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, with leadership that
embraces the value of people, Ecology is a great fit.
The Air Quality Program (AQP) is looking to fill a Greenhouse
Gas Emissions Analyst (Environmental Specialist 5) position.
This position is located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey,
This position is integral to Washington's efforts to transition
to a carbon-neutral economy and fight climate change. The
Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Analyst provides the data that
underpin all of our climate efforts and expertise to key
decision-makers including Ecology leadership, the Governor's
office, and the Legislature. This position is also central to the
state's effort to lead by example through reducing state agencies'
emissions and using the state's purchasing power to support
climate-friendly solutions. This is a dream job for anyone who has
strong data skills and wants to put them to work to make a
difference. Washington State is a leader in the fight to
decarbonize the economy and this position plays a key technical
role in advancing cutting-edge policies to protect us from the
worst effects of climate change.
We are looking for applicants with a solid grounding in science
and policy. To be successful in this role, you will need to
maintain large databases and perform complex analyses while also
understanding the policy relevance of the results and the tradeoffs
between different analytical approaches.
The ideal candidate will be a strong communicator and possess
the ability to explain complex technical information to audiences
from a wide variety of backgrounds. They will also be able to
design intuitive data collection tools that, for example, allow
state agency facilities staff to easily report fuel and electricity
use to Ecology.
We are looking for someone who has current expertise in
greenhouse gas inventories and who knows how to keep their
expertise up to date with the latest science and best practices
(e.g., from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, EPA,
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
The mission of the Air Quality Program (AQP) is to protect,
preserve, and enhance the air quality of Washington to safeguard
public health and the environment and support high quality of life
for current and future generations. The Air Quality Program's
vision is clean, healthy air for all of Washington. Our goal is to
identify, prevent, and minimize air pollution.
The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Analyst position produces the
Washington State Greenhouse Gas Inventory, which is the main way we
measure our success at reducing our emissions and fighting climate
change. It also produces the State Agency Greenhouse Gas Report,
which tracks the state government's progress toward our climate
This position is the agency's lead technical expert on GHG
emissions, measurement, accounting, and inventorying, and also
provides expertise on emissions reporting and reduction. The
statewide GHG emissions inventory produced and updated by this
position underpins all climate policy in Washington and is critical
to the state's efforts to avoid the worst impacts of climate
change. The state agency GHG report produced by this position
demonstrates the state's leadership on emissions reduction and
commitment to transparency.
The work of this position is complex, highly visible, and often
controversial, and requires meticulous attention to detail.
As with all positions in the Climate Policy Section, this
position has opportunities to advance environmental justice in
Washington. This position carefully considers the impacts of their
work on overburdened communities.
Please note: During Stay Home, Stay Healthy, staff are working a
combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and
business need. Ecology is maintaining less than maximum building
occupancy, and requiring masks, health screening questions before
entry, and social distancing.
This position will remain open until filled, with an initial
screening date of May 12, 2021. In order to be considered for
initial screening, please submit an application on or before May
11, 2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any
time after the initial screening date.
There are multiple ways to qualify for this position. See
Option 1: A Bachelor's degree involving a major study in
environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences,
environmental planning or other allied field AND six years of
professional level experience in environmental analysis or control,
or environmental planning, which includes two years equal to an
Environmental Specialist 3 or above.
Option 2: A Master's degree in one of the above fields AND four
years of professional-level experience as required above which
includes two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or
Option 3: A Ph.D. in one of the above fields AND three
years of professional-level experience as required above which
includes two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or
Option 4: One year of experience as an Environmental
Specialist 4, at the Department of Ecology.
Experience as an Environmental Specialist 3 can include a
combination of the following: 1) investigating and / or resolving
complaints involving science or technology content, 2) performing
inspections, 3) drafting technical evaluations and reports, 4)
developing plans for researching information used for technical
projects, regulatory or policy development, 5) planning and
facilitating public meetings and hearings, 6) project work
requiring specialized knowledge of industry processes, pollutant
sources or natural processes, 7) providing technical assistance for
complex scientific content and/ or support for implementing
scientific content programs, 8) conducting tests, analyzing and
evaluating data, 9) using environmental databases to support
technical projects, 10) developing scientific studies and resource
management plans, 11) providing environmental technical and
administrative assistance to grant/ contract/ loan recipients of
environmental protection projects.
Additional experience and education combinations that meet
the requirements for this position:
Possible CombinationsCollege credit hours or degreeYears of
required experience as listed aboveCombination 1No college credit
hours or degree10 years of experienceCombination 2I have 30-59
semester or 45-89 quarter credits.9 years of experienceCombination
3I have 60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree).8
years of experienceCombination 4I have 90-119 semester or 135-179
quarter credits.7 years of experienceCombination 5 A
Bachelor's Degree6 years of experienceCombination 6 A Master's
Degree4 years of experienceCombination 7A Ph.D.3 years of
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some
(or all) of the desired experience below.
- Familiarity with greenhouse gas inventory and reporting
- Familiarity or expertise in greenhouse gas life cycle
- Familiarity with one or more statistical and data analysis and
associated software platforms, such as Excel, R, JMP, Minitab,
Power BI, Tableau, etc.
- Knowledge of carbon offset accounting and certification
- Understanding of tools and principles of environmental
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make
your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant
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
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.
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
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If you have specific questions about the position, please email
Joel Creswell at: Joel.Creswell@ecy.wa.gov. Please
do not contact Joel to inquire about the status of your
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 is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the
Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive
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
7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.