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Natural Resource Trustee (Natural Resource Scientist 3)

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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Natural Resource Trustee (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.

As a Natural Resource Trustee, you will be a senior program expert involved in collaborative work to quantify natural resource injuries and restore natural resources that have been damaged by hazardous substances. In this role, you will work with Federal and Tribal Resource Trustees to coordinate investigations, conduct analyses and determine compensation portfolios. You will be part of the TCP Headquarters Cleanup Section, which provides centralized technical support, develops and reviews guidance, and provides regulatory interpretations for the implementation of the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) cleanup regulation and Sediment Management Standards (SMS) for sediment management activities within the state.

Program Mission: The mission of the Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) is to protect Washington’s human health and the environment by preventing and cleaning up pollution and supporting sustainable communities and natural resources for the benefit of future and current generations.

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 is eligible to telework up to 90% of the time. 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 27, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before October 26, 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? 
As Natural Resource Trustee, you will work within a multidisciplinary team focused on cleaning up and restoring aquatic sites in the Puget Sound. You will have the opportunity to apply your scientific knowledge, project management experience and interpersonal skills to issues that will directly impact Washington's natural environment.

What you will do: 
  • Research and conduct professional analysis and technical services for the investigation and quantification of impacts to the natural environment and its restoration.
  • Review and quantify natural resource damage assessments at contaminated sites.
  • Represent Ecology on interagency and intergovernmental task force and trustee councils addressing natural resource damage issues.
  • Apply principles of environmental chemistry, human toxicology, aquatic toxicology, nearshore processes, and impacts from construction in evaluating potential actions at contaminated sites.
  • Review investigation and compensation portfolios with Federal and Tribal Resource Trustees.
  • Evaluate chemical and biological sampling data to the application of statewide regulatory standards. Understand the methods of identifying/monitoring pollutants in sediment, soil, groundwater, surface water, air, and other media.


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 with major study in a natural science, such as aquatic biology, ecology, ecotoxicology, environmental chemistry, environmental sciences, geology, or other closely allied fields, AND four years of professional research experience in a specific specialty field, such as aquatic ecology, benthic ecology, sediment, and/or soil toxicology, or other closely allied fields.

Option 2: 
A Master’s degree with major study in a natural science, such as aquatic biology, ecology, ecotoxicology, environmental chemistry, environmental sciences, geology, or other closely allied fields, AND two years of professional research experience in a specific specialty field, such as aquatic ecology, benthic ecology, sediment, and/or soil toxicology, or other closely allied fields.

Option 3: 
A Ph.D. in a natural science, such as aquatic biology, ecology, ecotoxicology, environmental chemistry, environmental sciences, geology, or other closely allied fields. The Ph.D. will substitute for all required experience.
Professional research experience must include a minimum of six months working with Tribes, federal natural resource agencies, and state natural resource agencies in Natural Resource Damage Assessments and Settlements.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment: 
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
  • Must complete HAZWOPER (40-hour) training within six months of employment, and an annual 8-hour HAZWOPER refresher.

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

  • Expert knowledge of marine and freshwater sediment biology/ecology, upland source control, bioassays, hydrogeologic processes, and marine chemistry.  
  • Knowledge of Sediment Management Standards (SMS), Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA), the Shoreline Management Act RCW 90.58, and Federal CERCLA 42 U.S.C. §9601 et seq. (1980).
  • Proficiency in ARC GIS and the analytical procedures used by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and United States Fish & Wildlife Services in the quantification and assessment of injury to marine natural resources using Habitat Equivalency Analysis.
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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  • 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 John Evered at Please do not contact John 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.