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
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
- 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
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
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
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
- 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
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
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:
College credit hours or degree
Years of required experience - as listed above.
No college credit hours or degree
7 years of experience
30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits
6 years of experience
60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree)
5 years of experience
90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits
4 years of experience
A Bachelor's Degree
3 years of experience
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
- Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.
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
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It's in the applicant's best interest to submit all of the
documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be
- A cover letter describing why you are interested in this
- A resume outlining your experience and education (if
applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this
- 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
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
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.
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:
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
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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.