coordinate with the Office of Equity and Environmental Justice on work relating to Climate Commitment Act topics and areas of overlap between the Climate Commitment Act (CCA) and Healthy Environment for All (HEAL) Act.
 
What you will do:

  • Identify and create new and update existing greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction calculator tools.
  • Provide support to numerous state agencies and Washington State colleges/universities with GHG emission reduction calculator tools, methodologies, and other questions related to reporting requirements.
  • Serve as the GHG emissions reduction specialist for the Climate Pollution Reduction Program (CPRP) Finance team, serving as CPRP subject matter expert.
  • Assist in the development of Ecology’s GHG baseline for Climate Commitment Act’s reporting guidelines and other applicable materials.
  • Prepares and develops presentations for a variety of audiences including external interested parties and Ecology staff, as needed.
  • Compose correspondence, draft documents and reports, and prepare for final editing.
  • Evaluate and monitor relevant agency policies, protocols, and guidance on environmental justice.

Qualifications

This is an In-Training position. The goal class for this position is an Environmental Planner 3 (EP3). We will consider applicants who meet the requirements for the EP2 or EP3 levels. If the finalist meets the requirements at the EP2 level, then they will be hired as an EP2 and will be placed in a training program to become an EP3 within a specified period of time.

Required Qualifications:
Years of required experience indicated below are full-time equivalent years. Full-time equivalent experience means that any experience where working hours were less than 40 hours per week will be prorated in order to meet the equivalency of full-time. We would calculate this by looking at the total hours worked per week, divide this by 40, and then multiply by the total number of months worked. Examples of the proration calculations are:

  • 30 hours worked per week for 20 months: (30/40) x 20 months = 15 months full-time equivalent
  • 20 hours worked per week for 12 months: (20/40) x 12 months = 6 months full-time equivalent

Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, education, and volunteer experience. See below for how you may qualify.

At the Environmental Planner 2 level: Salary Range 52 ($4,497-$6,046 monthly) (In-training)
Option 1:

  • A Bachelor’s degree with major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field, AND
  • Three years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.

 
Option 2:

  • A Master’s degree or above with major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field, AND
  • One year of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.


Option 3:
One year of experience as an Environmental Planner 1 at the Department of Ecology.
 
 
At the Environmental Planner 3 level: Salary Range 59 ($5,341-$7,184 monthly) Goal Class
Option 1:

  • A Bachelor’s degree with major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field, AND
  • Four years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.

 
Option 2:

  • A Master’s degree or above with major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field, AND
  • Two years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.


Option 3:
One year of experience as an Environmental Planner 2 at the Department of Ecology.
 
Additional required experience to qualify at both EP levels:

  • Experience with carbon accounting, identifying greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction measures that could be measured qualitatively and quantitatively. 
  • Experience with examining studying and determining potential ways to prioritize greenhouse gas (GHG) emission baselines. 
  • Strong research, analysis, and problem-solving skills.



Desired Qualifications:
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.

  • Knowledge and/or experience in climate science, environmental studies, chemistry, or general science background, or college majors in Environmental Policy or Environmental Studies, or similar experience in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
  • Understanding of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission calculations and carbon offsets.
  • Understanding of environmental justice data, research, practice, and mapping tools.

Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.

Supplemental Information


Ecology seeks diverse applicants: We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


Need an Accommodation in the application and/or screening process or this job announcement in an alternative format?

  • Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: careers@ecy.wa.gov and we will be happy to assist.
  • If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can reach the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
  • If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not send an email to this address to follow-up on the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.
  • If you are reading this announcement in print format, please enter the following URL to your search engine to apply: https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/Get-to-know-us/Jobs-at-Ecology.   


Application Instructions:
It's in the applicant's best interest to submit all of the documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be declined.

  • A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position.
  • A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position.
  • A list of three professional references.

Note: References will only be contacted during the final steps of the recruitment process for candidates selected as finalists. References will not be contacted without the candidate’s formal authorization.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.  
 
For Your Privacy:
When attaching documents to your application (such as Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, DD-214, etc.):

  • Please be sure to remove private information such as your social security number, date of birth, etc. 
  • Do not attach documents that are password-protected, as these documents may not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded. 

Additional Application Instructions for Current Ecology Employees:

Please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources.

Application Attestation: 
The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed. 

Other Information:

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Tai Ralston at: Tai.Ralston@ecy.wa.gov Please do not contact Tai to inquire about the status of your application.
 
To request the full position description: email 
careers@ecy.wa.gov

Why work for Ecology?
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.

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 your health and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to life/work balance.

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov and follow, like or visit us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.


Collective Bargaining: This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.   

Equal Opportunity Employer: The Washington State Department of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans, military spouses or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.


Note: This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency. Once all the position(s) from the recruitment announcement are filled, the recruitment may only be used to fill additional open positions for the next sixty (60) days. 

Sector

Government- State/Provincial

Salary

$53,964.00 - $86,208.00 Annually

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