NWP Compliance Inspector (Environmental Specialist 4)

State Of Washington Richland , WA 99354

Posted 1 week ago


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 Nuclear Waste Program (NWP) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill two NWP Compliance Inspector (Environmental Specialist 4) positions. These positions will be housed in our Richland Field Office (RFO) in Richland, WA.

These positions conduct compliance inspections on four permitted facilities that treat, store, and dispose of mixed radioactive/dangerous waste. Most inspections are done at the U.S. Department of Energy Hanford site.

We are looking for individuals with the ability to understand and apply regulations, who are able to: follow standard operating procedures, identify and describe factual findings verbally and in written reports, able to work well with multiple projects and disciplines, and are able to navigate disagreements and conflict.

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.ecology.wa.gov.

Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts


The NWP Compliance Inspector positions are located within the Nuclear Waste Program (NWP). The Nuclear Waste Program's 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 for the NWP Compliance Inspector positions include:

  • Plans and leads senior-level Dangerous Waste compliance inspections at high-priority mixed waste TSDFs known to have the greatest complexity within the state of Washington.

  • Independently plans, prioritizes, and conducts dangerous waste inspections of the US Department of Energy Hanford site and other facilities that treat, store and dispose of mixed radioactive/dangerous waste. to ensure compliance with the Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), 40 CFR Parts 260-279, the state Hazardous Waste Management Act (Chapter 70.105 RCW), state Dangerous Waste Regulations (Chapter 173-303 WAC), and Federal and State cleanup regulations (40 CFR Part 300 and Chapter 173-340 WAC).

  • Provides technical and regulatory assistance to regulated facilities to achieve compliance using inspection reports and compliance letters.

  • Prepares written documentation of inspections, observations and recommendations to achieve compliance consistent with agency and program policies and procedures.

  • Participates in permit review and/or oversight.

  • Responds to incidents or complaints requiring "unplanned inspections" because of alleged non-compliance with state and federal regulations.

  • Prepares written documentation and provides data to database entry personnel within expected timeframes.

  • As a member of the NWP Compliance Team, participates in Program Compliance Team meetings, participates in small Compliance Team meetings, helps maintain RCRA info and SharePoint records.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be August 22, 2018.

In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before August 21, 2018. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date. Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

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 (5) years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.

Additional qualifying experience will substitute year for year for education.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

  • Must have or be able to obtain and maintain Driver's License.

  • This position requires passing a U.S. Department of Energy test and acquiring a badge for access to the Hanford site.

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 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.

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 John Price at: john.price@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact John 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.

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.

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