Washington State Waste Management Project Manager (Nuclear Waste Program Specialist) in Richland, Washington


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The Nuclear Waste Program (NWP) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Waste Management Project Manager (Nuclear Waste Program Specialist) position. This position is located in the Richland Field Office (RFO) in Richland, WA.

The Waste Management Project Managerposition leads the Waste Management Project to ensure that permitted solid waste management facilities and burial grounds at the Hanford site are operated and closed in a manner that protects human health and the environment. The position is also responsible for Ecology's oversight and permitting at the Hanford laboratories, the Land Disposal Restrictions Report, the M-91 Milestones in the Hanford Federal Facility Agreement and Consent Order, and the completion of the MTCA investigation at the U. S. Ecology facility.

We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills, the ability to lead technical teams working on complex environmental issues and regulations, the ability to make practical decisions, and the ability to communicate with diverse audiences.

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.

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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.

The Waste Management Project Manager -Manages, plans, organizes, coordinates and directs the administrative and technical work scope of the Waste Management Project for the Nuclear Waste Program. Directs field and technical activities for assigned project staff for the Nuclear Waste Program. Provides vision and direction for state and nationally significant activities and ensures coordinated service delivery, cross-program cooperation and consistent application of various, sometimes competing regulations. Represents the Agency to local government, private industry, and stakeholder groups.

Project management includes the following major activities:

Annual Project Workplan:

  • Develops/manages and tracks the Annual Project Workplan for the Waste Management Project.
  • Develops specific expectations and deliverables associated with project work elements.
  • Works with the appropriate Section Managers, other Nuclear Waste Program Specialists, Technical Specialists and line-staff to resolve workload conflicts. Presents a Quarterly Report to the Program Management Team on workplan progress, changes, variance, and deficiencies.
  • Develops and maintains the "Life of Project Timeline" consistent with NWP Planning Guidelines, including Critical Path and Milestones with their associated due dates.

USDOE Budget:

  • Coordinates project involvement in the annual Hanford Site Integrated Priority List (IPL) preparation, and Multi-Year Work Plan (MYWP) development.
  • Works with the USDOE and contractor staff in preparation of the IPL and MYWP.
  • Provides written comments to the NWP External Budget Coordinator and Program Management Team.
  • Attends and participates in Mid-Year and Year-End Project Reviews.
  • Reviews and participates in development of USDOE policy documents, such as: integrated baselines and Hanford strategy.
  • Coordinates with NWP External Budget Coordinator, Program Management Team, NWP Policy Team, and Congressional Liaison.


  • Is the designated Point of Contact for both outside entities and internal organization for all project issues.
  • Participates in the Hanford Advisory Board (HAB) meetings for project issues.
  • Assists in the development and dissemination of project papers and information.
  • Attends and participates in Inter-Agency Implementation Team (IAMIT) as required for project issues. Briefs and updates the Program Manager and the Program Management Team on potential issues. Represents the agency Stakeholders and Tribal Nations on project issues.
  • Participates in public involvement events and activities related to the project, working closely with the NWP public involvement staff.
  • Reports project issues to the Waste Management Section Manager.
  • Participates in Section and All Staff meetings to represent and inform staff on project issues.
  • Participates in Program Management Team meetings.
  • Communicates with other Nuclear Waste Program Specialists, Section Managers, Technical Specialists, and staff to identity cross-cutting issues and develop joint solutions.
  • Solicits and incorporates input from staff on project-related issues.


  • Identifies resource requirements to accomplish project objectives.
  • Works with Section Managers to determine staff availability and suitability for all project tasks.
  • Negotiates and contracts staff assignments to the project within the limits of the approved annual project workplan.
  • Provides feedback to Section Managers continuously on project staff performance needs.
  • Manages, directs, and monitors the performance of professional consulting firms under contract to the state for project related work.


  • Communicates a clear vision for the project to both assigned staff and the Program Management Team.
  • Ensures that staff clearly understand their role within the project.
  • Inspires high performance through motivation, collaborative problem solving, and effective conflict management. Rewards and recognizes a job well done.

Tri-Party Agreement (TPA)/Policy Development:

  • Works with the TPA Coordinator, Program Management Team, and affected staff to: prepare milestone change packages and agency position papers, participates in dispute resolution/negotiations, and participates in policy development.
  • Provides final approval authority on behalf of Ecology with regard to Class III changes to the TPA.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be September 28, 2016. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before September 27, 2016. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning, management, engineering or other allied field AND seven years of professional level experience in technical or management positions. Experience should show a progressive increase in responsibilities and authorities.

Must possess a strong technical command of budget management, strategic and workscope planning.

Must possess a strong technical command of Washington State and federal environmental laws and regulations.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Understand complex planning and policy issues related to the project.
  • Think strategically on a statewide and national level.
  • Specific knowledge base: Have a working knowledge of the Hanford site, the TPA as it relates to DW/RCRA permitting, CERCLA and MTCA, the Hanford Facility DW/RCRA Permit, the regulations and available guidance on DW/RCRA permitting CERCLA and MTCA. Have a working knowledge of waste treatment methods and Land Disposal Restriction regulations.

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 with work. Must be able to meet the physical activity requirements for this certification.

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 Ron Skinnarland at: ron.skinnarland@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Ron 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-NWP3707-09071

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: $61,512.00 - $80,724.00 Annually

Location: Benton County – Richland, WA