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Compliance & Enforcement Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) (In-Training)

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
March 16, 2018
Company
Washington State Department of Ecology
Location
Spokane, WA
Years of Experiences
1 - 3
3 - 5
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level
Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, Doctorate
Salary
$49,020.00 - $64,296.00 Annually

About Washington State Department of Ecology

The Department of Ecology is Washington's environmental protection agency. Our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's land, air and water for current and future generations. We support environmental work throughout Washington. Nearly 70 percent of our budget is passed through to local communities to pay for projects that benefit the environment. We were founded in 1970 as the first agency in the nation dedicated to environmental protection.

Contact name
Phone
Email
careers@ecy.wa.gov
Website
https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/Get-to-know-us/Jobs-at-Ecology

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 Air Quality Program (AQP) is looking to fill a Compliance & Enforcement Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) (In Training) position. This position will be located in our Eastern Regional Office (ERO) in Spokane, WA.

The Compliance & Enforcement Specialist position makes environmental (air quality) assessment decisions involving multiple stakeholders, that have significant public health, environmental protection, economic, and political consequences. This position serves as the regional compliance and enforcement expert for the ERO Smoke Management Team. This position requires expert knowledge of the Clean Air Act RCW 70.94, WAC's 173-430, 173-425, and 173-400. This position also serves as a regional expert for compliance and enforcement for special projects within the ERO Commercial Industrial Team.

We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills, have a strong scientific background, and understand the rules and laws pertaining to air quality.

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 TwitterFacebookInstagram 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 Air Quality Program's mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance the air quality of Washington, to safeguard public health and the environment, and to support a high quality of life for current and future generations.

Some of the key work activities at the Environmental Specialist 4 level are:

  • Responds to complex threats to the environment and human health.

  • Makes daily responsible and informed smoke management decisions.

  • Leads consistent compliance investigations and enforcement actions. 

  • Provides stakeholders with technical assistance.

  • This position will be required to work some weekends on a rotating basis.


 
 This position: 

  • Builds relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders to assure compliance with air quality rules in Eastern Washington.


 
 This position has an opportunity to:

  • Conducts complex environmental investigations to safeguard public health and protect, preserve, and enhance the air quality of Washington.


 
Interesting aspects of this position:

  • This position gives you the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of meteorology, enforcement guidelines, and work with a variety of stakeholders with constantly changing concerns.


 
 
Please note: This position is designated as In-Training. The duties reflect the goal level of Environmental Specialist 4, which can be achieved after successful completion of a 24 month training plan.
 
 
This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be March 30, 2018.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before March 29, 2018. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


 

 


Qualifications




The goal class for this position is an Environmental Specialist 4. We will consider applicants who meet the requirements for the Environmental Specialist 3 and 4 levels. If the finalist meets the requirements for the Environmental Specialist 3 level, then they will be hired in at that level and will be placed into a training program to become an Environmental Specialist 4 within a specified period of time.
 
Required Qualifications:

At the Environmental Specialist 3 level – Pay range 49 – ($3522 - $4623) Monthly

A Bachelor's degree involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field AND two (2) years of professional level experience in environmental analysis or control or environmental planning.

Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education.

OR

A Ph.D. in one of the above fields.

OR       
  

One (1) year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 2.


At the Environmental Specialist 4 level – Pay range 55 – ($4085 - $5358) Monthly

A Bachelor's degree involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field AND five (5) years of professional level experience in environmental analysis or control or environmental planning which includes one (1) year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above or two (2) years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above.

Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education. 

OR

A Master's degree in one of the above fields AND three (3) years of professional–level experience as required above which includes one (1) year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above or two (2) years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above.
 
OR

A Ph.D. in one of the above fields AND two (2) years of professional–level experience as required above which includes one (1) year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above or two (2) years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above.

OR

Two (2) years of experience as an Environmental Specialist 3.
 
The experience as an Environmental Specialist 3 can include a combination of the following: 1) investigating and/or resolving complaints involving science or technology content, 2) performing inspections, 3) drafting technical evaluations and reports, 4) develops plans for researching information used for technical projects, regulatory or policy development, 5) plan and facilitate public meetings and hearings, 6) project work requiring specialized knowledge of industry processes, pollutant sources or natural processes, 7) providing technical assistance for complex scientific content and/ or support for implementing scientific content programs, 8) conducting tests, analyzing and evaluating data, 9) using environmental databases to support technical projects, 10) developing scientific studies and resource management plans, 11) providing environmental technical and administrative assistance to grant/ contract/ loan recipients of environmental protection projects.
 
The experience as an Environmental Specialist 2 can include assisting in any of the following areas: 1) performing field surveys or studies, 2) responding to complaints involving scientific or technical content, 3) preparing public meetings and hearings, 4) assistance with routine inspections or investigations requiring specialized knowledge of industry processes, pollutant sources or natural processes, 5) responding to routine inquires or requests for technical assistance involving scientific content, 6) special projects that are scientific in nature, 7) conducting routine sampling and testing analyses, interprets data, writing reports 8) performing basic sampling data review, 9) maintaining an environmental data base to support technical projects, 10) providing routine environmental technical and administrative assistance to grant/ contract/ loan recipients of environmental protection projects.
 

Desired Qualifications:



  • Preferred education and advanced experience in computer programs/ applications such as Access, Excel, GIS, Web Applications (FrontPage, Perl, etc.), modeling, etc. 



Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:



  • Possess a Valid Driver's license.

  • EPA Method 9 - Visual Capacity Certification.




 


 


Supplemental Information


 


Application Instructions:

 

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/2016769/compliance-enforcement-specialist-environmental-specialist-4-in-training
 

In order to be considered, applicants MUST include the following documents as an attachment to their application:


  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.

  • A resume outlining your professional experience.



Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. Or, you may paste the text of your resume within the profile's resume text field.

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.

If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit www.careers.wa.gov to access the online recruitment system. Click on "Look for Jobs" and select Dept. of Ecology under the "Department" search list. Click "Apply Search."



Other Information:
 

If you need assistance applying for this job, please call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not call this number or send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Kary Peterson at: kape461@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Kary to inquire about the status of your application.

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.

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.