Salary: $37,152.00 – $49,404.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Department: Dept. of Ecology
Job Number: 2023-SWM4027-04126
Closing: 4/17/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

The Solid Waste Management (SWM) program is looking to fill an Industrial Section Environmental Specialist (Environmental Specialist 1) position. This position is located in our Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.

In this rare entry-level position, you will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the environmental field and start your professional career with Ecology. You will assist engineers and other staff in the Industrial Section with various tasks related to the permits that we issue. While this position is located within the Solid Waste Management Program, the Industrial Section implements the air quality, water quality, dangerous waste, and cleanup activities at some of the largest industries throughout the state.

Agency Mission: Ecology’s mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment and to promote the wise management of our air, land and water for the benefit of current and future generations.

Program Mission: The mission of the Solid Waste Management (SWM) program is to reduce wastes through prevention and reuse, keep toxics out of the environment, and safely manage what remains. The Industrial Section regulates some of the largest and most complex industries in the state and minimizes their impact on the air, land and water by issuing and ensuring compliance with air, water, solid and dangerous waste permits and air, water, solid waste, hazardous waste, and toxics cleanup rules and regulations.

Tele-work options for this position: This position will be eligible for up to a 40% telework schedule and is expected to work in the office three days per week. Applicants with questions about position location options, tele-work, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in “other information.” Schedules are dependent upon position needs and is subject to change.

Application Timeline: This position will remain open for 14 days, we will complete a first review of applications on April 11, 2023. In order to be considered in the first review, please submit an application on or before April 10, 2023. If your application isn’t received by this date, it may not be considered. The agency reserves the right to make a Hire any time after the initial screening date.

The Industrial Section is unique in that we implement the air quality, water quality, dangerous waste, and cleanup activities for our assigned facilities. Additionally, each of these different areas have an associated database where we document our important work.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to begin learning about all of our various work tasks as well as assist with our public outreach activities and assist the section in our continuous efforts to improve the accessibility of our documents.

What you will do:

  • Assist with data entry into the section’s various databases.
  • Manage and reorganize our paper files on a continual basis, including assisting with public records requests. 
  • Serve as one of the document accessibility super users for the section.  
  • Assist the section’s engineers with air quality, water quality, and dangerous waste inspections.
  • Assist the section’s public outreach coordinator with preparing and sharing permitting documents for public comment periods.
  • Serve as one of the section’s SharePoint site owners.

Required Qualifications:
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, educational and volunteer experience. See below for how you may qualify.

A total of Four (4) years of experience and/or education as described below:

  • Professional level Experience in environmental analysis or control or environmental planning. 
  • Education: involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.  

See chart below for a list of ways to qualify for this position:

Possible Combinations. College credit hours or degree – as listed above. Years of professional level experience – as listed above.
Combination 1 No college credit hours or degree. 4 years of experience.
Combination 2 30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits. 3 years of experience.
Combination 3 60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree). 2 years of experience.
Combination 4 90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits. 1 year of experience.
Combination 5  A Bachelor’s Degree or higher. 0 years of experience.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license. 

Desired Qualifications:
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.

  • Ability to become proficient in and help others trouble-shoot technical problems for a variety of digital tools and applications.
  • Ability to build and maintain cooperative relationships within the Section and others throughout the agency.
  • Ability to be adaptable and flexible regarding the tasks that are assigned to you.

Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.

Application Instructions
It’s in the applicant’s best interest to submit all of the documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be declined.

  • A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position.
  • A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position.
  • A list of three professional references.

For more information and to apply:

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.  
For Your Privacy:
When attaching documents to your application (such as Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, DD-214, etc.):

  • Please be sure to remove private information such as your social security number, date of birth, etc. 
  • Do not attach documents that are password-protected, as these documents may not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded. 

Per Governor Inslee’s Directive 22-13.1, state employees must be fully vaccinated effective November 4, 2022. Providing proof of being fully vaccinated is a condition of employment and your vaccine status will be verified prior to starting work. Being fully vaccinated means two weeks after you have received the second dose in a two-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use, licensed or otherwise authorized or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or listed for emergency use or otherwise approved by the World Health Organization. If you have questions, please contact with “COVID-19 vaccination” in the subject line. 

Additional Application Instructions for Current 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.

Application Attestation: 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. 

Other Information
If you have specific questions about the position, please email Stephanie Ogle at Please do not contact Stephanie to inquire about the status of your application. To request the full position description: email

Supplemental Information
Ecology seeks diverse applicants: We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

For more information and to apply:

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