Accidental spills of dangerous materials and past business practices have contaminated land and water throughout the state. The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) works to remedy these situations, which range from cleaning up contamination from leaking underground storage tanks, to large, complex projects requiring engineering solutions. Our mission is to get and keep contaminants out of the environment.
Asarco operated a smelter in Tacoma for nearly 100 years. Ecology is addressing the legacy of contamination from the smelter as part of the Tacoma Smelter Plume (TSP) project. This is a high priority project for the Toxics Cleanup Program covering two regions – NWRO and SWRO. Funding for this work comes from the Asarco bankruptcy settlement.
Some of the key work activities include:
Providing education and outreach for the Tacoma Smelter Plume project to raise awareness of the contamination and promote healthy actions (like taking shoes off at the door).
- Developing, implementing, and overseeing general outreach plans and activities including mass media advertising plans and contracts; developing and updating general outreach materials; reporting outreach performance measures; assisting the project planner with developing reports about outreach activities; and evaluating overall Tacoma Smelter Plume outreach.
- Overseeing outreach activities by the local health departments as detailed in the interagency agreements. This includes reviewing scopes of work and work plans; coordinating regular check-ins with individual health departments; reviewing and approving deliverables and expenditures; and reviewing budgets, invoices, and progress reports. Coordinate bi-county health department meetings.
- With the yard program outreach coordinator, developing and implementing a strategy for homeowners whose yards do not qualify for soil replacement so the families are aware of the contamination on their property and healthy actions (like taking shoes off at the door) they can take.
- With the TSP Outreach team and the local health departments, developing and implementing a behavior change strategy to encourage the impacted communities to take healthy action (like taking shoes off at the door).
- As part of Ecology’s environmental justice effort, planning, coordinating, and developing non-English outreach strategy and materials. Provide oversight for and ensure Ecology translation team review of local health department non-English materials.
Providing education and outreach for cleanup sites in the SWRO TCP consistent with the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) and consistent with Ecology’s environmental justice strategy. Our goal is to provide the public with timely information and meaningful opportunities for participation that are commensurate with each cleanup site.
- Planning, prioritizing, developing, and implementing public involvement activities in accordance with MTCA at TCP-SWRO cleanup sites.
- Preparing, developing, implementing, and overseeing public involvement plans, which outline public involvement and communication issues, activities, and a schedule of events for TCP-SWRO site cleanups.
- Planning, developing, coordinating, conducting, facilitating, and making presentations at public meetings, hearings, and workshops involving specific Ecology proposals or issues such as site cleanups, permit issuance, SEPA, etc.
- Conducting investigations for community outreach planning and development.
- Working with the TCP-SWRO Section Manager and assigned Cleanup Project Manager to develop site specific public involvement strategies.
Option 1: A Bachelor’s degree involving a major study in environmental, physical, or natural sciences, education, communications or closely related field AND three years of professional experience involving environmental analysis or control, environmental planning, environmental education, community outreach, or communications activities and conflict resolution, or equivalent education/experience.
Option 2: Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education.
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
- Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
The following Competencies, while eventually required for the position, may be learned/developed during the probationary period.
- Knowledge of MTCA public involvement process.
- Understanding of public involvement, risk communication, behavior change, and environmental justice best practices.
- Experience with environmental and/or public health outreach and education planning and implementation.
- Experience with outcome evaluation and tracking.
- Writing and editing skills.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.
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