Permit Coordinator (Environmental Specialist 5) (Two Positions)

Salary: $59,688.00 - $78,408.00 Annually
Location: Benton County - Richland, WA
Job Type: Full Time - Permanent
Department: Dept. of Ecology
Job Number: 2021-NWP307545284356-12972
Closing: Continuous

Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.2, Washington State employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 Vaccination as part of the hire process, prior to their start date. Requests for medical and religious exemptions will be considered. If you have questions, please contact with “COVID-19 Vaccination” in the subject line.  

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Nuclear Waste Program is looking to fill two Permit Coordinator (Environmental Specialist 5) positions. The positions will be located in our Richland Field Office (RFO) in Richland, WA.

The positions are part of a core team of six staff who support the dangerous waste permitting efforts for the Nuclear Waste Program. This includes the dangerous waste permit for the Hanford site, which is the largest and most complex in the state. 

As a permit coordinator for the Nuclear Waste Program, you will serve as a senior program expert in Dangerous Waste and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations for facilities managing, treating or storing dangerous and radioactive waste. You will have the opportunity to lead, coach and mentor other environmental specialists supporting dangerous waste permitting. You will be at the forefront of developing processes, and guidance for the permitting for our program. You will also lead in coordinating with the other Ecology programs in implementing the dangerous waste regulations and with our oversight agency, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10. Work is performed in an office or at home environment but you will also get to participate in field work including oversight of field work and operation of facilities to ensure consistency with permit application material and permit requirements. 

The Nuclear Waste Program's mission is to lead the effective and efficient cleanup of the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford Site, ensure sound management of mixed hazardous wastes in Washington, and protect the state's air, water, and land at and adjacent to the Hanford site.

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 embrace the value of people.

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. 
  • A wellness program that offers education, fitness classes, and an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
  • Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.

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. 

During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding building occupancy, mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing. 

Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, the next screening date is February 14, 2022. In order to be considered for next screening, please submit an application on or before February 13, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


What makes this role unique?

The Nuclear Waste Program is responsible for all permitting associated with mixed (dangerous and radioactive) waste in WA State. These positions are the experts in the program on the permits and regulatory requirements for dangerous waste. They often are faced with complex and unique challenges that don’t fit into a specific regulation, which requires excellent communication, analytical thinking and problem solving skills. 


What you will do:

  • Independently apply regulatory interpretations and provide regulatory assistance to junior staff, peers, management, and the permittee. 
  • Work closely with project teams to ensure that permitting decisions meet the regulatory requirements, permits are drafted to be enforceable, compliant, equivalent, and consistent.
  • Oversee the work of permit writers to ensure that they are properly administering portions of the Waste Treatment Plant Permit and are performing their duties in a consistent manner. 
  • Develop approaches to complex issues of Waste Treatment Plant Facility start up, testing, and ongoing operations.
  • Provide technical support and lead contentious and regulatory issues involved with reissuance of the Hanford site-wide Rev 9 dangerous waste permit renewal.
  • Prepare formal correspondence that is accurate and concise. 


Required qualifications:

Ten (10) years of combined education and experience:
Education: Involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.

Professional-level Experience in: environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.

          Experience may include a combination of the following:  

  • Applying regulatory interpretations and providing regulatory assistance.
  • Overseeing work of permit writers.
  • Compliance inspections or enforcement activities, including representing an employer in public meetings, hearings, and/or settlement negotiations.
  • Investigations into environmental complaints or violations.
  • Communicating complex technical or controversial issues with other agencies or the public.
  • Providing technical assistance to the public and regulated entities on compliance with environmental regulations.

 All experience and education combinations that meet the requirements for this position:

Possible Combinations

College credit hours or degree

Years of required experience

Combination 1

No college credit hours or degree

10 years of experience 

Combination 2

30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits.

9 years of experience

Combination 3

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

8 years of experience

Combination 4

90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits.

7 years of experience

Combination 5 

A Bachelor's Degree

6 years of experience

Combination 6 

A Master's Degree

4 years of experience

Combination 7


3 years of experience


One year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 4, at the Department of Ecology.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment: 

Must 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.

  • Expertise with RCRA and WAC regulations.
  • Experience in working at a federal facility.
  • Ability to work under stressful situations and communicate clearly.

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.
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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.
  • Three professional references.

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 (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 Stephanie Schleif at: Please do not contact Stephanie 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.

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 Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver,  Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives, Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth *See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information 

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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. 

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