Washington State Permit Writer/Unit Lead (Environmental Specialist 3) (In-Training) in Richland, Washington
Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We have 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, Ecology is a good fit.
The Nuclear Waste Program(NWP) is looking to fill Permit Writer/Unit Lead (Environmental Specialist 3) (In-Training) position. The position will be located in our Richland Field Office (RFO) in Richland, WA.
The Permit Writer/Unit Lead position serves as a staff environmental specialist for Waste Management Section of the Nuclear Waste Program in the Richland office. This position performs permit application review and permit development and compliance assurance for assigned Hanford and Non-Hanford facilities in order to achieve compliance with state and federal regulations and cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Facility.
We are looking for applicants who possess strong written and verbal communications skills, have excellent people skills, are detail oriented and organized, service focused and are both adaptable and flexible.
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.
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The Nuclear Waste Program's (NWP) mission is to lead the effective and efficient cleanup of the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford Site, ensure sound management of mixed hazardous wastes in Washington, and protect the state's air, water, and land at and adjacent to the Hanford site.
Some of the key work activities of the Permit Writer/Unit Lead position at the Environmental Specialist 3 level include:
- Serves as unit lead/permit writer for assigned Hanford and Non-Hanford facilities.
- Performs regulatory analysis and environmental regulatory oversight of assigned NWP Hanford and non-Hanford facilities and proposed permit applications and permits, and proposed cleanup actions/remedies.
- Conducts independent review of dangerous and mixed waste permit applications and permits for assigned Hanford and Non-Hanford facilities for compliance with Washington Dangerous Waste Regulations, and other relevant laws and regulations.
- Evaluates permit applications for completeness, accuracy and compliance with all relevant environmental regulations. Working with the project manager negotiates permit conditions and develops final decision documents for issuance.
- Performs independent review of plans and specifications, site plans, water permits, and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) remedial documents and the Hanford Federal Facility Agreement and Consent Order (Tri-Party Agreement) documents.
- Interprets state Dangerous Waste Requirements, RCRA, Water Quality laws and regulations, Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) and CERCLA regulations, agency/program policies, technical guidelines and procedures for environmental control and management of Hanford waste sites and facilities, and other facilities regulated by the Nuclear Waste Program.
- Performs compliance technical assistance and support compliance inspections at assigned Hanford and Non-Hanford facilities.
- Represents the NWP at meetings with Energy and its contractors, EPA, facility owners and operators and their consultants, other local, state and federal agencies, external interest groups and technical oversight groups.
- Provides environmental regulatory and permitting support to Nuclear Waste Program Specialists and Section Managers on other projects.
- Reviews documents for compliance with applicable requirements.
- Provides recommendations to management on emerging issues and issues of concern regarding the project assignments.
- Provides guidance and leadership to other technical staff.
- Works with Headquarters technical staff on issues that are of mutual concern in the state.
At the Environmental Specialist 2 level, the incumbent performs the duties listed above performing routine analysis and making recommendations while under general supervision.
At the Environmental Specialist 1 level, the incumbent performs the duties listed above in a learning mode performing preliminary analysis and review under direct or close supervision.
This position will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be August 24, 2016. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before August 23, 2016. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
To broaden the candidate pool, we will consider candidates that qualify at the Environmental Specialist 3, 2 or 1 levels. Please read the qualifications section below to learn more about this exciting career growth and in-training opportunity.
At the Environmental Specialist 1 Level: Pay Range 38 ($2665 - $3453) Monthly
A Bachelor's degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.
At the Environmental Specialist 2 Level: Pay Range 43 ($2994 - $3907) Monthly
A Bachelor's degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field ANDone year of professional level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.
One year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 1 provided that a bachelor's degree has been obtained in one of the above fields.
A Master's degree in one of the above fields.
At the Environmental Specialist 3 Level: Pay Range 49 ($3453 - $4532) Monthly
A Bachelor's degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field AND two years of professional level experience in environmental analysis or control or environmental planning.
A Master's degree in one of the above fields will substitute for one year of the required experience.
A PH.D in one of the above fields.
One year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 2, provided that a Bachelor's degree has been obtained in one of the above fields.
Demonstrates ability to perform independent review of Dangerous Waste/Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) permit applications and permits and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) remedial documents.
Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:
- This position requires passing a U.S. Department of Energy test and acquiring a badge for access to the Hanford site.
- HAZWOPER 40 hour certification is required to perform this work. Must be able to meet the physical activity requirements for this certification.
- Must obtain and maintain a valid driver license.
In order to be considered, applicants MUSTinclude the following documents as an attachment to their application:
- A cover letter describing why you are interested in 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.
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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-NWP3388-08168
Department: Dept. of Ecology
Agency: State of Washington
Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.
Salary: $41,436.00 - $54,384.00 Annually
Location: Benton County – Richland, WA