$69,072.00 - $92,868.00 Annually Location :
Yakima County - Union Gap, WA Job Type:
Project (limited duration) Remote Employment:
Flexible/Hybrid Job Number:
Dept. of Ecology Division:
Environmental Assessment Opening Date:
09/05/2023 Closing Date:
Continuous Salary Information:
The high end of the salary range, Step M is typically a longevity step
Description Keeping Washington Clean and EvergreenThe Environmental Assessment Program
(EAP)within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill anEnvironmental Laboratory Auditor-Inorganic Chemist (Chemist 3)
position. This position is locatedin our Central Region Office
(CRO) in Please Note
: This is a project position that is funded until June 30, 2025.
In this position, you will contribute to the program and agency missions by accrediting environmental laboratories in order to assure that they are capable of providing accurate and defensible analytical data to the state departments of Ecology and Health. As the Inorganic Chemistry Auditor, you will provide technical guidance, advice and assistance to WA accredited laboratories and those seeking to become accredited in the area of General Chemistry and Trace Metals. You will travel to Environmental Laboratories across the State to conduct onsite audits, both as part of an audit team and solo. You will also conduct virtual assessments of laboratories. You will help laboratories navigate applicable State and Federal Regulations and ensure understanding and compliance with Laboratory Accreditation Requirements. You will interact with accreditation unit customers including laboratories, State and Federal Agencies, and data users within the WA departments of Ecology and Health. Agency Mission:
Ecology's mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment and to promote the wise management of our air, land and water for the benefit of current and future generations. Program Mission:
The provides a range of scientific, monitoring, laboratory, and quality assurance services. Its mission is to measure, assess and communicate environmental conditions in Washington State. Tele-work options for this position:
This position is eligible for up to an 80% telework schedule. Applicants with questions about position location options, tele-work, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in "other information." Schedules are dependent upon position needs and are subject to change. Application Timeline:
This position will remain open until filled; with an initial screening date of September 20, 2023
. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before of September 19, 2023.
The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:
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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. To learn more, check out our Strategic Plan.
Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:
Our commitment to DEIRDiversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR)
- 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.
- Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.
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.
Duties What makes this role unique?
In this role, you will serve as an Inorganic Chemist on a two-person team based at our Central Regional Office, to primarily focus on Accreditation of Wastewater Laboratories located in the Central and Eastern Regions of WA State. There is a significant need for technical assistance in inorganic chemistry which you will provide to wastewater laboratories located in these regions. What you will do:
- Process initial applications and renewal for laboratory accreditation.
- Assess performance testing results for Inorganic Chemistry parameters.
- Review laboratory supporting documentation for Inorganic Chemistry parameters.
- Conduct in-person and virtual audit assessments for Inorganic Chemistry parameters.
- Respond to customer questions about Inorganic Chemistry testing.
- Provide technical support for accredited laboratories performing Inorganic Chemistry testing.
Qualifications Required Qualifications:
Years of required experience indicated below are full-time equivalent years. Full-time equivalent experience means that any experience where working hours were less than 40 hours per week will be prorated in order to meet the equivalency of full-time. We would calculate this by looking at the total hours worked per week, divide this by 40, and then multiply by the total number of months worked. Examples of the proration calculations are:
- 30 hours worked per week for 20 months: (30/40) x 20 months = 15 months full-time equivalent
- 20 hours worked per week for 12 months: (20/40) x 12 months = 6 months full-time equivalent
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, education, and volunteer experience. See below for how you may qualify. Option 1:
A Bachelor's degree with a major study in chemistry OR
A Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college-level chemistry AND
Four years of experience performing chemical analysis in an analytical laboratory. Option 2:
A Master's degree with a major study in chemistry OR
A Master's degree with a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college-level chemistry AND
Two years of experience performing chemical analysis in an analytical laboratory. Option 3:
A Ph.D. with a major study in chemistry OR
A Ph.D. with a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college-level chemistry AND
One year of experience performing chemical analysis in an analytical laboratory. Option 4:
Two years of experience as a Chemist 2, at the Department of Ecology. Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
Must possess and maintain a valid driver license. Desired Qualifications:
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
- Experience with Quality Assurance/Quality Control procedures of environmental laboratories, with particular emphasis on Inorganic Chemistry.
- Familiarity and hands-on bench experience with a variety of Inorganic Chemistry testing methods including EPA Methods and Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater.
- Hands on bench experience in General Chemistry within the past 10 years.
: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.
Ecology seeks diverse applicants:We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Need an Accommodationin the application and/or screening process or this job announcement in an alternative format?
- Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: and we will be happy to assist.
- If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can reach the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
- If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail Please do not send an email to this address to follow-up on the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.
- If you are reading this announcement in print format, please enter the following URL to your search engine to apply: https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/Get-to-know-us/Jobs-at-Ecology.
It's in the applicant's best interest to submit all of the documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be declined.
- A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position.
- A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position.
- A list of three professional references.
- College transcripts showing required coursework.
Please do NOT include your salary history.Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.
For Your Privacy:
When attaching documents to your application (such as 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.
Additional Application Instructions for Current 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.
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.
If you have specific questions about the position, please email Rebecca Wood
at Please do not contact Rebecca
to inquire about the status of your application.
To request the full position description: email Why work for Ecology?
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.
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 your health and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to life/work balance.
To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at and follow, like or visit us on , , , or our
Collective Bargaining: This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.
Equal Opportunity Employer: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. Note:
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. More than Just a Paycheck!
Employee benefits are not just about the kind of services you get, they are also about how much you may have to pay out of pocket. Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.
We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career. Like everyone, your first priority is ensuring that you and your family will maintain health and financial security. That's why choice is a key component of our benefits package. We have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits that you can mix and match to meet your current and future needs. Read about our benefits:
The following information describes typical benefits available for full-time employees who are expected to work more than six months. Actual benefits may vary by appointment type or be prorated for other than full-time work (e.g. part-time); view the job posting for benefits details for job types other than full-time. Note:
If the position offers benefits which differ from the following, the job posting should include the specific benefits. Insurance Benefits
Employees and their families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance. There are multiple medical plans with affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout the state.
Staff are eligible to enroll each year in a medical flexible spending account which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care expenses. Employees are also covered by basic life and long-term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional coverage amounts.
To view premium rates, coverage choice in your area and how to enroll, please visit the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) website. The Washington Wellness program from the Health Care Authority works with PEBB to support our workplace wellness programs.
Dependent care assistance allows the employee to save pre-tax dollars for a child or elder care expenses.
Other insurance coverage for auto, boat, home, and renter insurance is available through payroll deduction.
The Washington State Employee Assistance Program promotes the health and well-being of employees. Retirement and Deferred Compensation
State Employees are members of the Washington Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS). New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs. For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems' web site.
Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP). This is a supplemental retirement savings program (similar to an IRA) that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options. Social Security
All state employees are covered by the federal Social Security and Medicare systems. The state and the employee pay an equal amount into the system. Public Service Loan Forgiveness
If you are employed by a government or not-for-profit organization, and meet the qualifying criteria, you may be eligible to receive student loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. Holidays
Full-time and part-time employees are entitled to paid holidays and one paid personal holiday per calendar year. Note:
Employees who are members of certain Unions may be entitled to additional personal leave day(s), please refer to position specific Collective Bargaining Agreements for more information.
Full-time employees who work full monthly schedules qualify for holiday compensation if they are employed before the holiday and are in pay status for at least 80 nonovertime hours during the month of the holiday; or for the entire work shift preceding the holiday.
Part-time employees who are in pay status during the month of the holiday qualify for the holiday on a pro-rata basis. Compensation for holidays (including personal holiday) will be proportionate to the number of hours in pay status in the month to that required for full-time employment, excluding all holiday hours. Pay status includes hours worked and time on paid leave. Sick Leave
Full-time employees earn eight hours of sick leave per month. Overtime eligible employees who are in pay status for less than 80 hours per month, earn a monthly proportionate to the number of hours in pay status, in the month to that required for full-time employment. Overtime exempt employees who are in pay status for less than 80 hours per month do not earn a monthly accrual of sick leave.
Sick leave accruals for part-time employees will be proportionate to the number of hours in pay status, in the month to that required for full-time employment. Pay status includes hours worked, time on paid leave and paid holiday. Vacation (Annual Leave)
Full-time employees accrue vacation leave at the rates specified in (1) or the applicable collective bargaining agreement (CBA). Full-time employees who are in pay status for less than 80 nonovertime hours in a month do not earn a monthly accrual of vacation leave.
Part-time employees accrue vacation leave hours in accordance with (1) or the applicable collective bargaining agreement (CBA) on a pro rata basis. Vacation leave accrual will be proportionate to the number of hours in pay status, in the month to that required for full-time employment.
Pay status includes hours worked, time on paid leave and paid holiday.
As provided in , an employer may authorize a lump-sum accrual of vacation leave or accelerate the vacation leave accrual rate to support the recruitment and/or retention of a candidate or employee for a Washington Management Service position. Vacation leave accrual rates may only be accelerated using the rates established WAC 357-31-165. Note:
Most agencies follow the civil service rules covering leave and holidays for exempt
employees even though there is no requirement for them to do so. However, agencies are required to adhere to the applicable RCWs pertaining holidays and leave. Military Leave
Washington State supports members of the armed forces with 21 days paid military leave per year. Bereavement Leave
Most employees whose family member or household member dies, are entitled to three (3) days of paid bereavement leave. In addition, the employer may approve other available leave types for the purpose of bereavement leave. Additional Leave
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Leave Without Pay
Please visit the State HR Website for more detailed information regarding benefits.
How did you hear about this job posting?
- Community Based Organization
- Community / Technical College
- Ecology Employee
- Ecology Recruiter
- Ecology Jobs Page
- Job Board
- Job Fair
- Other State Agency
- Other Website
- Professional Association
- University Job Board
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Have you ever worked for the Department of Ecology in any capacity including: Permanent, Non-permanent, Project, Intern, or Volunteer?
Please select the statement that best describes your level of education with a major study in chemistry or another degree with a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college level chemistry.
- I have a Bachelor's degree.
- I have a Master's degree.
- I have a Ph.D.
- None of the above statements apply.
If you indicated in the previous question that you have a degree, please indicate your degree and major study. If you don't have a degree, put N/A.
Please select the statement that best describes your experience performing chemical analysis in an analytical laboratory. Please Note: Experience for required qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, educational and volunteer experience.
- I have at least one year of experience.
- I have at least two years of experience.
- I have at least four years of experience.
- I have at least two years of experience as a Chemist 2, at the Department of Ecology.
- None of the above statements apply.
Please provide additional information to support your response above. The following information is needed: position title(s), specific duties, and periods of employment. Make sure your response specifically addresses the qualification above. An incomplete answer, including "please see resume" may remove you from further consideration.
Do you have hands on Laboratory Experience in Inorganic Chemistry Analysis within the past 10 years?
Have you worked at a commercial environmental laboratory?
Have you worked at a wastewater treatment facility?
Do you have a working knowledge of both EPA Methods and "Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater", publications commonly used at Wastewater Laboratories. Have you performed these methods?
- Yes, I have a working knowledge of and have performed these methods.
- Yes, I have a working knowledge of these methods but have not performed them.
Are you able to obtain and maintain a valid driver's license?
The State of Washington, including the Department of Ecology, plays a vital role in fostering a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and respectful workplace and contributing to equitable outcomes for the communities we serve. We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including: race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. It may also be helpful to review the job posting for what diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect mean to Ecology, in practice.
What experiences have you had working with people whose backgrounds are very different from your own? What impact did those experiences have on you professionally?