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Economic Analyst (Economic Analyst 3) (two positions)

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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

Government Relations within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill two Economic Analyst (Economic Analyst 3) positions. These positions will be located in our Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.

As an Economic Analyst 3, you will use economic theory and research to understand and translate values held by various groups to understand the true likely impacts of Ecology actions. You will help the agency achieve better protection for the environment and the people of Washington while understanding tradeoffs to businesses, governments, tribes, communities, and people.
In these roles, you will contribute to the agency's environmental mission by working collaboratively with the economics team; environmental program employees; businesses; federal, state, and local governments; tribes, communities, and others to collect and provide information and analysis on the estimated economic impacts of regulatory proposals and options we are considering or implementing. These analyses support decisions and help shape the future of our environmental programs. It will be necessary to have economics training, strong project management skills, the ability to successfully communicate technical information to many different audiences, the ability to be detail oriented, and have project skills in both a team setting and individually.

The Governmental Relations – Rules & Accountability Section is a collaborative team focused on a variety of issues, topics, and projects across the agency. Our section provides oversight and coordinates agency processes related to regulatory accountability, agency performance management, rulemaking, economics, customer feedback, continuous improvement and enforcement and compliance activities, including Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs). The Economics Team develops individually managed projects using collective knowledge and common practices in a supportive, information-sharing environment guided by our Lead Economist providing experiential knowledge and context. Our section also works closely with Ecology’s environmental programs and offices.

During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. Initially these positions will be required to work in the office a minimum of two days per week. 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 October 17, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before October 16, 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? 
We are looking for individuals who resonate with our agency vision “Our innovative partnerships sustain healthy air, land, water, and climate in harmony with a strong economy.” In this position, you would be contributing to the agency’s vision and mission by determining the estimated economic impacts (both costs and benefits) of regulatory proposals and options we are considering or implementing. This work supports decisions that solve problems and helps shape the future of our environmental programs. 

What you will do: 

  • Independently conduct highly complex economic analyses of proposed regulations, permits, and agency actions.
  • Research and review applicable laws and rules; identify impacted parties; and perform thorough, high-quality, technically accurate economic and related regulatory analyses in accordance with statutory requirements.
  • Consult with employees from all programs within Ecology on a variety of environmental rules, permits, and policies.
  • Support implementation of economics-related regulatory requirements, including working with external audiences.
  • Communicate results to external audiences and answer questions as appropriate.
  • Complete economic analyses related to agency rulemakings, general permits, and other agency actions meeting expectations for content and deadlines.
  • Identify data to support the economic analyses quantitatively or qualitatively.
  • Determine the on-the-ground impacts of regulatory changes to businesses, individuals, local governments, tribes, and communities including vulnerable population and overburdened communities. 
  • Communicate the results of an economic analysis with a wide range of audiences.
  • Use knowledge of laws, rules, and best practices for implementing projects, engaging with proponents and impacted parties, communities, Tribes, and governments.
Required Qualifications:
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 in economics, public finance or closely allied field AND five years of professional experience in economic analysis. (20 graduate semester credits or 30 graduate quarter credits in economics or public finance may be substituted for one year of experience)
Option 2:
A Master's degree, completed course work towards a Ph.D., or completed a Ph.D. program in economics, public finance or closely-allied field AND three years of professional experience in economic analysis.

Option 3:

Two years as an Economic Analyst in WA State service.

Applicants must also have:

  • Six graduate semester credits or nine graduate quarter credits in economic statistical coursework which could be econometrics or a combination of some of the following classes: economic modelling, mathematical and statistical methodology, and/or regression analysis.
  • Expert-level knowledge of statistics, advanced knowledge of Excel, English language mastery, excellent verbal and writing abilities.

Desired Qualifications:

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

  • A Masters' degree with major emphasis in economics; and, three years of professional experience in urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource economics.
  • Experience using macroeconomic models. 
  • Experience with benefit-cost analysis.
  • Ability to explain economic methodologies to non-economists.
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.
  • Transcripts showing required course completion.

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 Bari Schreiner at: Please do not contact Bari 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.
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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.