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Site Manager (Natural Resource Scientist 3)

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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Toxics Cleanup Program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Site Manager (Natural Resource Scientist 3) position. This position is located in our Southwest Region Office (SWRO) in Lacey, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.
As the Site Manager, you will be a senior program expert who uses sound scientific principles, independent thought, and professional experience to ensure proper implementation of state and federal cleanup regulations at formal cleanup sites. In this role, you will serve as a research specialist and project manager to achieve cleanup goals during remedial investigations/feasibility studies and other phases of cleanup. You will be responsible for developing and implementing studies to assess human and ecological pathway exposure routes that can become adversely impacted by contamination. Additionally, you will study and implement advances in effective cleanup methodologies where precedent is limited and scope is initially only broadly defined. You will be responsible for overseeing and directing cleanup activities at complex, priority sites, including managing remedial investigations, feasibility studies, design activities, and corrective actions. You will work cooperatively with Ecology staff, Attorney General’s Office, liable parties, resource agencies, local government, and Tribes to coordinate cleanup and restoration.
Agency and Program Mission. The mission of the Department of Ecology is to protect, preserve, and enhance Washington’s land, air, and water for current and future generations. The mission of the Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) is to protect Washington’s human health and environment by preventing and cleaning up pollution, supporting sustainable communities, and protecting natural resources for the benefit of current and future generations. We envision a clean, healthy, sustainable environment supporting livable communities and a vibrant economy throughout the State of Washington.
In this role, you will support this mission by working with a team of site managers to implement the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) Cleanup Regulation and Sediment Management Standards (SMS) on assigned sites to achieve cleanup goals.

During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. This position has the opportunity to telework up to 90% of the time.  Ecology is following current state guidance regarding mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing. Looking ahead, Ecology has recently updated the agency policies on telework and flexible and compressed work schedules. Applicants with questions about position location options, telework, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in “other information.” 
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of September 8, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before September 7, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

About the Department of Ecology
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 and collaborative, with leadership that embraces the value of people.

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

  • 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, fitness classes, and an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
  • Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.

Our commitment to DEIR
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) are core values central to Ecology’s work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.
Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.
Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.
Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology’s work.
Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement.
We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued. 

What makes this role unique? 
As Site Manager, you will often work independently with clients and consultants as they manage the cleanup process. This position is unique in that there is endless growth with learning new technical concepts. Other rewards include helping clients and consultants understand and manage the regulations to a successful conclusion.
What you will do:
  • Perform independent research and reviews to ascertain if sites are in compliance with administrative orders and decrees according to Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) and Sediment Management Standards (SMS) requirements.
  • Analyze and apply related research conducted by others for the protection of human and ecological pathway exposure routes. In conjunction with the above work activities and tasks, you will use your ingenuity to study and identify applications of research to design innovative techniques due to unique situations with sediment cleanup sites.
  • Maintain current scientific knowledge on developments related to remediation (e.g. new remediation technologies, emerging contaminants, chemical standards, etc.) and communicate these to other cleanup project managers and TCP management.
  • Advise management on emerging issues of critical or controversial agency interest in cleanup sites pertaining to human contact and ecological processes.
  • Research and define remediation objectives of cleanup for complex chemicals (e.g. bioaccumulatives, emerging contaminants) for which cleanup standards may not be well defined.
  • Network with other scientists and sediment cleanup professionals; participate in seminars; attend approved conferences, workshops, or courses; and read professional literature to maintain up to date knowledge of advances in cleanup.

Required Qualifications:
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, educational and volunteer experience. See below for how you may qualify.
Option 1:
A Bachelor’s degree with major study in a natural science AND four (4) years of professional research work experience in the field of environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning. 
Option 2:
A Master’s degree with major study in a natural science AND two (2) years of professional research work experience in the field of environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning. 
Option 3:
A Ph.D. with major study in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment: 
  • Must 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.

  • Working knowledge of the Model Toxics Control Act, Chapter 173-340 WAC. Experience with upland soil, groundwater, and surface water sampling techniques, analysis, cleanup process and remediation technologies.
  • Working knowledge of the Sediment Management Standards, Chapter 173-204 WAC; familiarity with sediment assessment and cleanup techniques, aquatic toxicology, sediment chemistry and biology, related testing protocols (including bioassays), sediment remediation technologies and sediment regulatory programs.
  • Strong negotiation and facilitation skills.

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

Supplemental Information

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.

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  • Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: and we will be happy to assist.
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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.
  • Three professional references.

Please 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 (such as 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 Andy Smith at: Please do not contact Andy to inquire about the status of your application.

To request the full position description: email

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:

Student debt: how working for Ecology can help
The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See for more details.
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Collective Bargaining: This is a position 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.