Solid Waste Management Program
within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a
Plastics Recycled Content Specialist (Environmental Specialist 3)
position. This position can be locatedin any of our offices listed below:Headquarters Office
Lacey, WA.Bellingham Field Office (BFO)
Bellingham, WACentral Region Office (CRO)
Union Gap, WA
.Eastern Region Office (ERO)
.Northwest Region Office (NWRO)
.Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.
If the final location of this position is determined to be in our Northwest Region Office (NWRO) in
there will be an additional 5% pay increase due to its location in King County. In this instance the salary range will be $4,832 - $6,507 per month.
In this role, you will be part of a dynamic team implementing the postconsumer recycled content law. This legislation established requirements for incorporating postconsumer recycled content into specified plastic containers and trash bags. You will maintain and manage producer data and customer outreach to increase the market for recycled plastic and decrease industry’s reliance on new plastic materials. This role offers great opportunities for professional growth as you attend trainings and conferences to increase your knowledge and skills in stakeholder engagement as well as various aspects of law and rule implementation.
Ecology's mission is to protect, preserve and enhance the environment for current and future generations.
The mission of the Solid Waste Management program is to reduce wastes through prevention and reuse, keep toxics out of the environment, and safely manage what remains.
Tele-work options for this position:
This position will be eligible for up to a 90% tele-work schedule.Applicants with questions about position location options, tele-work, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in “other information.” Schedules are dependent upon position needs and are subject to change.
This position will remain open until filled, we will review applications on
February 8, 2024 . In order to be considered, please submit an application on or before
February 7, 2024 . If your application isn't received by this date, it may not be considered. The agency reserves the right to make a Hire any time after the initial screening date.Please Note:
We will review all applications received before the date above. Additional reviews after this date typically only occur if we have a small applicant pool, or if a successful Hire was not made.
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
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Combined Fund Drive ,
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About the Department of EcologyProtecting 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. To learn more, check out our
.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.Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.Our commitment to DEIRDiversity, 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?In this position, you will collaborate closely with two other team members to implement the postconsumer recycled content program. You will provide technical assistance to stakeholders and ensure legal compliance. As a member of the Solid Waste Management Program’s Policy Section, you will also be part of a larger, energetic team focused on preventing waste, identifying recycling opportunities, reducing impacts of material management, and safely managing what remains.What you will do:Administer annual registration process for plastics producers.Maintain and recommend updates to the postconsumer recycled content database.Evaluate producer registrations for accuracy and conduct occasional store audits to identify gaps in producer registrations.Ensure registered producers are accurately billed and follow up with producers on late payments.Respond to program participant questions.Notify non-compliant producers, calculate penalties, and calculate postconsumer recycled content rate adjustments.Develop educational content for newsletters and website to help producers meet postconsumer recycled content obligations.Required Qualifications:
Years of required experience indicated below are full-time equivalent years. Full-time equivalent experience means that any experience where working hours were less than 40 hours per week will be prorated in order to meet the equivalency of full-time. We would calculate this by looking at the total hours worked per week, divide this by 40, and then multiply by the total number of months worked. Examples of the proration calculations are:
30 hours worked per week for 20 months: (30/40) x 20 months = 15 months full-time equivalent20 hours worked per week for 12 months: (20/40) x 12 months = 6 months full-time equivalentExperience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, education, and volunteer experience. See below for how you may qualify.A total of six (6) years of combined experience and / or education as described below:
in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.Education
involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, planning, business administration, or other related field.All experience and education combinations that meet the requirements for this position:Possible CombinationsCollege credit hours or degreeYears of required experienceCombination 1No college credit hours or degree6 years of experienceCombination 230-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits5 years of experienceCombination 360-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree)4 years of experienceCombination 490-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits3 years of experienceCombination 5A Bachelor's Degree2 years of experienceCombination 6A Master's Degree or higher1 year of experienceOR
One year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 2, at the Department of Ecology.Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:Must possess and 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.
Conduct thorough and systematic research.Communicate effectively with agency staff, regulated community, and the general public.Effectively provide customer service over the phone.
A basic understanding of:
Billing and Revenue Tracking Systems for invoicing and payments.Implementation of state regulations on consumer good manufacturers.
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.Need an Accommodation in the application and/or screening process or this job announcement in an alternative format?
Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email:
and we will be happy to assist.If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you can reach the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail
. Please do not send an email to this address to follow-up on the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.If you are reading this announcement in print format, please enter the following URL to your search engine to apply:
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.A list of three professional references.Note
: References will only be contacted during the final steps of the recruitment process for candidates selected as finalists. References will not be contacted without the candidate’s formal authorization.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.
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
Chery.Sullivan@ecy.wa.gov . Please do not contact
to inquire about the status of your application.
To request the full position description: email
firstname.lastname@example.orgWhy 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.
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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.
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.