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, collaborative, has leadership that
embraces the value of people, Ecology is a good fit.
The Nuclear Waste Program (NWP) is looking to hire a Cleanup
Section Manager (WMS Band 2). The position will be located in our
office in Richland, WA. However, the agency is transitioning to a
Modern Work Environment approach that allows telework and flexible
schedules which the new Section Manager will need to support and
The Cleanup Section Manager position is a senior-level
supervisor reporting to the NWP program manager and currently
directly supervises 23 staff positions, a structural reorganization
is expected over the next 6-12 months which will retain 19 staff
positions yet add a supervisory role that reduces direct reports to
11 staff positions.
This position has final authority over work assigned to all
section staff members, decisions on the appropriate cleanup for the
Hanford Nuclear Reservation, and the determination of compliance
with the Hanford Federal Facility Agreement and Consent Order
(Tri-Party Agreement) and the Washington versus Chu Consent
Decisions affect the long-term safety and viability of the
groundwater and the Columbia River, which runs through the Hanford
site, and for human health and the environment both for those
working on the Hanford site and those living adjacent to,
downstream or downwind of Hanford.
We are looking for applicants to have excellent people skills
and the ability to build and nurture high performing teams. Strong
applicants will have good organizational skills, experience
managing a diverse group, a positive attitude and a proven ability
to get things done and hold team members accountable.
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 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 Nuclear Waste Program's (NWP)
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.
Some of the Key Work activities of the Clean Up Section
Management position include the following:
- Administering and managing Washington State's hazardous waste
management, cleanup, air, and water regulations and associated
federally delegated laws to assure protection of public health and
the environment at the Hanford site and other associated facilities
which treat, store, or dispose of hazardous or mixed radioactive
and hazardous waste.
- Strategically plan, develop, and implement a plan for cleanup
that will take over 40 years.
- It requires strong communication and negotiation skills with
the ability to convey complex technical, regulatory, and policy
issues to diverse audiences including elected officials, tribes,
business, environmental groups, and state and federal agencies.
Challenging aspects of the position:
- Due to the complexity of Hanford contamination and cleanup,
this position is under constant scrutiny from the tribes,
stakeholders, and the public.
- Because of the financial investment and magnitude of the
multiple areas of cleanup underway this position often faces
challenges from highly trained technical and legal experts within
and contracted to the USDOE.
- Persons holding this position are subject to close scrutiny and
criticism by the USDOE, federal contractors, tribal officials,
state and local legislators, and stakeholders.
The culture of the team:
- Our team cares about one another and the environment we are
working to clean up.
- We are also committed as a Program to continuous improvement
when it comes to office culture and our regulatory
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 May 10, 2021. In order to be considered for the
initial screening, please submit an application on or before May 9,
2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time
after the initial screening date.
A Bachelor's degree in a technical field such as science,
engineering, project management or public administration AND
a minimum of three (3) years of management and supervisory
Advanced knowledge of principles of management and personnel
practices, budget development and expenditure tracking, state and
federal hazardous/dangerous waste management, permitting laws and
statutes and organizational functions and roles.
The following skills and abilities are required:
- Communicate effectively with a wide range of technical,
professional, and managerial staff within the agency and program,
the public, stakeholders, tribal nations, and local state and
- Understand and apply complex regulations and adapt existing
policies to special environmental conditions which exist at
- Develop, implement, and oversee program policies and
- Coordinate activities and functions with other sections and
programs within Ecology and other state and federal
- Negotiate complex regulatory, strategic, compliance, and
- Conduct detailed workload analysis, determine priorities, set
goals and objectives, and develop detailed program
- Train, mentor, and evaluate supervisory, professional,
paraprofessional, and administrative staff.
- Understanding of legal and enforcement actions, including
administrative Orders and penalties applied to ensure adequacy of
- Negotiate settlement of enforcement actions and regulatory
- Understand RCRA, CERCLA and State Dangerous Waste, and MTCA
- Understand the Hanford Federal Facility Agreement and Consent
Order and its procedures and requirements.
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some
(or all) of the desired experience below.
- An advanced degree in a technical field such as science,
engineering, or project management or public administration or
other qualifying discipline.
- Four (4) or more years of experience supervising a work
- Advanced knowledge of agency and program policies.
- Knowledge of hazardous and mixed radioactive waste laws and
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make
your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
The ability to obtain a U.S. Department of Energy Hanford site
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
- Three professional references with current contact
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 at (360)
If you are reading this announcement in print format, please
visit www.careers.wa.gov to access the online recruitment system.
Click on "Look for Jobs" and select Dept. of Ecology under the
"Department" search list. Click "Apply Search."
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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.
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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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.