Natural and Working Lands Greenhouse Gas Data Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) description image

Natural and Working Lands Greenhouse Gas Data Specialist

(Environmental Specialist 4)

Salary: $64,092.00 – $86,208.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA
Job Type: Project (limited duration)
Job Number: 2024-CPRP1288-04042
Department: Dept. of Ecology
Division: Climate Pollution Reduction Program
Opening Date: 04/16/2024
Closing Date: Continuous
Category: Environmental Services / Public Health / Agriculture / Land use / Natural Resources / Forestry / Sciences / Green-Collar/Environmental / Geographic Information Systems

                          Natural and Working Lands Greenhouse Gas Data Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) description image


The Climate Pollution Reduction Program (CPRP) is looking to fill the Natural and Working Lands Greenhouse Gas Data Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) position. This position will be located at our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.
If you are a data-driven scientist with a passion for greenhouse gas emissions reduction research, we welcome you to apply!

As the Natural and Working Lands Greenhouse Gas Data Specialist, you will play a large part in framing how we measure and understand natural and working lands (NWL) for Washington State to reduce sources and increase sinks of biogenic carbon. By supporting the creation of Washington’s Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP), you will unlock the potential for state, local, and tribal governments to seek resources and implement NWL strategies that provide social and environmental benefits across Washington.
You will be a subject matter expert for NWL greenhouse gasses (GHG) associated with land use and land use change, agriculture, and forests resulting from quantitative, spatial analysis to describe current and forecast future emission balances. In this position, you’ll be responsible for modeling NWL GHG balances from biogenic sources and sinks, providing and managing related data for the State GHG Inventory, quantifying NWL GHG reduction measures to achieve reduction targets, and assisting with the development of the CCAP.

The principal department strategic priorities and goals that relate to the Climate Pollution Reduction Program (CPRP) include: reduce and prepare for climate impacts; prevent and reduce toxic threats; and deliver efficient and effective services. The CPRP’s mission is to implement policies and programs to reduce carbon emissions in the state of Washington so that the state meets its statutory greenhouse gas emission limits. The CPRP focuses long term, requiring creative and strategic decision making for implementation to achieve broad statewide and interstate success reducing carbon emissions in the state of Washington so residents have a healthy environment and climate.

Please Note: 
This is a project position that is funded until June 30, 2027. 

Tele-work options for this position: This position will be eligible for up to an 80% tele-work schedule. 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 are subject to change.
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled; we will review applications on May 1, 2024. In order to be considered, please submit an application on or before April 30, 2024. 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. 

Please Note: We will review all applications received before the date above. Additional reviews after this date typically only occur if we have a small applicant pool, or if a successful Hire was not made.

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 *Click here for more information 

About the Department of Ecology

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. Join a team that is highly effective and collaborative, with leadership that embraces the value of people. To learn more, check out our Strategic Plan

Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:

  • A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.
  • An Infants at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns.
  • Continuous growth and development opportunities. 
  • Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.

Our commitment to DEIR
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) 
are core values central to Ecology’s work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.

Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.
Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.
Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology’s work.
Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement.
We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued. 





Natural and Working Lands Greenhouse Gas Data Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) description image

Come join the Greenhouse Gas Inventory Unit as the Natural and Working Lands Greenhouse Gas Data Specialist. This is a new analysis-focused position that will develop the methodologies for modeling our natural and working lands (NWL) greenhouse gas (GHG) emission balance for the State GHG Inventory. The successful candidate will help identify data gaps and create robust data collection protocols to track changes in NWL GHG emissions. You’ll help identify strategies for reducing net GHG emissions from NWL based on existing land use, economic drivers, and land use policies. You’ll also provide technical support through research and analysis of NWL data on sinks, sources and strategies in the drafting and development of the Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP).

Some of your duties as the Natural and Working Lands Greenhouse Gas Data Specialist will include:

  • Provide expert technical assistance and respond to questions on the calculation of natural and working lands (NWL) greenhouse gas (GHG) sources and sinks.
  • Create implement, refine, improve, and document the NWL GHG analysis processes based on existing and emerging methods. 
  • Document standard operating procedures for future inventories.
  • Participate in development and updating of statewide GHG accounting and verification protocols.
  • Identify and analyze co-benefits of GHG emissions reductions.
  • Participate and coordinate with multiagency team members to develop the (CCAP). 
  • Write, review, and conduct analysis of technological developments, state and federal legislation, and regulations related to NWL.



Required Qualifications:
Years of required experience indicated below are full-time equivalent years. Full-time equivalent experience means that any experience where working hours were less than 40 hours per week will be prorated in order to meet the equivalency of full-time. We would calculate this by looking at the total hours worked per week, divide this by 40, and then multiply by the total number of months worked. Examples of the proration calculations are:

  • 30 hours worked per week for 20 months: (30/40) x 20 months = 15 months full-time equivalent
  • 20 hours worked per week for 12 months: (20/40) x 12 months = 6 months full-time equivalent
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, education, and volunteer experience. See below for how you may qualify.

A total of nine years of experience and/or education as described below:

  • Experience: in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning. Areas of concentration could include the broad study of greenhouse gas sources, sinks, stocks and flux from land use, land use change, agriculture, and forests.
  • Education: environmental, ecological, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.
  All experience and education combinations that meet the requirements 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 9 years of experience
Combination 2 30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits 8 years of experience
Combination 3 60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree) 7 years of experience
Combination 4 90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits 6 years of experience
Combination 5 A Bachelor’s Degree 5 years of experience
Combination 6 A Master’s Degree 3 years of experience
Combination 7 A Ph.D. 2 years of experience
Two years of experience as an Environmental Specialist 3, at the Department of Ecology.
Desired Qualifications:
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.

  • Knowledge of and/or experience in climate science and environmental modeling of greenhouse gas emissions and sinks.
  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  • Experience developing, writing, and/or reports and technical documents.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.


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.

Need an Accommodation in the application and/or screening process or this job announcement in an alternative format?

  • Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: and we will be happy to assist.
  • If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can reach the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
  • If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail Please do not send an email to this address to follow-up on the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile’s main page.
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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.
Note: References will only be contacted during the final steps of the recruitment process for candidates selected as finalists. References will not be contacted without the candidate’s formal authorization.

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. 

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 Anthony Abbott at: Please do not contact Anthony to inquire about the status of your application.
To request the full position description: email

Why work for Ecology?
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.

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 your health and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to life/work balance.

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at and follow, like or visit us on LinkedInTwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

Collective Bargaining: This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.   

Equal Opportunity Employer: 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, military spouses 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.

Note: This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency. Once all the position(s) from the recruitment announcement are filled, the recruitment may only be used to fill additional open positions for the next sixty (60) days. 


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