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Emissions Inventory Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4)

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
August 05, 2019
Washington State Department of Ecology
Lacey, WA
Years of Experiences
3 - 5
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level
Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, Doctorate
$52,536.00 - $68,892.00 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.

Clean air is vital for everyone. The mission of Ecology's Air Quality Program is to protect, preserve, and enhance the air quality of Washington to safeguard public health and the environment and support high quality of life. We also track greenhouse gas emissions in support of our state's climate change efforts.

The Air Quality Program (AQP) is looking to fill an Emissions Inventory Specialist  (Environmental Specialist 4) position. This position is located in Lacey, WA, at our headquarters building.

The Emissions Inventory Specialist position develops emission inventories in support of federal annual and triennial reports, State Implementation Plans (SIP) and Maintenance Plans, and for regional and statewide air quality modeling needs. Responsibilities include efforts to improve emission inventories, researching scientific literature for the latest developments in emission inventory methodology associated with, among other things, ozone formation and fine particulate, for use by regulatory agencies for such things as complex regional air quality models which are crucial to successful air quality management.

We are looking for applicants who are detail oriented, able to create Access Database Queries and Excel Pivot Tables, familiar with the EPA National Emissions Inventory, good technical/computer skills, able to independently QA/QC and summarize large data sets.

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 Air Quality Program's mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance the air quality of Washington, to safeguard public health and the environment, and to support a high quality of life for current and future generations.

This position works within a team to maintain, support and provide customer service for the Washington Emissions Inventory System (WEIRS). This involves data management, communication, training and troubleshooting with WEIRS users. This position develops emission submittals to the EPA Triennial National Emissions Inventory (NEI). This position supports the Program's assessment of proposed legislation during session

Some of the key work activities for the Emissions Inventory Specialist position are:

  • Supports Washington Emissions Inventory Reporting System users entering and certifying their air emissions data.

  • Maintains emissions inventories: Washington Point Source emissions annually, National triennial Emissions Inventory and AIRPACT emissions inventory.

  • Supports Program analysis of proposed legislation, rule, policy or guidance.

  • Develops emissions estimates and/or estimates of emissions given various scenarios (e.g. increased or decreased traffic on a specific road.

  • Works within a team of specialists in Washington, Oregon and Idaho to maintain the emissions data for the daily AIRPACT model runs covering the three states.

This position provides a very important function in support of modeling air quality and potential impacts from pollution emission sources.
The position requires travel, not routinely, but regularly to local air agencies, EPA offices and out of state travel for training and coordination regionally.
The Science & Engineering Section includes four engineers, two toxicologists, three scientists and three environmental specialists.  This is a very technical group with responsibilities to provide emissions inventory, modeling, toxicology and conduct air quality permitting for major emission increases.
This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be August 15, 2019.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before August 14, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

Please Note: Do not include prior work compensation in your application materials



Required Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.
Five (5) 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.
A Master's degree in one of the above fields AND three (3) years of professional- level experience as required above; this includes one year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above or two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above.
A Ph.D. in one of the above fields AND two (2) years of professional-level experience as required above; this includes one year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above or two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above.
Two years of experience as an Environmental Specialist 3 within Ecology.
A combination of education and experience as detailed above.

The experience as an Environmental Specialist 2 and 3 may include assignments in environmental permit development and review, including negotiating permit conditions and conflict resolution; environmental inspections or enforcement activities, including representing an employer in public meetings, hearings and workshops; plan, develop, research and oversee scientific studies, surveys or scientific analysis; technical environmental assistance and administrative guidance to grants, contracts, and loans recipients; or interpretation of policy and environmental technical assistance, requiring a high degree of scientific background and understanding.

Desired Qualifications:

  • At least one year of experience developing air quality emissions inventories and knowledge of the applicable regulations;

  • Able to develop computer scripts to perform complex calculations, change data formats, and process large amounts of data.  Take initiative to research issues, seek out and use tools (such as computer models) and other data sources, and initiate work projects;

  • Familiarity with statistical analysis of environmental data using a scriptable software package such as R, Igor Pro, MATLAB, SigmaPlot, or SAS.  Comfortable with exploratory data analysis and familiar with non-parametric statistics;

  • An understanding of Federal, State, and Local laws, regulations, rules, policy, and guidance that affect air quality management in Washington;

  • Demonstrated skill in writing and preparing presentations, and the ability to present technically complex information in a way that is understandable to the audience.

  • Can be relied upon to achieve excellent results with little need for oversight, earns the trust, respect, and confidence of co-workers and customers through consistent honesty, forthrightness and professionalism in all interactions; logically integrates various ideas, intentions, and information to form effective goals, objectives, timelines, action plans, and solutions.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

  • Possess 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 Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth
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 include the following documents as an attachment to their 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 Christopher Hanlon-Meyer at: Please do not contact Christopher 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.