Lead Mixed Waste Facility Permit Specialist
(Environmental Specialist 4)

Salary: $64,092.00 - $86,208.00 Annually
Location: Benton County - Richland, WA
Job Type: Full Time - Permanent
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Job Number: 2023-NWP5052-10870
Department: Dept. of Ecology
Division: Nuclear Waste
Opening Date: 08/31/2023
Closing Date: Continuous

DESCRIPTION             BENEFITS                QUESTIONS


Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Nuclear Waste Program is looking to fill a Lead Mixed Waste Facility Permit Specialist- (Environmental Specialist 4) position. The position will be located in our Richland Field Office (RFO) in Richland, WA.

In this role, you will contribute to the Nuclear Waste Program's mission towards the effective and efficient cleanup of the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford Site. The permitting and decision document review work this position will be responsible for will lead to the safe management of radioactive/dangerous waste (mixed wastes) in Washington. You will interact with numerous professionals and stakeholders working to protect the state's air, water, and land. Oversight of facilities throughout the state of Washington will include site visits to accomplish permitting and compliance under the Washington’s Dangerous Waste requirements and Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). Gain experience with both state and federal hazardous waste regulations, learn what it takes to manage mixed waste safely, and work on one of the largest and most complex cleanup sites in the nation at the Hanford Nuclear Facility.

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 embraces the value of people.
Tele-work options for this position: This position will be eligible for up to a 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 September 11, 2023. In order to be considered, please submit an application on or before September 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. 
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 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 (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth *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.


What makes this role unique?

In this role, you will serve as a senior specialist for facilities on and off the Hanford Site by leading permitting and oversight within the Waste Management Section of the Nuclear Waste Program in the Richland Field Office, just south of the U.S. Department of Energy Hanford Site (https://www.hanford.gov). You will perform permit application review, permit development, decision document review, and oversight for assigned facilities on and off the Hanford site that manage radioactive/dangerous waste (mixed waste). You will ensure compliance with both state and federal regulations for the safe management of mixed waste and cleanup of the Hanford Site.

What you will do:

  • Conduct review of reports, permit applications, and decision documents for technical accuracy and to determine compliance with applicable dangerous waste requirements. 
  • Develop an understanding, applies, and integrates state and federal requirements for dangerous waste permitting and cleanup activities.
  • Work with a team to negotiate permit conditions, conduct conflict resolution, and make decisions regarding technical and scientific merit of the proposal related to permitting mixed waste facilities throughout Washington state.
  • Support inspection personnel to perform oversight of waste management activities at permitted facilities, which includes field work.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with staff, public officials, community groups, governmental agencies, consultants and various contractors and subcontractors associated with permitted facilities.
  • Evaluate completeness of sampling data, site characterization efforts, remedial investigations, and feasibility studies of contaminated sites. 
  • Convey technical recommendations from the review in reports.


Required qualifications:

Nine (9) years of combined education and experience:
Education: Involving a 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:  

  • Leading and overseeing work of permit writers and unit leads.
  • Leading and participating in enforcement activities, including representing an employer in public meetings, hearings, and/or settlement negotiations.
  • Assist inspectors in the investigations  of environmental complaints, notifications or violations.
  • Communicating complex technical or controversial issues with other agencies or the public.
  • Participating in the development of project plans and lead implementation project plans.
  • Developing, modifying, or renewing water quality or dangerous waste permits.
  • Reviewing and developing decision documents on cleanup sites.

 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

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.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment: 

  • This position requires passing a U.S. Department of Energy training and test and acquiring a badge for access to the Hanford Site.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
  • HAZWOPER 40-hour certification is required to perform this work within 6 months of hire.   Must be able to meet the physical activity requirements for this certification. 

Desired Qualifications:

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

  • Demonstrates ability to evaluate technical environmental data; writeand negotiate permits; train and mentor others; and establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with regulated facilities and co-workers. 
  • Expertise with RCRA and Dangerous Waste Washington Administrative Code 173-303 regulations. 
  • Ability to work under stressful situations and to 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: careers@ecy.wa.gov 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 careers@ecy.wa.gov. 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.
  • If you are reading this announcement in print format, please enter the following URL to your search engine to apply: https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/Get-to-know-us/Jobs-at-Ecology

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.

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 Edward Holbrook at: Edward.Holbrook@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Edward to inquire about the status of your application.
To request the full position description: email careers@ecy.wa.gov

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 www.ecology.wa.gov and follow, like or visit us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram 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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