Senior Smoke Management Specialist

Washington State Department of Ecology   Union Gap, WA   Full-time     Science
Posted on April 29, 2022
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Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1 (Download PDF reader), Washington State employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18th, 2021.  As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 Vaccination as part of the hire process. Requests for medical and religious exemptions will be considered. If you have questions, please contact Careers@ecy.wa.gov with “COVID-19 Vaccination” in the subject line. 


Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen



Do you want to help bring real change for better air quality?  
 
The Air Quality Program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Senior Smoke Management Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) (In Training) position. This position is located in our Central Regional Office (CRO) in Union Gap, WA.
 
In this position, you will work in heavily agricultural areas in the east slopes of the Cascades. As part of the Smoke Team, you will play an important role in smoke management, particularly in reduction of fine particulate matter. You will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with multiple partners such as tribal, federal, state, and local governments, toward shared success. This position also offers project management opportunity for projects such as woodstove replacement and reducing fine particle air pollution.


The mission of the Air Quality Program (AQP) is to protect and improve air quality in Washington to safeguard public health and the environment and support high quality of life for current and future generations. The Air Quality Program’s vision is Clean, healthy air and climate for all of Washington. 

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 embrace the value of people.

 

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

 

  • A healthy 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. 

During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding building occupancy, mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing. 

 
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with a next screening date is May 112022. In order to be considered for next screening, please submit an application on or before May 10, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
 

 

Duties

 


What you'll do:

  • Implement agricultural burning, outdoor burning, and indoor burning programs. Review burn permit applications and issue permit decisions.
  • Make and communicate daily burn ban decisions. 
  • Plan and perform a variety of inspections of illegal burning sites, in accordance with agency guidance documents and section work plans, and prepare technical inspection reports.
  • Respond to complaints, conduct routine and complex investigations and inspections, and monitor compliance. Communicate with non-complying permittees to achieve compliance. Make recommendations regarding and assists with preparation of enforcement actions. Appear and testify before Pollution Control Hearing Boards (PCHB) and courts on matters arising from regulatory activities and permit issuance.
  • Manage projects; develop contracts, verify payment request vouchers, review final reports, and close out contracts. 
  • Provide technical assistance, expertise, and general education over the phone and in person. Encourage alternatives to outdoor burning for better air quality. Meet with stakeholders to explain and implement air quality laws, regulations, goals and policies, and best management practices. 



What makes this role unique?

In this position, you will be a senior environmental specialist for burn curtailment programs of Central Washington. The decisions you make will be important for managing air pollution impacts in an area where outdoor burning remains a preferred method for disposal on the farm, in the forest, and in residential settings. You will need to form sustainable partnerships to prevent nonattainment in local communities and manage complex and difficult enforcement projects and permit requests.

 

 

Qualifications

 

This is an In Training positions: The goal class for this position is an Environmental Specialist 4 (ES4). We will consider applicants who meet the requirements for both the ES4 and the ES3 levels. If the finalist meets the requirements for the ES3 level then they will be hired as an ES3 and will be placed in a training program to become an ES4 within a specified period of time. 

 

Required Qualifications:
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, educational, volunteer and lived-experience. See below for how you may qualify.

 

At the Environmental Specialist 3 level: Pay Range 49 ($3,887 - $5,102 – monthly)

Option 1:

Six (6) years of experience and/ or education: 
  • Experience: In environmental analysis or control or environmental planning. 

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

 

Option 2:

  • Two (2) years of experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.

  • A Bachelor's degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.

 

Option 3: 

  • One (1) year of experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.

  • A Master’s degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.


Option 4:

  • A PhD degree involving 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 professional level experience
Combination 1 No college credit hours or degree 6 years of experience
Combination 2 30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits. 5 years of experience
Combination 3 60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree). 4 years of experience
Combination 4 90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits. 3 years of experience
Combination 5  A Bachelor's Degree 2 years of experience
Combination 6  A Master's Degree 1 year of experience
Combination 7      A Ph.D  No experience required



At the Environmental Specialist 4 level Pay Range 55 ($4,509 - $5,913 monthly) Goal Class

 

Option 1:

Nine (9) years of experience and/ or education: 
  • Experience: In environmental analysis or control or environmental planning. 

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

Option 2:

  • Five (5) years of experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.

  • A Bachelor's degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.

 

Option 3: 

  • Three (3) years of experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.

  • A Master’s degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.


Option 4:

  • Two (2) years of experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.

  • A PhD degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.


Option 5:

  • Two (2) years of experience as an Environmental Specialist 3 at the Department of Ecology.

 

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 9 years of experience
Combination 2 30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits 8 years of experience
Combination 3 60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree) 7 years of experience
Combination 4 90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits 6 years of experience
Combination 5  A Bachelor's Degree 5 years of experience
Combination 6  A Master's Degree 3 years of experience
Combination 7 A PhD 2 years of experience

 



Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment: 

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



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

  • Experience reviewing or applying environmental legislation and regulations at the federal, state, or local level.
  • Experience reviewing complex technical documents or preparing enforcement documents.
  • Experience using negotiation or conflict resolution skills.
  • Experience interpreting meteorological models along with ambient air monitoring data to document and defend daily burn/no-burn decision. 
  • Experience conducting statistical analysis of environmental data. This includes classifying and compiling technical environmental data, performing basic calculations and statistics, projecting data trends, and maintaining and utilizing computerized environmental databases.
  • Experience conducting field inspections, investigations, or reviews of environmental information to provide technical assistance, check compliance with burning permits and regulations, and resolve smoke complaints.


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

 

 

 

Supplemental Information


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

  • Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: careers@ecy.wa.gov and 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 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


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 (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 email Sanjay Barik at: Sanjay.Barik@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Sanjay to inquire about the status of your application.
 
To request the full position description: email careers@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 ForgivenessTuition Waiver,  Long Term Disability & Life InsuranceDeferred Compensation ProgramsDependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA)Employee Assistance ProgramCommute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader)Combined Fund DriveSmartHealth *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 LinkedInTwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.


Collective Bargaining: This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.   

 

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. 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.