In Washington, ships, pipelines and rail move 20 billion gallons of oil in and out of the state each year. The Spills program is a forward leaning leader in the world of prevention, preparedness and response organizations in the country. We have a very proactive legislature and active community throughout the state around the issue of oil spills. The stakes are high in ensuring our state has regulations that supports economic vitality with environmental protection.  As the Oil Spill Preparedness Planner Lead, you will be a key resource in the following activities:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of oil spill contingency plan, response equipment, and personnel capability through oil spill drills.
  • Reviews, analyzes and recommends approval of industry oil spill contingency plans.
  • Collaborate with local, state, federal, tribal governments and communities on development of geographic response plans and volunteer management issues.
  • Engage and assist in the rulemaking process.
  • Support program in 24/7 oil spill response capability as a member of the Incident Management Team.

The Spills program values a culture of openness and engagement. We want our staff to feel that they are part of the solution and innovation that occurs in the work we do. If you are a positive force and want to be part of an organization that solves problems – join our team!

Other Information:

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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.