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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

Government Relations within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Regulatory Analyst 2 position. The position will be located in our Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.
The Regulatory Analyst 2 position in an integral part of the Rules and Accountability Section (RAS) team, and has three main responsibilities: 
1) Participates as part of the economic analysis team by collecting and analyzing data regarding potential impacts of proposed capital projects, legislation, regulations, projects, policies, and permits. 
2) Supports agency activities related to regulatory, legislative, and economic analyses. 
3) Analyzes economic impacts of proposed legislation by completing fiscal notes assigned to RAS. 
We are looking for applicants with excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong analytic ability, and with some knowledge of environmental policy. We want people who are curious, not easily intimidated, are comfortable in a fast-paced environment, and who possess great interpersonal and team-building skills.
We are also looking for a candidate who enjoys: working as part of a collaborative team, conducting research and data analysis, helping people through processes, and providing training and technical assistance. This is a unique opportunity at Ecology because you get to work with many of the environmental and administrative programs learning about several different subject areas rather than just focusing on one topic. 
Agency Mission: Ecology’s mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment for current and future generations. The agency’s goals are to support and engage our communities, customers and employees, reduce and prepare for climate impacts, prevent and reduce toxic threats and, and protect and manage our state’s waters. 
The Governmental Relations Rules and Accountability Section (RAS) is responsible for coordination of agency rulemaking, providing regulatory analysis for agency regulatory and policy initiatives, and for gathering and reporting timely and accurate agency performance metrics. 

During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. For the first three months this position would be required to be in the office two days a week. The entire section is required to be in the office every other Thursday. After the first 3 months a telework schedule could be negotiated if desired. 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 25, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before October 24, 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?
The Regulatory Analyst 2 position is located within the Governmental Relations Rules and Accountability Section and participates in agency rulemaking, supports agency economists, performs fiscal analyses of legislation impacting the agency, and performs research related to agency regulatory and policy initiatives.
In this role, you will support Ecology's mission by delivering accurate, timely, careful and well-rafted regulatory analyses that inform agency decisions and meet statutory requirements. Regulatory matters are complex and require the incumbent to exercise judgment regarding rules, procedures, and processes. Work is performed independently, with the agency's lead economist providing guidance for more complex matters. 
You will work closely with staff from across the agency on a variety of topics. It is an opportunity to learn new things and build your knowledge. The connections made will help you understand the agency and get an understanding of the huge scope of work we do. In any given year, topics covered by regulatory analyses are diverse: climate change, requirements related to environmental cleanup, safer products, water quality and management, and many more. 
What you will do:
Collect and analyze data regarding potential impacts to affected entities of proposed capital projects, legislation, regulations, permits, and projects. 
  • Provide research in response to information requests (for example, from the Ecology executive management team, other agencies, The Office of Financial Management (OFM), the Governor's office, or the State Auditor's Office).
  • Research, gather, manage, review and analyze data pertaining to costs affecting businesses and other entities.
  • With guidance from the agency economists, builds spreadsheets to perform complex calculations that estimate costs of existing and/or proposed regulatory activities.
  • Present results in well-organized and readable documents and/or charts.
Analyze laws, regulations, bills, and proposals as assigned. Research, summarize, and provide interpretations to internal parties. Describe the nature and/or scope of the issues addressed by the proposed regulatory change. Support regulatory activities as part of the rulemaking and economic analysis team.
  • Provide technical assistance to Ecology environmental program rulemaking and project teams by explaining and communicating regulatory and procedural requirements related to economic analyses.
  • Develop training handouts and presentations as needed. Participate in and contribute to process improvement efforts.
  • Coordinate internal review and provides quality assurance of the regulatory analyses required by the Administrative Procedures Act and Regulatory Fairness Act. For example, ensures that timelines are communicated, terminology is consistent, and that assumptions are documented.
  • Provide backup for time-sensitive rulemaking, projects, and appeals activities required by state law.
  • Attend public meetings to provide information on the economic analyses process and to establish relationships with stakeholders.
Complete fiscal notes assigned to the Rules and Accountability Section (RAS).
  • Analyze fiscal impacts of proposed legislation. 
  • Prepare fiscal notes according to agency standards.
  • Attend scheduled fiscal note training to stay current with updates to the requirements. 
  • If needed, provides backup for bill analyses assigned to RAS.

Required Qualifications:
Option 1: Bachelor’s degree involving major study in economics, accounting, business or public administration, finance, social sciences, engineering, law, environmental management, or a closely related field, or an interdisciplinary program with course work in these areas AND Three years of professional research or analysis experience with an organization engaged primarily in regulatory matters. Experience must include:
  1. Working with complex regulatory issues
  2. Ability to communicate technical information to diverse audiences
  3. Researching, gathering, reviewing and analyzing data.
Option 2: A Master’s degree or higher involving major study in economics, accounting, business or public administration, finance, social sciences, engineering, law, environmental management, or a closely related field, or an interdisciplinary program with course work in these areas AND Two years of professional research or analysis experience with an organization engaged primarily in regulatory matters. Experience must include:
  1. Working with complex regulatory issues
  2. Ability to communicate technical information to diverse audiences
  3. Researching, gathering, reviewing and analyzing data.
Option 3: Two years of experience as a Regulatory Analyst 1, at the Department of Ecology.

Desired Qualifications:
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below. 
  • Data visualization such as displaying in communications, infographics, dashboards. 
  • Interest and/or experience working on environmental and public health issues.
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.

Need an Accommodation in the application and/or screening process or this job announcement in an alternative format?

  • 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.
  • 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 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.
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.