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Underground Storage Tank Inspector (Environmental Specialist 3) (Two Positions)

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 Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill two Underground Storage Tank Inspector (Environmental Specialist 3) positions. The positions are located in our Southwest Regional Office (SWRO) in Lacey, WA.

The Underground Storage Tank Inspector positions prevent environmental contamination by protecting the land, water, and air of the state through regulatory oversight of UST facilities. Regulatory oversight is achieved through education, UST significant operational compliance (SOC) inspections, UST installation inspections, UST decommission inspections, complaint investigations, and issuing enforcement actions when necessary. Education, inspections, and enforcement actions result in increased compliance with state UST regulations that were codified with the intent of reducing leaking underground storage tanks (LUST). LUST reduction subsequently prevents citizens of Washington State from being exposed to soil and ground water contamination. Therefore, this position promotes healthy communities and natural resources.

We are looking for applicants who are organized, self-directed, patient, are able to guide site owners through the regulations and has good judgment regarding enforcement.
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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Accidental spills of dangerous materials and past business practices have contaminated land and water throughout the state. The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) works to remedy these situations, which range from cleaning up contamination from leaking underground storage tanks, to large, complex projects requiring engineering solutions. Our mission is to get and keep contaminants out of the environment.

Some of the Key Work Activities for the Underground Storage Tank Inspector positions are:
UST Inspection and Enforcement:
  • Ensures that UST system inspections follow the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) SOC guidance and demonstrates an ability to apply sound professional judgment in identifying and resolving violations of UST regulations.
  • Conducts thorough inspections of the UST facilities assigned, issues enforcement actions in accordance with the "UST Inspector Enforcement Manual", and assists with inspection/enforcement follow-up activities in order to return RP's to compliance.
  • Conducts UST system installation, retrofit, and decommissioning inspections. Complaint investigation and initial investigations of suspected LUST's are also conducted by UST inspectors.
Technical Assistance:
  • Provides technical assistance and education on UST related topics for TCP.
  • Acts as regional contact for external customers and statewide contact for internal customers regarding UST regulations, forms, and technical questions.
  • When directed, represents TCP and Ecology on UST related issues in public meetings and workshops.
UST Project Management:
  • Attends and participates in UST unit meetings and UST inspector meetings.
  • Directs and coordinates with owners and operators of UST systems, UST contractors, local government agencies, and others on complex UST projects.
  • Completion of special projects such as the creation of new guidance documents the updating of old guidance documents, and the development of new tools to assist UST inspectors in the performance of their duties is also completed when possible.
Database and File Management:
  • Documents UST system information and compliance related data in physical files and electronic databases.
  • Reviews UST related submittals (e.g. checklists, UST system test results, etc.) to ensure that databases and files contain complete and accurate information. When requested recommends new or modified performance measures related to UST compliance.
This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be October 7, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before October 6, 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 Bachelor's degree involving a major study in environmental, physical or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field AND two (2) years of professional level experience in environmental analysis or control including enforcement, or environmental planning.


A Master's degree in one of the above fields and one (1) year of the required experience. 


A Ph.D. degree in one of the above fields. 

Desired Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of UST systems
  • Compliance and enforcement experience
  • Strong capacity for scientific data assimilation and analysis
  • Experience in regulation interpretation and reporting
  • Routine work with database and spreadsheet software for data management and interpretation 
Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:
  • A Valid driver's license.
  • 40-hour hazardous waste operator certificate must be obtained within six (6) months of hire date.

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:
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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.

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.

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Other Information:

If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail or call 360-407-6186. Please do not 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 Andrew Smith at: Please do not contact Andrew Smith 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.