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31 Aug 2018

Full-Time Oil Spill Preparedness Planner Lead (Environmental Planner 4)

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


Job Description


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.

The Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response program (SPPR) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill an Oil Spill Preparedness Planner Lead (Environmental Planner 4) position. Depending on the successful applicants location, this position can be located in either our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA, or our Northwest Regional Office (NWRO) in Bellevue, WA.

The mission of this position is to ensure that the Spills Program has a focus on preparedness for oil spills to Washington waters and land, as well as effective and aggressive responses to oil and hazardous substance spills whenever they occur. The duties also ensure that all program activities and interactions with internal and external stakeholders comply with program expectations. The position develops planning processes for approval of oil spill contingency plans for facility and commercial vessel operators statewide; uses written criteria and judgment to ensure that the plans are tested and improved during drills. The position assists in the maintenance of the Northwest Area Contingency Plan and is responsible for successfully maintaining stakeholder, tribal and local government relationships.

We are looking for an engaged and proactive individual interested in being part of dynamic team. Ideal applicants possess effective leadership skills that motivates and engages others. Must be a well-organized in 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 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. Maybe you’ve seen some of our recent stories on TwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

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The mission of the Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Program (SPPR) is to protect Washington’s environment, public health, and safety through a comprehensive spill prevention, preparedness and response program. The Spill’s Program’s vision is to prevent, prepare for and respond aggressively to oil spills; to be our best for the State of Washington. Our Spills goal is “zero spills”.

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.  As the Oil Spill Preparedness Planner Lead, you will be a key resource in the following activities:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of oil spill contingency plan, response equipment, and personnel capability through oil spill drills.
  • Reviews, analyzes and recommends approval of industry oil spill contingency plans.
  • Collaborate with local, state, federal, tribal governments and communities on development of geographic response plans and volunteer management issues.
  • Engage and assist in the rulemaking process.
  • Support 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 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!

Critical Position: This position has been identified as a Critical Agency positions and the incumbent in this position is expected to work during facility closures and natural disasters.
After-hours work: This position may be required to act as duty officers for after-hours pager duty on rotation.

PLEASE NOTE: This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be September 19, 2018. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before September 18, 2018. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


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.

Desired Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years of leadership experience on projects and leading teams.
  • Exceptional project and planning management skills.
  • Exceptional communication skills both written and oral.
  • Ability to build and manage interpersonal relationships.
  • Critical thinking skills.
  • 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.

How to Apply

Application Instructions

Please view the full job announcement for additional details and application instructions: Oil Spill Preparedness Planner Lead (Environmental Planner 4)

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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