Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
The Hazardous Waste Toxics Reduction program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill an Annual Reporting Fee Specialist (Environmental Specialist 3) position.
This position is located in our Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA.
Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.
Are you a people person? If you like helping people and have excellent communication skills, then this job might be for you. We are looking for an environmental specialist to help the regulated community to understand how the dangerous waste rules and the hazardous waste generation fee apply to them.
In this role, you will be a member of an energetic team that is responsible for the administration and implementation of the state’s Annual Dangerous Waste Reporting System, the submission of the Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) required Biennial Report and support of activities in the collection of the Hazardous Waste Generation Fee. You will interact with the public, regulated community and regulators from all levels of federal and state government. You will gain knowledge and experience regarding the protection of human health and the environment through the regulation of dangerous waste management and pollution prevention. As a contact, your priority will be helping businesses to understand how the laws surrounding dangerous waste management applies to them. This position is responsible for reviewing documentation submitted by businesses that generate dangerous waste for accuracy and completeness. You will actively assist the Hazardous Waste Generation Fee Administrator in the collection of the Hazardous Waste Generation fee. This work includes helping businesses understand how and if the fee applies to them, how to pay their fee and how to apply for relief from the fee if applicable.
The mission of the HWTR Program is to protect Washington’s residents and environment by reducing the use of toxic chemicals, safely managing dangerous waste, preventing new contaminated sites, and cleaning up contamination. The HWTR vision is to be national leaders in minimizing and eliminating the impacts of toxic chemicals and hazardous waste.
Tele-work options for this position: This position will be eligible for up to a 90% tele-work schedule. Applicants with questions about position location options, tele-work, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in “other information.” Schedules are dependent upon position needs and are subject to change.
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of February 14, 2023. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before February 13, 2023. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
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 *Click here for more information
About the Department of Ecology
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 that embraces the value of people. To learn more, check out our Strategic Plan.
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, fitness classes, and an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
- Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.
Our commitment to DEIR
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.
Why join our team? This is a fast-paced work environment. You will collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds to help them stay compliant with Washington’s laws. The work is complex, challenging and rewarding because it requires you to work closely with our clients to assess their individual situation and apply the laws in the most equitable way.
What you will do:
- Serve as a dangerous waste reporting expert
- Ensure the accuracy and integrity of the dangerous waste annual reporting data collected and entered into TurboWaste
- Independently interpret RCRA and Dangerous Waste Regulations for the public, regulated community and staff.
- Assist generator community to accurately submit their required reporting documents.
- Assist the Hazardous Waste Generation Fee section lead in the implementation of the Revised Code of Washington Chapter 70A.218
- Assist with teaching, mentoring and training new and junior Hazardous Waste Generation Fee team members to consistently answer client questions, review requests for relief from the fee and process exemptions.
- Make recommendations to senior staff regarding the implementation of the Gen Fee program and fee.
- Act as the section’s public disclosure specialist.
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, educational and volunteer experience.
See below for how you may qualify.
Professional level experience in: Environmental analysis or control or environmental planning.
Experience may include:
- Working with environmental data.
- Entering data into databases.
- Working with accounting software.
- Public Disclosure process.
- Training coworkers.
- Helping clients understand and apply state and federal rules to their businesses.
- Data quality control and quality assurance.
- Database design from the business team perspective.
- Customer service virtually and over the phone.
- Interpreting complex rules and data in a way that the public can understand them.
- Technical writing.
Education in: Environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field
All experience and education combinations that meet the requirements for this position:
One year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 2 at the Department of Ecology
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
- Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
- Working knowledge of the Dangerous Waste Regulations (WAC 173-303).
- Working knowledge of the Hazardous Waste Generation Fee Regulations (WAC 173-305)
- Familiarity with the Federal Biennial Hazardous Waste Reporting instructions, RCRAInfo and data translation.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.
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.
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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.
- Three professional references.
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Per Governor Inslee’s Directive 22-13.1, state employees must be fully vaccinated effective November 4, 2022. Providing proof of being fully vaccinated is a condition of employment and your vaccine status will be verified prior to starting work. Being fully vaccinated means two weeks after you have received the second dose in a two-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use, licensed or otherwise authorized or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or listed for emergency use or otherwise approved by the World Health Organization. If you have questions, please contact Careers@ecy.wa.gov with “COVID-19 vaccination” in the subject line.
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.
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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.
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.