Nonpoint Inspector and Compliance Specialist (Environmental Specialist 3)

Website Washington Dept of Ecology

Nonpoint Inspector and Compliance Specialist (Environmental Specialist 3)

Salary $42,264.00 – $55,476.00 Annually
Location  Yakima County – Union Gap, WA
Job Type Full Time – Permanent
Department Dept. of Ecology
Job Number 2018-WQ2677-01297
Closing Continuous
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 Water Quality Program program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Nonpoint Inspector and Compliance Specialist position in our Central Regional Office in Union Gap, WA .

We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills, the ability to quickly assess a situation and make a decision, and the ability to communicate with a diverse audience.

This is a great opportunity for someone looking to be a part of a small, collaborative work group, and who wants to be involved in a wide variety of water quality issues throughout the Central Region.

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The mission of the Department of Ecology is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment, for current and future generations. The mission of the Water Quality Program is to protect and restore Washington’s waters to support healthy watersheds and communities. Our work ensures state waters can support beneficial uses including recreational and business activities, supplies for clean drinking water, and the protection of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and public health.

The Nonpoint Inspector and Compliance Specialist will work with the public and agency staff to evaluate and investigate water quality impairments, identify opportunities to improve water quality in Ecology’s Central Region, and bring water and discharges into compliance with water quality rules.

To accomplish this, this position will:

  • Visit sites to determine if pollution has the potential to impact water quality
  • Contact parties responsible for reported or suspected water pollution
  • Contribute to the development and use of data collection systems that include Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Write reports and correspondence to document pollution, corrective actions, and compliance with water quality regulations
  • Potentially testify in enforcement cases, when needed

This position will remain open until filled. The initial review date of applications for this position will be February 22, 2018. To be considered for the initial review date, please apply online by February 21, 2018. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial review date.


Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field AND two years of professional level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning.

Additional qualifying experience will substitute year for year for education.

A Master’s degree in one of the above fields will substitute for one year of the required experience.


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


One year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 2.

The experience as an Environmental Specialist 2 can include assisting in any of the following areas: 1) performing field surveys or studies, 2) responding to complaints involving scientific or technical content, 3) preparing public meetings and hearings, 4) assistance with routine inspections or investigations requiring specialized knowledge of industry processes, pollutant sources or natural processes, 5) responding to routine inquires or requests for technical assistance involving scientific content, 6) special projects that are scientific in nature, 7) conducting routine sampling and testing analyses, interprets data, writing reports 8) performing basic sampling data review, 9) maintaining an environmental data base to support technical projects, 10) providing routine environmental technical and administrative assistance to grant/ contract/ loan recipients of environmental protection projects.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working with environmental legislation and regulations at the federal, state, and local level
  • Experience with oral and written communication of complex issues and interpreting technical documents for a variety of audiences
  • Experience in applying negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Experience with GIS systems and associated mobile devices.
  • Experience working with a pollution identification project (PIC)
  • Experience or demonstrated familiarity with the agricultural sector
  • A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in environmental or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field
  • Spanish language skills

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

Must have a valid Driver’s License.

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 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 Mark Peterschmidt at: Please do not contact Mark 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. All employees covered by the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the WFSE will, as a condition of employment, either become members of the WFSE and pay membership dues or, as non-members, pay a representation fee as described in the CBA, no later than the 30th day following the effective date of this CBA or the beginning of their employment.

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.

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