Environmental Investigations Lead (Environmental Specialist 5)

US Government, Dept. of Ecology

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) within the Department of Ecology (Ecology) is looking to fill an Environmental Investigations Lead (Environmental Specialist 5) position. This position is located in our Southwest Region Office in Lacey, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.
 
As the Environmental Investigations Lead, you’ll lead inquiries of Environmental Report Tracking System (ERTS) complaints, initial investigations (IIs), and perform site hazard assessments (SHAs) on significant and complex environmental issues, coordinating work assignments for technical staff on your team. You’ll have a senior role in workgroups across the Toxics Cleanup Program and will contribute to guidance and implementation of new initial investigations and site hazard assessment policies and procedures. You’ll attend site visits to evaluate whether contamination is present, complete sample analysis, review statements from the public regarding complaints, examine submitted data, and make determinations on findings and communicate out to the public.
 
Secondary responsibilities of this position include site management in support of cleanup projects, and providing technical assistance, ensuring requirements of the Model Toxics Control Act are being met.
 
The mission of the Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) is to protect Washington’s human health and the environment by preventing and cleaning up pollution and supporting sustainable communities and natural resources for the benefit of future and current generations.
  

Tele-work options for this position: This position will be eligible for up to a 90% tele-work schedule, as well as fieldwork. Approximately three days per week will be in the office during the onboarding period. 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 April 30, 2024. In order to be considered, please submit an application on or before April 29, 2024. 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. 

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