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 Environmental Assessment Program (EAP) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a temporary Environmental Technician position. The position will be located in our Manchester Environmental Laboratory in Port Orchard, WA.
The Manchester Environmental Laboratory (MEL) is the leading environmental laboratory for the State of Washington. It conducts environmental laboratory analyses on samples collected throughout Washington State. The laboratory also conducts analyses for toxins in children's and consumer products.
The Environmental Technician position is responsible for assisting in sample receiving, including checking for correct chemical preservation of samples, and processing associated paperwork, including transcribing and entering data into a complex Lab Information Management System database. The position is responsible for preparing sample collection bottles. The position includes lab analyses of samples for turbidity, chlorophyll, pH, and/or solids parameters, including calibration of equipment used for those analyses. The position is also responsible for occasional sample transport to the lab.
We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills, the ability to quickly assess a situation and make a decision, the ability to work well with a diverse workforce with widely differing personality types, are flexible, reliable, detail oriented.
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.
Agency Mission: Ecology's mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment and to promote the wise management of our air, land and water for the benefit of current and future generations.
Program Mission: The Environmental Assessment Program provides a range of scientific, monitoring, laboratory, and quality assurance services. Its mission is to measure and assess environmental conditions in Washington State.
Some of the key work activities of the Environmental Technician position include:
- Assisting in sample receiving, including checking for correct chemical preservation of samples, and processing associated paperwork, including transcribing and entering data into a LIMS database, preparing sample collection bottles, lab analyses for turbidity, chlorophyll, pH, and/or solids parameters.
This position gives you an opportunity to.....
Work in an environmental lab setting. This entry level position could lead to upward advancement into higher level work.
Please Note: This is a non-permanent position that is scheduled to end December 15, 2018.
Graduation from high school or GED equivalent
Two (2) years of technical or third clerical-level experience in an environmental agency or office.
College-level coursework in environmental, physical or natural sciences, or closely related field may be substituted, year for year, for the required experience.
Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:
- Must possess a valid driver's license.
- Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.
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.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 Student debt and how working for Ecology can help
Employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service
for more details.
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Please include the following documents as an attachment to your application:
- A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.
- A resume outlining your professional experience.
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Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including "please see resume" may disqualify you from further consideration.
Department of 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 at (360) 407-6186.
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This position is included in the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) union bargaining unit for the Department of Ecology. All employees covered by the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the WFSE will, as a condition of employment, either become members of the WFSE and pay membership dues or, as non-members, pay a representation fee as described in the CBA, no later than the 30th day following the effective date of this CBA or the beginning of their employment.
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 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.