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20 Sep 2019

Full-Time Oil Spill Preparedness Planner (Environmental Planner 3)

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

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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

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.

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.

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at and follow, like or visit us on LinkedInTwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.
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Ecology’s  is looking to fill two Oil Spill Preparedness Planner (Environmental Planner 3) positions. These positions are flexible to either be located at our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA. or our Northwest Regional Office (NWRO) in Bellevue, WA. The location of these positions are flexible depending on where the successful candidate resides.

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, ships, pipelines and rail move 20 billion gallons of oil in and out of the state each year. The Spills program is a forward leaning leader in the world of prevention, preparedness and response organizations in the country. We have a very proactive legislature and active community throughout the state around the issue of oil spills. The stakes are high in ensuring our state has regulations that supports economic vitality with environmental protection.  If you are looking for a position that allows you to use your critical thinking skills that helps influence oil spill policy and environmental protection in our state, join our team!

Local efforts… Diverse people… Statewide impacts



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What is the Job?
As the Oil Spill Preparedness Planner, you will be a key resource in the continual evolution of our state’s preparedness program, in a way that keeps oil spill plans effective, oil spill teams well trained and spill preparedness improved from lessons learned. The work is statewide and travel is an expected part of the job. We are looking for an engaged and proactive individual interested in being part of dynamic team. Ideal applicants possess effective skills in organization, tracking processes, understands how to manage projects and timelines, eye for detail, able to review long and technical documents, process information and make recommendations.  If you have an interest in being part of a regulatory agency that helps to bridge industry perspective with public and environmental interest – this job is for you!As a member of the Oil Spill Preparedness Planners, you will be a key resource in the following activities:

  • Ensuring the largest oil movers in the state are aggressively prepared for oil spills by evaluating the effectiveness of their oil spill contingency plans
  • Evaluating and participating in live action role-play in oil spill drills and exercises as part of the state’s readiness for oil spills
  • Being part of the response community by planning and collaborating with local, state, federal, tribal governments and communities on development of geographic response plans
  • Training and qualifying to support a 24/7 response posture

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

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be October 14, 2019.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before October 13, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.

Required Qualifications:

A Master’s degree or above with major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, public policy, marine affairs, or closely related field.


Three years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.


One year of experience as an Environmental Planner 3, provided that a Master’s degree has been obtained.


A Bachelor’s degree in a field of natural science.


Five years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.

Why work for Ecology?

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 the health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to work/life balance.

Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:
Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s)Public Employees Retirement System (PERS),  Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan ForgivenessTuition Waiver,  Long Term Disability & Life InsuranceDeferred Compensation ProgramsDependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA)Employee Assistance ProgramCommute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader)Combined Fund DriveSmartHealth

Student debt and how working for Ecology can help
Employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See for more details.

*See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information
Supplemental Information

Other Information:

If you need assistance applying for this job, please call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail Please do not call this number or send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile’s main page.

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Nhi Irwin at: Please do not contact Nhi to inquire about the status of your application.

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.

This position is included in the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) union bargaining unit for the Department of Ecology.

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 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.


How to Apply

Application Instructions:
Please include the following documents as an attachment to your application:
  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.
  • A resume outlining your professional experience.
Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.
Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. Or, you may paste the text of your resume within the profile's resume text field. Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including "please see resume" may disqualify you from further consideration. Department of 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 at (360) 407-6186. If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit to access the online recruitment system. Click on "Look for Jobs" and select Dept. of Ecology under the "Department" search list. Click "Apply Search."

Job Categories: Environmental. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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