Spills Program Enforcement Coordinator (Marine Transportation Safety Specialist 3); Department of Ecology

Job Title: 
Spills Program Enforcement Coordinator (Marine Transportation Safety Specialist 3)
Job Location: 
Lacey, WA, USA
$68,580.00 - $90,000.00 Annually
Application Deadline: 
Monday, April 29, 2019

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.

The Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response  (SPPR) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Spills Program Enforcement Coordinator (Marine Transportation Safety Specialist 3) position. This position is located in our Headquarters in Lacey, WA.  

We are looking for a person with a focus on details, strong analytical abilities, and excellent writing skills to lead enforcement efforts for the Spills Program. This work is paramount in helping protect Washington State's waters from spills of oils and other hazardous materials that could harm the environment, economy, and public.   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.

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

Ecology's mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance Washington's environment, and promote the wise management of our air, land, and water. Ecology's goals are to prevent pollution, clean up pollution, and support sustainable communities and natural resources.   The Spills Program's mission is to protect Washington's environment, public health and safety through a comprehensive spill prevention, preparedness, and response program. The Spills 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". 

Some of the key work activities of the Spills Program Enforcement Coordinator position include:

Serve as the SPPR Program Enforcement Coordinator and agency expert on the enforcement process, and its execution to best ensure legal compliance. This work includes:

  • Manage, coordinate, compose, issue, and track all enforcement activities for the program, with assistance from responders and other staff.
  • Compose and/or coordinate drafting of enforcement documents, such as, reports, recommendations, and notices.
  • Regularly brief and advise program management on legal and policy issues, and pending cases related to enforcement actions.

  Manage cost recovery efforts for the program related to spill incidents and responses, with assistance from other staff.  This work includes:

  • Compose and/or coordinate drafting of cost recovery documents, such as, notices, reimbursement documents, and billings.
  • Provide input and guidance to staff on cost recovery through updating procedures, job aides, and trainings.
  • Navigate the reimbursement from the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund administered by the National Pollution Fund Center.

  Provide senior level expertise and analysis on statutes, regulations, and procedures related to maritime and oil handling issues. This work includes:

  • Provide expert advice on maritime practices and procedures, international, federal, and state maritime environmental statutes and regulations, and complex oil spill prevention, preparedness, and response issues to program and state management.
  • Research and analyze proposed changes to international and federal statutes and regulations related to maritime and oil-handling facilities. 
  • Analyze and assist in the development and implementation of administrative codes, policies, and procedures regarding enforcement actions for regulated vessels and oil-handling facilities.

This position ensures that all program enforcements are taken in a timely, consistent and sound manner. By doing so, this position helps make certain that those who spill are held responsible in accordance to the law.   This position has to determine the logical basis for the enforcement action in how the facts of the case correspond to the given law that has been allegedly violated. Also, has to determine and recommend the best course of final enforcement decisions.   The position offers interesting and challenging work. It requires a real focus on the details while developing the larger narrative of an enforcement action.   This position may require unplanned overnight travel for 2-3 days at a time in order to assist with the response of an oil spill incident.

Ecology and the Spills Program heavily values a strong and engaged team culture where employees can thrive and accomplish great things for the people of Washington. The Spills Program is seen as a national leader in preventing, preparing, and responding to oil spills. The Spills Program consists of a diverse group of highly-skilled individuals who deeply value their mission of protecting Washington State's environment, economy, and public.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The next screening will be January 28, 2019. In order to be considered for the next screening, please submit an application on or before January 27, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

Required Qualifications:

College Graduate- Bachelor Degree in Marine Transportation or Regulations/Environmental Law or Planning, or closely related field,   AND

Six (6) years of Experience/Marine Transportation or Regulations/Environmental Enforcement, Law or Planning/related field.   A Master's degree in Marine Transportation or Regulations/Environmental Law or Planning, or closely related field may substitute for 2 years for experience.   A Ph.D. in Marine Transportation or Regulations/Environmental Law or Planning, or closely related field may substitute for 3 years for experience.   Desired Qualifications:

A Master's degree or above in Marine Transportation or Regulations/Environmental Law or Planning. Strong project management skills, extensive knowledge and experience in maritime procedures and practices, international and federal maritime laws and regulations, oil transportation and oil transfer methods, vessel operations and management, and federal and state environmental regulations. Working knowledge of state government policies and practices, workgroup direction and organization, and communication skills.   Being proficient in speaking and writing in a foreign language.

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 (CMT) and is required to complete Incident Command System (ICS) training at the level of 100, 200, 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. 

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 https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.


*See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information

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.
  • A copy of your college transcript(s). (This may be an unofficial online transcript. It does NOT need to be a sealed, certified copy. HTML or PDF formats, or a screen print into Word are acceptable. Please do not paste text from the internet into Word).
  • A 2-3 page writing sample.

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 email careers [at] 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 Rob Dengel at: rob.dengel [at] ecy.wa.gov.  Please do not contact Rob 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.

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