The Department of Ecology's priority during the Covid-19 health
crisis is to keep our staff, candidates, and the public safe.
We are still hiring and encourage you to apply to open
positions. The majority of our staff are currently working
from home; we have transitioned to a virtual recruitment process,
to include web-based interviews.
Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future
generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We have a culture
that is invested in making a difference. If you want to join a team
that is highly effective and collaborative, with leadership that
embraces the value of people, Ecology is a great fit.
The Air Quality Program (AQP) is looking to fill our
NWRO/SWRO & Air Quality Operations Unit Manager (WMS Band
1) position. This position is located in our Headquarters
Building in Lacey, WA. To learn more about the state's
management classification system, please visit this link.
The NWRO/SWRO and Air Quality Operation Unit Manager ensures
that resources go to the most important work consistent with
overall agency and Air Quality Program priorities, staff are
focused to do their work better, and solutions to air quality
problems are effective and balance the needs of staff, the public,
and decision makers. This position helps the Air Quality Program
protect air quality by providing operational support, policy
advice, planning, and direct services in the following areas:
air quality monitoring, calibration and repair, quality
assurance, data analysis, publications coordination, public process
We are seeking a highly motivated individual who will lead and
empower successful teams in a collaborative and creative
environment. The successful candidate will have a commitment to
environmental stewardship, be curious and compassionate and have a
solution focused mind set.
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.
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.
Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts
Agency Mission: Ecology's mission is to protect, preserve and
enhance Washington's environment and to promote the wise management
of our air, land and water for the benefit of current and future
Program Mission: The Air Quality Program's mission is to protect
and improve air quality in Washington State. This position helps
the AQP measure and report air pollution levels, prevent unhealthy
air and violations of air quality standards and support sound
policy decisions. This position also helps the AQP advance the
public's understanding of the benefits of clean air and increase
their commitment to reducing air pollution.
Some of the key work activities of the NWRO/SWRO & Air Quality
Operations Unit Manager position include:
- Plans, leads, organizes, and controls the work performed by the
- Assures appropriate and optimum use of resources.
- Provides support, management, coordination, and supervision of
- Enhances the effectiveness of employees through timely
appraisal, ensuring accountability, and professional
- Supports effective communications throughout the
- Maintains the highest standards of personal/professional and
- Recruits, evaluates, trains, mentors, and promotes career
development of staff and supports the state's goals for a diverse
- Builds and maintains positive working relationships with the
statewide-regulated community; other state, federal, regional, and
local governments; tribes; and the public to ensure that agency and
program goals are met.
- Provides advice and recommendations to program management.
- Leads a highly collaborative and effective team of
environmental professionals and scientists.
- Ensures the effective and efficient operation of the statewide
ambient air monitoring network through thoughtful and conscientious
oversight of the Calibration & Repair team.
- Oversees the implementation of the Air Quality Program quality
assurance system for the Washington State Ambient Air Monitoring
- Ensures accurate and reliable ambient air monitoring data
collection in Ecology's Northwest and Southwest regions.
- Ensures timely submittal of air monitoring data to Ecology's
public website and to EPA.
- Plays a key role in the oversight and implementation of the
Critical Business Activity of ambient air monitoring as part of the
agency's Continuity of Operations Plan
- Ensures Air Quality Program documents:
- Meet Accessibility requirements.
- Are published in a timely fashion.
This is a challenging and extremely rewarding position that is a
key collaborator in characterizing air quality in Washington State.
The air monitoring work that this position oversees is fundamental
to providing critical information in support of the Air Quality
Program's efforts to identify and reduce air pollution in
The Culture of the team:
This position leads a highly collaborative and dynamic team of
incredibly talented, dedicated, and smart environmental specialists
and scientists. The team works collaboratively across the Air
Quality Program and with external partners on some of the most
interesting field work and environmental sampling projects done by
the Department of Ecology.
The Air Quality Program is a highly collaborative and effective
team of environmental professionals and scientists dedicated to
enhancing and preserving air quality in Washington State. We
embrace diversity and understand that it is a source of great
strength. We are dedicated and we work hard. We also embrace a
healthy work-life balance because we know that a good overall
quality of life for our managers and staff is critical to our
success as a program and as an agency. We are looking for a
smart, creative, dedicated, and collaborative leader to join our
Please note: During Stay Home, Stay Healthy, staff are
working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on
position and business need.
This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial
screening will be April 26, 2021. In order to be considered for the
initial screening, please submit an application on or before April
25, 2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any
time after the initial screening date.
A bachelor's degree in physical or natural science, engineering,
law, planning, public policy, environmental studies, or other
Five years of environmental experience, with at least two years
air quality-related experience.
Additional qualifying experience at or above the Environmental
Specialist 4 or equivalent will substitute for education on a year
for year basis.
Possible CombinationsCollege credit hours or degreeYears of
required experienceCombination 1No college credit hours or degree9
years of experienceCombination 2I have 30-59 semester or 45-89
quarter credits.8 years of experience
Combination 3I have 60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA
degree).7 years of experience
Combination 4I have 90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits.6
years of experience
Combination 5 A Bachelor's Degree5 years of experience
Supervisory experience managing policy and technical staff.
Knowledge of advanced principles of management, budget planning,
strategic planning, air quality science, and personnel
Ability to decipher multiple local, state, and federal laws and
regulations regarding air quality management and administrative
Experience as an Environmental Specialist 4 can include a
combination of the following: 1) Serves in the teaching, training
and mentoring of junior staff. 2) Is assigned responsibility
for more complex and difficult projects and permits. 3) Is
assigned multiple regulatory responsibility. 4) Directs or
coordinates non-agency employees at large spills or complex
sites. 5) Represents agency and testifies at legal or public
hearings or conferences. 6) Serves as a historical resource or
technical expert in one or more subject areas. 7) Serves as project
manager and coordinator on complex projects. 8) Project
administration and environmental technical assistance on high
priority environmental issues requiring technical expertise.
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
- Must possess a valid driver's license.
- Extensive knowledge of quality assurance practices and
principles, extensive knowledge of air pollution monitoring
techniques and instrumentation.
Why work for Ecology?
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 the
health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We
combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation
with a strong commitment to work/life 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
Student debt and how working for Ecology can help
Employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan
Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on
your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly
payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time
for a qualifying employer. See
for more details.
- See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more
Please complete the short on-line application, supplemental
questions and upload:
- Your current chronological resume;
- A cover letter explaining how you fit the requirements of the
- College transcripts showing that a Bachelor's degree was
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.
Please to do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary
depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.
It is in the candidate's best interest to submit all of the
documents requested above. Applications without these documents may
Department of 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.
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or dismissal if employed.
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)
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
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or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing
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