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Registration and Compliance Assurance Specialist (Environmental Specialist 3) (In-Training)

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
February 27, 2019
Washington State Department of Ecology
Spokane, WA
Years of Experiences
1 - 3
3 - 5
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level
Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, Doctorate, Professional
$43,968.00 - $57,708.00 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.

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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

Please apply through the following link:

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.

If being part of a team that takes ownership of an important component of Eastern Washington air quality, works collaboratively with other air quality experts, at the federal, state and local level, this job is for you.

The Air Quality Program (AQ) is looking to fill a Registration and Compliance Assurance Specialist (Environmental Specialist 3)(In-Training) position. This position is located in our Eastern Regional Office (ERO) in Spokane, WA.

The Registration and Compliance Assurance Specialist is responsible for conducting minor source inspections and document reviews to determine source compliance with applicable air quality requirements. Identifies violations of air quality requirements and works with senior staff to determine appropriate response to violations.

We are looking for applicants that enjoy working in a team, are eager to learn, have experience interacting with a variety of people, are able to communicate technical information in an easy-to-understand manner, and demonstrate an ability to produce and keep records organized.
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

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



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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 support high quality of life for current and future citizens.

Some of the key work activities of the Registration and Compliance Assurance Specialist are:

Compliance Assurance for minor sources of air pollution: This position has responsibility for
performing inspections at minor commercial/industrial facilities.

  • Assigned to conducting on-site environmental inspections, reviewing and evaluating reports, and documenting all work through correspondence and reports.

  • Provides regulatory assistance, and    education to help facilities comply with and understand the regulations and permit conditions

Registration Program Technical Support: Provides assistance and serves as back-up for maintaining and updating information about minor sources in agency databases and tracking systems. 

  • Reviews and evaluates annual emission inventory data to determine compliance with permits and registration billing to gather information from minor air pollution sources.

  • Assists with registration billing and notifications to minor sources. 

Permit Management for major sources: Understanding and identify applicable federal and state requirements for ERO major sources.

  • Conducts on-site environmental inspections and periodic Full Compliance Evaluations, observe and review stack test results, , , provide regulatory assistance, and document all work through correspondence and inspection reports.

  • Enters and tracks data in the EPA ICIS-Air database for major sources and annual air pollution sources.

Once experienced, the successful candidate will complete over 40 compliance site visits and file reviews each year. This position will spend most of their time away from the office inspecting, providing technical assistance or education, and interacting with permittees. The successful candidate will help businesses understand the steps they need to take to comply with air quality regulations, or find solutions to permitting issues while allowing them to continue operating instead of going out of business.

This is one of the most important positions in the agency because the incumbent will develop professional relationships with permittees. They will be in the field a majority of the time so they will observe instances of non-compliance, be available to provide technical assistance or education, and is the person the businesses will interact with the most. You will work with a team of experienced inspectors and permit writers, who are customer-service oriented, adaptable to a dynamic work environment, and enjoy working with each other.
This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be March 12, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application, resume, and cover letter on or before March 11, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
The goal class for this position is an Environmental Specialist 3We will consider applicants who meet the requirements for the Environmental Specialist 3 and Environmental Specialist 1 or 2 levels. If the finalist meets the requirements for the Environmental Specialist 1 or 2 level then they will be hired in at that level and will be placed into a training program to become an Environmental Specialist 3 within a specified period of time.


Required Qualifications:

At the Environmental Specialist 3 Level: Pay Range 49 – ($3,664-$4,809) Monthly

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.


A Ph.D. in one of the above fields. 


At the Environmental Specialist 2 Level: Pay Range 45 – ($3,664-$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 year 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.

At the Environmental Specialist 1 Level: Pay Range 38 – ($2,827-$3,664) Monthly

A Bachelor's degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.

Experience at or above the Environmental Technician level or equivalent will substitute, year for year, for education.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.

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 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 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 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 Karin Baldwin at:  Please do not contact Karin 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.