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SWM SRS Section Manager

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

Has your career focused on protecting, preserving and enhancing the environment? Do you want to play an important role within our environmental leadership team? Our Solid Waste Management (SWM) program is looking to hire a SWM SRS Section Manager (WMS Band 2) position. This position is located in our Headquarters Building (HQ) in Lacey, WA. To learn more about Washington State's job classification system, please visit this link.
The Solid Waste Program is at an interesting and challenging time with management of discarded material, plastic packaging, and other recyclable products. This position will be involved in helping to develop policy and regulation to improve Washington State’s solid waste system by responsibly managing solid waste and recyclable materials. New programs may include policy around product producer responsibility programs, product bans, removing plastic and plastic debris from the environment, and improving Washington’s recycling system by removing contamination and selling reusable recycling material. The SWM SRS Section Manager position will be involved in helping create Washington’s circular economy.

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 who 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, and fitness classes; 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. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding building occupancy, 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 August 9, 2021. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before August 8, 2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Washington State is a national leader in solid waste management, recycling, and producer responsibility programs. In this role, you'll will have the unique opportunity to help lead staff in moving Washington forward in solid waste management and recycling.
  Key work activities and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:  
  • Leads a team of professional scientists, land use and program planners, Information Technology Specialists, and financial grant administrators. 
  • Leads a multimillion dollar litter prevention program. Hires and implements a seasonal youth employment program picking up litter. 
  • Leads a team in developing and implementing programs that will set a national standard for the management of recyclable products.
  • Assists the program in development of waste management opportunities and technologies to remove organic waste from landfill disposal. 
  • Works with the program in managing a multi-dimensional pass through grant program consisting of over 25 million dollars.
  • Helps manage a land application program for biosolids (treated material from waste water treatment plants).
  • Assists local governments in meeting the requirements for landfill under the recently passed Climate Commitment Act.
Required Qualifications: 
Option 1: 
A total of Nine (9) years of experience and/or education as described below:
  • Professional level Experience in: environmental analysis, control, planning, community outreach or supervisory experience. 
  • Education: involving a major study in: environmental, physical, or natural science, planning, business administration or closely allied field.
Option 2: A Bachelor's degree involving a major study in: environmental, physical, or natural science, planning, business administration or closely allied field AND Five years of professional experience in environmental analysis, control, planning, or community outreach. 
Option 3: A Master's degree involving a major study in: environmental, physical, or natural science, planning, business administration or closely allied field AND three years of professional experience in environmental analysis, control, planning, or community outreach. 
All experience and education combinations that meet the requirements for this position: 
Desired Qualifications:

We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below. 
  • Five (5) years of experience managing solid waste issues, environmental permitting, doing scientific analysis, and rule interpretation. 
  • Supervisory experience.

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: 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 Please do not send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.
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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

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 (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 Laurie Davies at: Please do not contact Laurie 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:

Student debt: how working for Ecology can help
The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See for more details.
To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at and follow, like or visit us on LinkedInTwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

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.