Clean Energy Specialist (Environmental Specialist 3)


Department of Ecology

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Various, WA
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The Shorelands & Environmental Assistance (SEA) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Clean Energy Specialist (Environmental Specialist 3) position.


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This position can be located in any one of the following offices:

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 $4,977 - $6,703 per month. 

Washington State recently passed legislation expanding Ecology’s role in siting clean energy in our state. This work is required as part of Governor-requested House Bill 1216 which is an integral component of Washington State’s transition to a fully decarbonized energy sector. In this position, you will work with the Clean Energy Coordination Section in support of several activities. These include supporting the new coordinated permit process for clean energy projects and assisting in the development of three programmatic environmental impact statements for solar, onshore wind, and green hydrogen facilities. You will also conduct research on clean energy projects, planning efforts, and emerging technologies and use this to develop technical reports. 

You will independently coordinate outreach and communications to support the Clean Energy Coordination Section work on improving siting and permitting of clean energy projects. You will implement strategies to reach all communities around the state, including overburdened communities, vulnerable populations, and Tribes. You will lead section efforts in accessibility and environmental justice to ensure equitable communication and access. 

The Washington Legislature has entrusted us to address the challenging and complex environmental issues affecting Washington. As the state's lead agency on climate change, we carry out policies that help slow the causes of climate change and support communities already impacted by its effects.

Agency Mission: The mission of the Department of Ecology's is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment for current and future generations.

Program Mission: The mission of the Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program is to create community conservation partnerships to protect and restore our shorelands, wetlands, and floodplains.

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: The positions will be eligible for up to a 80% 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 July 17, 2024. In order to be considered, please submit an application on or before July 16, 2024. 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. 

Compensation Information

$56,880.00 - $76,608.00 Annually