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DST Systems Regulatory Lead (Environmental Specialist 4)

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
February 01, 2019
Washington State Department of Ecology
Richland, WA
Years of Experiences
1 - 3
3 - 5
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level
Bachelor's Degree
$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.

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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 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 Nuclear Waste Program (NWP) program is looking to fill a DST Systems Regulatory Lead (Environmental Specialist 4) position. This position will be located in our Richland Field Office (RFO) in Richland, WA

The DST Systems Regulatory Lead position will develop the unit permit for the Double Shell Tank (DST) systems, overseeing the permit development, administrative record information and responding to public comments.  After the permit is finalized, this position will maintain any permit modifications and oversee compliance issues.

We are looking for applicants who bring regulatory experience to oversight of a highly complex engineering system.  Applicants need the ability to quickly assess a situation and make a decision and the ability to communicate with a diverse audience.

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


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 Nuclear Waste Program's (NWP) mission is to lead the effective and efficient cleanup of the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford Site, ensure sound management of mixed hazardous wastes in Washington, and protect the state's air, water, and land at and adjacent to the Hanford site.

The DST Systems Regulatory Lead position will oversee and participate in the team determining appropriate permit conditions for operations, maintenance, inspections, and closure requirements.  Some of the key activities of this position are:

  • Serves as the subject matter expert and team lead for the NWP staff performing reviews of the Hanford double-shelled tanks (DST) unit permit applications, development, issuance, and management of the final unit permit.  

  • Oversees compliance with DST unit permit requirements.

  • Negotiates cleanup and permit conditions with DOE and its contractor staff developing final decision documents for issuance by Ecology.

  • Coordinates work with the single-shelled tank (SST) Permit Lead and the 242-A Evaporator Permit Lead to assure integration of the DST with the SSTs and 242-A Evaporator permits.

This position will oversee and participate in the team determining appropriate permit conditions for operations, maintenance, inspections, and closure requirements. 

This position is challenging work that involves many aspects of facility permits, including systems to store and treat high-level radioactive mixed waste and very old existing facilities.

The NWP offers flexible hours.

The successful candidate must have experience with RCRA regulations and be willing to deal with a challenging customer. You would be working with a small but very experienced team that works on the DSTs and their permit.

This position will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be on February 14, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before February 13, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

Required Qualifications:

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. 
A Master's degree in one of the above fields and three years of professional- level experience
A Ph.D. in one of the above fields and two years of professional-level experience. 
NOTE: This position requires 2 years' experience writing or performing independent review of RCRA permit applications and permits.

Desired Qualifications:

Experience with permits submitted under WAC 173-303, Dangerous Waste Regulations.
Knowledge of principles, practices and methods of environmental remediation; the application of emerging technologies to existing methods and of techniques of environmental sampling, testing, data gathering, basic research and field investigations; applicable state, federal and local environmental regulations and policies; multimedia environmental principles and practices.  Demonstrated knowledge of principles and practices of environmental regulations and guidance related to the permitting and oversight of solid and liquid waste management facilities and cleanup sites, and laws and regulations governing environmental issues.
Ability to provide technical direction to professional staff for complex or controversial studies or projects; provide final review for technical reports, permit evaluations and conclusions reached by professional staff; work effectively with other government officials, the regulated community and other clientele groups on complex or controversial environmental issues or problems.
Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be able to obtain a Hanford site access badge.

  • Must possess and maintain and valid driver's license.

  • Must be able to work safely in environments where potential exposure to industrial dangerous waste chemicals, dust and noise levels, and low levels of radioactivity might occur.

  • Must be able to wear safety clothing and equipment, up to and including Level C, as defined in the OSHA 40 hour Hazardous Waste Training requirements.

  • Must be able to complete HAZWOPER training and Ecology field safety training within one (1) year of employment.

  • Must complete DOE Radiation Worker 1 work training prior to any field oversight or inspections of radiation controlled areas such as the DST tank farms.

  • Must participate in radiation dosimetry program, including wearing personal dosimetry.

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


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.

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 Cheryl Whalen at:  Please do not contact Cheryl 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.