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Chemical Action Planner (Environmental Planner 2)

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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen



The Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Chemical Action Planner (Environmental Planner 2) position. 

This position is located at one of the following locations:

Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA.

Northwest Region Office (NWRO) in Shoreline, WA.
Central Region Office (CRO) in Union Gap, WA.
Eastern Region Office (ERO) in Spokane, WA. 

Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.

Please Note: If the final location of this position is determined to be in our Northwest Region Office (NWRO) in Shoreline, WA. there will be an additional 5% pay increase due to its location in King County. In this instance the salary range will be $4,721 - $6,348 per month. 

Are you interested protecting people and the environment from hazardous chemicals? As our new Chemical Action Planner, you will assist with developing a 6PPD Action Plan to identify impacts to human health and the environment from 6PPD. 6PPD, the chemical responsible for Urban Runoff Mortality Syndrome (URMS),  is a preservative found in vehicle tires that breaks down to 6PPD quinone, which is a chemical that is shown to be toxic to some fish species, especially Coho. During some storm events tire wear particles are transported into streams causing 6PPD/q to enter the streams, which can be toxic to fish, especially migrating Coho.
This is an exciting opportunity to help develop a plan to identify impacts from 6PPD and make recommendations to mitigate those impacts. This position, in consultation with the 6PPD Lead Planner, will lead many of the day to day tasks to develop the 6PPD Action Plan. This work includes addressing environmental justice by prioritizing communities and vulnerable populations that have the highest risks or impacts from hazardous chemicals.

Program Mission: The mission of the Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program (HWTR) is to protect Washington’s residents and environment by reducing the use of toxic chemicals, safely managing dangerous waste, preventing new contaminated sites, and cleaning up contamination.  


Please Note: This is a project position that is funded until June 30, 2025. The Funding for this position has a high probability of being renewed for the next bi-annual budget.

Tele-work options for this position: This position will be eligible for up to a 90% tele-work schedule. Applicants with questions about position location options, tele-work, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in “other information.” Schedules are dependent upon position needs and are subject to change.

Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, we will review applications on September 27, 2023. In order to be considered, please submit an application on or before September 28, 2023. If your application isn't received by this date, it may not be considered. The agency reserves the right to make a Hire any time after the initial screening date. 

Please Note: We will review all applications received before the date above. Additional reviews after this date typically only occur if we have a small applicant pool, or if a successful Hire was not made.

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 *Click here for more information 


About the Department of Ecology

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. To learn more, check out our Strategic Plan


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.
  • Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.


Our commitment to DEIR
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. 






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What makes this role unique? 

This position serves as a journey level environmental planner responsible for supporting the development of a 6PPD Action Plan (AP). The AP will identify the potential human health and environmental effects of 6PPD and recommend strategies to reduce or eliminate those impacts.                                                                                        
This position, as the Chemical Action Planner, leads many of the day-to-day aspects of developing the 6PPD AP. You would work with the 6PPD Lead Planner to develop a schedule and process for development of the AP. With support from the 6PPD Lead planner, you would bring together a technical team to work on development of the AP, stand up an advisory committee to inform scope and content, and coordinate the development of the AP. This position will coordinate with the program Environmental Justice (EJ) planner, Ecology’s Office of EJ and Equity, Department of Health (DOH), and others, to integrate environmental justice and equity into the 6PPD AP.

What you will do: 

  • Plan, convene, and facilitate a multi-disciplinary team to develop a 6PPD/q Action Plan.
  • Conduct planning related activities, research, data collection and outreach during 6PPD/q AP development.
  • Draft, edit and finalize the 6PPD/q AP, in coordination with HWTR Program’s communications staff.
  • Consult with the HWTR program's community outreach staff on internal and external stakeholder communications, public comment and engagement, and Tribal engagement.
  • Integrate environmental justice obligations, priorities, and measures into the 6PPD/q AP development and recommendations.
  • Develop presentations, speeches, conduct public meetings, work with interested parties, and convene working groups and conduct outreach and education activities.
  • Coordinate working with Ecology programs and DOH technical experts, planners and managers to prioritize, plan and complete work on the 6PPD/q AP.





Required Qualifications:
Years of required experience indicated below are full-time equivalent years. Full-time equivalent experience means that any experience where working hours were less than 40 hours per week will be prorated in order to meet the equivalency of full-time. We would calculate this by looking at the total hours worked per week, divide this by 40, and then multiply by the total number of months worked. Examples of the proration calculations are:


  • 30 hours worked per week for 20 months: (30/40) x 20 months = 15 months full-time equivalent
  • 20 hours worked per week for 12 months: (20/40) x 12 months = 6 months full-time equivalent

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

Option One:
A Bachelor's degree in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, chemistry, biology, toxicology or closely related field,
Three years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, chemistry, biology, toxicology and/or program development.

Option Two:
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, chemistry, biology, toxicology or closely related field,
One year of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, chemistry, biology, toxicology and/or program development.

Option Three:
One year of experience as an Environmental Planner 1 at Ecology.

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


  • Experience assessing the environmental or health impacts of hazardous chemicals. This may include environmental toxicology, human health toxicology or environmental chemistry.
  • Experience with toxics use legislation and/or program development.
  • Experience with rulemaking projects or major environmental policy issues.
  • Experience with environmental justice data and methods, and social and economic based environmental health disparities.

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.
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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.
  • A list of 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 Nathan Lubliner at: Please do not contact Nathan 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.

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at and follow, like or visit us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.

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.