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TSP Yard Program Outreach Coordinator (Community Outreach & Environmental Education Specialist 3)

Company: State of Washington
Location: Olympia
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Job Description:


Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

Are you a creative thinker? Do you enjoy helping others to understand complex information? Are you skilled in translating complex information into an easy to understand message? If so, join a team that shares your interests! 

The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a TSP Yard Program Outreach Coordinator (Community Outreach & Environmental Education Specialist 3) position. The position is located in our Southwest Regional Office (SWRO) in Lacey, WA.

In this role you will use your creative writing skills to provide outreach and administrative support for the Tacoma Smelter Plume project. The Tacoma Smelter Plume is a high priority project for the Toxics Cleanup Program. Nearly 1000 square miles of Puget Sound were polluted by the Asarco smelter in Tacoma. Many communities are impacted by the smelter pollution. You will work collaboratively with Tacoma Smelter Plume team members to ensure that homeowners and residents are educated about the cleanup process by providing education and outreach to property owners about TSP contamination, healthy actions they can take, and cleanup options under the Yard Program.

Your strong communication skills coupled with excellent people skills and your ability to work on a team in a fast paced environment will help you be successful in this role. 

Agency and Program Mission:  Ecology's mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment, and promote the wise management of our air, land and water. The agency's goals are to prevent pollution, clean up pollution and support sustainable communities and natural resources.  The mission of the Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) is to protect human health and the environment for the people of Washington by preventing, reducing, or eliminating exposure to contamination to support the development of environmentally and economically sustainable communities.  

Please Note: This is a project position that is funded until June 30, 2027.  

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, collaborative, with leadership who embrace the value of people. 

Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering: 

  • A commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect and leadership who encourage all employees to bring their authentic selves to work.
  • 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. 
  • A wellness program that offers education, and fitness classes; an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
  • Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.


Ecology seeks diverse applicants: We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


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.  


Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of June 2, 2021.  In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before June 1, 2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts



The position is part of the Tacoma Smelter Plume (TSP) team within the Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP). Asarco operated a smelter in Tacoma for nearly 100 years. Ecology is addressing the legacy of contamination from the smelter as part of the Tacoma Smelter Plume project (TSP). The TSP Yard Cleanup Program is focused on soil sampling and remediation of residential properties. Nearly 1200 properties qualify for soil replacement. The TSP Yard Program is a high priority project for the Toxics Cleanup Program covering two regions - the Northwest Regional Office (NWRO) and the Southwest Regional Office (SWRO). Funding for this work comes from the Asarco bankruptcy settlement.

Some of the key work activities include:

  • Home visits with the Field Coordinator to help homeowners understand their cleanup plan, do a walk-through of the yard, and a pre-construction walk-through with the cleanup contractor.
  • Coordinating mailings and knock and talks to offer soil cleanup to homeowners in Tacoma.
  • Coordinating with local health departments to answer health questions from the public.
  • Planning and preparing cleanup team for annual or biannual public meetings about cleanup progress.
  • Planning and preparing cleanup team for pre-construction neighborhood meetings before each round of cleanup work.
  • Tracking signed property access agreements and other paperwork.
  • Responding to calls from homeowners and residents.
  • Coordinating post-cleanup surveys, entering data, and writing recommendations for program improvements.
  • Designing and updating the TSP yard cleanup program webpages, ListServ's and blog.
  • Designing, updating and printing handouts, fact sheets, letters, postcards, door hangers and other materials for the program.


Required Qualifications: 

Option 1: A Bachelor's degree involving a major study in environmental, physical, or natural science, education, communications or closely related field AND three years of professional experience involving environmental analysis or control, environmental planning, environmental education, community outreach, or communications activities and conflict resolution. or equivalent education/experience. 


Option 2: Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education. See chart below:


All experience and education combinations that meet the requirements for this position: 

Possible Combinations

College credit hours or degree

Years of required experience - as listed above.

Combination 1

No college credit hours or degree

7 years of experience

Combination 2

30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits

6 years of experience

Combination 3

60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree)

5 years of experience

Combination 4

90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits

4 years of experience

Combination 5 

A Bachelor's Degree

3 years of experience


Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:  

  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license. 

Desired Qualifications:

We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.


The following Competencies, while eventually required for the position, may be learned/developed during the probationary period.  

  • Knowledge of MTCA public involvement process. 
  • Understanding of public involvement, risk communication, behavior change, and environmental justice best practices.  
  • Experience with environmental and/or public health outreach and education planning and implementation. 
  • Experience with outcome evaluation and tracking. 
  • Writing and editing skills.

Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool. 

Need an Accommodation in the application and/or screening process or this job announcement in an alternative format?

  • Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: careers@ecy.wa.gov and we will be happy to assist.
  • If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can reach the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
  • If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.
  • If you are reading this announcement in print format, please enter the following URL to your search engine to apply: https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/Get-to-know-us/Jobs-at-Ecology.   

Application Instructions:


It's in the applicant's best interest to submit all of the documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be declined.  

  • A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position
  • A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position.
  • Two writing samples (e.g., newsletter, fact sheet).

Please to do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.  


 For Your Privacy:

 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. 

Additional Application Instructions for Current 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.


Application Attestation: 


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. 


Other Information:

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Marian Abbett at: Marian.Abbett@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Marian to inquire about the status of your application.


To request the full position description: email careers@ecy.wa.gov

Why work for Ecology?


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.


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 your health and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to life/work 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 *See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information


Student debt: how working for Ecology can help

The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.

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.

Collective Bargaining: These positions are covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.   


Equal Opportunity Employer: 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 application/testing process or this job announcement in an 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. 

Note: 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) days. 

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