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Hazardous Waste Compliance Inspector (Environmental Specialist 4)

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
April 08, 2019
Washington State Department of Ecology
Union Gap, Washington
Years of Experiences
3 - 5
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level
Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, Doctorate
$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:

The Hazardous Waste & Toxics Reduction (HWTR) Program at the Department of Ecology is currently looking for a Hazardous Waste Compliance Specialist located at our Central Regional Office in Union Gap, WA.

This position supports the agency and program as a senior compliance section specialist who conducts compliance inspections on complex dangerous waste generators, transporters, and permitted treatment/storage/disposal facilities. 

The purpose of these inspections is to assure compliance with Washington's "Dangerous Waste Regulations", Chapter 173-303 WAC.  This position collects physical evidence, evaluates scientific data, reviews plans, and analyzes records to prepare recommendations for formal enforcement actions. A primary focus of this position is to coordinate compliance inspection planning and the mentoring of junior CRO/HWTR compliance staff. 

We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills, the ability to quickly assess a situation and make a decision and the ability to communicate with a diverse audience.

As an agency, 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  Check us out on TwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

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


The HWTR Program enforces many of Washington's toxics laws, including the Dangerous Waste regulations that most businesses, both large and small, need to comply with. We also offer technical assistance to businesses to reduce or eliminate their use of hazardous chemicals, work to identify safer chemical alternatives, support the development of green chemistry, and test consumer products for toxic chemicals. 

This position plans and leads senior-level Dangerous Waste compliance inspections at high priority regulated businesses. To do this, this position:

  • Visits regulated dangerous waste generators and makes compliance determinations with Dangerous Waste regulations.

  • Develops partnerships with communities, businesses, and interest groups in order to identify and respond to environmental issues affecting the common interest, including working with regulated generators of dangerous waste to obtain voluntary compliance.

  • Uses in-depth knowledge of the program to provide compliance assistance to regulated businesses and to ensure compliance with state statues, regulations, and facility permits.

This position represents the section as a senior environmental section specialist in enforcement actions, hearings, and legal proceedings for high priority regulated businesses. To do this, this position:

  • Prepares and presents formal enforcement cases to management, regional, and agency leadership teams.

  • Follows formal, and at times informal, processes to ensure legal actions are adequately communicated and scrutinized prior to issuance.

  • Provides testimony in cases involving the imposition of civil penalties; or in cases which form the basis for precedent-setting interpretations of agency jurisdiction and regulatory authority. 

  • Coordinates with statewide program enforcement lead for consistency in enforcement actions, including the preparation of formal enforcement actions.


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 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.
Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education. 
A Master's degree in one of the above fields AND three years of professional- level experience as required above which 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 years of professional-level experience as required above which 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 at Ecology.
Experience must include:

Two years of experience implementing Washington's "Dangerous Waste Regulations", Chapter 173-303 WAC and conducting Dangerous Waste compliance inspections of regulated generators
Experience actively partnering with co-workers as well as staff in other organizations to provide them with information, technique, instruction, feedback and encouragement to maximize their success on the job. 

Experience as an Environmental Specialist 2 can include assisting in any of the following areas: 1) performing field surveys or studies, 2) responding to complaints involving scientific or technical content, 3) preparing public meetings and hearings, 4) assistance with routine inspections or investigations requiring specialized knowledge of industry processes, pollutant sources or natural processes, 5) responding to routine inquires or requests for technical assistance involving scientific content, 6) special projects that are scientific in nature, 7) conducting routine sampling and testing analyses, interprets data, writing reports 8) performing basic sampling data review, 9) maintaining an environmental data base to support technical projects, 10) providing routine environmental technical and administrative assistance to grant/ contract/ loan recipients of environmental protection projects.

Experience as an Environmental Specialist 3 can include a combination of the following: 1) investigating and / or resolving complaints involving science or technology content, 2) performing inspections, 3) drafting technical evaluations and reports, 4) develops plans for researching information used for technical projects, regulatory or policy development, 5) plan and facilitate public meetings and hearings, 6) project work requiring specialized knowledge of industry processes, pollutant sources or natural processes, 7) providing technical assistance for complex scientific content and/ or support for implementing scientific content programs, 8) conducting tests, analyzing and evaluating data, 9) using environmental databases to support technical projects, 10) developing scientific studies and resource management plans, 11) providing environmental technical and administrative assistance to grant/ contract/ loan recipients of environmental protection projects.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with Ecology's informal and formal hazardous waste enforcement process beginning with inspection reports and immediate action letters and continuing through recommendations for enforcement, administrative orders, and penalties.

  • Experience communicating professionally through both informal and formal documents and discussions.

  • Experience reviewing and understanding complex technical documents, e.g., hazardous waste sampling plans; waste profiles; and industrial process diagrams.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment

Must be able to obtain and maintain a valid driver's license

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

In order to be considered, please attach the following documents as attachments to your application:

  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.

  • A resume.

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.

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 e-mail Please do not 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 Greg Caron at: GRCA461@ECY.WA.GOV. Please do not contact Greg 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.