Washington State Clean Air Rule Policy and Carbon Reduction Specialist (Environmental Planner 5) in Lacey, 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 Department of Ecology's Air Quality Program is looking for a Clean Air Rule Policy and Carbon Reduction Specialistfor the Climate Policy Section. This is an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of an innovative, nation-leading policy program to help slow climate change. The successful candidate will be a part of a collaborative team that will work with federal, state and local government agencies, environmental groups, and the regulated community to address the most significant environmental issue of our time.

As the Clean Air Rule Policy and Carbon Reduction Specialist you will be the principal technical analyst and lead policy consultant on the design and implementation of the Clean Air Rule, a new regulation capping and reducing carbon pollution in Washington. You will provide expert analysis, advice and recommendations on highly complex, politically sensitive policy and technical issues related to developing and implementing the Clean Air Rule to program and senior agency management in addition to the governor's office.

In this position you will coordinate with other carbon markets and Washington state agencies to review, monitor and align the Clean Air Rule with other policies, strategies, and methodologies.

This position is located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, Washington and is classified as an Environmental Planner 5. To learn more about the state's management classification system, please visit this link.

We are looking for applicants with a desire to work as part of a team to implement the Clean Air Rule to cap and reduce carbon pollution in Washington and who possess technical and policy expertise related to highly complex and politically sensitive greenhouse gas reporting, emission reduction and carbon market policies. Also, we are looking for applicants who possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, are self-motivated and self-directed and work well in team environments.

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.

Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts


The mission of the Air Quality Program (AQP) is to protect public health and the environment from the effects of air pollution and climate change.

The position is located within the Climate Policy section. The primary functions of the section are to:

  • Ensure effective regulatory design for the Clean Air Rule (CAR) and the greenhouse gas emissions reporting program.
  • Implement all aspects of the CAR and the greenhouse gas emissions reporting program.
  • Design and maintain data reporting and tracking systems for the CAR and the greenhouse gas emissions reporting program; provide reports on greenhouse gas emissions and trends.
  • Provide policy and technical support and help develop regulations to carry out the state's climate change initiatives and to incorporate climate objectives and science into air quality program decision making.

As a principal technical analyst and policy consultant on the CAR, the Clean Air Rule Policy and Carbon Reduction Specialist position is critical in providing expert analysis and advice on the complex policy and technical issues related to developing and implementing the Clean Air Rule to the Program Management Team, senior agency management, the Governor's office and other state agencies. Specific duties include:

Policy and Planning:

  • Analyzes and tracks complicated, emerging policy issues or legislation related to the CAR.
  • Provides technical and policy expertise and policy development related to the highly complex and politically sensitive elements of the CAR for program management, senior agency management, and the Governor's office.
  • Analyzes and drafts legislation, rule language and other documents, as required.
  • Serves as principal technical and policy consultant and provide agency expertise to lead and implement the CAR.
  • Coordinates and collaborates with other established carbon markets and Washington state agencies (COM, AGR, UTC) to review, monitor and align the CAR with those program policies, strategies, and methodologies, as appropriate for Washington.
  • Evaluates and negotiates policy related issues associated with the development, implementation and validation of alternative emission reduction projects, activities, programs, and GHG offset protocols related to the CAR.
  • Develops, facilitates and monitors strategies and protocols for reporting and tracking acquisition and expiration of alternative emission instruments from external emission credit programs, registries or exchanges.
  • Provides oversight and ongoing climate policy support for drafting of new or revised CAR rule language and statewide guidance documents.
  • Develops and maintains effective working relationships with stakeholders and government officials.

General tasks:

  • Prepares and analyzes recommendations and reports for program and agency management related to the development, evolution and performance of the CAR and other related climate change initiatives.
  • Provides training of technical staff on the design and implementation of CAR.
  • Works with communications and outreach staff to develop and implement communications plans, outreach strategies and tools, and websites for CAR.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be October 12, 2016. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before October 11, 2016. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:

A Master's degree or above with a major emphasis in environmental, or natural resource planning; environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences; land use or environmental law; public administration with an environmental emphasis; or closely related field


Five (5) years of professional experience in environmental, natural resource, or public policy, planning and/or program development or environmental analysis or control.

Demonstrated knowledge of climate change issues, GHG accounting, emission reduction and carbon market programs.

Demonstrated skill in analyzing environmental implications of strategies, policies, and plans.

Demonstrated ability to effectively work with a diverse group of people to achieve desired outcomes.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

Must obtain and maintain a valid Washington state driver license.

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

In order to be considered, applicants MUST include the following documents as an attachment to their 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 Camille St. Onge at: camille.st.onge@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Camille 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-AQ4339-09624

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: $58,548.00 - $76,812.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA