Toxics Researcher (Natural Resource Scientists 3)

State of Washington

Thurston County – Lacey, WA

Thurston County – Lacey, WA, US
Thurston County – Lacey, WA
30+ days ago

Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1, Washington State employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18th, 2021.  As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 Vaccination as part of the hire process. Requests for medical and religious exemptions will be considered. If you have questions, please contact

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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 Natural Resource Scientist 3 position. This position is located in our Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA.

As a toxics researcher, you will be responsible for developing the agency’s consumer product testing work plan and coordinating with agency scientists who collect samples for our in-house laboratory to implement compliance and chemical policy programs. This position is responsible for developing a product testing work plan and coordinating with the Environmental Assessment Program (EAP) who are responsible for conducting scientific research and studies to support the agency’s consumer product testing program.

A top priority for this work is to integrate environmental justice concerns into our product testing program to help overburdened communities most impacted by toxic chemical pollution. Our recent efforts focus on toxics in products such as cadmium in children’s jewelry, lead in school supplies, and the use of toxic flame retardants in consumer products. 

As a toxics researcher, you will be working with a team of chemists and scientists who are passionate about the work we do to protect Washington’s residents and environment. We do this by using the toxics studies to enforce consumer product regulations.

The mission of the HWTR Program 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. The HWTR vision is to be national leaders in minimizing and eliminating the impacts of toxic chemicals and hazardous waste. 

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 embrace the value of people.
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. 
  • A wellness program that offers education, fitness classes, and an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
  • Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.

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. 

During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. This position is expected to work in the office approximately 2 days per month. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding building occupancy, mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing. 

This position is eligible for teleworking and is expected to live within a reasonable commute for attending in person meetings or staff collaborations.
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of October 6, 2021. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before October 5, 2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
Job Type: Full Time - Permanent
Location: Thurston County – Lacey, Washington
Agency: Dept. of Ecology

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