Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We have a culture that is invested in making a difference. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, with leadership that embraces the value of people, Ecology is a great fit.
The Air Quality Program (AQP) is looking to fill a Calibration & Repair Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) (In-Training) position. This position is located in our Headquarters Office (HQ) in Lacey, WA.
The Calibration & Repair Specialist position serves as a senior section specialist in the procurement, repair, and calibration of highly complex air monitoring instrumentation. This position will support the Washington State Ambient Air Monitoring Network and assist in carrying out important monitoring activities to help us better understand air pollution and ensure healthy air for everyone. The goal class for this position is an Environmental Specialist 4. At the goal class, this position will serve as the senior section specialist in the calibration, maintenance, and repair of continuous and filter-based PM2.5 monitoring, nephelometry, and meteorological instrumentation. This position also uses advanced scientific knowledge of ambient air monitoring methodology to provide the highest level of technical assistance to professional Ecology headquarters and regional staff, local agency staff, federal and tribal nation staff on the operation, repair, calibration, and maintenance of these instruments.
We are looking for a highly motivated, self-starter, with a thorough understanding of electronic circuitry and pneumatics, great problem solving abilities, knowledge of environmental science, and a top-notch customer service ethic. If you possess these qualities and also have a strong belief in environmental protection and public service, please consider joining our team.
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.
The Air Quality Program's (AQP) mission is to enhance and protect air quality in Washington State.
The Air Quality Program and its partners use the data collected within the Washington State Ambient Air Monitoring Network to:
Determine if air quality is meeting federal standards.
Provide near-real-time air quality information for the protection of public health.
Forecast air quality.
Make daily burn decisions and curtailment calls.
Evaluate the effectiveness of air pollution control programs.
Evaluate the effects of air pollution on public health.
Determine air quality trends.
Identify and develop responsible and cost-effective pollution control strategies.
Some of the key duties of the Calibration & Repair Specialist position at the Environmental Specialist 4 goal class include using advanced scientific knowledge of air monitoring principles to:
Serve as senior environmental section specialist in the procurement, repair, and calibration of air monitoring instrumentation for the statewide ambient air quality monitoring network with a focus on continuous and filter-based PM2.5 monitoring, nephelometry, and meteorological instrumentation.
Perform the most complex calibrations, repairs, and diagnoses, in both laboratory and field settings, on computer/microprocessor-controlled instruments deployed in the statewide air monitoring network.
Provide mentoring and training of junior staff in these activities.
Provide the highest level of detailed, on-site, and over the phone, laboratory technical assistance and training to professional level federal, state, tribal, and local agency air monitoring staff. Independently troubleshoots online real-time air monitoring data to determine equipment performance and diagnose instrument problems.
Calibrate and maintain flow, temperature, and pressure device standards that are used within a laboratory and in the field by professional level air monitoring staff throughout the state.
Calibrate, operate, and maintain electronic equipment including multi-meters, oscilloscopes, signal generators, frequency oscillators, electronic counters, and flow meters.
Evaluate, procure, and test new and emerging technologies and scientific/environmental/industrial air monitoring equipment for which standardized methods have not been developed and prepare reports for management.
Write and review instrument maintenance and repair procedures used by federal, state, tribal and local agency air monitoring staff.
Assist SWRO & Air Quality Operations Unit in developing budget requests for ambient monitoring instrumentation and equipment.
Procure monitoring equipment and tools, as well as research and ensure technical specifications for equipment performance are adequate for intended uses.
Develop and deliver training programs for professional level federal, state, tribal and local agency air monitoring staff.
This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be November 14, 2017. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before November 13, 2017. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
To broaden the candidate pool, we will consider candidates that qualify at the Environmental Specialist 3 and 4 levels. Please read the qualifications section below to learn more about this exciting career growth and in-training opportunity.
At the Environmental Specialist 4 Level: Pay Range 55 ($4085 - $5358) Monthly
A Bachelor's degree involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field and five (5) years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, environmental planning, or conducting problem diagnoses, repair and calibration of complex, electronics and computer-based, air monitoring instrumentation or other, similarly complex, electronics and computer-based, instrumentation and equipment.
Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education.
A Master's degree in one of the above fields and three (3) years of professional - level experience as required above.
A Ph.D. in one of the above fields and two (2) years of professional-level experience as required above.
At the Environmental Specialist 3 Level: Pay Range 49 ($3522 - $4623) Monthly
A Bachelor's degree involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field and two (2) years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, environmental planning, or conducting problem diagnoses, repair and calibration of complex, electronics and computer-based, air monitoring instrumentation or other, similarly complex, electronics and computer-based, instrumentation and equipment.
Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education.
A Master's degree in one of the above fields will substitute for one (1) year of the required experience.
Two years or more of electronics education and hands-on troubleshooting experience with electronic circuitry, pneumatics, and mechanical systems.
One or more years of experience in the diagnosis, repair, and calibration of air pollutant and meteorological monitoring systems.
Excellent deductive reasoning skills.
Experience using Microsoft Office software such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
An advanced understanding of the principles involved in calibrating, maintaining, and operating air monitoring equipment.
Ability to interpret and explain technical information to non-technical individuals.
Ability to communicate clearly, accurately, and in a timely manner; write clearly and appropriately to the audience and situation.
Ability to build and maintain internal and external customer satisfaction and regularly take action to solicit feedback.
Ability to coordinate and lead groups, creating a cooperative and productive environment in which to resolve problems and develop and implement plans.
Service focus: Treat fellow employees, local air and federal staff, and the public as partners who are equally committed to improving air quality.
Communication: Skill in allowing others to speak without interrupting; checks and understanding by summarizing or paraphrasing what others have said and devotes full attention as demonstrated through verbal and non-verbal cues.
Accountability: Ability to build and maintain internal and external customer satisfaction and regularly take action to solicit feedback.
Relationships: Ability to coordinate and lead groups, creating a cooperative and productive environment in which to resolve problems or develop and implement plans.
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
Must possess a valid driver's license.
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."