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22 Oct 2018

Full-Time Oil Spill Equipment Planner (Marine Transportation Safety Specialist 2)

Washington State Department of Ecology – Posted by ECYCareers Bellevue, Washington, United States


Job Description


Ecology’s Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response program is looking to fill an Oil Spill Equipment Planner (Marine Transportation Safety Specialist 2) position. The position is flexible to either be located at our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA or our Northwest Regional Office (NWRO) in Bellevue, WA. It depends on where the finalist lives.

The Program mission is to protect Washington’s environment, public health, and safety through a comprehensive spill prevention, preparedness and response program.

Why Join the Team?

In Washington, oil handling facilities, ships, pipelines and rail move 20 billion gallons of oil in and out of the state each year. The Spills program is a known as a forward leaning leader in the world of prevention, preparedness and response. Oil spill planners at Ecology work in a fast paced, timeline driven environment where they enjoy seeing the direct results of their work.  We are looking for an engaged and organized individual interested in being part of our dynamic team. If you have an interest in joining a regulatory agency that helps to bridge industry perspective with public and environmental interests – this job is for you!

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. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, has leadership that embraces the value of people, and believes in the fun factor, Ecology is a good fit. To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at


What is the Job?

As the Oil Spill Equipment Planner, you will be a key resource in the verifying and improving the spill response readiness for Washington resulting in rapid, aggressive and well-coordinated responses. Ideal applicants possess effective communication skills. Must be well-organized, understand how to manage projects and have an eye for details and accuracy when making observations. The work is statewide and travel is an expected part of the job. We are looking for someone that rises to the occasion after positive feedback, is flexible to changing processes and is open to making improvements to overall performance.

Some of what you will do:

  • Inspect and document the operational readiness/on-going maintenance of oil spill response equipment and response personnel of private industry or public entities.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of industry oil spill contingency plans, response equipment, and personnel capability through oil spill drills.
  • Helps us establish a new program to regulate oil Spill Management Teams, will involve rulemaking.
  • Review applications from primary response contractors for their approval to be cited in industry oil spill plans.
  • Support the program in 24/7 oil spill response capability as a member of the Incident Management Team.

The Spills Program values a culture of openness and engagement. We want our staff to be part of the solution and help us find innovation in the work we do. If you are a positive force and want to join an organization that solves problems – be part of our team!

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be November 8, 2018.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before November 7, 2018. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree  in Marine Transportation, Marine Policy, Marine Affairs, Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, natural or environmental science or closely related field


One (1) year of experience in the field of oil spill response, planning or response equipment inspection, hands on operation of response equipment, participating in drills or as a marine science technician in the maritime industry.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Exceptional project and planning management skills.
  • Exceptional communication skills both written and oral.
  • Ability to build and manage interpersonal relationships.
  • Knowledge of oil spill issues affecting spill trends.
  • Familiarity with ESRI ArcGIS platform including web-based mapping and basic database management.
  • Proficiency in MS Office software.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

  • The position normally works in a relatively sedentary open office environment, working with computers and other office equipment for long periods of time.  However, position also may require spill response in field work which could involve several hours of standing, walking, or squatting each day.
  • This position is part of the Spills Program Incident Management Team (IMT) and Crisis Management Team and is required to complete Incident Command System (ICS) training at the level of 100, 300, 700 and 800. Maintain HAZWOPER certification annually and continual training as required by the Program as they come available to maintain IMT position qualifications.
  • Be able to obtain the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC card) which entails a detailed background check.
  • Hold and maintain eligibility and certification to permit travel to and from Canada, including passport or Enhanced Driver’s License.
  • Hold and maintain a valid Washington driver’s license and be able to operate a motor vehicle.

How to Apply

Please view the full job announcement online for additional job details and application instructions:

Job Categories: Environmental. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Contingency, environmental planning, Oil Spills, Planner, Public Administration, and Spills. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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