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Health and Environmental Investigator I

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**MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. values diverse perspectives, life experiences, and differences. The Water and Land Resources Division encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans. We are committed to being equitable and fair in providing equal access to opportunities for all.
WHO MAY APPLY
: This is an internal posting – THIS POSTING IN NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AT THIS TIME.
  This full-time, career service position, is open to all current career service (must be off probation) **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***., Council 2, Local 1652R
bargaining unit employees.

Are you dedicated to protecting health and the environment? Do you enjoy working out of the office and supporting small businesses?

The Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. (Program) is pleased to welcome applicants for Health & Environmental Investigator I (HEI I)
. The Program is one of the leading local government hazardous waste and toxic reduction programs in the United States. Its yearly budget is about $18M with 73 staff across four host agencies. The Program provides high quality services including hazardous waste collection, technical help to businesses, education on safer products, and policy development. The **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. Department of Natural Resources & Parks, Water and Land Resources Division, hosts this HEI I position. For more information on the Program, visit ****
 
JOB SUMMARY
The HEI I
will join the ten-person Technical Assistance and Incentives (TAI) team. TAI delivers help and incentives directly to businesses, schools, and other commercial properties in **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***., at no charge. The team does not have enforcement authority.
TAI helps customers reduce risks and prevent pollution from hazardous materials and waste. TAI applies an equity and social justice lens to all operations, ensuring services effectively reach diverse, multilingual communities.

TAI responds to customer requests, complaints or referrals from partners like EnviroStars (see EnviroStars.org). TAI may emphasize certain industries or regions based on risk. Team members may lead field projects for a chemical, industry or other issue. TAI may also support others in the Program, like providing financial incentives for a special project or gathering data to plan a new project.

The HEI I is an entry-level position and on-the-job training is provided. The incumbent will receive instruction on and coordinate with other staff on visiting businesses to provide pre-approved general information and basic technical assistance to customers. They will also learn TAI's specialized services, such as how to provide financial incentives.
 
EXAMPLE JOB DUTIES
Review hazardous material and hazardous waste (HM/HW) management at the customer's site. Suggest solutions or safer alternatives to common HM/HW problems. Offer incentives, waste collection services or other targeted services. Record site visit observations, recommendations, changes made by the customer and health/environmental benefits achieved. Participate in community events, workshops, presentations, etc. Collaborate with businesses, trade associations, agencies, and/or the public to develop best management practices and cost-effective pollution prevention options.
EXPERIENCE, QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS
  Bachelor's degree or any equivalent combination of education and experience  in chemistry, natural, physical/environmental sciences, engineering, and related field or any equivalent combination of education and experience Experience providing excellent customer service, solving issues with tact and diplomacy. An understanding of how small businesses operate and an ability to communicate with small business owners, including diverse audiences. Familiar with common operations that use hazardous materials or produce hazardous waste in small businesses, schools and other facilities. Basic understanding of their potential health or environmental impact and how to reduce the risks. Basic understanding of current environmental regulations applicable to small business operations. Ability to clearly express ideas, observations and recommendations orally and in writing. Knowledge of common Information Technologies and good computer skills. Skilled in organizing and completing tasks with minimal supervision. Demonstrated skills for maintaining positive and productive working relationships, such as patience, flexibility, active listening, resolving conflicts and problem solving. Effective and collaborative participant in multi-disciplinary team meetings or coalitions. Able to lift up to 40 pounds, for example to load and unload materials needed for field work.
Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Basic presentation skills. Fluent in one or more languages (other than English), most frequently spoken in **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***.: Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Somali, Ukrainian, Amharic, or Punjabi.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  
A valid Washington State Driver's License or the ability to travel throughout the County in a timely manner
 
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
SELECTION PROCESS: 
Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness, and responsiveness to the list of qualifications, skills, and abilities. Successful  candidates will be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews and practical skill assessment. References and/or background checks may also be conducted.

UNION MEMBERSHIP
: This position is represented by **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***., Council 2, Local 1652R.
 

CONTACT INFO:
 For questions about this recruitment, please contact Michelle Kobuki, Human Resources Analyst at ****
or at
206-477-4740
or Alice Chapman, Supervisor, at ****
or at
206-263-1195
.

FORMS and MATERIALS:
A **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. Application form Resume Cover letter Answers to the supplemental questionnaire
WORK SCHEDULE: 
Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule, every other Thursday, comprising a 40-hour workweek; normally 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Health and Environmental Investigator I: This position is subject to the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and is therefore
eligible
for overtime.
 
Health and Environmental Investigator I Supplemental Questionnaire:
SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS:
Answers to the supplemental questions must be completed and submitted with the application. The following questions address important elements of this position and the information you provide will help to determine your eligibility for further consideration. You will be evaluated on the clarity of your response and the level and extent of knowledge. Please limit your responses to 2 pages combined total for the three questions.
**MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package to all eligible employees. These benefits include county-wide paid medical, dental and vision coverage for yourself and all eligible dependents (spouse/state-registered domestic partner and children) who you enroll. Benefit eligible positions include -- Career Service, Career Service Exempt, provisional and term-limited temporary (TLT) employees working 20 hours/week or the equivalent of half-time or greater. These benefits become effective on the first calendar day of the month following the month in which the employee is hired; except if the employee's hire date is the first calendar day of the month, benefits begins on the day of hire.
More information about employee benefits is available on the county's website at: ****County Paid Benefits
Include:
Health Insurance (choice of several plans)
Dental Plan
Vision Plan
Life Insurance -- lump sum equal to annual base salary
Accidental Death and Dismemberment (basic and enhanced)
Basic Long Term Disability (LTD) -- replaces 60% of earnings after 180-day waiting period
Bus pass and other alternative transportation incentives
Employee Assistance Program
Making Life Easier Program
Retirement:
Employees are covered under retirement plans provided through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and are covered by Social Security.
Holidays:
10 paid holidays per year plus 2 additional floating holidays administered through the vacation plan.
Vacation with Pay:
Hire date through end of year 5: accrual at 12 days per year (available after
first 6 months of employment) Beginning of year 6: accrual at 15 days per year
Beginning of year 9: accrual at 16 days per year
Beginning of year 11: accrual at 20 days per year
Beginning of year 17: accrual at 21 days per year
Beginning of year 18: accrual at 22 days per year
Beginning of year 19: accrual at 23 days per year
Beginning of year 20: accrual at 24 days per year
Beginning of year 21: accrual at 25 days per year
Beginning of year 22: accrual at 26 days per year
Beginning of year 23: accrual at 27 days per year
Beginning of year 24: accrual at 28 days per year
Beginning of year 25: accrual at 29 days per year
Beginning of year 26: accrual at 30 days per year
Sick Leave
is accumulated at the rate of one day per month. There is no restriction on the amount of sick leave that can be accumulated and carried over to subsequent years. At retirement an employee will be paid 35% of their unused, accumulated sick leave. Non-represented employees and employees in certain bargaining units will receive this benefit as a payment to a VEBA account, which pays for post-retirement health benefits on a pre-tax basis.
Other leaves include:
Bereavement Leave (up to 3 days/year)
Military Leave
Family Medical Leave
**MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. Medical Leave
Jury Duty Leave
Organ Donor Leave
Executive Leave (for eligible FLSA-exempt employees)
Voluntary Benefits
-- available at employee option and at employee expense
Deferred Compensation Plan (no employer match) IRS 457 Plan
Enhanced Long Term Disability -- reduce waiting period/increase monthly
benefit
Additional Life Insurance -- 1 to 4 times your base annual salary for yourself and 50% of your enhanced amount for your spouse/domestic partner; and $10,000 for each child
Additional Accidental Death and Dismemberment coverage for employee and family
Credit Union membership
Flexible Spending Accounts – Health and Dependent Care
HRA Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association (VEBA) Trust upon retirement
NOTE:
This is a general description of the benefits offered through employment with **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***., and every effort has been made to ensure its
accuracy. If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails. Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs or official plan documents will prevail.
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Describe a time when you worked with others who are culturally different from you. What did you learn from the experience that you can apply in this position?
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This position requires spending a majority of time working in the field with small businesses. Please tell us why you're interested in this position?
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How have you demonstrated your commitment to human health and the environment at home, at work/school, or in your volunteer activities?
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**MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. Administration Bldg.
500 4th Ave. Rm. 553
Seattle, Washington, 98104
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