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 hire process, prior to their start date. Requests for medical and religious exemptions will be considered. If you have questions, please contact Careers@ecy.wa.gov with “COVID-19 Vaccination” in the subject line.
Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Lead Research Scientist – Legacy Pesticides (Natural Resource Scientist 4) position. This position is located in our Central Regional Office (CRO) in Union Gap, WA.
The Toxics Cleanup Program serving central Washington prides itself on listening to the needs of communities and offering practical, straight-forward solutions.
In this position, you will lead Ecology’s research into legacy pesticides. These legacy pesticides are widespread throughout central Washington and require innovative and creative solutions. You’ll work with health professionals and local leaders to share information and raise community awareness.
The mission of the Toxics Cleanup Program is to protect Washington’s human health and the environment. We do this by preventing and cleaning up pollution. We also support sustainable communities and natural resources for the benefit of future and current generations. This position directly supports TCP’s strategic goal of cleaning up legacy pollution.
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 embrace 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.
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.
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 is expected to work in the office for staff training and collaborative assignments infrequently, but up to three days a week. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding building occupancy, mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing.
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of October 28, 2021. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before October 27, 2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
What makes this role unique?
In this position, you will work with aerial photography, x-ray fluorescence, GIS, lead and arsenic contamination, and old orchards. It ties past farming practices to current pollution, and challenges you to find a way forward.
What you’ll do:
- Work with real estate developers to sample property and offer solutions.
- Use X-ray fluorescence (XRF) technology to sample soil, and train others to use it as well.
- Maintain Ecology’s online mapping tool, which shows the locations of historical orchards and any current sampling results.
- Develop partnerships with health professionals throughout central Washington to help with data collection and dissemination.
- Work with existing data to plan for future sampling efforts.
- Publish reports detailing trends and anomalies with collected data.
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment and educational experience. See below for how you may qualify.
A Bachelor’s degree with a major study in a natural science (e.g., Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Physics, Geography, Agricultural Science, etc.) AND
Six years of professional research work experience in a specialty field (e.g., soil science, fate and transport of environmental contamination, legacy pesticide contamination, or GIS mapping).
A Master’s degree with a major study in a natural science (e.g., Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Physics, Geography, Agricultural Science, etc.) AND
Four years of professional research work experience in a specialty field (e.g., soil science, fate and transport of environmental contamination, legacy pesticide contamination, or GIS mapping).
A Ph.D. degree with major study in a natural science (e.g., Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Physics, Geography, Agricultural Science, etc.) AND
Three years of professional research work experience in a specialty field (e.g., soil science, fate and transport of environmental contamination, legacy pesticide contamination, or GIS mapping).
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.
- Sampling experience, statistical theory and techniques; research design and methods; gather and analyze data; draw valid conclusions and make appropriate recommendations; prepare presentations and scientific reports, and present technically complex information in a way that is understandable to the audience.
- Develop and cultivate relationships in order to achieve shared objectives.
- Achieve excellent results with little need for oversight; earns the trust, respect, and confidence of colleagues and customers through consistent professionalism in all interactions; logically integrates various ideas, intentions, and information to form effective goals, objectives, timelines, action plans, and solutions.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.
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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- 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.
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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.
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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 (Download PDF reader), 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.
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.