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Maritime Risk Modeling Specialist (Marine Transportation Safety Specialist 3)

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
August 09, 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
$70,632.00 - $92,700.00 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 Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response  (SPPR) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Maritime Risk Modeling Specialist (Marine Transportation Safety Specialist 3) position. This position can be located either in our Headquarters in Lacey, WA or in our  Northwest Regional Office (NWRO) in Bellevue, WA.

The position will provide technical assistance and expertise on maritime operations and oil movement and transportation to a team responsible for qualitative and quantitative analysis of risks related to the transportation of oil by vessel, rail, and pipeline.

We are looking for applicants with a positive team attitude who have expertise in maritime transportation, excel at working with analysis/research teams, and have experience in stakeholder engagement and communication.
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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Ecology's mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance Washington's environment, and promote the wise management of our air, land, and water. Ecology's goals are to prevent pollution, clean up pollution, and support sustainable communities and natural resources.
The Spills Program's mission is to protect Washington's environment, public health and safety through a comprehensive spill prevention, preparedness, and response program. The Spills Program's vision is to prevent, prepare for, and respond aggressively to oil spills; to be our best for the State of Washington. Our Spills goal is "zero spills". 

This Maritime Risk Modeling Specialist position will research, review, and evaluate spill prevention and maritime transportation practices to reduce the risk of oil spills upon Washington State's navigable water.

Some of the key work activities of the Maritime Risk Modeling Specialist position include:

  • Reviews maritime data.

  • Provides maritime expertise to the modeling and analysis team. 

  • Participates in team discussion of quantitative analysis and computer modeling.

  • Helps interpret analysis results.

  • Leads engagement and communication efforts with tribes and stakeholders.

  • Writes reports and presentations.

This is an exciting opportunity with the Spills Program. Ecology is building a modeling and analysis team to perform new scientific research. We are designing the team to be highly collaborative. The successful applicant will get to work with Ecology research scientists and software developers, and will interact with Program leadership, the maritime community, tribes, environmental organizations, government agencies, and the public. This will be a new team that will need to quickly coalesce into a highly effective group. 

We are looking for collaborative, curious people who thrive in an environment where they can conduct new research and see the results impact real-world decisions.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The Initial screening will be August 27, 2019. In order to be considered for the first screening, please submit an application on or before August 26, 2019

If the location of this position is in Bellevue then compensation will include the additional 5% premium pay that this position will receive due to this position's location in King County.

Please do NOT include your salary history.



Required Qualifications:

Bachelors of Science degree from an accredited four year college or university in Marine Transportation, Marine Engineering, Naval Architecture, or closely related field.
Four (4) years of experience in marine transportation, marine safety, or marine inspection. A Master's degree in one of the fields listed above will substitute for two years of the required experience.
Three (3) years of experience as a Marine Transportation Safety Specialist 2 (MTSS2) performing marine inspection activities and strong understanding of the maritime transportation system and shipboard operations.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working with maritime transportation data, including Automatic Identification System data, environmental data, maritime casualty data, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

  • Experience working as part of an analytical team/project

  • Experience managing complex projects.

  • Experience working collaboratively with tribes and stakeholders, facilitating meetings, and presenting results. Highly skilled in building collaboration while working on issues involving a variety of perspectives and interests. 

  • Experience in research and data analysis using quantitative models and risk assessment tools, especially models related to vessel, rail, and pipeline transportation of oil or systems of similar complexity.

  • Experience producing written reports and oral presentations of analysis findings and results to inform policy decisions and regulatory processes. 

  • Knowledge of international, national, and state requirements and industry practices for maritime transportation and the transportation of oil.

  • Knowledge of maritime operations including large commercial vessel operations, oil transfer operations; fishing vessel operations, and towing/escort operations.

  • Knowledge about design, construction, and operation of vessels.

  • Experience in the field of marine inspection related to hulls, oil transfers, and deck or engine department activities.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

The position normally works in a relatively sedentary open office environment, working with computers and other office equipment for long periods of time. However, position also may require spill response in field work which could involve several hours of standing, walking, or squatting each day.
This position is part of the Spills Program Incident Management Team (IMT) and Crisis Management Team (CMT) and is required to complete Incident Command System (ICS) training at the level of 100, 200, 300, 700 and 800; maintain HAZWOPER certification annually and continual training as required by the Program as they come available to maintain IMT position qualifications.
Be able to obtain the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC card), which entails a detailed background check.
Position requires a willingness and ability to occasionally work in excess of 40 hours per week and travel statewide or out-of-state including after-hours inspections seven days a week.
Hold and maintain eligibility and certification to permit travel to and from Canada, including passport or Enhanced Driver's License.
Hold and maintain a valid Washington driver's license and be able to operate a motor vehicle.
Incumbent works in environments with a broad range of health and safety concerns. Ecology provides periodic testing through a mandatory medical monitoring program.

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 

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." 

Other Information

If you need assistance applying for this job, please call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or email 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 Sara Thompson at:, or Brian Kirk at: Please do not contact Sara or Brian 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.