Product Testing Lead Scientist (Natural Resource Scientist 3)
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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 Lead Scientist (Natural Resource Scientist 3) 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 newly created position, you will serve as scientific lead for Product Testing. Here you will demonstrate your scientific expertise, collaborative decision-making skills, and leadership abilities working with a wide array of policy staff and Environmental Assessment Program scientific staff that includes chemists, quality assurance staff, and other scientific study leads and technical experts to complete program priorities. Additionally, you will be responsible for leading complex multidisciplinary studies to evaluate toxic chemicals in consumer products, installments of products, and of the environment near those product installments.
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 mission of the Environmental Assessment Program (EAP) is to measure, assess, and communicate environmental conditions in Washington. We work to improve the environment for current and future generations through innovative and excellent science and thriving partnerships.
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 and mentoring may necessitate near-daily prep room work, fieldwork 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. 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.
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of October 18, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before October 17, 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 makes this role unique?
In this role, you will serve to provide guidance, training, and mentoring to other unit study leads, provide technical assistance and scientific expertise to other departmental programs and external entities, and also lead, design and facilitate multidisciplinary product testing and environmental monitoring studies.
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 (HWTR) program. 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, in this position, you will lead scientific studies to characterize the toxic concentrations of chemicals in consumer products and installments of products in the environment.
What you will do:
- Lead complex natural resource science research, compile available scientific literature and data to define study parameters, design, and conduct studies to assess and locate sources of toxics in products, processes, and equipment used at businesses.
- Serve as the Product Testing scientific lead and technical expert to other departmental programs and external entities.
- Serve as the Environmental Assistance Program (EAP) team mentor for the Product Testing Unit.
- Work with the HWTR Product Replacement Program, other HWTR policy staff, EAP product testing staff, and EAP environmental scientific staff to coordinate and design multidisciplinary product testing and environmental monitoring studies.
- Conduct statistical analyses and quality assurance reviews to develop reports and lead presentations to communicate study findings.
- Organize and participate in regular cross program meetings, which may include, program work planning, project scoping and other collaborative client meetings.
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, educational and volunteer experience. See below for how you may qualify.
Option 1: A Bachelor’s degree with a major study in chemistry, environmental science or other closely allied field. AND four (4) years of professional research work experience in conducting chemical analysis of products or similar media, and/or performing environmental monitoring and toxic chemical characterization.
Option 2: A Master’s degree with a major study in chemistry, environmental science, or other closely allied field. AND two (2) years of professional research work experience in conducting chemical analysis of products or similar media, and/or performing environmental monitoring and toxic chemical characterization.
Option 3: A Ph.D. with a major study in chemistry, environmental science, or other closely allied field.
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
- Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
- Experience in leading, training, and mentoring senior level technical staff.
- Experience analyzing data and writing technical reports.
- Experience performing environmental monitoring and collecting environmental samples.
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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- 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.