Oil Spill Preparedness Planner (Environmental Planner 3); Washington State Department of Ecology

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Oil Spill Preparedness Planner (Environmental Planner 3)
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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. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, has leadership that embraces the value of people, and believes in the fun factor, Ecology is a good fit.

The Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response program (SPPR) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill an Oil Spill Contingency Plan Compliance Specialist (Environmental Planner 2) position. The position will be located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

The mission of this position is to ensure that the Spills Program has a focus on preparedness for oil spills to Washington waters and land, as well as effective and aggressive responses to oil and hazardous substance spills whenever they occur. The duties also ensure that all program activities and interactions with internal and external stakeholders comply with program expectations. The position develops planning processes for approval of oil spill contingency plans for facility and commercial vessel operators statewide; uses written criteria and judgment to ensure that the plans are tested and improved during drills. The position assists in the maintenance of the Northwest Area Contingency Plan and is responsible for successfully maintaining stakeholder, tribal and local government relationships.

We are looking for an engaged and proactive individual interested in being part of dynamic team. Ideal applicants possess effective skills in organization, tracking processes, understands how to manage projects and timelines, eye for detail, able to review long and technical documents, process information and make recommendations.  If you have an interest in being part of a regulatory agency that helps to bridge industry perspective with public and environmental interest – this job is for you!   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. Maybe you've seen some of our recent stories on TwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov.

The mission of the Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Program (SPPR) is to protect Washington's environment, public health, and safety through a comprehensive spill prevention, preparedness and response program. The Spill's Program's vision is to prevent, prepare for and respond aggressively to oil spills; to be our best for the State of Washington. Our Spills goal is "zero spills". 

In Washington, ships, pipelines and rail move 20 billion gallons of oil in and out of the state each year. The Spills program is a forward leaning leader in the world of prevention, preparedness and response organizations in the country. We have a very proactive legislature and active community throughout the state around the issue of oil spills. The stakes are high in ensuring our state has regulations that supports economic vitality with environmental protection.  As a member of the Oil Spill Preparedness Planners, you will be a key resource in the following activities:

  • Evaluating the effectiveness of oil spill contingency plan, response equipment, and personnel capability through oil spill drills.
  • Reviews, analyzes and recommends approval of industry oil spill contingency plans.
  • Collaborate with local, state, federal, tribal governments and communities on development of geographic response plans.
  • Support program in 24/7 oil spill response capability as a member of the Incident Management Team.

PLEASE NOTE: Critical Position: This position has been identified as a Critical Agency positions and the incumbent in this position is expected to work during facility closures and natural disasters. After-hours work: This position may be required to act as duty officers for after-hours pager duty on rotation.

PLEASE NOTE: This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be July 19, 2018. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before July 18, 2018. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.



Required Qualifications:   A Master's degree or above with major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field AND two years of professional experience in land use, urban regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.   OR   One year of experience as an Environmental Planner 2.   Two years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development, will substitute for the Master's degree provided a Bachelor's degree in a field of natural science has been achieved.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of planning principles, government administrative structure at federal, state and local levels, of oil issues affecting spill trends and the ability to accurately analyze observations/data and write clearly. Familiarity with ESRI ArcGIS platform including web-based mapping and basic database management.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:   The position normally works in a relatively sedentary open office environment, working with computers and other office equipment for long periods of time.  However, position also may require spill response in field work which could involve several hours of standing, walking, or squatting each day.   This position is part of the Spills Program Incident Management Team (IMT) and Crisis Management Team and is required to complete Incident Command System (ICS) training at the level of 100, 300, 700 and 800. Maintain HAZWOPER certification annually and continual training as required by the Program as they come available to maintain IMT position qualifications.   Be able to obtain the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC card) which entails a detailed background check.   Hold and maintain eligibility and certification to permit travel to and from Canada, including passport or Enhanced Driver's License.   Hold and maintain a valid Washington driver's license and be able to operate a motor vehicle.  

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: 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 ForgivenessTuition Waiver,  Long Term Disability & Life InsuranceDeferred Compensation ProgramsDependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA)Employee Assistance ProgramCommute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader)Combined Fund DriveSmartHealth  

Student debt and how working for Ecology can help Employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.   *See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information



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 www.careers.wa.gov 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 call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail careers [at] ecy.wa.gov. Please do not call this number or 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 Nhi Irwin at: kimberly.wagar [at] ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Nhi 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.

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