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Kelso, Washington
United States
Job Categories:
Risk Management Specialist
Safety Engineer/Specialist: Single site
Safety Engineer/Specialist: Multi-site
Industry Segments:
Government / Public Sector
Experience level:
3-5 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Risk & Safety Specialist

Our mission is to treat each person as a valued customer while contributing positively to the County to control costs while being efficient, displaying a thorough understanding of all aspects of the human resources profession, including proactive involvement and providing solutions to workplace issues, which support and optimize the operating principles of the organization.

Human Resources is dedicated to meeting the human resource needs in a manner that is collaborative, results-oriented and customer focused. HR values the diversity of our employees and works collectively to make Cowlitz County an employer of choice.


  • Honesty, Integrity, and Trust: We honor our commitments and conduct business in a manner that promotes fairness, respect, honesty, and trust.
  • Teamwork: We encourage the diversity of thoughts, experiences, and backgrounds and participation and partnership.
  • Change and Innovation: We are open to new possibilities and foster creativity and risk-taking to support continuous improvement.
  • Leadership: We lead by example and advocate equitable treatment in our behaviors, policies, and practices.
  • Quality Results: We believe those we serve deserve excellent service, a safe, productive, and healthy work environment, and quality results.

To our employees - Employees will be provided the same concern, respect, and caring attitude within the organization that they are expected to share externally with every citizen. 

This position processes, prepares and maintains a variety of the County's Risk Management Program including risk management planning, loss prevention, safety, and insurance activities. The position coordinates with the Risk Manager in ensuring compliance with state and federal laws and Cowlitz County policies and procedures related to safety and risk management.

Benefits Information - Cowlitz County offers a generous benefits package which includes:

  • Medical/Dental/Vision (includes dependent coverage)
  • VEBA/Health Retirement Account for those who qualify
  • Retirement through Washington State Public Employees Retirement System
  • Life Insurance 
  • Deferred Compensation plans available (457b)
  • Vacation, Bonus and Leave Days Paid
  • 10 Paid Holidays
  • Reasonable work hours

Cowlitz County is a great place to live and work. Located along the Columbia River less than an hour from the Cascade Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Cowlitz County provides an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities and easy access to the Arts.  The I-5 corridor runs right through Cowlitz County providing quick access to the Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon metropolitan areas. 

This position requires applicants to pass a test - NCRC Work Keys - no later than 08/28/2019.

Clerical Exam:
Applicant must pass Level 4 (Silver Level) or higher of each of the three (3) ACT/Work Keys – National Career Readiness Test (NCRC) or current employees of Cowlitz County must have passed the Cowlitz County Clerical Exam. Cowlitz County has partnered with Lower Columbia College (LCC) in Longview,WA, to facilitate the testing process. Test scores are good for 5 years. Test Cost is $78.50.   

LCC Testing is available 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday and closed on LCC observed holidays.  Testing is available by appointment only. Applicants must take the NCRC tests no later than 3 business days after the job announcement closes. To schedule testing, individuals can register at: www.registerblast.com/lowercolumbia or call the Testing Center directly at 360-442-2353 


  • High School diploma or equivalent GED.
  • Must pass Level 4 (Silver Level) of each of the 3 ACT/Work Keys – National Career Readiness Tests (NCRC) through Lower Columbia College (LCC) or provide a passing NCRC Certificate or current employees of Cowlitz County must have passed the Cowlitz County Clerical Exam.
  • Possess three (3) years of experience in safety and/or risk management.  Safety experience includes working knowledge of OSHA, workers compensation, safety policies and regulations.  Risk management includes loss control practices, statistical and analytical principals and related risk standards and regulations.
  • Knowledge of insurance and legal terms as it relates to insurance policies, risk management, and safety.
  • Ability to work and operate a personal computer.  Experience with standard Microsoft software products.
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver's license, with a good driving record.

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