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Senior Air Monitoring Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4)

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State Of Washington Bellevue , WA 98009

Posted 2 months 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. The position makes environmental (air quality) assessment decisions involving multiple stakeholders and that have significant public health, environmental protection, economic, and political consequences.

The position uses in-depth, advanced scientific knowledge and functions independently to implement and manage air quality assessments and analyze air quality data. These data and analyses are essential to the Air Quality Program's core work to:

  • Characterize air quality in communities throughout Washington.

  • Evaluate the effects of air pollution on public health.

  • Determine attainment of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

  • Determine air quality trends.

  • Assess the effectiveness of clean air strategies and air pollution control programs.

  • Develop policies and strategies to reduce the risk and impacts of air pollution.

  • Develop state implementation plans.

This position has a focus on the implementation of national near-road nitrogen dioxide, fine and coarse particulate, and PM2.5 chemical speciation monitoring programs within Ecology's Northwest region. This work includes coordinating with and providing technical assistance to local, state and federal agencies, industry, academia, contractors, and the public.

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. This position requires driving, sometimes to beautiful places, but often through dense traffic to our urban, near-road monitoring site. The person in this position must be equally 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 has a focus on the implementation of national near-road nitrogen dioxide, fine and coarse particulate, and PM2.5 chemical speciation monitoring programs within Ecology's Northwest region. The position must independently plan, prioritize, implement and perform monitoring activities in locating, installing, and operating new and existing air monitoring sites.

The 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:

  • Implementing highly complex federal air monitoring programs and monitoring systems at Ecology's PM2.5 speciation sites at Beacon Hill and at 10th and Weller in Seattle.

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

  • Reviewing collected air quality data and quality control information to determine its validity, representativeness, and comparability.

  • Operating, maintaining, calibrating and performing quality assurance/quality control checks on:

  • Federal equivalent method speciation samplers: Speciation Air Sampling System (SASS) and URG.

  • Gas analyzers (NO, NO2 and CO)

  • Ozone

  • BAM, nephelometer

  • Meteorological instruments

  • Interagency Monitoring of Protected Visual Environments (IMPROVE)

  • Changing particulate monitoring filters; packaging and sending filters to the lab for analysis.

  • Diagnose and repair equipment in the field.

  • Meet federally mandated schedules for quality assurance/quality control, calibration and maintenance of equipment, sample shipping and filter changes.

  • Investigating and evaluating new and current air monitoring sites to ensure proper siting and adherence to federal regulations and monitoring objectives.

  • Installing new monitoring locations including the site shelter, power, fencing, telemetry, and instrumentation.

  • Implementing special project monitoring to help prevent nonattainment.

  • Operating monitors as needed to respond to wildfire smoke and other events.

  • Transporting sensitive equipment to monitoring locations and drive to monitoring sites in Ecology's Northwest and Central regions (and other regions as needed) to tend to equipment.

  • Making monitoring decisions involving and affecting multiple stakeholders, such as federal agencies, local air agencies, and tribal nations.

  • As a senior environmental section specialist, uses advanced scientific knowledge to provide technical consultation, assistance, support, and training on highly complex air monitoring operations to regional, USFS, tribal, and local air agency air monitoring operators.

  • Conducts technical training programs and workshops as needed.

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 in Environmental Science, Physical Science or Environmental Engineering


Five (5) years of professional level air resource management experience.

A Master's degree in one of the required fields may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience.

A Ph.D. in one of the required fields may be substituted for three (3) years of the required experience.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of the principles, practices and methods of air quality monitoring and assessment, environmental pollution prevention and pollution control.

  • Demonstrated understanding of and experience with emerging technologies and techniques of air quality sampling, testing, data gathering, basic research and field investigations.

  • Demonstrated understanding and experience applying applicable state, federal and local environmental regulations and policies.

  • Ability to provide technical direction to professional staff for complex or controversial studies or projects.

  • Experience designing and developing guidelines for environmental assessment activities, field studies and siting surveys. Experience conducting final reviews for technical reports, and conclusions reached by professional staff. Experience collaborating with other government officials, the regulated community and other clientele groups on complex or controversial environmental issues or problems.

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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State Of Washington