Washington State General Permit Compliance/Data QA Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) in Lacey, Washington
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The Water Quality Program (WQP) is looking to fill a General Permit Compliance/Data QA Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4)position. The position will be located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.
The General Permit Compliance/Data QA Specialistposition serves as the senior environmental section specialist responsible for compliance assurance and data quality associated with the Construction and Industrial Stormwater General Permits in order to protect, preserve, and enhance water quality.
We are looking for applicants who are organized and have excellent written and verbal communication skills, a service focus, and the ability to work well with others in a team environment.
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.
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The mission of the Water Quality Program (WQP) is to protect and restore Washington's waters to sustain healthy watersheds and communities. Our work ensures that state waters support beneficial uses including recreational and business activities, supplies for clean drinking water, and the protection of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and public health.
Some of the key work activities for the General Permit Compliance/Data QA Specialistare:
Compliance and Data Quality Assurance:
- This position is the senior environmental section specialist for the Construction and Industrial Stormwater General Permits that develops enforcement actions and represents the WQP in informal and formal enforcement actions, hearings, appeals, before legal and legislative bodies such as the Pollution Control Hearings Board and other legal proceedings.
- Provides testimony in cases involving permit conditions, regulations or in cases which form the basis for precedent-setting interpretations of agency jurisdiction and regulatory authority.
- Improves general permit administration processes through participation on implementation and program enforcement teams.
- Reviews, analyzes, develops and recommends enforcement policies and guidelines.
- Implements statewide outreach and permit-related correspondence or guidance materials for Construction and Industrial Stormwater General Permit holders in collaboration with permit writers, permit administrators, regional staff and IT staff.
- This position also ensures the quality of permit data entered into the Program's databases by querying the database and addressing regular feedback from Ecology database users.
- Additional duties include working with team members and our IT group to develop and implement improvements to the PARIS database, participating on general permit implementation workgroups, and solely, or with assistance from others, developing stormwater general permit-related implementation guidance documents, standard operating procedures (SOPs), correspondence and forms and keeping them current on the permit administrators SharePoint site.
- Responds to highly complex inquiries for technical assistance requiring advanced scientific knowledge of discharge monitoring data for the Construction and Industrial Stormwater General Permits.
- Improves general permit management and administration processes through participation on implementation and program enforcement teams, the development of permit implementation and compliance guidance and permit administration tools and working with IT to enhance the PARIS database.
- Backs up permit administrator data entry as needed.
- Serves in the teaching, training and mentoring of junior staff on enforcement and permit administration/ processing and entering permit data into the Programs databases.
- Provides internal and external technical assistance related to the Construction and Industrial Stormwater General Permits including coordination with regional inspectors, the permit fee unit, permittees, and the public.
This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening on August 1, 2016. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before July 31, 2016. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
A Bachelor's degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field AND five years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning which includes one year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above or two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above.
Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education.
A Master's degree in one of the above fields AND three years of professional-level experience as required above which includes one year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above or two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above.
A Ph.D. in one of the above fields AND two years of professional-level experience as required above which includes one year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above or two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above.
Two years of experience as an Environmental Specialist 3.
The experience as an Environmental Specialist 3 can include a combination of the following: 1) investigating and / or resolving complaints involving science or technology content, 2) performing inspections, 3) drafting technical evaluations and reports, 4) develops plans for researching information used for technical projects, regulatory or policy development, 5) plan and facilitate public meetings and hearings, 6) project work requiring specialized knowledge of industry processes, pollutant sources or natural processes, 7) providing technical assistance for complex scientific content and/ or support for implementing scientific content programs, 8) conducting tests, analyzing and evaluating data, 9) using environmental databases to support technical projects, 10) developing scientific studies and resource management plans, 11) providing environmental technical and administrative assistance to grant/ contract/ loan recipients of environmental protection projects.
The experience as an Environmental Specialist 2can include assisting in any of the following areas: 1) performing field surveys or studies, 2) responding to complaints involving scientific or technical content, 3) preparing public meetings and hearings, 4) assistance with routine inspections or investigations requiring specialized knowledge of industry processes, pollutant sources or natural processes, 5) responding to routine inquires or requests for technical assistance involving scientific content, 6) special projects that are scientific in nature, 7) conducting routine sampling and testing analyses, interprets data, writing reports 8) performing basic sampling data review, 9) maintaining an environmental data base to support technical projects, 10) providing routine environmental technical and administrative assistance to grant/ contract/ loan recipients of environmental protection projects.
Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:
Must obtain and maintain a valid driver's license.
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.
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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.
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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-WQ2655-07487
Department: Dept. of Ecology
Agency: State of Washington
Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.
Salary: $48,060.00 - $63,036.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA