Vessel Inspector (Marine Transportation Safety Specialist 3)

$64,620.00 – $84,816.00 Annually
Whatcom County – Bellingham, WA
Job Type
Full Time – Permanent
Dept. of Ecology
Job Number
7/23/2017 11:59 PM Pacific

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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 Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response program (SPPR) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Vessel Inspector (Marine Transportation Safety Specialist 3) position. This position is located in our Bellingham Field Office (BFO) in Bellingham, WA.

The Vessel Inspector position conducts vessel, oil transfer, and bunker operations monitoring inspections; reviews mobile facility (Class 2) response plans, operations manuals, and training and certification programs; inspects regulated fuel terminals (Class 3) and regulated marinas (Class 4); monitors pre-booming compliance; and assists with the administration of Washington’s Voluntary Best Achievable Protection Program (VBAP)/ voluntary Exceptional Compliance Program (ECOPRO) for tankers. 

We are looking for applicants with a positive team attitude who excel at working independently and who have strong technical skills related to the marine transportation system, vessel operations, oil transfer operations, and vessel inspection.
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.

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Ecology’s mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance Washington’s environment, and promote the wise management of our air, land, and water.  Ecology’s goals are to prevent pollution, clean up pollution, and support sustainable communities and natural resources.
The Spills Program’s mission is to protect Washington’s environment, public health, and safety through a comprehensive spill prevention, preparedness, and response program.  The Spills Program’s vision is to prevent, prepare for, and respond aggressively to oil spills; to be our best for the State of Washington.  Our Spills goal is “zero spills”. 
The mission of this position is to prevent oil and hazardous materials spills and promote marine transportation system safety in order to protect the environment and reduce threats to public health and safety. 
Some of the key work activities of the Vessel Inspector position include:

  • Targets, schedules, and conducts vessel inspections on board regulated vessels including those participating in Washington’s Voluntary Best Achievable Protection Program VBAP/ECOPRO for tankers.
  • Documents inspections, correspondence, and administrative reports; maintains databases; and performs analysis work for the Prevention Section.
  • Coordinates and communicates with numerous organizations, shipping agents, vessel owners and operators, the environmental community, the U.S. Coast Guard, and other state, federal, and local agencies as appropriate.
  • Assists with management oversight of Washington’s VBAP/ECOPRO program including recruiting new members, reviewing prevention plans, and scheduling and conducting audits.
  • Targets, schedules, and conducts oil transfer inspections involving Class 1, 2, and 3 facilities and delivering vessels.
  • Performs bunker operations monitoring inspections of covered vessels as required by State regulations.
  • Monitors pre-booming activities to ensure compliance with rules governing oil spill prevention, preparedness, and response.
  • Documents compliance with pre-booming safe and effective thresholds, effectiveness of pre-booming deployments, and condition of boom over time.
  • Undertakes compliance and enforcement actions as necessary.
  • Reviews mobile facility (Class 2) response plans, Operations Manuals, and Training and Certification programs.
  • Inspects regulated fuel terminals (Class 3) and regulated marinas (Class 4) to ensure compliance with regulations.
  • Provides technical advice and assistance to industry, the public, and other interested parties in relation to the Spills Program field policies and programs, safe oil transfer procedures, and spill prevention procedures.
  • Serves as Prevention Duty Officer on a regular rotation during normal working hours.



Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Marine Transportation, Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, or closely related field to include the Maritime Environmental Sciences from an accredited four year college or university AND four (4) years of experience in the field of marine transportation, marine engineering, oil transfer operations, or vessel inspection.


A Bachelor’s degree in Marine Transportation, Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, or closely related field to include the Maritime Environmental Sciences from an accredited four year college or university AND proof of a valid or expired United States Coast Guard license of at least a third officer (deck or engine) in good standing (i.e., was not suspended or revoked by the U.S. Coast Guard) with at least four (4) years of experience serving under such license(s).


A Bachelor’s degree in Marine Transportation, Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, or closely related field to include the Maritime Environmental Sciences from an accredited four year college or university AND a valid or expired merchant mariner’s document in good standing (i.e., was not suspended or revoked by the U.S. Coast Guard) endorsed as a tankerman-PIC with at least four (4) years of experience serving under that endorsement.


Three (3) years of experience as a Marine Transportation Safety Specialist 2 (MTSS2) performing marine inspection activities; and an understanding of the maritime transportation system and shipboard operations. Complete documentation of experience is required in the application.


Demonstrate knowledge and skills in maritime transportation procedures, safety management practices, and oil transfer procedures; understanding of all classes of vessels and their operations, systems, and environmental compliance programs; and knowledge of international, federal, and state maritime and environmental regulations. Demonstrate knowledge of design, construction, and operation of vessels, with emphasis on vessel deck department or engine department operations and management. Demonstrate knowledge of oil transfers as cargo or fuel.

Desired Qualifications:

At least two (2) years of experience in the following areas:

  • Conducting and/or inspecting oil transfers from vessels or facilities; knowledge of principles and practices of transferring oil to or from vessels or facilities;
  • design, construction, and operation of tank vessels or cargo ships;
  • spill response and preparedness;
  • investigations;
  • methods and procedures in establishing and administering an environmental program;
  • laws and regulations governing oil spill prevention, preparedness or response, and environmental protection.
  • State or Federal Maritime Academy Degree, including U.S. Naval or U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
  • Seagoing experience as Officer in Charge of a Navigation Watch, Engine Department Watch, or Tankerman-PIC.
  • Prior experience/credentials as a vessel inspector/examiner, commercial fishing vessel safety examiner, or towing vessel examiner for marine safety and environmental protection standards, (e.g., Marine or Classification Society Surveyor; U.S. Coast Guard Marine Inspector; Port State Control Vessel examiner, or 3rd party vessel auditor).
  • Strong marine industry safety/oil spill prevention evaluation, risk assessment, analysis skills, and complex project management skills.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

  • The position normally works in a relatively sedentary open office environment, working with computers and other office equipment for long periods of time.  However, position also may require spill response in field work which could involve several hours of standing, walking, or squatting each day.
  • This position is part of the Spills Program Incident Management Team (IMT) and Crisis Management Team and is required to complete Incident Command System (ICS) training at the level of 100, 300, 700 and 800. Maintain HAZWOPER certification annually and continual training as required by the Program as they come available to maintain IMT position qualifications.
  • Be able to obtain the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) which entails a detailed background check.
  • Hold and maintain eligibility and certification to permit travel to and from Canada, including passport or Enhanced Driver’s License.
  • Hold and maintain a valid Washington driver’s license and be able to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Position requires a willingness and ability to occasionally work in excess of 40 hours per week and travel statewide or out-of-state including after-hours inspections seven days a week.

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 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 Sara Thompson at: sara.thompson@ECY.WA.GOV. Please do not contact Sara Thompson 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.
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