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Initial ERTS Complaint Investigator (Environmental Specialist 4)


  • Washington State Department of Ecology
  • 04/01/19
  • Lacey, WA
  • 98503
  • $51,000.00 - $66,888.00 Annually / Yearly
  • Full-Time
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 Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill an Initial ERTS Complaint Investigator (Environmental Specialist 4) position. This position will work out of our Southwest Regional Office (SWRO) in Lacey, WA.

The Initial ERTS Complaint Investigator position serves as a senior environmental section specialist, working independently under the general direction of the Unit Supervisor and Section Manager, serves as the Initial Investigator of Environmental Report Tracking System (ERTS) complaints, under the authority of the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA), and performs Site Hazard Assessments (SHAs) of sites listed on Ecology's Confirmed and Suspected Contaminated Sites List (CSCL).

We are looking for applicants who possess excellent technical and written skills, the ability to quickly assess and evaluate environmental data, and make decisions regarding sufficiency of cleanup actions.

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. Maybe you've seen some of our recent stories on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.

To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov.

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

Duties

Accidental spills of dangerous materials and past business practices have contaminated land and water throughout the state. The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) works to remedy these situations, which range from cleaning up contamination from leaking underground storage tanks, to large, complex projects requiring engineering solutions. Our mission is to get and keep contaminants out of the environment.

Some of the key work activities for the Initial ERTS Complaint Investigator position include:
Independently performs Initial Investigations of Environmental Responses Tracking System complaints.
Takes a lead role in coordinating and conducting cross-program/multi-disciplinary inspections.
Provides high quality technical assistance with only occasional need for input from SWRO II/SHA Coordinator, Unit Supervisor, or Section Manager.
Reviews independent cleanup projects reports to determine if the cleanup meets the substantive requirements of the Model Toxics Control Act.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be April 11, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application, resume, and cover letter on or before April 10, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning, or other allied field AND five (5) years of professional level experience in environmental analysis or control or environmental planning.

Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education.

OR

A Master's degree in one of the above fields AND three (3) years of professional-level experience as described above.

OR

A Ph.D. in one of the above fields AND two (2) years of professional-level experience as described above.


Desired Qualifications:
Familiarity with the MTCA cleanup regulation - WAC 173-340.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
Valid driver's license.
Successful completion of an initial 40-hour hazardous materials training within the first six-months of employment and successful completion of an annual 8-hour refresher course.

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 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

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 https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service 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 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 www.careers.wa.gov 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 e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. 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 Nick Acklam at: nack461@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Nick 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.


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