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Eastern Washington Waste Reduction and Recycling Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4)

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
December 14, 2017
Company
Washington State Department of Ecology
Location
Spokane, WA
Years of Experiences
5 - 10
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://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/1927947/eastern-washington-waste-reduction-and-recycling-specialist-environmental-specia

Job description

Description


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 Waste 2 Resources (W2R) program is looking to fill an Eastern Washington Waste Reduction and Recycling Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) position. This position will be located in our Eastern Regional Office (ERO) in Spokane, WA.

The Eastern Washington Waste Reduction and Recycling Specialist position is a senior environmental section specialist serving all of Eastern Washington to provide technical assistance to local governments, the private sector, and other stakeholders to develop, improve, implement, and evaluate solid waste reduction, reuse, and recycling programs and to promote the State Solid and Hazardous Waste Plan and sustainable materials management practices.  

We are looking for applicants with an interest in increasing waste reduction, reuse, and recycling efforts in Eastern Washington through collaboration with local governments, the private sector, and others with shared interests. Candidates should poses excellent people and communication skills, including the ability to persuade others to recognize opportunities. Candidates should be able to identify solutions to complex problems by applying knowledge of successful programs, best management practices, current markets, and available commercial services. Candidates should expect routine travel within Eastern Washington to meet with people involved in waste reduction, reuse, and recycling efforts.

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.ecy.wa.gov.


Duties


The Waste 2 Resources mission is to reduce the amount and the effects of wastes generated in Washington State.  

Some of the key work activities of the Eastern Washington Waste Reduction and Recycling Specialist include:
 
Waste Reduction, Reuse, Recycling, and Sustainable Materials Management:

  • Independently promotes innovation, continued program improvement, and incorporation of sustainable resource management practices supportive of the State Solid and Hazardous Waste Plan to local governments and other stakeholders in Eastern Washington. 

  • Serves as a senior environmental specialist and technical resource to facilitate partnerships in order to develop and implement efficient and cost effective waste reduction, reuse, and recycling programs and projects in Eastern Washington.


Promotion and Technical Assistance for Sustainable Materials Management: 

  • Leads collaborative efforts between local governments, state and federal agencies, governments in neighboring states, businesses, public institutions, trade, professional and not-for-profit organizations, community groups, and the public to create and implement innovative solid waste reduction, reuse, and recycling programs, and to promote other sustainable materials management practices consistent with the State Solid and Hazardous Waste Plan.


Technical Assistance for Successful Sustainable Materials Management Programs:

  • Provides expert technical assistance to local governments, state and federal agencies, businesses, public institutions, trade organizations, professional and not-for-profit organizations, community groups, and the public interested in establishing or improving sustainable materials management programs.


This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be December 27, 2017.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before December 26, 2017. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
 
Qualifications

Required Qualifications:
 
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.   
 

Desired Qualifications:



  • Experience in waste reduction, recycling, and sustainable material management. Sustainable material management means using and reusing materials in the most sustainable way across their entire life cycle, from design, manufacturing and use, to end-of-life when the material is either disposed or recycled.


 
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:



  • Must hold a valid Driver's License, or be able to obtain one, and be eligible to drive state motor pool vehicles within the first month of employment.


Supplemental Information


Application Instructions:



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


  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required/desired 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.

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 Wayne Krafft at: wkra461@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Wayne to inquire about the status of your application.