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Nonpoint Inspector and Compliance Specialist

(Environmental Specialist 3) (2 positions)

Salary: $55,224.00 – $74,376.00 Annually
Location: Yakima County – Union Gap, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Job Number: 2024-WQ26775168-03545
Department: Dept. of Ecology
Division: Water Quality
Opening Date: 04/15/2024
Closing Date: Continuous
Category: Environmental Services / Public Health / Natural Resources / Sciences / Green-Collar/Environmental
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The Water Quality Program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill two Nonpoint Inspector and Compliance Specialist (Environmental Specialist 3) positions. The positions are located in our Central Region Office (CRO) in Union Gap, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.


These positions will take you outside as you travel throughout the Central Region engaging with watershed communities to inspect, assess, and document activities that are producing nonpoint discharges into state waters. Providing information and assistance to the public will be your common first steps. You will work collaboratively with landowners, land managers, livestock operations, agricultural operations, irrigated agriculture, local governments, Tribes, and community members to identify water quality challenges and achieve water quality compliance. You will gain valuable experience in environmental inspections and the direct application of the environmental laws and rules of Washington state. 


Ecology’s Central Region stretches from Canada to Oregon along the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains. The environment varies from the snowcapped peaks of the Cascades to the near desert conditions of the Columbia River Valley, which highlights some of the variation and challenges of working on water quality issues in this region. Central Washington tends to be the least crowded and most affordable region of the state, making it an ideal location to live and work. 

While both positions will work throughout Ecology’s Central Region, one position will focus on nonpoint investigations within Kittitas, Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties, while the other will be dedicated to nonpoint investigations within Yakima, Benton, and Klickitat counties.


Agency Mission: Ecology’s mission is to protect, preserve and enhance the environment for current and future generations.

Program Mission: The mission of the Water Quality Program is to ensure that all aquatic life and communities in the watershed experience cool, clean water to refresh and sustain us in a changing climate.

Tele-work options for this position: These are primarily field response positions. You will be eligible for up to a 60% tele-work schedule with the expectation of working in the office one to two 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 are subject to change.

Application Timeline: The positions will remain open until filled; we will review applications on April 30, 2024. To be considered, please submit an application on or before April 29, 2024. If your application isn’t received by this date, it may not be considered. The agency reserves the right to make hires 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 successful hires were 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. 





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What makes this role unique? 

In these positions, you will be working throughout the very diverse environment of Ecology’s Central Region, stretching from Canada to Oregon along the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains. Each watershed has its own distinctive characteristics and contributes to unique communities. The amount and variety of agriculture operations in this region will challenge and engage you in considering best practices and water quality improvements as you manage a diverse range of water quality issues. 


What you will do: 

  • Conduct watershed assessments for potential water quality impacts from land use.
  • Investigate and respond to water quality related complaints and reports through the Environmental Report Tracking System (ERTS).
  • Conduct outreach to landowners where water quality reducing activities may be occurring.
  • Conduct outreach activities to the watershed communities in Ecology’s Central Region.
  • Work with water cleanup project leads on the implementation of Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) or other water cleanup plans.
  • Plan and conduct investigations, including compliance tracking, inspections, and complaint investigations, to gather essential information on discharges from nonpoint sources to support formal Water Quality Program compliance and enforcement actions. 





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 six (6) years of experience and/or education as described below:

  • Experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning. Experience may include a combination of the following:
    • Investigating complaints, performing inspections/surveillance, preparing permit evaluations/reports, assisting in issuing notices of violation or noncompliance.
    • Performing routine inspections or investigations of facilities or project sites which require specialized knowledge of industry processes, pollutant sources, or natural processes.
    • Providing customer service follow up to routine inquiries or requests for technical assistance regarding the scientific background and technical implementation of agency programs.
  • Education: involving a major study in environmental, 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 required experience – as listed above.

Combination 1

No college credit hours or degree

6 years of experience

Combination 2

30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits

5 years of experience

Combination 3

60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree)

4 years of experience

Combination 4

90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits

3 years of experience

Combination 5 

A Bachelor’s Degree

2 years of experience

Combination 6 

A Master’s Degree

1 year of experience

Combination 7

A Ph.D.

No experience


One (1) year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 2, at the Department of Ecology.


Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment: 

  • Must obtain 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.

  • Experience with oral and written communication of complex issues and interpreting technical documents for a variety of audiences. 
  • Experience in applying negotiation and conflict resolution skills. 
  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems and associated mobile devices. 

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.

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  • Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: and we will be happy to assist.
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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 Mark Peterschmidt at: Please do not contact Mark 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: These positions are 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.