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Salary: $45,288.00 – $59,436.00 Annually
Job Number: 2019-AQ3625-11481
Closing: Continuous
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 an Emissions Inventory Specialist (Environmental Specialist 3) position. The position will be located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

The Emissions Inventory Specialist position serves as an Air Quality Program specialist for all aspects, including legal and historical perspectives, of the statewide air emissions inventory program. Accurate emissions inventories form the basis of much of the work of the Air Quality Program; they tell us where air pollution is coming from and help direct our efforts to clean it up.  The position develops emissions inventories in support of federal annual and triennial reports, State Implementation Plans (SIP) and Maintenance Plans, and for regional and statewide air quality modeling needs. Responsibilities include researching scientific literature to identify and implement latest developments in emissions inventory methodology associated with, among other things, ozone formation and fine particulate, for use by Ecology, Local Air Agencies and EPA for such things as complex regional air quality models which are crucial to successful air quality management.

We are looking for applicants who possess experience developing air quality emissions inventories. Self-motivated to help customers navigate our air emissions reporting database tool; flexibility in approach to projects and problems; take initiative to research, understand, and apply knowledge to estimate emissions. Works well as an individual and as a member of a team. Detail oriented person that values the need to complete all data processing and documentation steps accurately and completely.

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 and follow, like or visit us on LinkedInTwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

Local efforts… Diverse people… Statewide impacts


The Air Quality Program’s mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance the air quality of Washington to safeguard public health and the environment, and support high quality of life for current and future citizens.

Some of the key work activities of the Emissions Inventory Specialist position include:

  • Supports Washington Emissions Inventory Reporting System users entering and certifying their air emissions data.
  • Maintains emissions inventories: Washington Point Source emissions annually, National triennial Emissions Inventory and AIRPACT emissions inventory.
  • Supports Program analysis of proposed legislation, rule, policy or guidance.

Interesting aspects of this position:

  • This position works within a team to maintain, support and provide customer service for the Washington Emissions Inventory System (WEIRS). This involves data management, communication, training and troubleshooting with WEIRS users. This position develops emission submittals to the EPA Triennial National Emissions Inventory (NEI). This position supports the Program’s assessment of proposed legislation during session.
  • This position develops emissions estimates and/or estimates of emissions given various scenarios (e.g. increased or decreased traffic on a specific road. This position works within a team of specialists in Washington, Oregon and Idaho to maintain the emissions data for the daily AIRPACT model runs covering the three states.
  • This position provides a very important function in support of air quality modeling and identifying potential impacts from pollution emission sources.

Additional aspects of the position:
The position requires travel, not routinely, but regularly to local air agencies, EPA office and out of state travel for training and coordination regionally.

About the team:
The Science & Engineering Section includes four engineers, two toxicologists, three scientists and three environmental specialists. This is a very technical group with responsibilities to provide emissions inventory, modeling, toxicology and conduct air quality permitting for major emission increases.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The Initial screening will be on December 16, 2019.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before December 15, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.

Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s degree involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, or environmental planning AND two (2) years of professional level experience in environmental analysis or environmental planning. One (1) year of the required experience must include work in an air quality field.


One (1) year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 2, provided that a Bachelor’s degree in one of the above fields has been attained. One (1) year of the required experience must include work in an air quality field.

Please note:
A Master’s degree in one of the above fields will substitute for one (1) year of the required experience.

A Ph.D. in one of the above fields will substitute for two (2) years of required experience.

For both a Master’s or a Ph.D., one year of combined air quality-related coursework and field work is required.

Demonstrated understanding of air quality pollutants and their sources, and experience with air quality emissions inventories and knowledge of regulations pertaining to them.

Demonstrated ability to handle large amounts of data efficiently; proficient with spreadsheet and database software packages.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Able to develop computer scripts to perform complex calculations, change data formats, and process large amounts of data.  Take initiative to research issues, seek out and use tools (such as computer models) and other data sources, and initiate work projects;
  • Familiarity with statistical analysis of environmental data using a scriptable software package such as R, Igor Pro, MATLAB, or Python.
  • An understanding of Federal, State, and Local laws, regulations, rules, policy, and guidance that affect air quality management in Washington;
  • Demonstrated skill in writing and preparing presentations, and the ability to present technically complex information in a way that is understandable to the audience.
  • Can be relied upon to achieve excellent results with little need for oversight; earns the trust, respect, and confidence of co-workers and customers through consistent honesty, forthrightness and professionalism in all interactions; logically integrates various ideas, intentions, and information to form effective goals, objectives, timelines, action plans, and solutions.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.

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 InsuranceDeferred Compensation ProgramsDependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA)Employee Assistance ProgramCommute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader)Combined Fund DriveSmartHealth

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.
  • An unofficial copy of your college transcripts.
Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.

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 Christopher Hanlon-Meyer at:  Please do not contact Christopher 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.

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.