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The Nuclear Waste Program is looking to fill a Senior Transition RCRA CERCLA Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) position. The position will be located in our Richland Field Office (RFO) in Richland, WA.
In this role, you will contribute to the Nuclear Waste Program's mission to lead the effective and efficient cleanup of the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford Site. The permitting and decision document review work you will be responsible for, will lead to the safe management of radioactive/dangerous waste (mixed wastes) in Washington. You will interact with numerous professionals and stakeholders working to protect the state's air, water, and land. Oversight of facilities in transition to Deactivation, Decommissioning, Decontamination, and Demolition will include site visits to accomplish permitting and oversight under the Washington’s Dangerous Waste requirements and Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). 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.
During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. At the present time, this position is expected to work in the office less than 1 day a week. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding building occupancy, mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing.
This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of January 11, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before January 10, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
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.
What is unique about this role?
In this role, you will serve as a senior specialist for the Deactivation, Decommissioning, Decontamination, and Demolition of facilities and remediation of waste sites by integrating dangerous waste and CERCLA requirements related to decision documents for the Waste Management Section of the Nuclear Waste Program in the Richland Field Office, just south of the U.S. Department of Energy Hanford Site (https://www.hanford.gov). You will perform permit application reviews, permit development, decision document reviews, and oversight for assigned Hanford facilities that managed radioactive/dangerous waste (mixed waste). You will ensure compliance with both state and federal regulations for the safe management of mixed waste and cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Facility.
What you will do:
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.
Nine (9) years of combined experience and education:
Experience: professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.
Experience may include a combination of the following:
Involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied 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 | 9 years of experience
Combination 2 | 30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits. | 8 years of experience
Combination 3 | 60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree). | 7 years of experience
Combination 4 | 90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits. | 6 years of experience
Combination 5 | A Bachelor's Degree | 5 years of experience
Combination 6 | A Master's Degree | 3 years of experience
Combination 7 | A Ph.D. | 2 years of experience
Two years of experience as an Environmental Specialist 3 at the Department of Ecology.
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.
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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If you have specific questions about the position, please email Edward Holbrook at: [email protected] Please do not contact Edward 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.
To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov and follow, like or visit us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.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.