Chemical Action Plan (CAP) Implementation Lead (Natural Resource Scientist 3)
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.
The Environmental Assessment Program (EAP) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Chemical Action Plan (CAP) Implementation Monitoring Lead (Natural Resource Scientist 3) position. This position will be located at our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.
The Chemical Action Plan (CAP) Implementation Monitoring Lead position is responsible for managing and coordinating Chemical Action Plan (CAP) implementation monitoring efforts. This includes developing and conducting CAP monitoring recommendations, and conducting toxic contaminant source identifications for CAP chemicals.
We are looking for applicants who possess strong technical skills, are capable of synthesizing a wide array of subject matter into a usable format, and the ability to collaborate with local groups to accomplish the work.
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.
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To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at www.ecy.wa.gov.
Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts
This position will be located within the Environmental Assessment Program (EAP). The mission of the Environmental Assessment Program is to measure, assess, and communicate environmental conditions in Washington State for the purpose of providing credible science to guide environmental decisions.
Some of the key work activities of the Chemical Action Plan (CAP) Implementation Monitoring Lead position are:
- Serves as project manager and principal point of contact in Ecology for designing, implementing, and maintaining the CAP implementation monitoring program, including identifying sources of CAP chemicals in the environment.
- Investigates sources of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the environment.
- Defines and directs CAP implementation monitoring studies, including writing project plans, selecting monitoring parameters, monitoring techniques, and defining study areas.
- Leads and mentors other professional staff assigned to the project including training on appropriate technical methods, field and monitoring procedures, quality assurance procedures, and office procedures.
- Oversees staff in the office and field, conducts monitoring surveys, collects samples including record keeping and reporting procedures.
- Prepares quality assurance project plans (QAPPs), standard operating procedures (SOPs), and scientific reports. Works closely with analytical laboratories to coordinate analysis of environmental samples including developing Request for Proposals for externally contracted analyses and work.
- Conducts surveys, analyzes and records conditions for collection of environmental samples for toxics chemical analysis.
- Conducts statistical analysis and quality assurance review of environmental data. Uses various software programs for data analysis (spreadsheets and statistics), and report preparation (word processing).
- Communicates sampling results to partners, public, industry, and other agency in an understandable manner.
- Manages large datasets, assists with data reduction, and oversees entry of project data into Ecology's EIM System.
This position is open until filled, with an initial screening on September 9, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before September 8, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
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A Bachelor of Science degree with major study in fisheries, environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, or other closely allied field.
Four (4) years-professional research work experience evaluating toxic chemicals in the environment.
A Master's degree will substitute for two years, and a Ph.D. degree will substitute for all of the required experience provided the field of major study was in the specific specialty.
- Experience designing and managing projects in the environmental sciences.
- Experience collecting environmental samples of water, sediment or fish tissue for contaminant analysis.
- Training or education in toxicology and the effects of toxic chemicals on organisms in the environment.
- Knowledge of contaminant fate and transport processes.
- Experience in carrying out contaminant source investigations.
- Experience analyzing data and writing technical reports or publishing findings in scientific journals.
Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:
Must possess 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:
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
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.
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