Northwest Environmental Business Council
  • 14-May-2018 to 01-Jul-2018 (PST)
  • WA State Department of Ecology
  • Lacey, WA, USA
  • $65,916.00 - $86,508.00
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Benefits Eligible


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 Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response  (SPPR) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Rule and Process Coordinator (Marine Transportation Safety Specialist 3) position. This position is located in our Headquarters in Lacey, WA.   This position will focus on special policy assignments (e.g. legislative reports), rulemaking coordination, standard operating procedures development, and training coordination. We are looking for applicants with good judgment, strong policy and writing skills, who can work collaboratively with a diverse group of staff and stakeholders to deliver key outcomes.   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. Maybe you've seen some of our recent stories on TwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog. To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at


Ecology's mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance Washington's environment, and promote the wise management of our air, land, and water. Ecology's goals are to prevent pollution, clean up pollution, and support sustainable communities and natural resources.   The Spills Program's mission is to protect Washington's environment, public health and safety through a comprehensive spill prevention, preparedness, and response program. The Spills Program's vision is to prevent, prepare for, and respond aggressively to oil spills; to be our best for the State of Washington. Our Spills goal is "zero spills".    This position works on key policy reports and projects relating to maritime, OPA 90, contingency and prevention planning, and coordinated response across the Spills Program's sections. This position requires complex judgment developing and coordinating statewide policy, rules, and standard operating procedures that significantly affects hundreds of businesses, local, state, and federal governments, and the general public. This includes making recommendations regarding the development or adjustment of oil spill prevention, preparedness, and response policies and regulations. This position is expected to coordinate, monitor, and assist in training undertaken within the program; review and analyze sufficiency of policies and procedures to support a rapid, aggressive, and well-coordinated response to oil spills and other hazardous materials; provide key leadership on the Incident and Crisis Management Teams in order to ensure effective response actions with other local, state, federal, and responsible party officials; interact with stakeholders and provide technical assistance on spill response issues.   Some of the key work activities of the Rule and Process Coordinator position include: Special Assignments:  Heads special policy assignments regarding research, analysis, planning, studies and legislative reports efforts that address and support complex spill prevention, preparedness, and response policy issues across multiple sections of the program. A large portion of this work will focus on maritime policy issues (national and international), including vessel safety, inspections, transboundary environment and associated required plans. Identify critical and emerging spill response policy issues and recommend preventive or corrective measures. Rulemaking Coordination: Heads rulemaking processes, including extensive input from Tribes, local, state, and federal government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and industry stakeholder groups.  Responsible for advising the Program Manager and agency executive management on rulemaking decisions after receiving stakeholder input.  Takes the lead in formulating rules for spill prevention plans, inspections, vessel screening, enforcement and response, providing research, analysis, and assistance. Rulemaking will take into context maritime issues and the transboundary environment. Assists in the formulation of rulemaking regarding contingency plans. Standard Operating Procedures:  Analyzes, reviews, evaluates, assists and coordinates the development and maintenance of program core standard operating procedures, including inspections, investigation, enforcement, drills, prevention plans, contingency plans, vessel screenings and response. As applicable, standard operating procedures will take into context maritime issues and the transboundary environment. Training and Incident Management Coordination:  Responsible for developing, advising, tracking and maintaining program training expertise to ensure the safety, competency, and certification of staff and agency field spill responders are prepared for a rapid, aggressive, and well-coordinated response to oil and hazardous spills. Ensures prevention and preparedness staff receive the training needed to conduct inspections, review complex prevention and contingency plans, and maritime policy development. This includes:

  • Coordinates incident and crisis management team leads, and associated development activities, in order to ensure procedures and best practices are in place.
  • Coordinates and tracks Incident Command System training.
  • Coordinates the implementation of internal trainings and training plans for the program.

Coordinates program all staff and response training workshops. This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be May 21, 2018.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before May 20, 2018. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications: A Bachelor's degree involving major study in marine engineering, marine policy, environmental planning, environmental science, physical science, naval architecture or closely related field.  Also requires an additional four years of experience with spill drills, training, rule development, marine policy and/or oil spill policy. At least two of the four years must include direct experience with oil spill prevention, preparedness and/or response policy. Additional qualifying education may be substituted, year for year, for experience.   Desired Qualifications: A Master's degree involving major study in marine engineering, marine policy, environmental planning, environmental science, physical science, naval architecture or closely related field.  Experience with Washington State hazardous materials spill laws including oil.  Hazardous materials and emergency response experience, including but not limited to drills. Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment: The position normally works in a relatively sedentary open office environment, working with computers and other office equipment for long periods of time. However, position also may require spill response in field work which could involve several hours of standing, walking, or squatting each day.   This position is part of the Spills Program Incident Management Team (IMT) and Crisis Management Team (CMT) and is required to complete Incident Command System (ICS) training at the level of 100, 300, 700 and 800; maintain HAZWOPER certification annually and continual training as required by the Program as they come available to maintain IMT position qualifications.   Be able to obtain the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC card), which entails a detailed background check.   Hold and maintain eligibility and certification to permit travel to and from Canada, including passport or Enhanced Driver's License.   Hold and maintain a valid Washington driver's license and be able to operate a motor vehicle. 

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