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Organics and Food Center Unit Supervisor (Environmental Planner 5)

Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.2 (Download PDF reader), Washington State employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination as part of the hiring process, prior to their start date. Requests for medical and religious exemptions will be considered. If you have questions, please contact with “COVID-19 vaccination” in the subject line.  

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Solid Waste Management (SWM) program is looking to fill an Organics and Food Center Unit Supervisor (Environmental Planner 5) position. This position may be located in any of the following offices: Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA.Northwest Region Office (NWRO) in Shoreline, WA., Central Region Office (CRO) in Union Gap, WA., or our Eastern Region Office (ERO) in Spokane, WAThe location is dependent on where the finalist lives. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station. 
This position offers a cornucopia of opportunities to shape how Washington manages organic materials and food waste. As part of the Policy Section, you will supervise an experienced, energetic team focused on preventing food and organic material waste, rescuing edible food for human and animal consumption, and safely managing what remains. 
The Solid Waste Management Policy Section was recently established and is filled with creative, thoughtful people that are focused on solving some of our most challenging materials management issues. You can be part of this new section, helping to set the course on how Washington protects people, resources, and the environment. 
Please Note: If the position ends up being in the Northwest Region office in Shoreline, Washington, then there will be an additional 5% premium pay that this position will receive due to this position's location in King County.  
Agency 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.

Program Mission: The mission of the Solid Waste Management (SWM) program is to reduce wastes through prevention and reuse, keep toxics out of the environment, and safely manage what remains. While our section is located within the Solid Waste Management Program, the focus of our work is on other media such as air quality, water quality, dangerous waste, and cleanup.  
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 embraces the modern work environment, where you may telework (up to 90% of your work schedule), or work in an office full time. It is a requirement that while employed by the State of Washington, employees’ primary residence must be within the State of Washington. 
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of September 28, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before September 27, 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 is unique about this position? 
You will work with your peers throughout Ecology, and with other state, regional, and national agencies and non-profit groups to help meet our state’s organic and food waste reduction goals. Developing policies, and building support networks across the state is key to preventing and reducing organic and food waste disposal. 
What you will do:
  • Develop the Washington Center for Sustainable Food Management (Food Center) to implement the Use Food Well Washington Plan.
  • Supervise organics management and Food Center staff to develop research and provide local governments the tools needed to support the adoption of solid waste ordinances and policies to reduce organic and food waste generation and landfill disposal.
  • Track interagency agreements established with the Washington State Departments of Health, Agriculture, and other state agencies as necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the Food Center. Assign oversight of these agreements to staff, as appropriate.
  • Conduct policy and budget analyses and recommendations regarding food and organic material reduction and management opportunities in Washington State. 
  • Mentor the staff working to assemble and coordinate public-private and nonprofit partnerships and workgroups focused on organic waste reduction, and food waste prevention, rescue and recovery.
  • Assign and review unit staff policy, legislative, and budget assignments. Prepare and vet any necessary legislative proposals or budget-related requests, prepare and write legislation as necessary, testify at hearings, respond to legislative inquiries. Support the Solid Waste Management budget manager and legislative coordinator with any related legislative proposals, including preparation of fiscal notes or bill analyses.
Required Qualifications:
Option 1: A Bachelor's degree with a major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, pubic administration with an environmental emphasis, environmental science, or closely allied field AND Seven years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development. 
Option 2: A Master's degree or above with a major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, pubic administration with an environmental emphasis, environmental science, or closely allied field AND Five (5) years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, environmental regulation, and/or program development.
Option 3: Two years of experience as an Environmental Planner 4, at the Department of Ecology.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
Must have 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. 
  • Experience developing, hiring, and supervising a professional team.
  • Expertise in recycling and materials management, trends in recycling markets, economics, business administration, and public administration.
  • Expertise with food and organic waste reduction barriers and opportunities and/or organics management and food rescue systems.
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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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 contact Chery Sullivan at: 360.485.2724 or chsu461@ecy.wa.govPlease do not contact Chery 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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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.