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Site Manager/Upper Columbia River Site Coordinator

Site Manager/Upper Columbia River Site Coordinator

Spokane, WA - Full Time, Mid to Senior Level

Site Manager/Upper Columbia River Site Coordinator (Natural Resource Scientist 3)

Salary $61,224.00 - $80,292.00 Annually

Location Spokane County – Spokane, WA

Job Type Full Time - Permanent

Remote Employment Flexible/Hybrid

Department Dept. of Ecology

Job Number 2022-TCP4778-02898

Closing Continuous


Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.2 (Download PDF reader), Washington State employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination as part of the hiring process, prior to their start date. Requests for medical and religious exemptions will be considered. If you have questions, please contact with “COVID-19 vaccination” in the subject line.

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Site Manager/Upper Columbia River Site Coordinator (Natural Resource Scientist 3) position. The position is located in our Eastern Regional Office (ERO) in Spokane, WA.

In this role, you will coordinate and direct activities to support the Agency and Program’s mission to clean up sites. The position has a special focus in two areas: Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) sites and the Upper Columbia River/Lake Roosevelt project. LUST work includes preparing a plan to accelerate LUST site cleanup. The Upper Columbia River (UCR) is an area of great importance for all of the State of Washington and several tribes. UCR work involves coordinating Natural Resources Damages related work, including Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Studies, cleanup work along the Northport Waterfront, identification of new sites requiring cleanup along the Upper Columbia Lake Roosevelt system, and evaluation of damages and planning for restoration of natural resources along the river. In this role, you will participate as an Ecology representative in related public activities, such as the Lake Roosevelt Forum.

Agency and Program Mission: Ecology’s mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment, and promote the wise management of our air, land and water. The agency’s goals are to prevent pollution, clean up pollution and support sustainable communities and natural resources. The mission of the Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) is to protect Washington’s human health and the environment by preventing and cleaning up pollution and supporting sustainable communities and natural resources for the benefit of future and current generations.

Please note: This position is being re-posted to expand the applicant pool. If you previously applied for this position, you do not have to re-apply.

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. Join a team that is highly effective and collaborative, with leadership that embraces the value of people.

Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:

  • A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.
  • An Infants at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns.
  • Continuous growth and development opportunities.
  • A wellness program that offers education, fitness classes, and an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
  • Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) are core values central to Ecology’s work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.

Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.

Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.

Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology’s work.

Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement.


We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued.

During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. The successful applicant can work remotely up to 4 days per week. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing.

Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of March 17, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before March 16, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


What makes this role unique?

This role is unique in that it combines cleanup work with natural resource restoration. In addition, candidates can qualify for the Natural Resource Scientist position through a variety of educational backgrounds in the natural sciences.

What you will do: 

  • Develop and implements studies to assess the most effective methods to effectively cleanup contaminated Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) sites.
  • Act as the Upper Columbia Basin natural resources restoration coordinator, working with Ecology staff, the Attorney General's Office, Ecology management, tribes, EPA and other federal government entities such as the National Park Services and the Bureau of Reclamation, to address sources of contamination in the Upper Columbia River Basin and associated ecological damages.
  • Work closely with tribes and the Federal Government as they look to clean up sites and restore natural resources along the Columbia River.
  • Advise management on emerging issues of critical or controversial agency interest in cleanup sites, as it pertains to human contact and ecological processes.
  • Develop, review and/or implement studies to assess contaminants in the environment and determine the most effective methods for addressing contaminated pathways and ecological damages.
  • Research and define remediation objectives for cleanup of complex chemicals (e.g. bioaccumulatives and emerging contaminates) for which cleanup standards may not be well defined.
  • Network with other scientists and sediment cleanup professionals, participate in seminars, read professional literature, and attend approved conferences, workshops, and courses to maintain up-to-date knowledge of advances in cleanup and restoration.


Required Qualifications:
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, educational, and volunteer experience. See below for how you may qualify.

Option 1: A Bachelor’s degree with major study in a natural science AND Four (4) years of professional research work experience in the field of environmental analysis or control.

Option 2: A Master's degree in a natural science AND Two (2) years of professional research work experience in the field of environmental analysis or control.

Option 3: A Ph.D. with a major study in a natural science.

In addition to what is listed above, applicants must be familiar with the Model Toxics Control Act and/or the Comprehensive Environmental Response and Liability Act, natural resources damages and cultural resources related requirements, Underground Storage Tank Regulations, and Sediment Management Standards.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.

Desired Qualifications:

We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.

  • Working knowledge of the Model Toxics Control Act, Chapter 173-340 WAC and/or Comprehensive, Environmental Response and Liability Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Experience with surface water and upland groundwater sampling and analysis techniques, cleanup process and remediation, and natural resources recovery technologies.
  • Working knowledge of the Sediment Management Standards, Chapter 173-204 WAC; familiarity with sediment assessment and cleanup techniques, aquatic toxicology, sediment chemistry and biology, related testing protocols (including bioassay), sediment remediation technologies, and sediment regulatory programs.
  • Strong negotiation and facilitation skills.

Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.

Supplemental Information

Ecology seeks diverse applicants: We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Need an Accommodation in the application and/or screening process or this job announcement in an alternative format?

Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: and we will be happy to assist.

If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can reach the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail Please do not send an email to this address to follow-up on the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.

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Application Instructions:

It's in the applicant's best interest to submit all of the documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be declined.

A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position.

A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position.

Three professional references.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.
For Your Privacy:
When attaching documents to your application (such as Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, DD-214, etc.):

Please be sure to remove private information such as your social security number, date of birth, etc.

Do not attach documents that are password-protected, as these documents may not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded.

Additional Application Instructions for Current 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.

Application Attestation: 

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.

Other Information:

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Kathy Falconer at: Kathy.Falconer@ecy.wa.govPlease do not contact Kathy to inquire about the status of your application.

To request the full position description: email

Why work for Ecology?

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.

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 your health and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to life/work 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 Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth *See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information

Student debt: how working for Ecology can help
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Collective Bargaining: This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.

Equal Opportunity Employer: 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, military spouses 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.

Note: This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency. Once all the position(s) from the recruitment announcement are filled, the recruitment may only be used to fill additional open positions for the next sixty (60) days.

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Bachelors Degree, Masters, Doctoral

Experience Level : Mid to Senior Level

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