NWP Multi-Media Inspector - Washington State Department of Ecology

LOCATION: Richland, WA (United States)

CLOSING DATE: open until filled


JOB #: 18607

POSTED: April 12, 2022


Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.2 (Download PDF reader), Washington State employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination as part of the hiring process, prior to their start date. Requests for medical and religious exemptions will be considered. If you have questions, please contact Careers@ecy.wa.gov with “COVID-19 vaccination” in the subject line.  

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Nuclear Waste Program  (NWP) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a NWP Multi-Media Inspector (Environmental Specialist 5) (In-Training) position. This position is located in our Richland Field Office (RFO) in Richland, WA

In this role, you will get to work within the regulations typically used by three different Ecology programs: air quality, hazardous waste management, and water quality. You will be part of a team that administers all three of these regulations for the Hanford site. The unusual hazardous waste facilities and air emission sources at Hanford require applying the full breadth of these regulations. This is an excellent opportunity to build deep regulatory expertise to further advance your career.

The Nuclear Waste Program’s mission is to ensure sound management of nuclear waste statewide and to promote the sound management and protection of the environment at, and adjacent to, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford Site.

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. Join a team that is highly effective and collaborative, with leadership that embraces the value of people.

Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:

  • A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.
  • An Infants at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns.
  • Continuous growth and development opportunities. 
  • A wellness program that offers education, fitness classes, and an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
  • Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) are core values central to Ecology’s work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.

Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.

Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.

Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology’s work.

Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement. 

We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued. 

Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of April 25, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before April 24, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. This position is not currently required to work in the office on a regular basis. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing. Looking ahead, Ecology has recently updated the agency policies on telework and flexible and compressed work schedules. Applicants with questions about position location options, telework, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in “other information.”


What makes this role unique?

Hanford has categories of hazardous waste management units not seen anywhere else in the state of Washington.  Another unique aspect of this position is the regulation of air emissions under all three of the air quality regulations, the hazardous waste regulations, and the Washington Department of Health radioactive air emission limits.

What you will do: 

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within 4 NWP sections, with the US Department of Energy (US DOE), and US DOE contractors
  • Understand the operation of unusual facilities that treat, store and dispose of mixed radioactive/hazardous waste
  • Understand the operation of facilities that have the potential to emit a variety toxic air pollutants
  • Write clear inspection reports that accurately describe observations from field visits, interviews, and records reviews
  • Have flexibility to move between hazardous waste regulations and air quality regulations




Required Qualifications:

Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, educational and volunteer experience. See below for how you may qualify.

At the ES4 Level (Salary range 55: $4,509-$5,913 Monthly)

A total of Nine years of experience and/or education as described below: 

Professional-level experience in: Environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.

Education: Involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning, or other allied field

Additional experience and education combinations that meet the requirements for this position: 

Possible CombinationsCollege credit hours or degreeYears of required experience as listed above

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