Tank Waste Treatment Permitting Supervisor (Environmental Specialist 5)

State Of Washington Olympia , WA 98504

Posted 1 week ago

Per Governor Inslee's Directive 22-13.1, state employees must be fully vaccinated effective November 4, 2022. Providing proof of being fully vaccinated is a condition of employment and your vaccine status will be verified prior to starting work. Being fully vaccinated means two weeks after you have received the second dose in a two-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use, licensed or otherwise authorized or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or listed for emergency use or otherwise approved by the World Health Organization. If you have questions, please contactCareers@ecy.wa.gov with "COVID-19 vaccination"in the subject line.

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

TheNuclear Waste Programis looking to fill a Tank Waste Treatment Permitting Supervisor (Environmental Specialist 5)position. The position will be located in our Richland Field Office (RFO) inRichland, WA.

During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery,employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need.This position is expected to work in the office 3 or less days a week.Ecology is following current state guidance regarding mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing. Looking ahead, Ecology has recently updated the agency policies on telework and flexible and compressed work schedules. Applicants with questions about position location options, telework, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in "other information."

As part of the Nuclear Waste Program that does regulatory oversight of Hanford Site, this position is part of the Tank Waste Treatment Unit. In this role, you will serve as a senior staff environmental specialist and supervisor of the Tank Waste Treatment Permitting Unit within the Tank Waste Treatment Section of the Nuclear Waste Program. The Tank Waste Treatment Section incorporates multiple disciplines that ensure the safe management of dangerous and mixed waste on the Hanford Site, to include other facilities, which are as follows:

  • Waste Treatment Plant

  • Low Activity Waste Pretreatment System

  • Integrated Disposal Facility

  • 242 Evaporator

  • Double Shell Tanks (DST)

  • Liquid Effluent Retention Facility, and Effluent Treatment Facility (LERF/ETF)

The Tank Waste Treatment Section is also tasked with issuing Hanford Site Dangerous Waste permits and ensuring compliance with regulations. Additionally, the section facilitates the effective and efficient construction and operations of Tank Waste Treatment Facilities at the Hanford Site. This position and the six permitting staff supervised by this position lead and support permitting and compliance oversight.

TheNuclear Waste Program'smission 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.

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. Join a team that is highly effective and collaborative, with leadership that embraces the value of people.

Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:

  • Ahealthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.

  • An Infants at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns.

  • Continuous growth and development opportunities.

  • A wellness program that offers education, fitness classes, and an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.

  • Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR)are core values central to Ecology's work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.

Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.

Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.

Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology's work.

Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement.

We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued.

Application Timeline:This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of August 9, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before August 8, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

Come be part of the exciting world of helping Washington State regulate one of a kind treatment facilities that treat Hanford tank waste. It is an exciting time as treatment has begun, and we need help looking out for the State interests. In this role, you will lead, mentor and supervise 6 permit writer environmental specialists.

What you will do:

  • Manage, plan, organize, and oversee the work performed by environmental specialists within the Tank Waste Treatment Section.

  • Supervise environmental specialists within the Tank Waste Permit Unit of the Tank Waste Treatment Section and assure appropriate use of the section's resources.

  • Enhance the effectiveness of employees through timely appraisal and professional development opportunities.

  • Oversee environmental specialists within the Tank Waste Treatment Section to ensure implementation, enforcement, and compliance with laws, rules, and policies for the safe cleanup of Hanford in the best public interest.

  • Participate in the development of policies for the program.

  • Ensure quality and consistency of staff recommendations, reports, and decisions.

  • Decision making responsibilities include:

  • Allocation of environmental specialist resources to meet work project needs and priorities. Assigning staff to individual projects and assuring that adequate staff time is allocated to meet workload.

  • Staff supervisory responsibilities including performance monitoring and evaluation, approval of leave, mentoring, and recommendation for merit award.

  • Perform independent environmental review of plans and specifications, site plans, permit applications and permits.

  • Represent the Nuclear Waste Program as an expert in Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) permitting development.

  • Collaborate with others in identifying information required for policy development, legislation, regulations and recommended priorities, scheduling requirements, information parameters to program management

  • Identify critical or emerging issues and recommend preventative or corrective measures.

  • Review permit applications for technical accuracy, negotiate permit conditions, conduct conflict resolution, and make decisions regarding technical and scientific merit of the proposal. As a senior permit writer, maintain historical and institutional memory for past permit actions at the Hanford site.

Required qualifications:

Ten (10) years of combined experience and education:

Professional-level Experience in: environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.

Experience may include a combination of the following:

  • Managing, planning, organizing, and overseeing the work of others.

  • Conducting performance reviews.

  • Implementing, enforcing, and insuring compliance with laws, rules, and policies.

  • Participating in the development of policies.

  • Ensuring quality and consistency of staff recommendations, reports, and decisions.

  • Allocating resources to meet work project needs and priorities.

  • Performing independent environmental review of plans and specifications, site plans, permit applications and permits.

  • Collaborating with others in identifying information required for policy development, legislation, regulations and recommended priorities, and scheduling requirements.

  • Identifying critical or emerging issues and recommending preventative or corrective measures.

  • Review permit applications for technical accuracy, negotiate permit conditions, conduct conflict resolution, and make decisions regarding technical and scientific merit of the proposal.As a senior permit writer, maintains historical and institutional memory for past permit actions at the Hanford site.

Education:Involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.

All experience and education combinations that meet the requirements for this position:

Possible Combinations

College credit hours or degree

Years of required experience

Combination 1

No college credit hours or degree

10 years of experience

Combination 2

30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits.

9 years of experience

Combination 3

60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree).

8 years of experience

Combination 4

90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits.

7 years of experience

Combination 5

A Bachelor's Degree

6 years of experience

Combination 6

A Master's Degree

4 years of experience

Combination 7

A Ph.D.

3 years of experience

OR

One year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 4, at the Department of Ecology.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

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

  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.

  • HAZWOPER 40-hour certification is required to perform this work within 6 months of hire. Must be able to meet the physical activity requirements for this certification.

Desired Qualifications:

We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.

  • Four years of professional experience in dangerous/RCRA/mixed waste permitting.

  • Demonstrated ability to perform independent environmental review of Dangerous Waste/RCRA permit applications and permits.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively supervise and manage a diverse group of personnel with multiple field disciplines, responsibilities, and strengths.

Note:Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.

Ecology seeks diverse applicants:We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Need an Accommodationin the application and/or screening process or this job announcement in an alternative format?

  • Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: careers@ecy.wa.govand we will be happy to assist.

  • If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can reach the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

  • If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not send an email to this address to follow-up on the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.

  • If you are reading this announcement in print format, please enter the following URL to your search engine to apply:https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/Get-to-know-us/Jobs-at-Ecology.

Application Instructions:

It's in the applicant's best interest to submit all of the documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be declined.

  • A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position.

  • A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position.

  • Three professional references.

Please do NOT include your salary history.Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.

For Your Privacy:

When attaching documents to your application (such as 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.

Additional Application Instructions for Current 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.

Application Attestation:

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.

Other Information:

If you have specific questions about the position, please emailSuzanne Dahlat: Suzanne.Dahl@ecy.wa.gov.Please do not contact Suzanne to inquire about the status of your application.

To request the full position description: emailcareers@ecy.wa.gov

Why work for Ecology?

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.

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 your health and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to life/work 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 *See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information

Student debt: how working for Ecology can help

The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.

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.

Equal Opportunity Employer: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.

Note: This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency.


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