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Business Operations Section Manager (WMS Band 2)

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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Environmental Assessment Program (EAP) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Business Operations Section Manager (WMS Band 2) position. This position is located in our Headquarters Building (HQ) in Lacey, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station. 

Are you an energetic, solution-oriented leader with a passion for science and the environment and an understanding of the business needs to get it done? Do you like variety? This is a newly created position, which consolidates business operations of the Environmental Assessment Program with a high impact to the success of our mission. In this role, you will oversee our Operations Center, which is the central hub where we base much of our field work out of, where we stores boats, equipment and instruments, and where we conduct some lab analysis. In this position you will also lead our Lab Accreditation Unit that certifies hundreds of labs for chemistry work and our team of specialists quality control and upload environmental data. You will also serve on the agency’s Business Administrative Team (BAT), alongside executive management shaping our IT infrastructure for the future. This position has a broad array of responsibilities that requires some depth of knowledge in each area.

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 should expect to meet a minimum of 40%- 60% in office presence to support staff (Telework up to 3 days/week). The days per week may depend on staff schedules and is to be determined in consultation with the supervisor. 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.” 
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of September 28, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before September 27, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

The Environmental Assessment Program provides service to the agency and to the state through providing high quality environmental science. The work is complex, important, thought provoking, and ever fascinating.
About the Department of Ecology
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.

Our commitment to DEIR

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. 


What makes this role unique? 
The successful candidate will be someone that is energized by broad variety in their work. Leading the Lab accreditation will require some comfort with chemists and chemistry, leading data entry will require patience with focused and detail oriented work, and leading the Operations Center will require knowledge of fleet maintenance and facility management. 

What you'll do:

  • Actively participate in the Program’s Management Team and the agency’s Business Administrative Team.
  • Oversee and conduct strategic planning for use of the Operations Center.
  • Manage sharing of common resources at the Operations Center.
  • Oversee, the Lab Accreditation unit which provides EAP’s only regulatory function. This position will support staff through challenges to accreditation decisions. The accreditation work will become broader when Ecology takes on accreditation of cannabis laboratories as is envisaged in 2024.
  • Oversee the data management staff that review, clarify and upload data to the public Environmental Information Management (EIM) database.

Required Qualifications:
Option 1: 
A Bachelor of Science degree involving a major study in environmental, chemical, physical, or natural science, engineering or related field.

At least five (5) years of leadership in natural resource planning, program development or management. Experience must include defending regulatory decisions.

Option 2: 
A Master's degree involving a major study in environmental, chemical, physical, or natural science, engineering or related field. 
Four (4) years of leadership in natural resource planning, program development or management. Experience must include defending regulatory decisions. 
Option 3: 
A PhD. involving a major study in environmental, chemical, physical, or natural science, engineering or related field. 
Three (3) years of leadership in natural resource planning, program development or management. Experience must include defending regulatory decisions. 

Note: All options must include 18 months or more of supervisory experience managing technical and policy staff. This experience can be obtained concurrently with the above experience.

See chart below for a list of additional ways to qualify

Possible Combinations.

College credit hours or degree - as listed above.

Years of professional level experience.

Combination 1

No college credit hours or degree

5 years of experience per above plus 4 years of chemistry experience.

Combination 2

I have 30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits.

5 years of experience per above plus 3 years of chemistry experience.

Combination 3

I have 60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree).

5 years of experience per above plus 2 years of chemistry experience.

Combination 4

I have 90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits.

5 years of experience per above plus 1 year of chemistry experience.

Combination 5 

A Bachelor's Degree per above.

5 years of experience per above.

Combination 6 

A Master's Degree as listed above

4 years of experience per above.

Combination 7

A Ph.D. as listed above

3 years of experience per above.

Conditions of Employment: 

  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
  • Successfully complete all trainings required by Ecology, Washington State by RCW, EO (Executive Order) or WAC. This includes contract management, purchasing and procurement, ethics, IT awareness, sexual harassment, and supervisory essentials.
Desired Qualifications:

We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.

  • Natural resource policy and planning, public administration.
  • Knowledge and experience with complex computer databases and other information technology.
  • Facilities operation and management.

Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.

Supplemental Information

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.

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  • Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: and we will be happy to assist.
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Application Instructions:

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

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 (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.

Application Attestation: 

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. 

Other Information:
If you have specific questions about the position, please email Annette Hoffman at: Please do not contact Annette 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.

Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:

Student debt: how working for Ecology can help
The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See for more details.
To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at and follow, like or visit us on LinkedInTwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

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.