Nuclear Waste Program Specialist
Richland, WA US
Posted 1 day ago
Job Description
Nuclear Waste Program Specialist

$65,292.00 - $85,668.00 Annually

Benton County - Richland, WA

Job Type
Full Time - Permanent

Dept. of Ecology

Job Number


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 (NWP) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Nuclear Waste Program Specialist position. This position is located in the Richland Field Office (RFO) in .

The Nuclear Waste Program Specialist The position provides direct support to the Program Manager, Budget Manager, and the Program Management Team and works closely with Program Project Managers and Technical Specialists. This position is responsible for overseeing the U.S. Department of Energy budget process and provides technical input to legislative liaison staff to ensure funding requests for Hanford Site cleanup are in compliance with Tri-Party Agreement (TPA) requirements. This position is also responsible for organizing, coordinating, and leading the development and maintenance of the program project management process. The process requires consultation with the Program Management Team to identify program priorities, and leading the NWP Project Managers (NWPS) and Senior Technical Specialists as they develop the project plans for the program. Working with the Budget Manager, the position uses budget and program planning databases to lead preparation of program plans and other strategic organizational documents.

We are looking for applicants who possess broad experience and capability in organizational dynamics, strategic thinking, and teamwork. A person who has strong leadership skills, ability to individually perform tasks, and lead or participate on teams. One who has demonstrable success without direct managerial authority but with leadership responsibilities.

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 , , or our .

To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at .

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


The (NWP) mission is to lead the effective and efficient cleanup of the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford Site, ensure sound management of mixed hazardous wastes in Washington, and protect the state's air, water, and land at and adjacent to the Hanford site.

Some of the key work activities of the Nuclear Waste Program Specialist position include:

  • Supports the Program Manager and Budget Manager in planning and monitoring program accomplishments, priorities, and resource allocation.
  • Improves communication of program priorities, activities, and successes throughout the program.
  • Monitors progress of U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) activities at Hanford and supporting Program Management and Leadership in Ecology's oversight role of USDOE budget acquisition.
  • Improves existing or developing new approaches to accomplish Program objectives.
  • Supports development and administration of program contracts in coordination with the Budget Manager and Project staff.
  • Timely reviews of the USDOE (Federal) budget processes to support Hanford cleanup priorities.
  • Integrates Strategic Planning and improving accomplishment of planned goals.
  • Establishes a more fluid alignment of program resources to accomplish program priorities.
  • Supports establishing a culture of success and continuous improvement.
  • Establishes timely and successful contracting, when needed to meet program objectives.
Opportunities to solve problems:
  • Problems associated with interpersonal and team functioning.
  • Problems associated with interactions between the Program and outside organizations.
  • Problems associated with resource allocation and competing priorities.
Interesting aspects of the position:
  • This position will provide an individual the opportunity to function as a senior level staff member and apply a full suite of leadership, problem solving, and improvement skills to help Ecology ensure Hanford cleanup is as quick and effective as achievable.
  • There is a compelling mission for the Nuclear Waste Program, a great staff of professionals committed to the work, and a need for this additional resource to help focus and optimize the programs efforts.
  • Ability to successfully function both in leadership and team participant roles.
  • Flexibility to occasionally work after hours.
  • Ability to travel to HQ (Lacey) 1 to 2 times per month.
Culture of the team:
  • The person will be joining our Program Leadership team, which consists of a mix of seasoned and experienced Managers and Project Leaders. Our program has been actively working to improve program management effectiveness, program culture, and strategic prioritization. The program will be developing a new approach to project management, and this person will participate in the development and lead its implementation. This person will be able to infuse new energy and priority to these efforts. It's a great opportunity to take up work that has been started and to refine it to achieve our desired higher objectives.

PLEASE NOTE: This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be October 18, 2018. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before October 17, 2018. 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, management, engineering or other allied field


Seven (7) years of professional level experience in technical positions. Experience should show a progressive increase in responsibilities and authority.

Desired Qualifications:

Five (5) years of experience applying state and Federal regulations.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

This position requires completing U.S. Department of Energy training and acquiring a badge for access to the Hanford site.

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.

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Supplemental 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.
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 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 . 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 John Price at: . Please do not contact John 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.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Salary and Benefits
$65,292.00 - $85,668.00 Annual
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
7 years
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