Environmental Project Manager

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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Nuclear Waste Program is looking to fill two Project Manager (Nuclear Waste Program Specialist) positions. The positions will be located in our Richland Field Office (RFO) in Richland, WA.

As a project manager, you will lead a multidisciplinary team on regulatory compliance of key project of Hanford cleanup. You will plan and lead permitting efforts to ensure that dangerous waste management units at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford site are operated in accordance with state and federal environmental regulations. In this role, you will contribute to the Nuclear Waste Program's mission to implement the effective and efficient cleanup of the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford Site. You will lead permitting and oversight for the safe management of radioactive/dangerous waste (mixed wastes) in Washington and will interact with numerous professionals and stakeholders working to protect the state's communities, air, water, and land. You will gain experience with both state and federal hazardous waste regulations, learn what it takes to manage mixed waste safely, and work on one of the largest and most complex cleanup sites in the nation at the Hanford Nuclear Facility.

The Nuclear Waste Program's 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.

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.

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.

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.

During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. This position is expected to work in the office up to 1 day a week. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing.

Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of February 25, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before February 24, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


What makes the positions unique or challenging?
In the role, you will serve as a project manager for assigned active treatment, storage, and disposal facilities within the Tank Waste Treatment or Waste Management Section of the Nuclear Waste Program. The Richland Field Office is just south of the U.S. Department of Energy Hanford Site (https://www.hanford.gov). You will plan, organize, coordinate, and direct the work scope of the Project to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations for the safe management of mixed waste at the Hanford Site.

What you will do:

  • Manage plans, organize, coordinate, and direct the administrative and technical work scope of the Project.
  • Ensure coordinated service delivery, cross-program cooperation, and consistent application of regulations.
  • Lead review of permit applications, technical documents and reports; determine compliance with applicable state and federal requirements.
  • Develop and negotiate permit requirements. Conduct conflict resolution and make decisions regarding technical and scientific merit of permitting and cleanup proposals.
  • Develop and implement plans for project staff for the fiscal year, and work with program staff on multi-year work plans every biennium.
  • Establish schedules and deadlines for project staff activities associated with compliance oversight and permitting.
  • Track and report monthly and quarterly on the projects’ progress to the Program’s management team.
  • Assist with planning and budget reporting.
Required Qualifications:

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.

Eleven (11) years of combined experience and education:

Experience: professional-level experience showing progressively increasing responsibilities in environmental analysis and control, or environmental planning.

Experience may include a combination of the following:

  • Project management experience: Managing plans, organizing, coordinating, and directing the administrative and technical work scope of a Project.
  • Ensuring coordinated service delivery, cross-program cooperation, and consistent application of regulations.
  • Leading the review of permit applications, technical documents and reports; determining compliance with applicable state and federal requirements.
  • Developing and negotiating permit requirements.
  • Conducting conflict resolution.
  • Establishing schedules and deadlines for project staff.
  • Track and report monthly and quarterly on the projects’ progress.
  • Assisting with planning and budget reporting.

Education: Involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other related field

All experience and education combinations that meet the requirements for this position:

Possible Combinations | College credit hours or degree | Years of required experience - as listed above.

Combination 1 | No college credit hours or degree 11 years of experience

Combination 2 | 30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits. | 10 years of experience

Combination 3 | 60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree). | 9 years of experience

Combination 4 | 90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits. | 8 years of experience

Combination 5 | A Bachelor's Degree. | 7 years of experience

Combination 6 | A Master's Degree. | 5 years of experience

Combination 7 | A Ph.D. | 4 years of experience

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

  • This position must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
  • This position requires passing a U.S. Department of Energy test and acquiring a badge for access to the Hanford site. Information about obtaining the Hanford Badge Real ID (Download PDF reader) Real ID information from the Department of Licensing.
  • HAZWOPER 40 hour certification is required to perform this work and must be completed within six months of appointment. Must be able to meet the physical activity requirements for this certification.

Desired Qualifications:

We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.

  • 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 Tri Party Agreement (TPA), a legal Consent Order and Agreement, as it relates to Dangerous Waste/Resource Conservation Recovery Act (DW/RCRA) permitting, Comprehensive, Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and Model Toxics Control Act (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.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.

Supplemental Information

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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Application Instructions:

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.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.

For Your Privacy:
When attaching documents to your application (such as Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, DD-214, etc.):

  • Please be sure to remove private information such as your social security number, date of birth, etc.
  • Do not attach documents that are password-protected, as these documents may not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded.

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.

Application Attestation:

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.

Other Information:

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Edward Holbrook at: [email protected] or Suzanne Dahl at: [email protected] Please do not contact Edward or Suzanne to inquire about the status of your application.

To request the full position description: email [email protected]

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.

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 *See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information

Student debt: how working for Ecology can help
The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.

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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.