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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
The Environmental Assessment Program (EAP) is looking to fill a Chemist 3 position. This position will be located at the Manchester Environmental Laboratory (MEL) in Port Orchard, WA.
The Environmental Assessment Program is the science arm of Ecology. Our scientists measure and analyze environmental conditions. Quality data is our highest priority. We use this data to evaluate and communicate environmental threats and to guide the state’s environmental policy decisions.
In this position, you will perform chemical analysis on water, soil, tissue, and consumer products to generate legally defensible analytical data for environmental clients.
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.
The Environmental Assessment Program's (EAP) mission is to measure, assess, and communicate environmental conditions in Washington.
The Manchester Environmental Laboratory (MEL) is the leading environmental laboratory for the State of Washington. We conduct environmental laboratory analyses on samples collected throughout Washington State for organic, inorganic, and microbiological contaminants. The laboratory also conducts analyses for toxics in children's and consumer products.
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 requires being in the laboratory up to 5 days a week with occasional telework for data management. 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 29, 2022. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before September 28, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
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.
- Continuous growth and development opportunities.
- A wellness program that offers education 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?
We are looking for applicants who are detail oriented, organized and collaborative, and who are able to work both independently and as part of a team. In this role, as new compounds of interest are identified, you will need to research and develop new analytical methods and extraction techniques on state of the art instrumentation.
What you will do:
- Perform complex analysis on water, soil, tissue, and consumer product samples for organics by LCMSMS and GCMS.
- Prepare and extract water, soil, tissue, and consumer product samples for analysis.
- Analyze data on chromatography software, input the data into LIMS, generate reports, and prepare data packages for peer review.
- Perform peer review of analytical data from other chemists.
- Perform instrument maintenance and troubleshoot analytical and extraction issues.
- Research and develop methods for sample preparation and analysis of new compounds.
- Back up operator for other organic analysis by LCMSMS, GCMS, GCMSMS, GCECD, GCFID, and GCPID.
- Evaluate QAPPs and answers technical questions.
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment and educational 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 extraction and chemical analysis in an analytical laboratory with at least one of those years following EPA methods.
Option 2: A Master's degree with a major study in chemistry AND two years of experience performing extraction and chemical analysis in an analytical laboratory with at least one of those years following EPA methods.
Option 3: A Ph.D. with a major study in chemistry AND one year of experience performing extraction and chemical analysis in an analytical laboratory following EPA methods.
Option 4: Two years of experience as a Chemist 2, at the Department of Ecology.
Please Note: If you are qualifying with a Master's degree or Ph.D., a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college-level chemistry is required.
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
- Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment.
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
- Knowledge of EPA methodologies for organic preparation, cleanup, and analytical methods for SVOCs using GCMS and LCMSMS techniques.
- Thorough knowledge of EPA Methods 3535, 3546, 8270, 8315, and 8321.
- Knowledge of Consumer Product Safety Commission analytical methods including 9.3.
- Ability to operate, maintain, and utilize a variety of complex scientific instrument platforms and software, including GCMS, LCMSMS, and MassHunter.
Note: 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.
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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.
- Three professional references.
- An unofficial copy of college transcripts.
Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.
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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 Joan Protasio at Joan.Protasio@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Joan to inquire about the status of your application.
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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:
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 Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth *See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information
Student debt: how working for Ecology can help
The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.
To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov and follow, like or visit us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.
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.