Northwest Environmental Business Council
  • 21-Sep-2017 to 02-Nov-2017 (PST)
  • WA State Department of Ecology
  • Bellingham, WA, USA
  • $49,020.00 - $64,296.00
  • Salary
  • Full Time

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. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, has leadership that embraces the value of people, and believes in the fun factor, Ecology is a good fit.

The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill an Underground Storage Tank Inspector/Site Hazard Assessment and WARM Ranking Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) position. This position is part of the Northwest Regional Office and located in Ecology's Bellingham Field Office (BFO) in Bellingham, WA.  

The primary duties of the Underground Storage Tank Inspector/Site Hazard Assessment and WARM Ranking Specialist position are: to gather and evaluate environmental data to complete a Site Hazard Assessment for contaminated sites (particularly in Whatcom and Skagit Counties) that will determine their priority ranking; and to conduct underground storage tank (UST) inspections.  This position writes Site Hazard Assessment reports and completes the site rankings (WARM) utilizing scientific and technical knowledge to apply the models used for ranking sites. This position will also work to prevent pollution of the soil and groundwater by inspecting and regulating USTs. In addition, serves as the staff environmental specialist on UST technical equipment operation and UST regulations.

We are looking for applicants who have excellent people skills, excellent writing and analytical skills, the ability to communicate with a diverse audience, current knowledge of toxicological databases and the ability to quickly assess a situation and recommend an agency decision.

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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.

Some of the key work activities of the Underground Storage Tank Inspector/Site Hazard Assessment and WARM Ranking Specialist are:

Site Hazard Assessment and Initial Investigation
  • This position serves as the contaminated site environmental risk assessor for the NWRO-TCP, specifically for Whatcom and Skagit counties, providing scientific and technical expertise to conduct Site Hazard Assessments (SHAs) and WARM Rankings.
  • Work may require researching the toxicity of individual chemicals and the updates and advancements in the toxicological databases, especially Ecology's CLARC and EPA's IRIS.
  • Analyzes site conditions and determines the need to conduct additional field studies of soils, ground water, surface water, sediments and air to gather environmental data to evaluate risks at contaminated sites.
  • Reads, analyzes, interprets environmental and toxicological data and understands and follows Ecology policies, procedures, and regulations and makes recommendations as necessary for applying new techniques or methods to answer questions or resolve problems related to initial investigations and site hazard assessments.
  • Conducts Initial Investigations and Site Hazard Assessments in accordance with program policy and law.
  • Provides technical assistance to consultants, industry, governmental authorities, the public and other agency staff, as needed.
  • Serves as the Ecology NWRO-TCP representative with governmental agencies and interested parties concerning Site Assessment and Ranking for Whatcom and Skagit counties.
  • Reviews Remedial Investigation Reports, Site Health and Safety Plans, Remedial Design Reports, post-cleanup as-built drawings, and soil and ground water lab reports including QA/QC documentation to make independent decisions about initial investigations.
  • Takes part in training, planning, policy review/comment and associated administrative activities as required by management.

UST Inspection and Enforcement:

  • Ensures that UST system inspections follow the Environmental Protection Agency's Significant Operational Compliance (SOC) guidance and demonstrate an ability to apply sound professional judgment in identifying and resolving violations of UST regulations.
  • Provides technical and scientific assistance and expertise to local government, industry, potentially liable people and owners and operators of contaminated sites and/or UST systems concerning their site and/or UST systems and the regulations that apply to them.
  • Provides technical support related to USTs to other Ecology programs and agencies as needed.
  • Complete all SOC inspections (in the assigned inspection area) within 3 years of the facility's last inspection date. 
  • Promptly respond to UST complaints in the assigned inspection area.
  • Conducts UST installation/retrofitting and decommission inspections when possible.
  • Conducts initial investigations in response to spills of petroleum products.
  • Complies with the procedures documented in Ecology's "UST Inspector Enforcement Manual" in a timely manner.  
  • Provides testimony for Pollution Control Hearing Board hearings, case reviews, and court cases involving UST regulations and inspections when requested.

Project and Database Management

  • Attends and participates in assigned Unit meetings and UST Inspector meetings.
  • Participates in  special projects such as the creation of new guidance documents, the updating of old guidance documents, and the development of new tools to assist UST inspectors in the performance of their duties..
  • Maintains the UST database for the sites assigned and complete entries of new inspections to ensure that they appear on the monthly statewide inspections statistics.
  • Maintains the Environmental Report Tracking System database when responding to initial investigations of petroleum product spills.
  • Uses technical databases, interprets information in databases, provides guidance and comments for database revisions and upgrades, and provides public information from the database to interested parties.
  • Maintains the physical UST files that are located in the central file office.

Technical Assistance

  • Provides technical assistance and education on related scientific and technical topics for the Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP). . 
  • Acts as the contact for Whatcom and Skagit counties for external customers and statewide contacts for internal customers regarding UST regulations. 
  • When directed, represents TCP and the Department of Ecology on UST related issues in public meetings and workshops.
This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be October 3, 2017.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before October 2, 2017. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:

A bachelor's degree with major study in environmental, physical or one of the natural sciences and five years of professional level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning which includes one year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above or two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above. 
Two years of the professional level experience must include enforcement.
Additional qualifying experience will substitute year for year for education.
A Master's degree in one of the above fields and three years of professional level experience as required above which includes one year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above or two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above.
A Ph.D. degree in one of the above fields and two years of professional level experience as required above which includes one year equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 2 or above.
Two years of experience as an Environmental Specialist 3.  

Desired Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of the Model Toxics Control Act Chapter (WAC 173-340).
  • Knowledge of UST Systems.
  • 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Operator Training.
  • Compliance and enforcement experience.
  • Strong capacity for scientific data assimilation and analysis. 
  • Experience in regulation interpretation and reporting. 
  • Routine work with database and spreadsheet software for data management and interpretation.
Special Requirements:
  • Valid Motor Vehicle Drives License.
  • 40 Hour Hazardous Waste Operator Certification Training.
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