Washington State Senior Waste Management Permit Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) in Richland, Washington
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The Nuclear Waste Program (NWP) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Senior Waste Management Permit Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4)position. This position is located in the Richland Field Office (RFO) in Richland, WA.
The Senior Waste Management Permit Specialist position serves as a senior staff environmental specialist for the Waste Management Section of the Nuclear Waste Program in the Richland office. This position leads the permitting application review and permit development for the Waste Management Project Hanford facilities (CWC, WRAP, T Plant, and LLBG) to achieve cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Facility in accordance with state and federal regulations and the Hanford Federal Facilities Agreement and Consent Order [Tri-Party Agreement (TPA)]. The position serves as a section expert in the application of the Dangerous Waste Regulations to the permitting and operation of these facilities.
We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills, the ability to lead technical teams working on complex dangerous waste/RCRA regulations for permitting waste facilities, the ability to make practical decisions, and the ability to communicate with diverse audiences.
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The Nuclear Waste Program's (NWP) 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.
Some of the key work activities of the Senior Waste Management Permit Specialist position include:
- Serves as a senior staff environmental specialist leading the permit application review and permit development for the Waste Management Project major Hanford waste handling facilities (CWC, WRAP, T Plant, Mixed Waste Trenches, Naval Reactor Compartment Trench and Low Level Burial Grounds Green Islands).
- Leads other staff on coordinating the permitting work with the remediation activities for the burial grounds in Hanford's 200 Area.
- Leads work on other complex permits as assigned.
- Conducts independent reviews of dangerous and mixed waste permit applications and permits and closure plans and cleanup plans, and oversees field investigations and cleanup of assigned contaminated sites and facilities for compliance under the Tri-Party Agreement (TPA), Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA), CERCLA, RCRA, Washington Dangerous Waste Regulations, and other relevant laws and regulations.
- Evaluates permit applications, cleanup plans and TPA documents for completeness, accuracy and compliance with all relevant environmental regulations.
- Negotiates permit and cleanup conditions and develops final decision documents for issuance.
- Represents the NWP at meetings with the USDOE, its contractors and/or consultants, external interest groups and technical oversight groups.
- Provides environmental regulatory and permitting support to Nuclear Waste Program Project Managers, Specialists and Section Managers on other projects.
- Reviews documents for compliance with applicable requirements.
- Provides recommendations to management on emerging issues and issues of concern regarding the project assignments.
- Provides guidance and leadership to other technical staff.
- Works with Headquarters technical staff on issues that are of mutual concern in the state.
This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be September 28, 2016. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before September 27, 2016. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
A Bachelor's degree involving a 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.
The one (1) year of 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 two (2) years of 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.
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, provided that a Bachelor's degree has been obtained in one of the above fields.
Demonstrates knowledge of principles and practices of environmental regulations and guidance related to the permitting and oversight of solid and liquid waste management facilities and cleanup sites; laws and regulations governing environmental issues. Demonstrates the ability to evaluate technical environmental data; train and mentor others; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with regulated facilities, public officials and community groups; and write permits and environmental compliance reports.
- One year of professional experience in dangerous/RCRA/mixed waste permitting.
- Demonstrates the ability to perform independent environmental review of Dangerous Waste/Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) permit applications and permits and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) remedial documents.
Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:
- This position requires passing a U.S. Department of Energy test and acquiring a badge for access to the Hanford site.
- HAZWOPER 40 hour certification is required to perform with work. Must be able to meet the physical activity requirements for this certification.
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.
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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-NWP0726-09072
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: Benton County – Richland, WA