Everett Smelter Plume Source Assessment, Control, & Remediation Program Expert (
Bellevue, WA 
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Everett Smelter Plume Source Assessment, Control, & Remediation Program Expert (Environ Spec 5)

$57,948.00 - $76,128.00 Annually

King County - Bellevue, WA

Job Type
Project (limited duration)

Dept. of Ecology

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The Department of Ecology's priority during the Covid-19 health crisis is to keep our staff, candidates, and the public safe. We are still hiring and encourage you to apply to open positions. The majority of our staff are currently working from home; we have transitioned to a virtual recruitment process, to include web-based interviews.

The salary posted above does not include the additional 5% premium pay that this position will receive due to this position's location in King County.

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We have a culture that is invested in making a difference. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, has leadership that embraces the value of people, Ecology is a good fit.

The (TCP) is looking to fill an Everett Smelter Plume Source Assessment, Control & Remediation Program Expert (Environmental Specialist 5) position. The position will be located in our Northwest Regional Office (NWRO) in

Please note: This is a project position. The expected duration of this position is through 2025 and is subject to change depending on the project status.

The Everett Smelter Plume Source Assessment, Control & Remediation Program Expert position provides expertise on the cleanup of the Everett Smelter site and advises management to required resources and remedial actions necessary to protect human health and the environment.

We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills, are flexible and organized, who have the ability to communicate with a diverse audience, are good listeners and problem solvers that work well on a team. The ideal applicant is an organizer who loves to manage data.

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.

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at and follow, like or visit us on , , , or our .

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


Accidental spills of dangerous materials and past business practices have contaminated land and water throughout the state. The (TCP) works to remedy these situations, which range from cleaning up contamination from leaking underground storage tanks, to large, complex projects requiring engineering solutions. Our mission is to get and keep contaminants out of the environment.

Former smelter operations, areas of long term application of pesticides, mining activities, and or distribution of naturally occurring contaminants are activities that have taken a toll on the quality of our environment. The management of contamination resulting from these sources requires a multi-agency and multi-programmatic approach of unprecedented complexity as it establishes a unique partnership with federal and local agencies to clean up high priority, area-wide contamination that spreads across multiple media.

Under administrative direction, the Everett Smelter Plume Source Assessment, Control & Remediation Program Expert position serves as:

  • The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) Everett Smelter Site area-wide source assessment, control and remediation expert. (Area-wide contamination is defined as contamination dispersed over a large geographic area caused by a point or non-point source. Source assessment, control and remediation is defined as the process of identifying the sources of contamination, characterizing their nature and extent; and taking actions to eliminate or minimize their impacts to human health and the environment).
  • The program expert in the evaluation of remediation alternatives for area-wide contamination (resulting from MTCA and/or Superfund sites) that considers multiple current and future property uses, receptors, and media. This effort entails planning, studying, developing, implementing, coordinating and managing the most highly complex remedial activities for Ecology that will prevent long term exposure to contaminants.

Additional Information about the position:

Expected to accomplish: The person is expected to work with the team to complete cleanup in the Everett Smelter cleanup site, collecting data and maintaining database, performing quality control.

Typical problems include: Communication/language differences, Data gaps, Owner transition/population turnover.

Position Appeal: This person will be working with a highly effective, supportive team cleaning up a large contaminated site to protect the people and the environment of Washington State for the future. They will gain experience working with the public, local governments and agencies.

Flexibility is essential- the person will periodically need to attend public meetings in the evening or festivals on the weekend.

The Everett Smelter team is small but efficient. Each member has their focus area and supports the others to effectively complete the cleanup work and have a balance of work life.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be April 14, 2020. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before April 13, 2020. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

The salary posted above does not include the additional 5% premium pay that this position will receive due to this position's location in King County.

Please note: This is a project position. The expected duration of this position is through June 30, 2025 and is subject to change depending on the project status.


Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field AND six (6) years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning which includes two (2) years equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above.


A Master's degree in one of the above fields AND four (4) years of professional- level experience as required above which includes two (2) years equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above.


A Ph.D. in one of the above fields AND three (3) years of professional-level experience as required above which includes two (2) years equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above.

Experience as an Environmental Specialist 3 can include a combination of the following: 1) investigating and / or resolving complaints involving science or technology content, 2) performing inspections, 3) drafting technical evaluations and reports, 4) develops plans for researching information used for technical projects, regulatory or policy development, 5) plan and facilitate public meetings and hearings, 6) project work requiring specialized knowledge of industry processes, pollutant sources or natural processes, 7) providing technical assistance for complex scientific content and/ or support for implementing scientific content programs, 8) conducting tests, analyzing and evaluating data, 9) using environmental databases to support technical projects, 10) developing scientific studies and resource management plans, 11) providing environmental technical and administrative assistance to grant/ contract/ loan recipients of environmental protection projects.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of Model Toxics Control Act Chapter 173-340.
  • Initial 40 hours hazardous materials training followed by annual 8-hour refresher.
  • Ability to establish professional working relationships with contractors, stakeholders, state and local governments, and peers.
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
Must possess and maintain a valid Driver's License.

Why work for Ecology?

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 the health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to work/life balance.

Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:
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Student debt and how working for Ecology can help
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Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

Please include the following documents as an attachment to your application:
  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.
  • A resume outlining your professional experience.

Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. Or, you may paste the text of your resume within the profile's resume text field.

Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including "please see resume" may disqualify you from further consideration.

Department of 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 at (360) 407-6186.

If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit to access the online recruitment system. Click on "Look for Jobs" and select Dept. of Ecology under the "Department" search list. Click "Apply Search."

Other Information:

If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail or call 360-407-6186. 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 have specific questions about the position, please email Bob Warren at: . Please do not contact Bob to inquire about the status of your application.
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.

This position is included in the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) union bargaining unit for the Department of Ecology.

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 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.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Temporary, Full Time
Salary and Benefits
$57,948.00 - $76,128.00 Annual
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
6 years
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