Environmental Coordinator

Employer
Department of Ecology
Location
Spokane County, Washington, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Aug 02, 2021
Closes
Aug 03, 2021
Ref
2354873292
Discipline
Ecology
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Salary
Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Air Quality Program (AQP) is looking to fill an Eastern Regional Compliance and Enforcement Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) (In-Training) position. This position will be located at our Eastern Regional Office (ERO) in Spokane, WA.

In this role you will interact with a diverse audience to protect and improve the air quality of Washington. We work with large agricultural operations, commercial facilities, governmental entities and the public to reduce air quality impacts while considering business needs. The position will spend a significant amount of time in the field building fostering partnerships, educating individuals and conducting compliance inspections. We make daily smoke management decisions that have significant public health, environmental protection, economic and political consequences.

The mission of the Air Quality Program (AQP) is to protect and improve air quality in Washington. The Air Quality Program's vision is clean, healthy air for all of Washington. One of our goals is to inform decisions and raise public awareness and engagement by providing accurate and timely information on ambient air pollution and its impacts.

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. Join a team that is highly effective and collaborative, with leadership who embrace the value of people.

Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:

A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.
An Infants at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns.
Continuous growth and development opportunities.
A wellness program that offers education, and fitness classes; an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) are core values central to Ecology's work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.
Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.

Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.

Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology's work.

Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement.

We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued.

During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. Ecology is maintaining less than maximum building occupancy, and requiring masks, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing.
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of August 9, 2021. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before August 8, 2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

Duties

What is unique and challenging about this position?

In this role you will work with individuals from all walks of life. Most enforcement cases are complex and can be extremely contentious. Having robust knowledge of air quality regulations and strong negotiation and communications skills will set you up for success! Attention to detail is key in order to protect public health.

What you'll do:

Make independent smoke management decisions based on air quality and meteorological forecasting data for 12 counties in Eastern Washington.
Follow up on smoke complaints and investigate air quality violations with minimal supervision.
Review burn permit applications considering best management practices and air quality regulations.
Educate stakeholders and provide consistent, appropriate technical assistance.
Lead enforcement cases and represent the agency in hearings and legal proceedings.
Build and maintain partnerships with producers, governmental entities, and the public.

The Team:

The Burn Unit at the Eastern Regional Office is a friendly and likeable group with a great sense of humor. We support each other very well, and emphasize excellent work-life balance. Management is supportive, flexible, and considerate. We also have quarterly (or spontaneous) after-work social events, especially during summertime and the holidays.

QualificationsRequired Qualifications:

The goal class for this position is an Environmental Specialist 4 (ES4). We will consider applicants who meet the requirements for both the ES4 and the ES3 levels. If the finalist meets the requirements at the ES3 level, then they will be hired as an ES3 and will be placed in a training program to become an ES4 within a specified period of time.

At the Environmental Specialist 3 level: Pay Range 49 ($3,887 - $5,102 - monthly) (In-Training)

A total of Six (6) years of experience and/or education as described below:

Professional level Experience in: environmental analysis or control or environmental planning.
Education: involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.

See chart below for a list of ways to qualify for this position at the Environmental Specialist 3 level:

Possible Combinations.

College credit hours or degree.

Years of professional level experience - as listed above.

Combination 1

No college credit hours or degree

6 years of experience

Combination 2

I have 30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits.

5 years of experience

Combination 3

I have 60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree).

4 years of experience

Combination 4

I have 90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits.

3 years of experience

Combination 5

A Bachelor's Degree

2 years of experience

Combination 6

A Master's Degree

1 year of experience

Combination 7

A Ph.D.

no experience required

OR
One year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 2 at the Department of Ecology.

At the Environmental Specialist 4 level: Pay Range 55 ($4,509 - $5,913 monthly) Goal Class

A total of Nine (9) years of experience and/or education as described below:

Professional level Experience in: environmental analysis or control or environmental planning which includes one (1) year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above or two (2) years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above.
Education: involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.

See chart below for a list of ways to qualify for this position at the Environmental Specialist 4 level:

Possible Combinations.

College credit hours or degree.

Years of professional level experience.

Combination 1

No college credit hours or degree

9 years of experience

Combination 2

I have 30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits.

8 years of experience

Combination 3

I have 60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree).

7 years of experience

Combination 4

I have 90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits.

6 years of experience

Combination 5

A Bachelor's Degree

5 years of experience

Combination 6

A Master's Degree

3 years of experience

Combination 7

A Ph.D.

2 years of experience

OR

Two years of experience as an Environmental Specialist 3 at the Department of Ecology.

The 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.

The 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.

Supplemental Information
Ecology seeks diverse applicants: We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Need an Accommodation in the application and/or screening process or this job announcement in an alternative format?

Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: careers@ecy.wa.gov and we will be happy to assist.
If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can reach the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. 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.
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Application Instructions:

It's in the applicant's best interest to submit all of the documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be declined.

A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position
A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.

For Your Privacy:
When attaching documents to your application (Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, DD-214, etc.):

Please be sure to remove private information such as your social security number, date of birth, etc.
Do not attach documents that are password protected, as these documents may not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded.

Additional Application Instructions for Current 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.

Application Attestation:

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.

Other Information:

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Daniel Matsche at: Daniel.Matsche@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Daniel to inquire about the status of your application.

To request the full position description: email careers@ecy.wa.gov

Why work for Ecology?

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.

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 your health and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to life/work 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 Forgiveness, Tuition 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 *See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information

Student debt: how working for Ecology can help
The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov and follow, like or visit us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.

Collective Bargaining: This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.

Equal Opportunity Employer: 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, military spouses 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.

Note: This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency. Once all the position(s) from the recruitment announcement are filled, the recruitment may only be used to fill additional open positions for the next sixty (60) days.