Underground Storage Tank Inspector

  • Washington State Department of Ecology
  • Union Gap, WA
  • Jan 27, 2022
Full time Quality Assurance QA Scientific

Job Description

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Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.2 (Download PDF reader), Washington State employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination as part of the hiring process, prior to their start date. Requests for medical and religious exemptions will be considered. If you have questions, please contact Careers@ecy.wa.gov with “COVID-19 vaccination” in the subject line.  

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill an Underground Storage Tank Inspector (Environmental Specialist 3) position. The position is located in our Central Regional Office (CRO) in Union Gap, WA.

Underground Storage Tank (UST) inspectors fill an important role by preventing pollution. In this role, you will visit gas station owners in seven counties throughout central Washington. You will help them understand why monitoring of their USTs is so important, and make sure their testing and monitoring falls within our state regulations. If necessary, you will issue penalties. You will work with a senior UST inspector and shadow them on inspections until you are ready to be on your own. This position offers the opportunity to travel and create your own schedule.

The Central Regional Office has over 100 employees and is committed to public service. We pride ourselves on listening to the needs of communities and offering practical, straightforward solutions.  

Agency and Program Mission:  Ecology’s mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment, and promote the wise management of our air, land and water. The agency’s goals are to prevent pollution, clean up pollution and support sustainable communities and natural resources. The mission of the Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) is to protect Washington’s human health and the environment by preventing and cleaning up pollution and supporting sustainable communities and natural resources for the benefit of future and current generations.

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 embraces 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 not required to be in the office on a regular schedule. This position spends a significant portion of time in the field conducting inspections. Time in the office is usually necessary to complete paperwork for penalties or other things. The amount of time spent in the office varies. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing.  Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of February 10, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before February 9, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date. 


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What makes this role unique? 

Because Underground Storage Tanks (UST) are out of sight, people do not realize the threat they pose. Petroleum contamination represents the largest percentage of polluted sites in the state of Washington. The inspector role of preventing leaks from tanks is critical. This job is also the public face of Ecology, so excellent communication skills are required. 

What you will do:

  • Complete Underground Storage Tank (UST) inspections.
  • Help owners and operators understand how to achieve compliance.
  • Work to help decommission outdated or non-functioning USTs.
  • Provide oversight on UST installations.
  • Respond to any UST complaints.
  • Take  enforcement action(s) as necessary.


Required Qualifications:
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, educational, and volunteer experience. See below for how you may qualify.

Six (6) years of combined experience and/or education: 

Experience: professional level experience in environmental analysis or control including enforcement, or environmental planning. 

Experience may include a combination of the following:

  • Conducting inspections, and assisting in achieving compliance.
  • Complaint response and/or resolution.
  • Conducting investigations.
  • Enforcement action(s).
  • Providing expertise and education regarding pertinent regulations.
  • Working in coordination with  other  government agencies.


Education: Involving a major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field. 


All experience and education combinations that meet the requirements for this position:

Possible Combinations | College credit hours or degree | Years of required experience

Combination 1 No college credit hours or degree. 6 years of experience

Combination 2 30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits. 5 years of experience

Combination 3 60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree). 4 years of experience

Combination 4 90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits. 3 year of experience

Combination 5 A Bachelor's Degree. 2 years of experience

Combination 6 A Master’s Degree. 1 year of experience

Combination 7 A Ph.D. 0 years of experience


One year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 2, at the Department of Ecology.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Must complete the 40 Hour Hazardous Waste Operator Certificate training within six months of hire.

Desired Qualifications:

We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below. 

  • Knowledge of UST systems.
  • Compliance and enforcement experience.
  • Experience in regulation interpretation and reporting.
  • Routine work with database and spreadsheet software for data management and interpretation. 

Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.

Supplemental Information

Ecology seeks diverse applicants: We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Need an Accommodation in the application and/or screening process or this job announcement in an alternative format?

  • Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: careers@ecy.wa.gov and we will be happy to assist.
  • If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can reach the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
  • If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not send an email to this address to follow-up on the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.
  • If you are reading this announcement in print format, please enter the following URL to your search engine to apply: https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/Get-to-know-us/Jobs-at-Ecology.   

Application Instructions:

It's in the applicant's best interest to submit all of the documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be declined.

  • A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position.
  • A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position.
  • Three professional references.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.  
For Your Privacy:
When attaching documents to your application (such as Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, DD-214, etc.):

  • Please be sure to remove private information such as your social security number, date of birth, etc. 
  • Do not attach documents that are password-protected, as these documents may not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded. 

Additional Application Instructions for Current 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.

Application Attestation: 

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. 

Other Information:

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Valerie Bound at: Valerie. Bound@ecy.wa.govPlease do not contact Valerie to inquire about the status of your application.
To request the full position description: email 

Why work for Ecology?

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.

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 your health and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to life/work balance.

Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:
Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver,  Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth *See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information 

Student debt: how working for Ecology can help
The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov and follow, like or visit us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.

Collective Bargaining: This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.   

Equal Opportunity Employer: 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, military spouses 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.

Note: This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency. Once all the position(s) from the recruitment announcement are filled, the recruitment may only be used to fill additional open positions for the next sixty (60) days. 


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