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Facility Transition Project Manager (Nuclear Waste Program Specialist)

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
August 15, 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 Facility Transition Project Manager position. This position is located in the Richland, WA office. 
We are looking for an experienced project manager who is organized, a good communicator and a strong leader. 

The Facility Transition Project Manager position leads the Facility Transition Project to ensure that contaminated buildings and other cleanup sites at the Hanford site are characterized, evaluated, and remediated in a manner that protects human health and the environment. The position is also responsible for Ecology's regulatory oversight at three other mixed waste facilities – Perma-fix, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, and Energy Northwest's Columbia Generating Station (Energy Facilities Site Evaluation Council-EFSEC). This position also supports the four State Waste Discharge permits for discharge of groundwater at Hanford and two Sand and Gravel permits for the Waste Treatment Plant at Hanford.

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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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.

Some of the key work activities of the Facility Transition Project Manager position are:

  • Manages, plans, organizes, coordinates and directs the administrative and technical work scope of the Transition Project for the Nuclear Waste Program.

  • Directs field and technical activities (up to 15 employees) for the Nuclear Waste Program.

  • Provides vision and direction for state and nationally significant activities and ensures coordinated service delivery, cross-program cooperation and consistent application of various, sometimes competing regulations.

  • Provides direct technical leadership to specific project staff including hydrogeologists, chemists, environmental specialists, environmental engineers and administrative team members. 

  • Represents the Agency to local government, private industry, public and federal stakeholder groups as a subject matter expert for RCRA, MTCA, Hazardous Waste and CERCLA regulation implementation regarding mixed waste and other dangerous waste.

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Required Qualifications:

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


Seven (7) years of professional-level experience showing progressively increasing responsibilities in environmental analysis and control, or environmental planning. 
Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year-for-year, for education.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Commercial or government project management experience preferred.

  • Environmental regulation implementation, permitting or enforcement experience preferred.

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.

  • HAZWOPER 40 hour certification is required to perform the work. Must be able to meet the physical activity requirements for 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.
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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.

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."

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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 Mark Pakula at: Please do not contact Mark 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.