Washington State Oil Spill Contingency Plan Compliance Specialist (Environmental Planner 2) 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 are 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, and believes in the fun factor, Ecology is a good fit.

The Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response program (SPPR) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill an* Oil Spill Contingency Plan Compliance Specialist* (Environmental Planner 2) position. The position will be located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

The missionof this position is to ensure that the Spills Program has a focus on preparedness for oil spills to Washington waters and land, as well as effective and aggressive responses to oil and hazardous substance spills whenever they occur. The duties ensure that all program activities and interactions with internal and external stakeholders comply with program expectations and the agency's Vision and Code of Conduct. This position develops planning processes for approval of oil spill contingency plans for facility and commercial vessel operators statewide; uses written criteria and judgment to ensure that the plans are tested and improved during drills. The position assists in the maintenance of the Northwest Area Contingency Plan, including research and development of the Geographic Response Plans (regional plans). The position is responsible to successfully maintain stakeholder, tribal and local government relationships.

We are looking for an engaged and proactive individual interested in being part of a dynamic team. Ideal qualities include: Strong organization skills, likes tracking processes, understands how to manage projects and timelines, are detail oriented, able to review long and technical documents, process information and give input.

If you have an interest in being part of the regulatory world that helps to bridge industry perspective with public and environmental interest – this job is for you!

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 Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Program (SPPR) is to protect Washington's environment, public health, and safety through a comprehensive spill prevention, preparedness and response program. The Spill's Program's vision is to prevent, prepare for and respond aggressively to oil spills; to be our best for the State of Washington. Our Spills goals are "zero spills" and rapid, aggressive, well-coordinated response.

Some of the key work activities for the* Oil Spill Contingency Plan Compliance Specialist*positioninclude:

  • Evaluates the effectiveness of oil spill contingency plans response equipment and personnel capability through oil spill drills.
  • With incidental supervision, plans, observes, evaluates and participates in oil spill drills and responses of regulated vessels, facilities and response contractors.
  • Coaches participants at drills which prepare the response community for effective oil spills, following coaching principles established by the program. Key actions include using written evaluation criteria to form observations, writing timely evaluations of drills; tracking accomplishment of drill objectives over a three-year planning cycle; participating with industry and other agencies in drill design meetings representing the program's positions and goals and promptly and thoroughly recording drill information in the Marine Information System (MIS) and other databases. Ensure that lessons learned improve plans.
  • Coordinates the preparation of oil spill plans.
  • Reviews, analyzes and recommends approval of industry's oil spill contingency plans.
  • Provides technical assistance (internally and externally) on preparedness.
  • Timely and accurate reviews using written criteria; maintaining each copy of the plan located throughout in the various program offices; promptly and thoroughly recording information in the MIS database; provides technical assistance (internally and externally) on preparedness.
  • Stays aware of and coordinates within the program on issues that relate to the regulated vessels and facilities.
  • Assists with the development and maintenance of the Northwest Area Contingency Plan, including the geographic response plans.
  • May participate on an area plan work group for short term projects.
  • Is the technical liaison to local governments and communities on oil spill planning issues.
  • Responds to spills from regulated companies to evaluate activation of the plan, oversee cleanup, investigation and enforcement activities.
  • Participates on the Spills Incident Management Team (IMT) in positions designated on the team roster during drills and significant events.
  • Trains and demonstrates competency through the ICS credentialing program.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The next screening will be on November 2, 2016. In order to be considered for the next screening, please submit an application on or before November 1, 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: land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field AND one year of professional experience in land use, urban regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development or 1 year of experience as an Environmental Planner 1.


Two years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development, will substitute for the Master's degree proved a Bachelor's degree in a field listed above or a natural science has been achieved.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of planning principles, of oil issues affecting spill trends and the ability to write clearly.
  • Familiarity with ESRI ArcGIS platform including web-based mapping and basic database management.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

  • The position normally works in a relatively sedentary open office environment, working with computers and other office equipment for long periods of time. However, position also may require spill response in field work which could involve several hours of standing, walking, or squatting each day.
  • This position is part of the Spills Program Incident Management Team (IMT) and Crisis Management Team and is required to complete Incident Command System (ICS) training at the level of 100, 300, 700 and 800. Maintain HAZWOPER certification annually and continual training as required by the Program as they come available to maintain IMT position qualifications.
  • Be able to obtain the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). (TWIC card) which entails a detailed background check.
  • Hold and maintain eligibility and certification to permit travel to and from Canada, including passport or Enhanced Driver's License.
  • Hold and maintain a valid Washington driver's license and be able to operate a motor vehicle.

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

Please attach the following documents as an attachment to your application:

  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required/desired qualifications of this position.
  • A resume outlining your professional environmental 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.

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 the jobs, please e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov or call 360-407-6186. Please do not 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 Nhi Irwin at: Nhi.Irwin@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Nhi Irwin 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.

The positions are 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-SPPR3116-07912

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: $42,492.00 - $55,728.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA