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Product Testing Project Manager (Natural Resource Scientist 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 Product Testing Project Manager (Natural Resource Scientist 2) position. This position is located in our Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.

In this role, you will serve as a principal investigator and project manager responsible for planning and conducting product testing studies that support Washington’s consumer products laws and rules. You will work cooperatively with a wide array of policy staff and scientific staff that includes chemists, quality assurance staff and other scientific study leads.

Recent product testing studies have focused on several classes of chemicals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, PCBs, PFAS "forever chemicals", flame-retardants, and plasticizers in consumer products. Consumer products tested include, but are not limited to: industrial inks, consumer electronics, children's school supplies, children's clothing, brake pads, and many other products.

Agency Mission: Ecology’s mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment, and promote the wise management of our air, land and water. The agency’s goals are to prevent pollution, clean up pollution and support sustainable communities and natural resources. 

Program Mission: The mission of the Environmental Assessment Program is to measure, assess, and communicate environmental conditions in Washington State for the purpose of providing credible science to guide environmental decisions. 

During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. Much of this position’s work can be done remotely, however assigned studies may necessitate near-daily prep room work, field work and other office-based study collaborations to occur several times a year, for several weeks at a time. At a minimum, this position will be required to work in the office one day per pay period. It is a requirement that while employed by the State of Washington, employees’ primary residence must be within the State of Washington.  

Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of October 6, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before October 5, 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.
  • 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 is unique about this position?
Our product testing team scientists are passionate about the work they do and enjoy the challenges that accompany this novel emerging science. Through coordination with internal and external policy partners, this position will lead scientific studies to characterize the toxic concentrations of chemicals (inorganic and/or organic) in consumer products sold in Washington State retail stores and online.
Washington State is a leading expert in consumer product testing, and works and coordinates with a number of stakeholders and scientists nationwide to help identify toxic threats to consumers and the environment. This work directly informs compliance and regulatory actions developed and implemented through our Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction program.
What you will do:
  • Under administrative direction, define the research needed and consult with agency management regarding goals and objectives, then perform specialized natural resource science research, and compile available scientific literature and data to evaluate the occurrence of toxic chemicals in consumer products in Washington State.
  • Lead all aspects of assigned project implementation, including: scope development, on­ going progress meetings with client, Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) development, coordination with prep room staff for assistance in purchasing and processing products, laboratory contracting, data validation and analysis, and reporting of findings and recommendations.
  • Complete projects for delivery to client per agreed upon timelines, and communicate and help solve any timeline issues with the supervisor and client. 
  • Develop good working relationships with all staff members on the team to promote efficiency and team cohesiveness.
  • Conduct statistical analysis and quality assurance review of data.
  • Use various software programs for data analysis including, but not limited to: Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint, and statistical programs like RStudio and Systat.
  • Follow established program protocols for Quality Assurance/Quality Control.


Required Qualifications:
Option 1: A Bachelor’s degree with a major study in chemistry, environmental science, or other closely allied field AND three years of professional research work experience which includes chemical analysis of products or related media.

Option 2: A Master’s degree with a major study in chemistry, environmental science, or other closely allied field AND one year of professional research work experience which includes chemical analysis of products or related media.

Option 3: A Ph.D. with a major study in chemistry, environmental science, or other closely allied field.

Desired Qualifications: 
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
  • Experience in communicating with staff, internal clients, stakeholders, and management to define project scopes, study designs, and project deliverables. 
  • Experience analyzing data and writing technical reports or publishing findings.
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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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.
  • Three professional references.

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.

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 Sara Sekerak at: Please do not contact Sara 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.

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.