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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 Rules and Accountability section of the Governmental Relations Office is currently looking to fill an Economic Analyst 3 position that will be located at our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

The Economic Analyst 3 position uses economic theory and research to understand and translate values held by various groups to understand the true likely impacts of Ecology actions. This helps the agency achieve better protection for the environment and the people of Washington while understanding tradeoffs to businesses, governments, and people.

We are looking for individuals who will contribute to the agency's environmental mission by working collaboratively with the economics team and environmental programs to collect and provide information and analysis on the estimated economic impacts of regulatory proposals and options under consideration. These analyses support decisions and help shape the future of our environmental programs. This candidate would have strong project management skills, can successfully communicate technical information to many different audiences, is detail focused, and enjoys working on project teams.

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 LinkedInTwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

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

Ecology's mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance Washington's environment for current and future generations. The Governmental Relations Rules and Accountability Section is responsible for coordination of agency rulemaking, providing economic analysis for agency regulatory and policy initiatives, and for gathering and reporting timely and accurate agency accountability and performance metrics. 
Some of the key work activities of the Economic Analyst 3 position include:
  • Independently conducts highly complex economic analyses of proposed regulations, permits, and agency actions.
  • Research and review applicable laws and rules; identify impacted parties; and perform thorough, high quality, technically accurate economic and related regulatory analyses in accordance with statutory requirements.
  • Consults with staff from all programs within Ecology on a variety of environmental rules, permits, and policies.
This position:
  • Completes economic analyses related to agency rulemakings, general permits, and other agency actions meeting expectations for content and deadlines.
  • Identifies data to support the economic analyses when data is hard to find.
  • Determines the on-the-ground impacts of regulatory changes.
  • Communicates the results of an economic analysis with a wide range of audiences.
 Interesting aspects of this position:
  • We are looking for individuals who resonate with our vision of "Our innovative partnerships sustain healthy air, land and water in harmony with a strong economy".
  • This position contributes to the agency's vision and mission by determining the estimated economic impacts of regulatory proposals and options under consideration.
  • The work supports decisions that solve problems and helps shape the future of our environmental programs.
  • This is an opportunity to present information and answer questions about the economic impacts to multiple stakeholders and the public.
 Challenging aspects of the position:
  • Responds to questions and comments from Ecology staff, legislators, the news media, and a wide range of stakeholders about the economic analyses, including counter arguments and disagreements about the analyses.
  • Data may be hard to find and limited or non-comparable, and difficult to communicate.
  • Dealing with high profile, contentious regulatory proposals.
This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be September 12, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before September 11, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
Please do not include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.

Required Qualifications:

A Master's degree, completed course work towards a Ph.D., or completed a Ph.D. program in economics, public finance or closely-allied field AND three (3) years of professional experience in economic analysis.
Two (2) years of experience as an Economic Analyst in WA State service.

A Bachelor's degree in economics, public finance or closely allied field AND five (5) years of professional experience in economic analysis. (20 graduate Semester credits or 30 graduate quarter credits economics or public finance may be substituted for one (1) year of experience).
Applicants must also have:
  • 6 graduate semester credits or 9 graduate quarter credits in economic statistical coursework which could be econometrics or a combination of some of the following classes: economic modeling, mathematical and statistical methodology, and/or regression analysis.
  • Expert level knowledge of statistics, advanced knowledge of Excel, English language mastery and excellent verbal and writing abilities.

 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:

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 for more details.
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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.
  • A copy of your college transcript(s) (This may be an unofficial online transcript. It does NOT need to be a sealed, certified copy. HTML or PDF formats, or a screen print into Word are acceptable. Please do not paste text from the internet into Word).
Please do NOT include your salary history.
Wage/Salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion.
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 call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail 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 Bari Schreiner at:  Please do not contact Bari 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.