Washington State State Regulatory and Policy Specialist for Biosolids (Environmental Specialist 5) (In-Training) in United States

Description

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 Waste 2 Resources (W2R) program is looking to fill a State Regulatory and Policy Specialist for Biosolids (Environmental Specialist 5 – In-Training)position. The location of the position is flexible depending on where the successful candidate resides.

The *State Regulatory and Policy Specialist for Biosolids*develops and interprets rules; and develops general permits, statewide guidance documents, and policy options. This position provides leadership to groups and manages processes, conducts enforcement actions, and responds to highly complex and or politically sensitive inquiries for technical assistance. This position also uses soil science knowledge and principles of biosolids beneficial use to provide technical assistance and advice to regional biosolids coordinators and other stakeholders.

We are looking for applicants who have excellent negotiation, leadership and communications skills and the ability to bring about voluntary compliance.

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.ecy.wa.gov.

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

Duties

The mission of the Waste 2 Resources (W2R) program is to reduce the amount and the effects of wastes generated in Washington State.

Some of the key work activities of the State Regulatory and Policy Specialist for Biosolidsat the* Environmental Specialist 5 level* include:

  • Develops and interprets rules, general permits, policies, strategies, and guidance documents.
  • Responds to highly complex and or politically sensitive inquiries for technical assistance requiring expert scientific knowledge.
  • Provides and updates information for the public, legislature, and regulated community.
  • Develops individual permits (letters of coverage) for out-of-state and federal facilities, and conduct enforcement activities.
  • Represents Ecology and the biosolids program, and works with other agencies and organizations.
  • Provides information related to budget requests and legal issues.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be September 15, 2016. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before September 14, 2016. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

*The goal class for this position is an Environmental Specialist 5 (ES5). We will consider applicants who meet the requirements for both the ES4 and the ES5 levels. If the finalist meets the requirements for the ES4 level then they will be hired in as an ES4 and will be placed in a training program to become an ES5 within a specified period of time.*

At the Environmental Specialist 4 level Pay Range 55 ($4005 - $5253 – monthly) (In-Training)

A Bachelor's degree involving major study in soil science, agronomy, environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, or other allied field AND five years of professional-level experience implementing environmental regulations for organic materials and residuals-biosolids, manure, compost, soils, soil amendments, or similar experience. One year experience must be equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above or two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above.

OR

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.

(Note that for candidates who have not been in the Washington Environmental Specialist series, experience must be equivalent to that required for Environmental Specialists.)

At the Environmental Specialist 5 level: Pay Range 59 ($4418 - $5804 – monthly)

A Bachelor's degree involving major study in soil science, agronomy, environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, or other allied field AND six years professional-level experience implementing environmental regulations for organic materials and residuals- biosolids, manure, compost, soils, soil amendments, or similar experience Two years' experience must be equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above.

OR

A Master's degree in one of the above fields AND four years of professional-level experience as required above which includes two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above.

(Note that for candidates who have not been in the Washington Environmental Specialist series, experience must be equivalent to that required for Environmental Specialists.)

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of technical biosolids management options and methods (if required experience above is met through implementation of a governmental biosolids regulatory program).
  • Knowledge of state and federal biosolids regulatory programs and the technical basis for the regulatory requirements (if the required experience is met through on-site biosolids management).
  • Education involving soil science.
  • Working knowledge of the interface between biosolids and Water Quality and other Ecology programs.

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions

In order to be considered, applicants MUST include the following documents as an attachment to their 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.

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 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.

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Chipper Hervieux at: chipper.hervieux@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Chipper Hervieux 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. All employees covered by the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the WFSE will, as a condition of employment, either become members of the WFSE and pay membership dues or, as non-members, pay a representation fee as described in the CBA, no later than the 30th day following the effective date of this CBA or the beginning of their employment.

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.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-W2R3705-08565

Department: Dept. of Ecology

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $53,016.00 - $69,648.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA