Statewide Air Operating Permit Coordinator (Environmental Specialist 4)


$48,060.00 – $63,036.00 Annually


Thurston County – Lacey, 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 have 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, Ecology is a good fit. The Air Quality Program (AQP) is looking to fill a Statewide Air Operating Permit Coordinator (Environmental Specialist 4) position. The position will be located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA. The Statewide Air Operating Permit Coordinator position implements and coordinates the air operating permit (AOP) program for the state. This position coordinates the AOP program with: the Air Quality Program, the Nuclear Waste Program (NWP), the Waste 2 Resources Program’s (W2R) Industrial Section, the Department of Health’s (DOH) Radionuclides Program, the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC), and Seven local air agencies. This coordination provides increased regulatory certainty for sources, while providing public health and environmental protection through the regular consolidation of requirements from multiple air permits into one location.  We are looking for applicants who are independent self-starters possessing excellent people skills; the ability to research situations and develop recommendations or make decisions; and the ability to communicate within a technical, policy or management framework. 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 TwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog. To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at

Local efforts… Diverse people… Statewide impacts


The mission of the Air Quality Program is to protect, preserve, and enhance the air quality of Washington to safeguard public health and the environment and support high quality of life.  The federal Clean Air Act requires all states to have statewide operating permit programs for businesses and industries that are the largest sources of air pollution. An air operating permit contains all the permit requirements that apply to an air pollution source.  Some of the key work activities of the Statewide Air Operating Permit Coordinator are:

  • Serves as the statewide program coordinator on the AOP regulation (Chapter 173-401 WAC) and Washington’s EPA approved program.
  • Develops interpretations and guidance for consistent implementation of the Air Operating Permit (AOP) program in AQP, W2R’s Industrial Section, and NWP.
  • Works with EPA on enforcement policies to compliment the AOP program and enhance its effectiveness.
  • Develops recommendations for the AOP program subject to AAG review and AQPLT approval.
  • Coordinates with seven local air agencies, EFSEC, DOH’s Radionuclides Program, Region 10 of EPA, members of the regulated community, and other states regarding policy direction and interpretation of AOP regulations.
  • Develops an AOP budget based on workload estimates that ensure AOP program sustainability, manages and tracks AOP source fees, reconciles program revenues and expenditures for fund accountability, and ensures timely billing and fee collection.
  • Oversees and performs AOP program evaluation to determine program effectiveness, including:
    • Performing state-wide audits of local air agencies coordinating audits of Ecology AOP program.
    • Coordinating audits of Ecology AOP program.
    • Coordinating implementation of audit results for a consistent state program.
  • Responds to financial/fiscal audits.
  • Coordinates and reports Ecology AOP data to EPA.
  • Represents Ecology on state and national committees.
  • Provides technical expertise and support to the rules unit on development of rules for AOP sources. This may include writing rules to implement federal and state statutes.
  • Identifies emerging regulatory implications of new federal rules and evaluating appropriate course of action.
  • Mentors newer AOP staff by contributing to the education and development of the staff.
  • Composes routine correspondence, draft documents, technical reports, analyses, processes, and procedures.
  • Develops, manages, and evaluates the Interagency Agreement between Ecology and Department of Health’s Radionuclide Program and authorizes payment for radioactive air emission work at AOP sources regulated by Ecology (AQP and NWP).

Registration and New Source Review programs:

  • Tracks NSR fee revenues and expenditures to evaluate success of cost recovery permitting fees, and report and/or make recommendations to AQPLT.
  • Works with the industrial regulatory policy specialist as directed to develop commercial and industrial policiesQualificationsSupplemental InformationIn order to be considered, applicants MUST include the following documents as an attachment to their application:

Application Instructions:

Required Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field AND five (5) years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning which includes one (1)  year equal to an Environmental specialist 3 or above or two (2) years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above.   Two (2) years of the experience must include working in a commercial/industrial ambient air quality program in a regulatory capacity which may include:  permit writing, compliance inspection/enforcement of permits, or working in a Title V (AOP) program, and managing and tracking a program budget.

Desired Qualifications: At least two (2) years of experience working with compliance assurance agreements, compliance monitoring strategies, high priority violations, or federally reportable violations.

  •   This recruitment will remain open until filled. The Next screening will be May 1, 2017.  In order to be considered for the Next screening, please submit an application on or before April 30, 2017. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.
  • A resume outlining your professional experience. Other Information:  AgencyAddressWebsite

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  • 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 Chris Hanlon-Meyer at:  Please do not contact Chris 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. All employees covered by the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the WFSE will, as a condition of employment, either become members of the WFSE and pay membership dues or, as non-members, pay a representation fee as described in the CBA, no later than the 30th day following the effective date of this CBA or the beginning of their employment. 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.
  • 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.”