Washington State Carbon Reduction, Technical, and Policy Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) in United States


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 Carbon Reduction Technical and Policy Specialist for the Climate Policy Section. This is an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of an innovative, economy-wide program to cap and reduce greenhouse gas emissions which will contribute to addressing the effects of climate change.

As the Carbon Reduction Technical and Policy Specialist you will be part of a team implementing the state greenhouse gas reporting program and the Clean Air Rule. This includes working with the regulated community, government agencies, consultants, and the public on complex greenhouse gas issues.

In this position you will be part of a team developing guidance for the Clean Air Rule reporting systems and help customers learn how to use the systems. You will also track evolving state and federal level greenhouse gas policies and assess potential impacts.

Additionally, you will be a part of a collaborative team that works with the Environmental Protection Agency, state and local government agencies, and the regulated community to address the most significant environmental issue of our time.

This position is located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, Washington and is classified as an Environmental Specialist 4. To learn more about the state's management classification system, please visit this link.

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 (AQ) 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.

Some of the key work activities of the Carbon Reduction, Technical, and Policy Specialist include:

  • As a senior environmental specialist, provides technical and policy support for the implementation of the state mandatory GHG reporting program (Chapter 173-441 WAC) and the Clean Air Rule to cap and reduce carbon pollution (Chapter 173-442 WAC).
  • Provides technical assistance to the regulated community, other agency staff, government agencies, and consultants on issues related to the GHG reporting program and CAR.
  • Analyzes, interprets, and provides quality assurance of reported GHG emissions data.
  • Tracks developing and evolving technical and policy issues related to GHG reporting at the state and federal level.
  • Advises program management on developing and evolving GHG reporting issues that may impact the state GHG reporting program.
  • Provides technical support for GHG emissions reporting to the regulated community, agency staff, and other state and federal agency staff.
  • Develops and implements a reporting fee schedule.
  • Tracks EPA GHG reporting program changes and updates state program, as necessary, to maintain consistency and compliance.
  • Reviews and verifies compliance reports by EPA-mandatory GHG emissions reporting entities, non-EPA, CAR-only entities, and voluntary CAR participants.
  • Maintains and operates with IT staff an online registry and reporting tool; registers and provides technical support to regulated entities.
  • Establishes and implements reporting guidance and standards; analyzes and publishes compliance data.
  • Administers GHG third-party verifier program-track and verifies certification status, trains verifiers on specifics/distinctions of Washington program.
  • Analyzes and responds to petitions and subsequent appeals from energy intensive and trade exposed entities to modify or exempt their compliance obligation(s).
  • Conducts field work/site visits to ensure accuracy and compliance; conducts enforcement activities and issues penalties, as appropriate.
  • Develops recommendations for management and revise/update the CAR and GHG reporting rules as needed.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The next screening will be February 6, 2017. In order to be considered for the next screening, please submit an application on or before February 5, 2017. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning, or other closely allied field ANDfive 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.


A Master's degree in one of the above fields AND three years of professional-level experience with 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 with 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 as long as a degree as noted above has been achieved.

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.

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-AQ3013-08855

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