Environmental Remediation Coordinator (Environmental Specialist 5)


Environmental Remediation Coordinator (Environmental Specialist 5)

$54,072.00 – $71,040.00 Annually
Thurston County – Lacey, WA
Job Type
Full Time – Permanent
Dept. of Ecology
Job Number
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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

Do you want a job where you’ll see the difference you make in protecting human health and the environment right away? Do you want to be a part of Ecology’s programs that support economic growth and clean up contaminated sites at the same time?

Anyone who independently cleans up a contaminated site can request advice and assistance from Ecology for a fee by enrolling in our Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP). Cleanups in VCP drive environmental benefits, economic growth, and sustainable redevelopment.  This position will serve as the primary VCP contact for Ecology staff and provide a central contact for external outreach that involves statewide VCP policy and program evaluation. This position will also contribute to the Toxics Cleanup Program efforts to update the cleanup rule and revise our process for doing site hazard assessments.

The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) is looking to fill an Environmental Remediation Coordinator (Environmental Specialist 5) position. This position supports TCP’s strategic goal to Clean Up Sites in support of the Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP), TCP’s Site Hazard Assessment (SHA) work, and coordinating with the Pollution Liability Insurance Agency (PLIA). The position will be located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

We are looking for applicants who are excited to lead their peers, have great communication and people skills, have experience in project management and aren’t afraid to get up and speak in front of a crowd. We want someone with strong listening skills and the ability to facilitate technical and policy discussions.

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.

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 http://www.ecy.wa.gov/.

Local efforts… Diverse people… Statewide impacts

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The mission of the Toxics Cleanup Program is to “Protect Washington’s human health and environment by preventing and cleaning up pollution and supporting sustainable communities and natural resources for the benefit of current and future generations.”

Some of the Key work activities of the Environmental Remediation Coordinator position include serving as the program coordinator for Site Hazard Assessments, the Voluntary Cleanup Program and serving as a liaison with the Pollution Liability Insurance Agency (PLIA).  Examples of main tasks include:

  • Navigate conflicting priorities of external stakeholders.
  • Coordinate VCP and SHA training including regular all-staff meetings, the VCP steering committee, and other cross-regional meetings as needed. Coordinate with LUST staff and IT as applicable.
  • Evaluates ISIS and other TCP databases for VCP, Initial Investigation, and SHA policy development needs, work with IT on changing or emerging needs for data management.

VCP Coordination:

  • Ensure constant and regular communication with the VCP Steering Committee.
  • Ensure VCP staff know what resources are available to them and how to use them properly. As needed draft, update, maintain program guidelines and user manuals.

SHA Coordination:

  • Coordinate with regional SHA coordinators to ensure consistent implementation of SHA and initial investigation policies and procedures.
  • Program-wide tasks that support the selection and notification of sites receiving Site Hazardous Assessments including the following:
    • Update SHA quintiles and Hazardous Sites List twice a year.
    • Work with the site register coordinator to publish SHA information in site register.

PLIA Coordination:

  • Serve as the liaison between Ecology and PLIA. Work with Ecology staff and management to identify issues that need coordination with PLIA and provide a central point of contact for PLIA.
  • Participate in PLIA rulemaking efforts.
  • Develop or coordinate development of operational policies, procedures and guidelines. This will often include resolving complicated and emerging issues and developing innovative policy approaches.
This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be May 29, 2018.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before May 28, 2018. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field and six (6) years of professional level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning, which includes two (2) years equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above.

Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education.


A Master’s degree in one of the above fields and four (4) years of professional-level experience as required above which includes two (2) years equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above.


A Ph.D. in one of the above fields and three (3) years of professional-level experience as required above which includes two (2) years equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above.


One (1) year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 4.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of and experience implementing Voluntary Cleanup Program’s policies and processes and Site Hazard Assessment and Initial Investigation policies and processes.
  • Knowledge of underground storage tank systems and cleanup of leaking underground storage tank sites.
  • Experience using program evaluation and data analysis to develop and implement environmental programs and policies.
  • Experience working with local and state governments, attorneys, environmental consultants, and environmental professionals.
  • Experience coordinating between environmental agencies and among technical staff.
  • Experience working with technical staff across various environmental areas such as hazardous waste management, water quality, solid waste management, and toxics cleanup.
  • 40-hour Hazwoper certification

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

  • Must obtain and maintain a valid driver license.
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 e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov or call 360-407-6186. 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 have specific questions about the position, please email Richelle Perez at: rdeg461@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Richelle 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.

More than Just a Paycheck!
Employee benefits are not just about the kind of services you get, they are also about how much you may have to pay out of pocket. Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.

We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career and that your priority is making sure that you and your family will maintain health and financial security. That’s why choice is a key component of our benefits package. We have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits that you can mix and match to meet your current and future needs.

Read about our benefits:
The following information describes typical benefits available for full-time employees who are expected to work more than six months. Actual benefits may vary by appointment type or be prorated for other than full-time work. Check with the agency human resource office for specific benefit information.
Insurance Benefits
Employees and families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance.  There are multiple medical plans with affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout the state.  Staff are eligible to enroll each year in a medical flexible spending account which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care expenses.  Employees are also covered by basic life and long term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional coverage amounts.  To view premium rates, coverage choice in your area and how to enroll, please visit the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) website.
Retirement and Deferred Compensation
State Employees are members of the Washington Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS).  New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs.  For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems‘ web site.
Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP).  This is a supplemental retirement savings program (similar to an IRA) that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options.
Vacation (Annual Leave)
You begin accruing vacation starting your first month of employment. Since we value your loyalty, the amount of vacation you can accrue increases the longer you work with us. Washington State supports members of the armed forces with 21 days paid military leave per year. Vacation accrues for full-time employees per WAC 357-31-165.


Full-time employees are entitled to eleven* paid holidays:

New Year’s Day
January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday
Third Monday in January
Presidents’ Day
Third Monday in February
Memorial Day
Last Monday in May
Independence Day
July 4
Labor Day
First Monday in September
Veterans’ Day
November 11
Thanksgiving Day
Fourth Thursday in November & Friday after
Christmas Day
December 25
Personal Holiday
Employee’s selection each calendar year

*Employees who are members of certain Unions are entitled to an additional personal leave day of their choice. Please refer to specific Collective Bargaining Agreements for more information.

Social Security
All state employees are covered by the federal Social Security and Medicare systems. The state and the employee pay an equal amount into the system.
Sick Leave
Full-time employees earn eight hours of sick leave per month. Paid sick leave may be used for reasons included in WAC 357-31-130.
Please visit the State HR Website for more detailed information.
How did you learn about this job posting?

  • Community Based Organization
  • Community / Technical College
  • Ecology Employee
  • Ecology Recruiter
  • Ecology Jobs Page
  • Facebook
  • Job Board
  • Job Fair
  • LinkedIn
  • Newspaper
  • Other State Agency
  • Other Website
  • Professional Association
  • Twitter
  • Radio
  • University Job Board
  • WorkSource
  • www.careers.wa.gov
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Please select the statement that best describes your education in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.

  • I have a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • I have a Master’s Degree.
  • I have a PhD.
  • None of the above statements apply.
Please indicate your degree and major.
Please select the statement that best describes your professional level experience in environmental analysis, or control or environmental planning which includes at least two (2) years equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above.

  • I have at least one year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 4.
  • I have at least three years of experience.
  • I have at least four years of experience.
  • I have at least six years of experience.
  • None of the above statements apply.
Please provide additional information to support your response to the question above. The following information is needed: position title(s), specific duties, and periods of employment. Make sure your response specifically addresses the qualification above. An incomplete answer, including “please see resume” may remove you from further consideration.
Describe your experience with the Model Toxics Control Act, cleanup of contaminated sites, and the Voluntary Cleanup Program.
Describe your experience with basic sampling procedures or policies.
Describe your experience coordinating and developing environmental programs or policy. Please include details about the types of stakeholders you have worked with. Please also include details about any training you have either developed or presented to support an environmental program or policy.
Tell us about a long term environmental project that you worked on. What was your role? Please describe the process of planning, designing, and carrying out the project? What was the result? What did you learn?
Describe your experience working on a team. How did you ensure good communication across the team?

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