Washington State Senior Carbon Reduction, Technical, and Policy Specialist (Environmental Specialist 5) in Lacey, Washington


Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Department of Ecology's Air Quality Program is looking for a Senior Carbon Reduction, Technical, and Policy Specialist for the Climate Policy Section. This is an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of an innovative, nation-leading policy program to help slow climate change. The successful candidate will be a part of a collaborative team that will work with the federal, state and local government agencies, environmental groups, and the regulated community to address the most significant environmental issue of our time.

As the Senior Carbon Reduction, Technical, and Policy Specialist you will manage and implement compliance, reporting, verification and tracking systems for the Clean Air Rule, a regulation that caps and reduces carbon pollution. The successful candidate will be the program expert that provides complex technical assistance to the regulated community; writes rule language and guidance documents; and develops scientific and policy analysis for recommendations to program and agency management.

In this position you will serve as the business lead to develop and maintain the Clean Air Rule compliance, reporting, verification and tracking databases, tools and IT systems. You will also work closely with other ECY and external experts to design, improve, implement, and maintain the systems.

This position is located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, Washington and is classified as an Environmental Specialist 5. To learn more about Washington State's job classification system, please visit this link.

We are looking for applicants with a desire to work as part of a team to implement the Clean Air Rule to cap and reduce carbon pollution in Washington and who possess technical and policy expertise analyzing, interpreting, and providing quality assurance of reported greenhouse gas emissions and compliance data using scientific background and knowledge; providing complex technical assistance to the regulated community; and developing and implementing guidance documents. Also, we are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills and the ability to explain highly technical and complex regulations and data to a diverse audience.

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 Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.

To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at www.ecy.wa.gov.

Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts


The mission of the Air Quality Program (AQ) is to protect public health and the environment from the effects of air pollution and climate change.

The position is located within the Climate Policy section. The primary functions of the section are to:

  • Ensure effective regulatory design for the Clean Air Rule (CAR) and the greenhouse gas emissions reporting program.
  • Implement all aspects of the CAR and the greenhouse gas emissions reporting program.
  • Design and maintain data reporting and tracking systems for the CAR and the greenhouse gas emissions reporting program; provide reports on greenhouse gas emissions and trends.
  • Provide policy and technical support and help develop regulations to carry out the state's climate change initiatives and to incorporate climate objectives and science into air quality program decision making.

Some of the key work activities of the Senior Carbon Reduction, Technical, and Policy Specialist include:

  • As a senior program expert, leads and implements the state mandatory GHG reporting program (Chapter 173-441 WAC) and the compliance tracking and verification elements of the Clean Air Rule to cap and reduce carbon pollution (Chapter 173-442 WAC).
  • Leads and coordinates the development and implementation of guidance documents and training for sources that must report their GHG emissions and comply with the CAR.
  • Serves as the program's technical and policy expert and is the primary point of contact for the mandatory GHG reporting program and compliance tracking and verification systems under CAR.
  • Provides technical assistance to the regulated community, government agencies, and consultants on complex GHG reporting, compliance tracking and verification issues.
  • Analyzes, interprets, and provides quality assurance of reported GHG emissions and compliance data using scientific background and knowledge.
  • In consultation with the budget manager, develops, sets and implements a reporting fee schedule.
  • Analyzes and advises program and agency management on technical or policy issues or legislation that may affect GHG reporting, carbon pollution compliance tracking and verification and carbon cap and reduction programs.
  • Designs updates to CAR and GHG reporting, as necessary, to maintain consistency and compliance.
  • Serves as business lead to develop, maintain, implement and improve online GHG reporting and compliance tracking tools, databases and IT systems.
  • Leads the registration of and technical support to regulated entities. Establishes reporting guidance and standards; analyzes and publishes compliance data.
  • Analyzes and responds to petitions and subsequent appeals from energy intensive and trade exposed (EITE) entities to modify or exempt their compliance obligation(s).
  • Develops and administers GHG third-party verifier program - tracks and verifies certification status, trains verifiers on specifics/distinctions of Washington program.
  • Validates, monitors and tracks compliance obligations, the generation, banking, trading, expiration and clear legal ownership of emission reduction units and alternative emission reduction instruments such as emission allowances and offset credits.
  • Works with engineering staff to establish baselines, output-based intensity (for EITE entities) benchmark emissions, Ecology-assigned reduction pathways and the development and issuing of regulatory orders.
  • Develops guidance and criteria for the allocation of reserve credits; monitors, tracks and accounts for distribution of reserve credits.
  • When used for compliance, verifies emission reductions generated under EPA's Clean Power Plan and Washington's Emission Performance Standard.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The next screening will be September 30, 2016. In order to be considered for the next screening, please submit an application on or before September 29, 2016. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning, or other closely allied field AND six (6) years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning which includes two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above.


A Master's degree in one of the above fields AND four (4) years of professional-level experience with two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above.


A Ph.D. in one of the above fields AND three (3) years of professional-level experience with two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above.


One (1) year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 4 as long as a degree as noted above has been achieved.

The experience as an Environmental Specialist 3 can include a combination of the following: 1) investigating and / or resolving complaints involving science or technology content, 2) performing inspections, 3) drafting technical evaluations and reports, 4) develops plans for researching information used for technical projects, regulatory or policy development, 5) plan and facilitate public meetings and hearings, 6) project work requiring specialized knowledge of industry processes, pollutant sources or natural processes, 7) providing technical assistance for complex scientific content and/ or support for implementing scientific content programs, 8) conducting tests, analyzing and evaluating data, 9) using environmental databases to support technical projects, 10) developing scientific studies and resource management plans, 11) providing environmental technical and administrative assistance to grant/ contract/ loan recipients of environmental protection projects.

The experience as an Environmental Specialist 4 can include a combination of the following: 1) Serves in the teaching, training and mentoring of junior staff. 2) Is assigned responsibility for more complex and difficult projects and permits. 3) Is assigned multiple regulatory responsibility. 4) Directs or coordinates non-agency employees at large spills or complex sites. 5) Represents agency and testifies at legal or public hearings or conferences. 6) Serves as a historical resource or technical expert in one or more subject areas. 7) Serves as project manager and coordinator on complex projects. 8) Project administration and environmental technical assistance on high priority environmental issues requiring technical expertise.

Desired Qualifications:

Working knowledge of carbon pollution reduction programs and administration of carbon pollution reporting and tracking systems and protocols.

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

In order to be considered, applicants MUST include the following documents as an attachment to their 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 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 www.careers.wa.gov to access the online recruitment system. Click on "Look for Jobs" and select Dept. of Ecology under the "Department" search list. Click "Apply Search."

Other Information:

If you need assistance applying for this job, please call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. 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 Nancy Pritchett at: nancy.pritchett@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Nancy 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. All employees covered by the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the WFSE will, as a condition of employment, either become members of the WFSE and pay membership dues or, as non-members, pay a representation fee as described in the CBA, no later than the 30th day following the effective date of this CBA or the beginning of their employment.

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.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-AQ3010-08856

Department: Dept. of Ecology

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $53,016.00 - $69,648.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA