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Washington State Spill Responder (Environmental Specialist 3) in Lacey, Washington

Description As our community responds to the public health emergency, the Department of Ecology's priority is to keep our staff, candidates and the public safe. We are experiencing some delays as we transition to a virtual recruitment process. Thank you for your patience and we will be in touch as soon as we are able. We encourage you to apply to open postings. _ 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. Are you a problem solver that enjoys a challenge? Do you want to make a difference by making a positive impact on the environment? If so, then join a great team that shares your interests! The Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (SPPR) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Spill Responder (Environmental Specialist 3) **position. This position is located in our Southwest Regional Office (SWRO) in Lacey, WA. The Spill Responder position responds to high priority and complex threats to the environment and human health emergencies. This position acts as agency experts for responding to and cleaning up oil a hazardous material spills and clandestine drug labs. The compelling motivation for this work is public service and the ability to use science to solve environmental and public health challenges. We are looking for applicants who excel working on a team, thrive in a dynamic ever-changing work environment with shifting priorities, enjoy a mix of field work and office work, and are flexible and willing to work non-standard hours. 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. To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov and follow, like or visit us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog. **Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts Duties The mission of the Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (SPPR) program is to protect Washington’s environment, public health, and safety through a comprehensive spill prevention, preparedness and response program. The Response Section supports this mission through maintaining 24/7 response capability, aggressively responding to oil and hazardous materials spills, providing training and developing local response partnerships, and cleaning up clandestine drug labs. The Spill Responder position develops and maintains a high level of readiness to respond to pollution events and applies program policies, procedures and current standards of safety, technology, incident management and, coordination to spill responses. This position also promotes the team structure used in the Response Section and ensures that personal behavior contributes to effective teamwork. This position reports directly to the supervisor of the SWRO Spill Response Unit and also takes direction from regional Lead Spill Responders. This position is required to serve as a duty officer for after-hours, on-call pager duty on a regular rotation. Upon completion of the required training and successful medical surveillance baseline examination, the candidate will be assigned to the Emergency Spill Response Team and will be eligible for a 10% assignment pay. Some of the key work activities of the Spill Responder (Environmental Specialist 3) position include: * Responding to spills of oil and hazardous materials, abandoned waste, fish kills, pressurized cylinders, illegal drug manufacturing facilities, and other environmental and human health emergencies. * Serving as State On-Scene Coordinator or Incident Commander for spill responses with other federal, state and local agencies, and Tribes. * Performing hands-on cleanup actions, including opening containers of unknowns, collecting samples, testing and separating materials by hazard class, preparing and packaging waste for transport, and delivering waste to the designated storage or disposal facility. * Overseeing the response actions taken by spillers, directing environmental response contractors, and coordinating private, local, state and federal response partners. * Taking enforcement actions, including penalties and cost recovery actions. * Maintaining excellent, enforcement quality incident documentation. * Conducts safe responses to clean-up clandestine drug labs including sampling lab chemicals, separating chemicals by hazard class, preparing and packaging wastes for transport and delivering wastes to the designated facility for final disposal. * Maintains personal work gear and spill response equipment and vehicles in a high level of readiness to conduct emergency spill responses. *The culture of the team*: Spill responders are a supportive, fun, dedicated, and hard-working team that will always have your back! This position will remain open until filled. The initial review date of applications for this position will be April 19, 2021. To be considered for the initial review date, please apply online by **April 18, 2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial review date.** Qualifications Required Qualifications: A Bachelor's degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences AND Two (2) years of professional level experience in emergency environmental response or hazardous materials management for environmental analysis or control. A Master's degree in one of the above fields will substitute for one (1) year of the required experience. A Ph.D. in one of the above fields may substitute for two (2) years of experience. NIMS Incident Command System (ICS) 100, 200, 700, and 800 course certification is required upon entry into the position. NIMS ICS training and certification can be obtained for free online at: https://training.fema.gov/IS/NIMS.aspx. This position requires a 40-hour HAZWOPER certification per WAC 296-824 and 296-843, with a current 8-hour refresher class. This certification can be obtained after hire. Desired Qualifications: We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below. * Prior hazardous materials or emergency response experience. * 80-hour HAZWOPER certification (WAC 296-824, and WAC 296-843). * Hazardous Materials Specialist Certification. * Experienced working in the Incident Command System (ICS). * Familiarity with the Northwest Area Contingency Plan. Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool. Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment: * Must possess a valid Washington State driver’s license, be able to safely operate a motor vehicle, and maintain the license throughout employment. * Must hold and maintain eligibility and certification (valid passport or enhanced driver’s license) to permit travel to Canada in the event of a transboundary spill. * Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). * Must be able to serve as a duty officer for after-hours, on-call pager duty on a regular rotation. * Must be prepared to travel for a minimum 3-day field deployment within 1-hour of notification. * Must participate in Ecology’s medical surveillance program and maintain the ability to wear respiratory protection (supplied air) and non-permeable chemical protective clothing under high heat and stress, and IDLH conditions. * Must successfully complete initial SAFETRAC requirements and other required training outlined in Spills Program Policy and Procedures within 6 months of entering the position. * Must maintain training and certification necessary to work in a hazardous materials danger zone/hot zone. * Must notify supervisor immediately if the employee is unable to obtain any of the above required licenses, certifications or training, or if any of the above are revoked, expired or suspended for any reason. Why work for Ecology? Joining Ecology means becoming a part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington State's environment. A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our state, while keeping the health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to work/life balance. *Ecology employees may be eligible for the following*: Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives, Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth Student debt and how working for Ecology can help Employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details. See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information* Supplemental Information **Application Instructions Please complete the short on-line application, supplemental questions and upload: * Your current chronological resume; * A cover letter explaining how you fit the requirements of the position; * Three professional references with current contact information. Important Note: When attaching documents to your application (Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, DD-214, etc.): * Please be sure to remove private information such as your social security number, date of birth, etc. * Do not attach documents that are password protected as these documents may not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded. Please to do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable. ** **It is in the candidate's best interest to submit all of the documents requested above. Applications without these documents may be declined. 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 Alison Meyers alison.meyers@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Alison 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 recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency. Once all the position(s) from the recruitment announcement are filled, the recruitment may only be used to fill additional open positions for the next sixty (60) days. 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, military spouses 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. Salary: $46,644.00 - $61,224.00 Annually Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA Job Type: Full Time - Permanent Department: Dept. of Ecology Job Number: 2021-SPPR3732-02683 Closing: Continuous Agency: State of Washington Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504 Phone: View Posting for Agency Contact Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov