Litter/Recycling/MRW Specialist (Environmental Specialist 3)

$44,400.00 – $58,284.00 Annually
King County – Bellevue, WA
Job Type
Agency Internal – Permanent
Dept. of Ecology
Job Number
6/19/2018 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 Waste 2 Resources (W2R) program is looking to fill a Litter/Recycling/MRW Specialist
(Environmental Specialist 3) position. This position will be located in our Northwest Regional Office (NWRO) in Bellevue, WA.

The Litter/Recycling/MRW Specialist position independently provides outreach to local planning jurisdictions and public works departments to assist counties and cities to develop, improve, implement and evaluate solid waste reduction, reuse, and recycling programs.  Promotes the concept of sustainable resource management and serves as a technical resource or facilitates partnerships to develop and implement such programs and projects

We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills, the ability to quickly assess a situation and make a decision and the ability to communicate with a diverse audience. Some additional qualities we are looking for are:

  • Facilitation skills.
  • Experience working with a diverse group of stakeholders.
  • Experience working for at least one piece of the solid waste system – whether local government (ideal), hauler (outreach staff), or end-user.
  • Critical thinking skills.
  • Project management experience.
  • Initiative to pursue issues rather than waiting for work to arrive on their desk (self-directed).
  • Solution focused.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

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


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The Waste 2 Resources Program’s 30-year vision is to transition to a society where waste is viewed as inefficient, and where most wastes and toxic substances have been eliminated.

Some of the key work activities of the Litter/Recycling/MRW Specialist  include:

  • Participates in the activities of the Moderate Risk Waste (MRW) Coordinators.
  • Interact with local governments giving technical assistance on the handling of MRW and help assure conformance with solid waste and other rules and laws.
  • Work with youth and their supervisors in helping create a safe workplace and a good first job learning experience for the youth.
  • Identifies and evaluates emerging issues in the realm of recycling.
  • Reviews MRW facility permits, operations plans applications and supporting documents for conformance with applicable regulations for moderate risk waste collection sites.
  • Promotes the concept of sustainable resource management and serves as a technical resource to local government implementation of such programs.
  • Develops expertise in one of the three State Solid Waste Plan Initiatives.
  • Assists Regional Litter Coordinator in hiring, training, supervision, evaluation, corrective action, and termination of all regional EYC crew personnel, including crew supervisors and crew checkers.

Please Note: This recruitment is open to current Department of Ecology employees only. This includes employees working on temporary and project assignments at the Department of Ecology.

Please Note: The salary range shown above for this position is 5% higher than standard Environmental Specialist 3 positions due to assignment pay that is given based on this position’s location.

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 two years of professional level experience in environmental analysis or control or environmental planning.

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

A Master’s degree in one of the above fields will substitute for one year of the required experience.


A Ph.D. in one of the above fields.


One year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 2 or equivalent.

The experience as an Environmental Specialist 2 can include assisting in any of the following areas: 1) performing field surveys or studies, 2) responding to complaints involving scientific or technical content, 3) preparing public meetings and hearings, 4) assistance with routine inspections or investigations requiring specialized knowledge of industry processes, pollutant sources or natural processes, 5) responding to routine inquires or requests for technical assistance involving scientific content, 6) special projects that are scientific in nature, 7) conducting routine sampling and testing analyses, interprets data, writing reports 8) performing basic sampling data review, 9) maintaining an environmental data base to support technical projects, 10) providing routine environmental technical and administrative assistance to grant/ contract/ loan recipients of environmental protection projects.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with environmental planning and regulation, teaching, and public speaking.
  • Experience and/or academic training in solid waste management, waste reduction, reuse and recycling, Washington state laws, regulations, guidelines, and/or sustainable resource management practices. Be willing and able to keep abreast of state-of-the-art technology, research and innovation in waste management, reduction, reuse and recycling, have an ability to understand, interpret, apply and provide technical assistance in accordance with these laws, regulation, guidelines, and other sustainable resource management practices.
  • Prior planning, public speaking, solid waste implementation, or enforcement job experience. Job experience working under the supervision of a professionally licensed individual.
  • General knowledge of Washington state laws, regulations and guidelines that govern solid waste and waste reduction and recycling. Experience interpreting, applying and providing technical and regulatory assistance in accordance with these laws, regulations and guidelines. Understanding of the state solid and hazardous waste management plan as it applies to Central Washington counties and assists local government efforts to implement projects consistent with the plan.
  • Experience and/or training in providing direct customer service, especially with customers that are dissatisfied, irate or do not want to do what is being asked of them. Experience working as a member of a team assigned to develop and complete a project. Training related to developing interpersonal communication skills or providing good customer service.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

Must pass annual Washington State Criminal History Background Check and maintain a Driver’s License with a good driving record.
Why work for Ecology?

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 the health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to work/life 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 Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth 

Student debt and how working for Ecology can help
Employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See for more details.


*See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information

Supplemental Information
Application Instructions:

In order to be considered, applicants MUST include the following documents as an attachment to their 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.

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 e-mail 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 Peter Christiansen at: Please do not contact Peter 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.
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  • Ecology Employee
  • Ecology Recruiter
  • Ecology Jobs Page
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  • Job Fair
  • Newspaper
  • LinkedIn
  • Other State Agency
  • Other Website
  • Professional Association
  • Twitter
  • University Job Board
  • WorkSource
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Please select the statement that best describes your level of education involving a major study in environmental, physical or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.

  • I have 30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits.
  • I have 60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree).
  • I have 90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits.
  • I have a bachelor’s degree.
  • I have a master’s degree.
  • I have a doctorate degree.
  • None of the above statements apply.
Please indicate your degree and major study.
Please select the statement that best describes your professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control or environmental planning.

  • I have at least one (1) year of experience.
  • I have at least two (2) years of experience.
  • I have at least three (3)years of experience.
  • I have at least four (4) years of experience.
  • I have at least five (5) years of experience.
  • I have at least six (6) years of experience.
  • None of the above statements apply.
Please provide additional information to support your response to question 5 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.
What experience do you have supervising youth in an outdoor work environment?
What is your familiarity with Moderate Risk Waste and the rules that govern it in Washington State?
What is the most pressing recycling problem the state is facing today?
Do you have a valid Driver’s License or are you able to obtain and maintain one within the first month of employment?

  • Yes
  • No
Can you pass an annual Washington State Criminal History Background Check?

  • Yes
  • No

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