Hazardous Waste Generation Fee Assistant (Environmental Technician) (2 Positions)

Website Washington Department of Ecology

Salary $31,344.00 – $40,440.00 Annually
Location Thurston County – Lacey, WA
Job Type Full Time – Non-Permanent
Department Dept. of Ecology
Job Number 2021-HWTRT114T115-02479
Description

The Department of Ecology’s priority during the Covid-19 health crisis is to keep our staff, candidates, and the public safe.  We are still hiring and encourage you to apply to open positions.  The majority of our staff are currently working from home; we have transitioned to a virtual recruitment process, to include web-based interviews. 

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction (HWTR) Program is looking to fill two Hazardous Waste Generation Fee Assistant (Environmental Technician) positions. These temporary positions will join our team at the Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.The main function of these positions is to assist with the administration of the Hazardous Waste Generation Fee billing and collection operations in order to carry out Chapter 70.95E Revised Code of Washington. Each year, our program receives calls and emails from businesses who have questions about this fee. You will help our program by answering these inquiries. In turn, this helps businesses understand the importance of identifying their hazardous wastes and the importance of proper waste management.

In this role you will use your attention to detail to process fee waiver and exemption forms, and use customer service skills to respond to phone call and e-mail inquiries from fee payers.

At Ecology, 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 www.ecology.wa.gov and follow, like or visit us on LinkedInTwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

Local efforts… Diverse people… Statewide impacts

 

Duties
Agency Mission: 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.Program Mission: The mission of the Hazardous Waste & Toxics Reduction program is to foster sustainability, prevent pollution, and promote safe waste management.

What will you do?

  • Respond to phone calls and e-mails from businesses regarding the Hazardous Waste Generation Fee.
  • Explain statutory and regulatory requirements, and administrative policies and procedures.
  • Research, determine eligibility, and process requests for waivers and exemptions.

Why join the team?

This is a great opportunity to:

  • Learn about products that contain hazardous substances
  • Join a small, fun, collaborative team that works together.
  • Help protect, preserve, and enhance Washington’s environment for current and future generations.
These temporary positions are expected to end on September 30, 2021

Please note: During Stay Home, Stay Healthy, staff are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. These positions are expected to work in the office up to 1 day a week.

Ecology is maintaining less than maximum building occupancy, and requiring masks, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing.
This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of April 15, 2021.  In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before April 14, 2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

 

Qualifications
 

Required Qualifications:

There are multiple ways to qualify for this position. See options below:

Option 1:

  • Graduation from high school or GED equivalent.
  • Two (2) years of technical or third clerical-level experience in an environmental agency or office.
Experience may include:
  • Answering calls and emails, and referring inquiries to the appropriate staff person.
  • Collecting fees or documents from the public and maintaining records
  • Receiving and distributing mail, messages, or records
  • Entering and retrieving data in an electronic system

Option 2:

  • One (1) year of college-level coursework (30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits) in environmental, physical, or natural sciences, or closely related field.
  • One (1) year of technical or third clerical-level experience in an environmental agency or office.
Experience may include:
  • Answering calls and emails, and referring inquiries to the appropriate staff person.
  • Collecting fees or documents from the public and maintaining records
  • Receiving and distributing mail, messages, or records
  • Entering and retrieving data in an electronic system

Option 3:

Two (2) years of college level coursework (60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits) in environmental, physical, or natural sciences, or closely related field.

Desired Qualifications:

We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below. Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.

  • Experience communicating technical information clearly to a variety of audiences, including business owners.

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:
Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s)Public Employees Retirement System (PERS),  Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan ForgivenessTuition Waiver,  Long Term Disability & Life InsuranceDeferred Compensation ProgramsDependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA)Employee Assistance ProgramCommute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader)Combined Fund DriveSmartHealth

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 https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.

*See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information

 

Supplemental Information
 

Application Instructions:

Please complete the short on-line application, supplemental questions and upload:

  • Your current chronological resume;
  • A cover letter explaining how you fit the requirements of the position;
  • Three professional references with current contact information.

Important Note:

When attaching documents to your application (Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, DD-214, etc.):

  • Please be sure to remove private information such as your social security number, date of birth, etc.
  • Do not attach documents that are password protected as these documents may not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded.

Please to 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.It is in the candidate’s best interest to submit all of the documents requested above. Applications without these documents may be declined.

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.

If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit www.careers.wa.gov 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 e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. 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 Jean Rushing at: Jean.Rushing@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Jean o 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.

This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency. Once all the position(s) from the recruitment announcement are filled, the recruitment may only be used to fill additional open positions for the next sixty (60) days.

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, military spouses 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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For more information, please contact Jean.Rushing@ecy.wa.gov

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