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DW Permitting Project Manager ( Nuclear Waste Program Specialist)

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
December 05, 2019
Washington State Department of Ecology
Richland, WA
Years of Experiences
5 - 10
Career Level
Manager (Manager/Supervisor of Staff)
Education Level
Bachelor's Degree
$67,248.00 - $88,236.00 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

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) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a DW Permitting Project Manager (Nuclear Waste Program Specialist) position. This position is located in the Richland Field Office (RFO) in Richland, WA.

The DW Permitting Project Manager position is responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating, and directing the administrative and technical work scope for the DW Permitting Project Permit Coordinators and Permit Data Specialist. The result of this position's work is a comprehensive understanding of potential threats to human health and the environment from waste management, so that those threats can be mitigated through consistent, equivalent, enforceable, and implementable Dangerous Waste Permits.

This position plans and leads dangerous waste permitting activities and training for the Permitting, Planning, and Budget Section staff for the Hanford Site-wide dangerous waste permit Revision 8C and renewal Revision 9, the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard permit, and the Perma-Fix Northwest permit. This position provides leadership and technical expertise to the Permit Coordinators and Permit Data Specialist. This position also participates in process and tool improvement efforts including the development and implementation of the Permit Planning Database.

We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills, are strategic thinkers, self-starters and problems solvers and who can lead a team of diverse individuals.

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.

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at and follow, like or visit us on LinkedInTwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

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



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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; to 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.

Our Nuclear Waste Program oversees cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Washington. The site produced plutonium for military defense between 1943 and 1989, and later served as a storage facility for other radioactive wastes. Today, Hanford is one of the most complex and toxic cleanup sites in the nation. Our role is to regulate cleanup efforts. We also regulate several other mixed waste (which includes both dangerous and radioactive waste) sites in Washington and the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

Some of the key work activities of the DW Permitting Project Manager position include: 

  • Tracks and Coordinates issue resolution for permitting and manages schedules for permitting.

  • Leads and attends permit meetings, manages implementation plans and other planning to support the Hanford Site-wide Dangerous Waste Permit.

Interesting aspects of this position include:

  • This position creates Project Management Plans for permitting, coordination and leadership of a high-performing team.

  • This position helps empower/coach other technical staff to solve technical problems associated with dangerous waste permitting.

Who would be interested in this position?
Someone who is interested in leading a team of expert level staff on dangerous waste permitting and helping the state make strategic decisions regarding permitting the most complex TSD permit in the State.
Additional Information:
This position needs to understand WAC 173-303 and RCRA regulations however they need to be an expert at leading people, communicating under stressful situations and at encouraging others and staying positive. They need to be accountable for accomplishing work to tight deadlines, and managing many projects at one time.
This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be December 19, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before December 18, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.




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 seven (7) years of professional level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.


Equivalent education/experience.

Must possess a strong understanding of reading and development of schedules, strategic and work scope planning.

Must possess a strong technical command of Washington State and federal environmental laws and regulations.

Must be able to recognize multiple viewpoints and willing to propose compromises that meet the intent of the regulation and law.
Desired Qualifications: 

  • Understand complex planning and policy issue related to Washington State Dangerous Waste Regulations.

  • Think strategically on a statewide and national level.

  • Specific Knowledge Base: A working knowledge of the Hanford site, the Tri-Party Agreement as it relates to DW/RCRA permitting, MTCA, the Hanford Facility Site-wide dangerous waste permit, the regulation and available guidance on DW/RCRA permitting.

  • Ability to work calmly and professionally during often highly stressful and confrontational situations (i.e. external permitting discussions centered on disagreements). 

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment: 

  • This position must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.

  • This position requires passing a U.S. Department of Energy test and acquiring a badge for access to the Hanford site.

  • This position requires HAZWOPER 40 hour certification. Must be able to meet the physical activity requirements of this certification. 

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 do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.

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 Stephanie Schleif at:  Please do not contact Stephanie 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.