Oil Spill Drill Specialist (Environmental Planner 3); Department of Ecology

Job Title: 
Oil Spill Drill Specialist (Environmental Planner 3)
Job Location: 
Western Washington, WA
Full Time - Permanent
$53,592.00 - $70,320.00 Annually
Application Deadline: 
Monday, April 1, 2019

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

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.   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.

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


Ecology's  is looking to fill an Oil Spill Drill Specialist (Environmental Planner 3) position. The position is flexible to either be located at our Headquarters Building in or our Northwest Regional Office (NWRO) in. It depends on where the finalist lives.   The Program mission is to protect Washington's environment, public health, and safety through a comprehensive spill prevention, preparedness and response program.   Why Join the Team?

In Washington, oil handling facilities, ships, pipelines and rail move 20 billion gallons of oil in and out of the state each year. The Spills program is a known as a forward leaning leader in the world of prevention, preparedness and response. Oil spill planners at Ecology work in a fast paced, timeline driven environment where they enjoy seeing the direct results of their work.  We are looking for an engaged and organized individual interested in being part of dynamic team. If you have an interest in joining a regulatory agency that helps to bridge industry perspective with public and environmental interests – this job is for you!

What is the Job?

As the Oil Spill Drill Specialist, you will be a key resource in the continual evolution of our state's planning and drill program, in a way that keeps oil spill plans effective, oil spill teams well trained and spill preparedness improved from lessons learned. Ideal applicants possess effective leadership skills that motivate others. Must be well-organized, understand how to manage projects and have an eye for details and accuracy when making observations. The work is statewide and travel is an expected part of the job. We are looking for someone that is flexible to changing processes and is open to making improvements to overall performance.

Some of what you will do:

  • Work with industry, agencies, tribes and other stakeholders to design oil spill drills which validate the efficacy of industry oil spill plans.
  • Use written criteria and make observations and write an evaluation of oil spill drills. It will be necessary to be able to form logical conclusions from the observations made at drills.
  • Work on developing the Northwest Area Contingency Plan. Participate on area plan task forces or steering committees.
  • Support the program in 24/7 oil spill response capability as a member of the Incident Management Team.

                                   The Spills program values a culture of openness and engagement. We want our staff to be part of the solution and help us find innovation in the work we do. If you are a positive force and want to join an organization that solves problems – be part of our team!

PLEASE NOTE: This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be January 14, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before January 13, 2019. 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, provided a degree described above has been obtained.   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 field has been achieved.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of project management and general 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. 

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:   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, 200, 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 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 Linda Pilkey-Jarvis at: jpil461 [at] ecy.wa.gov Please do not contact Linda 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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