Eastern Operations Section Manager (WMS Band 2)

 $81,408.00 – $101,604.00 Annually
 Yakima County – Union Gap, WA
Job Type
Full Time – Permanent
Dept. of Ecology
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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 Environmental Assessment Program (EAP) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill the Eastern Operations Section Manager (WMS Band 2) position. This position is located at our Central Regional Office (CRO) in Union Gap, WA.

This position directs the operations of the Eastern Operations Section (EOS) within the Environmental Assessment Program (EAP) and reports directly to the Program Manager.  EOS consists of 14-20 staff located in three different offices.  EOS staff perform elements of a variety of monitoring, analysis and modeling activities done within EAP, focusing on projects and stations on the east side of the Cascade Mountains.
The successful candidate will have the ability and skills to successfully direct work to remote employees. Proven success in both creating and maintaining high morale and accountability in dealing with employees or others. This position requires outreach skills to outside stakeholders and potential partners. This is a team-based position; candidates with the best fit, would need to be highly functional in a team-operating setting. Able to understand and implement program- and agency-wide functions above those of your section, and do so with a positive attitude.

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. 

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at www.ecy.wa.gov and check us out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.

Local efforts… Diverse people… Statewide impacts

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The Environmental Assessment Program provides a range of scientific, monitoring, laboratory, and quality assurance services. Its mission is to measure and assess environmental conditions in Washington State. 

Some of the key work activities of the Eastern Operations Section Manager

  • Oversees all EOS functions ensuring timely and accurate environmental monitoring and assessment in support of agency and program priorities.
  • Manages section budget and monitors expenditures; approves leave, timesheets, training requests, travel expense vouchers, and purchasing requests.
  • Evaluates section staffing needs, initiates personnel actions, prepares position descriptions and essential functions analysis, arranges training and professional development opportunities, evaluates staff performance, and initiates or recommends corrective actions.
  • Manages recruiting and hiring of staff in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement by and between the State of Washington and Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) and with civil service rules.
  • Plans and schedules workload, coordinates annual planning, establishes priorities, assigns tasks, facilitates intra- and inter-program project teams, monitors status of unit tasks and commitments, and ensures timeliness of employee assignments.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with professional and managerial staff of government agencies and external stakeholder groups.
  • Serves on the EAP management  team (PMT): Attends regularly scheduled meetings, observes meeting “business rules,” provides timely feedback on agenda issues, carries out Program Manager and PMT decisions and provides accountability feedback for PMT decisions. Interacts with PMT members as peers, proactively communicates issues and provides feedback and advice, and provides information and assigned work in a timely manner.
  • Presents complex technical materials to diverse audiences, including senior management and the public.
  • Assures the long-term storage, archival, maintenance, and public access of quality assured data collected or derived by section staff.
  • Directs section management activities. Meets agency and/or program-level performance measures designed to ensure completion of agency mission, goals, and objectives.
  • Responsible for all safety, health, and environmental control issues, including compliance with state and federal laws relating to employee safety and hazardous waste disposal.
  • Fosters positive, cohesive relationships between regional and headquarters staff. Fosters a one-team (all program/agency) attitude.
This position is open until filled, with an initial screening on March 24, 2017. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before March 23, 2017. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:
A Bachelor’s of Science degree in the natural or environmental sciences, public administration or related field and at least five (5) years of professional level work experience in environmental monitoring, research, or management. 
A Master’s degree and at least four (4) years of professional level work experience in environmental monitoring, research, or management. 
A Ph.D and at least three (3) years of professional level work experience in environmental monitoring, research, or management. 
This position also requires knowledge of the principles of management as applied in an environmental work environment, including familiarity with environmental monitoring and assessment methods. Essential knowledge, skills, and abilities include:

  • Knowledge of the collective bargaining agreement by and between “The State of Washington” and “Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE)”, state civil service system rules, and agency policies concerning personnel development and personnel actions including recruitment, hiring, training, professional development, performance evaluation, corrective action, affirmative action and diversity goals, and corrective or disciplinary actions.
  • Knowledge of budget management, including budget planning and tracking, time accounting and employee leave, purchasing and procurement procedures, and negotiating and administering contracts and inter-agency agreements.
  • Strategic management skills applied to personnel administration; negotiation and mediation skills; tactical planning and operations management; team-building; and supervisor mentoring and coaching.
  • Current knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations as they pertain to environmental protection, including the federal Clean Water Act, state Water Pollution Control Act, and state Model Toxics Control Act.
  • Knowledge of computer software and hardware.
  • Advanced management/personnel skills to promote effective and diverse staff recruitment, hiring, mentoring, training and performance.
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing. The position requires effective communication within the program and across the agency.
  • Ability to communicate, coordinate, and negotiate with employees, managers, clients, governmental agencies, tribes, stakeholders, and the public.
  • Ability to outreach to other entities to develop monitoring partnerships.
  • Technical expertise or knowledge in aquatic pollution ecology, specifically in scientific research methods for sample collection, data analysis, statistical testing, and mathematical computer modeling.
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 Carol Smith at: carol.smith@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Carol 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.

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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