Washington State Regional Biosolids Coordinator (Environmental Specialist 4) (In-Training) in Lacey, Washington

Description

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 Waste 2 Resources (W2R) program is looking to fill a Regional Biosolids Coordinator (Environmental Specialist 4 – In-Training)position. This position will be located in our Southwest Regional Office (SWRO) in Lacey, WA.

The Regional Biosolids Coordinatorposition serves as a technical expert in the Waste 2 Resources Program / SWRO in biosolids management and regulation, and the promotion of biosolids. Performs independent review of biosolids and biosolids-related solid waste permit applications, makes recommendations to approve or deny permits, and writes and issues individual permits or final letters of coverage under the State Wide Biosolids General Permit in accordance with accepted scientific principles, state laws, regulations, and guidance.

We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills, the ability to quickly assess a situation and make a decision and the ability to communicate highly technical information with diverse audiences.

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

Duties

The mission of the Waste 2 Resources (W2R) program is to reduce the amount and the effects of wastes generated in Washington State.

Some of the key work activities of the Regional Biosolids Coordinator *positionat the* Environmental Specialist 4 level** are:

Performs the following scientific activities:

  • Analytical Data: Evaluates analytical data submitted following biosolids and soil analyses.
  • Sampling and Analysis Plans: Reviews and critiques biosolids and soil sampling and analysis plans.
  • Proposed Application Site Analysis: Reviews and makes determinations on proposed biosolids application sites.
  • Agronomic Rate Calculations: In order to calculates an acceptable biosolids application rate, evaluates submitted soils and biosolids data, calculates existing soil nitrogen concentrations, determines crop nutrient needs, understands and applies nitrogen transformation dynamics, and considers the impact of previous applications of biosolids and other organic residuals.
  • Pathogen Reduction Evaluations: Evaluates the methods used for achieving pathogen reduction in biosolids.
  • Cumulative Pollutant Loading Rates: When sites receive biosolids that exceed the WAC 173-308-160 Table 3 pollutant concentrations, tracks for cumulative pollutant loading rates.
  • Site Monitoring: Conducts onsite environmental monitoring.

Additional activities include:

  • Independently implements Chapters 70.95J RCW and Ch. 173-308 WAC and administers coverage under the state biosolids general permit.
  • Responds to public inquiries, provides technical assistance and regulatory expertise to applicants, agencies, local governments, sewage treatment plant operators, consultants and other interested parties.
  • Manages permits to assure compliance by conducting periodic inspections.
  • Responds to complaints and works with individuals to develop solutions to problems and to gain voluntary compliance with regulations or permits.
  • Takes appropriate enforcement actions in response to violations, and works cooperatively with the Attorney General's office on regulatory enforcement actions.
  • Prepares, reviews, and negotiates agreed orders and enforcement orders with the regulated community; recommends and drafts compliance schedules and formal enforcement actions as necessary.

This position will remain open until filled. The Next screening will be November 21, 2016. In order to be considered for the Next screening, please submit an application on or before November 20, 2016. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

To broaden the candidate pool, we will consider candidates that qualify at the Environmental Specialist 3 and 4 levels. Please read the qualifications section below to learn more about this exciting career growth and in-training opportunity.

Qualifications

**Required Qualifications:

The goal class for this position is an Environmental Specialist 4. We will consider applicants who meet the requirements for both the ES4 and the ES3 levels. If the finalist meets the requirements for the ES3 level then they will be hired in as an ES3 and will be placed in a training program to become an ES4 within a specified period of time.**

At the Environmental Specialist 4 level Pay Range 55 ($4005 - $5253 – monthly)

A Bachelor's degree involving a major study in soil science, range management, agronomy, physics, chemistry, or biology AND five years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.

Two years of the experience must be in biosolids management equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above.

OR

A Master's degree involving a major study in soil science, range management, agronomy, physics, chemistry, or biology AND three years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.

Two years of the experience must be in biosolids management equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above.

At the Environmental Specialist 3 level: Pay Range 49 ($3453 - $4532 – monthly) (In-Training)

A Bachelor's degree involving a major study in soil science, range management, agronomy, physics, chemistry, or biology* AND* two years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.

One year of the experience must be in biosolids management equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above.

OR

A Master's degree involving a major study in soil science, range management, agronomy, physics, chemistry, or biology AND one year of professional-level experience in biosolids management equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above.

Desired Qualifications:

Applicability of laws and regulations*:*

  • Be able to locate, read, interpret, and apply regulations that govern management of waste water treatment plants in Washington State.
  • Be able to accurately apply those regulations to biosolids applications in the Southwest Region.
  • Competency in writing environmental permits or complying with environmental permits.

Other desired education, training, and certifications:

  • Compost facility operator certification.
  • Competency in providing direct customer service, especially dealing with irate customers or customers that refuse to comply with what is being asked of them. Training related to developing interpersonal communication skills or providing high level customer service.
  • Competency or formal training in negotiations. Be able to break down stated positions and conflict into basic underlying interests and needs. Seek common interests around which agreement may be reached.

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

In order to be considered, applicants MUST attach the following documents as an attachment to their application:

  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required/desired 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 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 send an email to Peter Lyon at: Peter.lyon@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Peter Lyon 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-W2R2273-07528

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: $48,060.00 - $63,036.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA