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Regulatory and Policy Analyst (Regulatory Analyst 2) (In-Training)

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 Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction (HWTR) Program within the Department of Ecology is looking for a Regulatory and Policy Analyst. This position is located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.
We are looking for applicants who enjoy assisting staff and the regulated community to resolve complex dangerous waste management problems, and who also enjoy diving deep into equally complex regulations to find the best, most consistent solutions to those problems. Applicant who are self-assured but also curious and open minded, who think independently along linear and practical tracks, will be best suited for this type of work.

As an agency, 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

The Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction (HWTR) Program is made up of people dedicated to fostering sustainability, preventing pollution, and promoting safe waste management. We do many different things in a coordinated approach to protect the people and environment of Washington from pollution from hazardous products and waste.

Why join the team?
Join our team of diverse experts dedicated to supporting staff in the regional offices around the state in creating clear regulatory requirements, guidance and policies that are designed to protect the public and environment from mismanaged Dangerous Waste. At our best, we work as a unified team working to resolve difficult problems and meet expectations of staff and the regulated community.  Together, we:
  • Coordinate within the agency to identify problematic areas within the Dangerous Waste rules, and create viable solutions for consistent implementation.
  • Work with stakeholders to explore the intent of federal and state statues and rules in order to develop policy-based solutions for how these rules can be enforced in an environmentally sound, realistic, and economically viable way.
  • Develop clear, implementable, and enforceable permits for complex facilities that treat, store, dispose and/or recycle dangerous waste.
  • Update the dangerous waste rules to stay consistent with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) rules.
  • Protect tax payers by requiring high risk dangerous waste processing and recycling facilities have funds set aside for emergencies or accidents.
  • Ensure public participation in rulemaking and cleanup processes.
  • Support Environmental Justice inclusion throughout the agency.
What does the Regulatory and Policy Analyst do?
  • Conducts detailed research into the intent of the federal and state hazardous waste and dangerous waste rules in order to recommend appropriate solutions to complex dangerous waste management problems.
  • Clearly and concisely explains to the public or inspectors how difficult regulations apply in a way that is legally defensible and meets the regulatory intent.
  • As necessary, drafts new guidance, policy or rule amendments with the goal of ensuring human health and the environment are adequately protected.
  • Serves as the program journey-level fertilizer coordinator responsible to review all applications for waste derived fertilizers and micronutrients.
  • Serves as the journey-level rule writer for dangerous waste rule amendments and EPA authorization specialist.
  • Develops a high level of understanding and background knowledge of the dangerous waste regulations, in order to best assist staff as they implement the rules.

What kinds of problems will you work to solve?

The Dangerous Waste rules were written for a broad group of businesses that create dangerous waste as they make products or provide services. Due to the broad reach of the regulations and diverse types of wastes, individual interpretations are often needed for new waste streams or processes that weren't known when these rules were written in 1976. This position is responsible for researching and implementing the regulations as they apply to new waste streams and processes. This may involve developing new policy or rules to ensure human health and the environment are protected.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be September 26, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before September 25, 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

The goal class for this position is a Regulatory Analyst 2 (RA2). We will consider applicants who meet the requirements for the RA2 and RA1 and levels. If the finalist meets the requirements for the RA1 level then they will be hired in at that level and will be placed into a training program to become an RA2 within a specified period of time.

Required Qualifications:

At the Regulatory Analyst 2 Level: $4,953 - $6,496 per month

A Bachelor's degree involving major study in economics, accounting, business or public administration, finance, social sciences, engineering, law, environmental science, or related field AND three years of professional research or analysis experience with an institution engaged primarily in regulatory matters.
An advanced degree in one of the fields listed above will substitute for one year of the required experience.
At the Regulatory Analyst 1 Level: $4,066 - $5,334 per month
A Bachelor's degree involving major study in economics, accounting, business or public administration, finance, social sciences, engineering, law, environmental science or related field AND one year of professional research or analysis experience with an institution engaged primarily in regulatory matters.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Knowledge and experience with the Dangerous Waste Regulations, Chapter 173-303 WAC and the Federal Hazardous Waste Regulations, 40 CFR Parts 260-280.
  • Experience with environmental legislation, regulations and policies at the federal, state, and local level.
  • Experience effectively communicating technical information clearly, both orally and in writing to a varied audience.
  • Experience applying negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Experience prioritizing and concurrently managing multiple, long-term case assignments, integrating many factors into case decisions and ensuring accurate, high quality service delivery; at times under time restraints.
  • Experience critically observing and inspecting environmental conditions to collect information and detect problematic situations.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

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:
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/desired qualifications of this position.
  • A resume outlining your professional experience.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable
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 Michelle Underwood at: Please do not contact Michelle 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 is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.  

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.