Senior Air Monitoring Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4)

State Of Washington Bellevue , WA 98009

Posted 2 days 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 have a culture that is invested in making a difference. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, with leadership that embraces the value of people, Ecology is a great fit.

The Air Quality Program (AQP) is looking to fill a Senior Air Monitoring Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) position. This position is located in our Northwest Regional Office (NWRO) in Bellevue, WA.

The Senior Air Monitoring Specialist position serves as a senior environmental section specialist in program specific environmental laws, environmental regulations, and related activities in order to protect, preserve, and enhance air resources and public health. This position makes environmental (air quality) assessment decisions involving multiple stakeholders and that have significant public health, environmental protection, economic, and political consequences.

We're looking for someone who understands the value of consistent routine for the sake of collecting good data. We want to be able to set a clock by your work habits, and we want the words "clean audit" and "no findings" to make you pump your fists with excitement. Our top candidate would be equally comfortable calibrating advanced monitoring instruments, reviewing data, towing a trailer, and using a pressure washer. We want someone with technical expertise, who is handy and who gets along well with others. This position requires driving, sometimes across mountain passes to beautiful places, and sometimes through dense traffic to urban monitoring sites in the heart of the city and adjacent to noisy highways. The person in this position must be comfortable working alone in the outdoors and collaborating with coworkers in the office. We are a fun, purpose-driven team. We take pride in being part of statewide and national networks that help preserve and protect human health and the environment.

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

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


The Air Quality Program's mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance the air quality of Washington, to safeguard public health and the environment, and support high quality of life for current and future generations.

The Senior Air Monitoring Specialist position is responsible for making air monitoring decisions involving and affecting multiple stakeholders, such as federal agencies, local air agencies, and tribal nations as part of the Air Quality program's mission to safeguard public health.

These activities include:

  • Operate, calibrate and maintain highly complex monitoring equipment, including field sampling equipment, test instrumentation, computers and software.

  • Specialize in the highly complex Photochemical Assessment Monitoring Station (PAMS) as part of the greater National Core (NCore) monitoring network. This includes operating a gas chromatograph and its ancillary systems, quality control activities and conducting preliminary data review.

  • Install, operate and maintain the seasonal ozone monitor in Enumclaw, right next to the Mud Mountain Dam.

  • Work independently and actively participate in group processes and on teams.

  • Use advanced scientific principles to independently plan, prioritize, implement and perform professional activities in locating, installing, and operating new and existing air monitoring sites within Ecology's Northwest and Central Regions, such as Seattle, Wenatchee and Ellensburg.

  • Review collected air quality data and quality control information to determine their validity, representativeness, and comparability.

  • Operate monitors as needed to respond to wildfire smoke and other air quality episodes.

  • Perform a wide range of quality control and calibration activities to ensure proper instrument operation and collection of high quality data.

  • Maintain sites, including keeping shelters and grounds clean and in good repair.

This position is expected to collect ambient air data that are of the highest quality possible, ensuring completeness, accuracy and representativeness. The data collected and reviewed by the person in this position are essential to the Air Quality Program's core work.

This position gets to solve problems including finding the right location for new monitors, adjusting instruments when the data tells you something is a little off, and timing a trip across a mountain pass to coincide with good weather and calibration schedules. There are also lots of opportunities to weigh policies and strategic planning objectives against community and academic interest to determine where it makes sense to gather data within the limitations of funding and time.

The core responsibilities of this position are to operate monitoring equipment and review data that is of national significance, including PAMS, NCore, and Chemical Speciation Network. At times this position requires driving long distances over mountain passes, exposure to all kinds of weather, driving in heavy traffic, and working at our site next to I-5, where operators encounter road noise, diesel soot, and garbage.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be January 30, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before January 29, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

Please Note: The salary range shown above for this position is 5% higher than standard Environmental Specialist 4 positions due to assignment pay that is given based on this position's location.


Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree involving 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.

Two years of the required 5 years of professional-level experience must be in conducting ambient air monitoring.

Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education.


A Master's degree in one of the above fields and three years of professional-level experience as required above which includes two years conducting ambient air monitoring.


A Ph.D. in one of the above fields and two years of professional-level experience as required above which includes two years in conducting ambient air monitoring.

Special Conditions of Employment:

  • Must posses and maintain a valid drivers license.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Two years of experience using Microsoft Excel, R, SigmaPlot, ChemStat, Minitab, SAS or other data analysis software.

  • Five years or more of work experience operating, calibrating, and maintaining ambient air monitoring instrumentation for compliance with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

  • Completion of APTI courses dealing with ambient air monitoring (e.g., APTI 435, 464, and 470).

  • Experience operating and troubleshooting a gas chromatograph and interpreting data.

  • Ability to interpret and explain technical information to non-technical individuals.

  • Comfortable developing and giving presentations.

  • Ability to communicate clearly, accurately, and in a timely manner; write clearly and appropriately to the audience and situation.

  • Ability to build and maintain internal and external customer satisfaction and regularly take action to solicit feedback.

  • Ability to coordinate and lead groups, creating a cooperative and productive environment in which to resolve problems and develop and implement plans.

  • Five years of experience using Microsoft Office software such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

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 for more details.

  • See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information

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 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 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 Katherine J. Skipper at: Please do not contact Katherine 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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Senior Air Monitoring Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4)

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