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Site Manager Bay Wide Coordinator (Natural Resource Scientist 3)

As our community responds to the public health emergency, the Department of Ecology's priority is to keep our staff, candidates and the public safe. We are experiencing some delays as we transition to a virtual recruitment process. Thank you for your patience and we will be in touch as soon as we are able. We encourage you to apply to open postings. 
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, and has leadership that embraces the value of people, Ecology may be a good fit.
The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Site Manager - Bay Wide Coordinator (Natural Resource Scientist 3) position. This position is located in our Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA.
As a senior staff member, the Site Manager - Bay Wide Coordinator will ensure proper implementation of state and federal cleanup regulations at formal cleanup sites based on sometimes limited data and where precedent may be limited. This position serves as a research specialist project manager to achieve cleanup goals during remedial investigations/feasibility studies and other phases of cleanup while working cooperatively with liable parties, resource agencies, local government, and tribes to coordinate cleanup and restoration. This position also helps develop and implement studies to assess human and ecological pathways that can become adversely impacted by contamination. This position also studies and implements advances in effective cleanup methodologies where precedent is limited and scope is initially only broadly defined.
We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills, the ability to quickly assess a situation and make a decision and the ability to communicate with a diverse audience. 
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.
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Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts
The Toxics Cleanup Program's mission is to prevent and remove contamination and support sustainable communities. The Lands Cleanup Unit provides regulatory interpretations for the implementation of the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) Cleanup Regulation and Sediment Management Standards (SMS) for cleanup and restoration activities within the state.
Some of the key work activities of the Site Manager - Bay Wide Coordinator are:
  • This position develops and/or reviews and implements studies to assess contaminates in the environment and the most effective methods for cleanup of contaminated exposure pathways.
  • This position is key in defining research required to delineate the nature and extent and impacts of groundwater, surface water, soils and a lesser extent to sediments to determine the remediation goals.
  • Provides professional implementation and enforcement of state laws and regulations.
  • Negotiates and drafts (independently or as part of a team) agreed orders, consent decrees, administrative orders, and cleanup action plans that can include work to be performed and associated work schedules; e.g., remedial investigation, feasibly study and/or other cleanup actions.
  • Ensures the integration of the Clean Water Act, CERCLA, MTCA and Sediments Management Standards elements into the work scope documents for the Puget Sound Initiative.  
Interesting aspects of the position:
  • This position Facilitates collaborative, multi-party approach to project development, implementation and management.
  • Participates in multi-party negotiations, coordination and communications, regulatory and legal analysis, permit management assistance, work plan development, meeting facilitation, funding management, response to public inquires, and briefings with agency management and elected officials.
  • Determines relevant and appropriate state-of-the-art field and design practices; compliance with applicable state regulations, laws, and guidelines; coordinates planning, implementation and completion of assigned site-specific projects.
As our community responds to the public health emergency, the Department of Ecology's priority is to keep our staff, candidates and the public safe. We are experiencing some delays as we transition to a virtual recruitment process. Thank you for your patience and we will be in touch as soon as we are able. We encourage you to apply to open postings. 
This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of April 23, 2020. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before April 22, 2020. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
Please to do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.
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.
Four (4) years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control or environmental planning.
Please Note: 
A Master's degree in one of the above fields will substitute for two (2) years of the required experience.
A Ph.D. will substitute for all of the required experience, provided the field of major study was in the specific specialty.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Working knowledge of the Model Toxics Control Act Regulation Chapter 173-340 WAC.
  • Experience with upland groundwater and surface water sampling techniques, analysis, cleanup process and remediation technologies.
  • Working knowledge of the Sediment Management Standards, Chapter 173-204 WAC.
  • Familiarly with sediment assessment and cleanup techniques, aquatic technology, sediment chemistry and biology, related testing protocols (including bioassay), sediment remediation technologies and sediment regulatory programs.
  • Strong negotiation and facilitation skills.
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment: 
  • Initial 40-hour hazardous materials training followed by an annual 8 hour refresher must be obtained within first six (6) months of employment.
  • Project management training from a certified project management institute.
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:
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.
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Supplemental Information
Application Instructions:
Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position.
In order to be considered, applicants MUST attach a resume, and a cover letter that describes their interest in this position.
Please to do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.
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.
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If you have specific questions about the position, please email Sandra Caldwell at: Please do not contact Sandra to inquire about the status of your application.
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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.