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Hazardous Waste Compliance Inspector (Environmental Specialist 3) (2 Positions)

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
June 24, 2019
Washington State Department of Ecology
Bellevue, Washington
Years of Experiences
Career Level
Entry Level
Education Level
$47,568.00 - $62,460.00 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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The Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction (HWTR) Program within the Department of Ecology is looking for two Hazardous Waste Compliance Inspectors in our Northwest Regional Office in Bellevue, WA.

These positions conduct field investigations of businesses, industries and public agencies that generate, transport and manage hazardous waste, and help them improve their understanding of Hazardous Waste regulations in order to achieve voluntary compliance.

We are looking for self-driven applicants who thrive in a fast-paced, team-oriented work environment that truly enjoy educating and informing a diverse regulated community of regulatory requirements. Strong communication skills, a willingness to change tactics when communication appears at an impasse, and maintaining a genuine sense of curiosity about the world around them, specifically how stuff is made, are all hallmarks of a successful dangerous waste compliance inspector.

What do these Hazardous Waste Compliance Inspectors do?

These positions support the agency and program missions by:

  • Planning and leading Dangerous Waste compliance inspections and investigations.

  • With the support of senior staff, making regulatory determinations which significantly influence the environmental management of a variety of chemicals exhibiting a variety of hazards.

  • Developing regulatory relationships with businesses and other regulatory agencies in order to work together to identify and respond to environmental issues.

  • Preparing documentation of inspections, and entering inspection data into our data systems.

  • Evaluating the compliance history of regulated businesses and providing technical recommendations and documentation during formal enforcement processes.

Why join the team?

  • This job requires constant learning and curiosity. Inspectors from a variety of backgrounds have found previous technical experience applicable to this role. Those who value encouraging environmental protection and resource preservation likely would find this work meaningful.

  • This is a challenging career opportunity allowing many opportunities for improving interpersonal skills while educating the public about the dangerous waste regulations, and our environmental laws as a whole.

  • We are a multi-generational group of skilled professionals, coming from diverse backgrounds. We are tasked with obtaining lasting compliance with the dangerous waste regulations in the largest Ecology region where half of our regulated generators of dangerous waste reside.

  • Our team possess the shared values of desiring meaningful work, making a contribution to the citizens of Washington State, and continuing on the path of personal and team development.

Please Note: The salary range shown above for these positions is 5% higher than standard Environmental Specialist 3 positions due to assignment pay that is given based on these positions' location.


This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be July 2, 2019.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before July 1, 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 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.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

Must be able to obtain and maintain a Driver's License