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Facility Maintenance Coordinator (Maintenance Mechanic 2)

Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.2 (Download PDF reader), Washington State employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination as part of the hiring process, prior to their start date. Requests for medical and religious exemptions will be considered. If you have questions, please contact with “COVID-19 vaccination” in the subject line.  

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) program and the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (PBNERR) in Skagit County, Washington is seeking a Facility Maintenance Coordinator (Maintenance Mechanic 2) position. This is a full-time permanent position with the Washington Department of Ecology and includes a full state benefits package. This position will be located in our Padilla Bay Office in Mount Vernon, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.

The Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (PBNERR) is one of 30 federally designated coastal reserves, managed by WA Dept of Ecology in cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The mission of PBNERR is to protect, preserve, and enhance the natural resources of Padilla Bay and to operate programs of education, public information, natural resource management, research, and monitoring to conserve and manage estuaries in Washington State and across the nation.

The Padilla Bay Reserve encompasses over 12,000 acres, including ~100 acres of upland on which the research facility, interpretive center and aquarium, conference center, and other buildings are located – along with recreational trails and public green spaces. Maintenance and upkeep of these buildings and grounds, and providing a safe and welcoming experience at the Reserve for staff, collaborators, and visitors, is essential to carrying out the Reserve’s mission.

In this role, you will be an integral part to the daily operations at the Reserve and critical for carrying out a wide range of research, monitoring, and public education programs. In addition to routine and preventative maintenance of the facility and buildings, you will help support a wide variety of systems and services needed for Reserve operations including aquaria, electrical, HVAC, small construction and carpentry projects, vehicles, and upland trails. You will work closely with Reserve and Ecology staff, volunteers, contractors, and AmeriCorps members to carry out this work. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in facilities management and operations, especially in environmental research facilities, marine labs, state agencies, and university and/or college settings.

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 not eligible for telework and must report to the worksite daily. 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 November 16, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before November 15, 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. To learn more, check out our Strategic Plan

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?
This is an exciting opportunity to work in a beautiful natural setting with a close-knit group of scientists, educators and support staff who are passionate about the marine environment. In this role, you will be the lead on all facility maintenance and operations at the Reserve, you will have the opportunity to play a leadership role in the overseeing a wide range of systems and bring expertise and creativity to develop solutions and overcome challenges in Reserve operations.

What you will do: 

  • Perform journey level preventative maintenance and repairs of the buildings and grounds at the Padilla Bay campus. 
  • Monitor, schedule, coordinate and perform the necessary routine and preventative maintenance services for the Padilla Bay Reserve facilities and grounds. 
  • Perform and/or oversee minor construction projects at the Reserve.
  • Provide staff and visitors with a safe, highly functional, well-run campus for various uses.
  • Ensure that Padilla Bay campus facilities, public visitor center, and related infrastructure, landscaped areas, vehicles, and equipment owned and operated by the Reserve are maintained to a high and professional standard for optimal functionality, safety, and staff/public utilization. 

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:

High school graduation and four years of general work experience in building and equipment maintenance, construction or repair work.
Option 2:
Completion of a recognized apprenticeship in a skilled mechanic trade.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment: 

Obtain and maintain valid driver’s license.

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

  • Professional experience working in research field stations or environmental laboratory facilities. 
  • Technical or associate degree in maintenance, construction, or facilities management. 
  • Completion of a recognized apprenticeship in a skilled mechanic trade

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 Jude Apple at: Please do not contact Jude 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.