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Planner/Grants Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) (In-Training) (2 Positions)

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
April 09, 2019
Company
Washington State Department of Ecology
Location
Spokane, Washington
Years of Experiences
1 - 3
3 - 5
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level
Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, Doctorate, Professional
Salary
$51,000.00 - $66,888.00 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

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen


Please apply through the following link:


https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/2406566/planner-grants-specialist-environmental-specialist-4-in-training-2-positions


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 Solid Waste Management (SWM) program is looking to fill two Planner/Grants Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) (In-Training) positions.  As In-Training positions, we are excited to offer the opportunity for any candidate to apply that qualifies at the Environmental Specialist 4, 3, or 2 levels.  Both positions will end at the Environmental Specialist 4 level, after an In-Training period for those that get hired as a 3 or 2.  These positions will be located in our Eastern Regional Office (ERO) in Spokane, WA. 

We are looking for people who can grasp numerous concepts, are highly organized, and possess excellent people and communication skills to foster relationships with local government solid waste partners.  We seek individuals that work well with teams and are also self-directed initiators who can successfully navigate multiple tasks and deadlines on a daily basis with little direction.  Applicants should enjoy travel throughout eastern Washington and be excited about promoting and expanding waste reduction, reuse, and recycling programs.

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.


 
Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts


Duties



The Solid Waste Management Program's mission is to reduce the amount and the effects of wastes generated in Washington State. The Program's 30-year vision is to transition to a society where waste is viewed as inefficient, and where most wastes and toxic substances have been eliminated.

Some of the key work activities for the Planner/Grants Specialist positions are:

  • Works closely with local government public works and health department officials to ensure submission of solid waste grant applications, negotiates grant agreements (e.g. scope of work, budget, and project timelines), and processes payment requests in a timely manner.

  • Assists local government to ensure solid and hazardous waste management plans are updated and meet regulatory requirements.  This involves working with public works directors, solid waste managers, city and county officials, local solid waste advisory committees (SWACs), and other stakeholders on solid and hazardous waste management issues.

  • Serves as the face of the Solid Waste Management Program at meetings with local government solid waste officials in eastern Washington.  This involves conveying accurate information on grants, solid and hazardous waste plans, work of other staff, and other solid waste issues.  This will involve occasional long travel days for daytime and evening meetings on a semi-routine basis.   

  • Communicates with local planning jurisdictions to assure statewide consistency with grant and planning goals and directives, and brings local government interests, concerns and perspectives to statewide issue discussions and processes.


 
The Solid Waste Management Program is a very progressive program that seeks to change the waste system for the best environmental benefit.  Once oriented into the job, we expect you will have time to get creative and propose and work on special projects supportive of the Program's vision. The Program is also highly team-oriented so that you and your counterparts across the state work closely together and feel supported. 


Qualifications


Required Qualifications:

At the Environmental Specialist 2 Level: Pay Range 45 ($3,332 - $4,361) Monthly 

A Bachelor's degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field and one (1) year of professional level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.
 
Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education.

OR 

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

OR 

A Master's degree in one of the above fields.

Environmental Specialist 3 Pay range 49 ($3,664-$4,809)

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

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

A Master's degree in one of the above fields will substitute for one year of the required experience.   

OR 

A Ph.D. in one of the above fields.  

OR 

One year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 2.
 
Environmental Specialist 4 (goal classification) Pay range 55 ($4,250-$5,574)

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

OR 

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

OR 

Two years of experience as an Environmental Specialist 3. 

Desired Qualifications:



  • Experience and/or academic training in solid waste management, waste reduction, reuse, and recycling and/or sustainable resource management practices.  Be willing and able to keep abreast of state-of-the-art technology, research and innovation in waste management, reduction, reuse and recycling, and other sustainable resource management practices.

  • Experience and/or training in providing direct customer service.  Experience working as a member of a team assigned to create and complete a project.  Training related to developing interpersonal communication skills or providing good customer service.


 
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.



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 ForgivenessTuition Waiver,  Long Term Disability & Life InsuranceDeferred Compensation ProgramsDependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA)Employee Assistance ProgramCommute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader)Combined Fund DriveSmartHealth
 
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.
                                                                             
*See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information


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.

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 Marni Solheim at: marni.solheim@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Marni 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.

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.