Environmental Laboratory Auditor-Inorganic Chemist

State of Washington Department of Ecology

Salary: $69,072.00 – $92,868.00 Annually
Location: Yakima County – Union Gap, WA
Job Type: Project (limited duration)
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Job Number: 2023-EAPP1248-10538
Department: Dept. of Ecology
Division: Environmental Assessment
Opening Date: 09/05/2023
Closing Date: Continuous
Salary Information: The high end of the salary range, Step M is typically a longevity step
The Environmental Assessment Program (EAP) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill an Environmental Laboratory Auditor-Inorganic Chemist (Chemist 3) position. This position is located in our Central Region Office (CRO) in Union Gap, WA.

Please Note: This is a project position that is funded until June 30, 2025.

In this position, you will contribute to the program and agency missions by accrediting environmental laboratories in order to assure that they are capable of providing accurate and defensible analytical data to the state departments of Ecology and Health. As the Inorganic Chemistry Auditor, you will provide technical guidance, advice and assistance to WA accredited laboratories and those seeking to become accredited in the area of General Chemistry and Trace Metals. You will travel to Environmental Laboratories across the State to conduct onsite audits, both as part of an audit team and solo. You will also conduct virtual assessments of laboratories. You will help laboratories navigate applicable State and Federal Regulations and ensure understanding and compliance with Laboratory Accreditation Requirements. You will interact with accreditation unit customers including laboratories, State and Federal Agencies, and data users within the WA departments of Ecology and Health.

Agency Mission: Ecology’s mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment and to promote the wise management of our air, land and water for the benefit of current and future generations.

Program Mission: The Environmental Assessment Program provides a range of scientific, monitoring, laboratory, and quality assurance services. Its mission is to measure, assess and communicate environmental conditions in Washington State.

Tele-work options for this position: This position is eligible for up to an 80% telework schedule. Applicants with questions about position location options, tele-work, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in “other information.” Schedules are dependent upon position needs and are subject to change.

Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled; with an initial screening date of September 20, 2023. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before of September 19, 2023. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

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 ForgivenessTuition Waiver,  Long Term Disability & Life InsuranceDeferred Compensation ProgramsDependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA)Employee Assistance ProgramCommute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader)Combined Fund DriveSmartHealth *Click here for more information 

About the Department of Ecology

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. To learn more, check out our Strategic Plan

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. 
  • Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.

Our commitment to DEIR
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. 


What makes this role unique?

In this role, you will serve as an Inorganic Chemist on a two-person team based at our Central Regional Office, to primarily focus on Accreditation of Wastewater Laboratories located in the Central and Eastern Regions of WA State. There is a significant need for technical assistance in inorganic chemistry which you will provide to wastewater laboratories located in these regions.

What you will do:

  • Process initial applications and renewal for laboratory accreditation.
  • Assess performance testing results for Inorganic Chemistry parameters.
  • Review laboratory supporting documentation for Inorganic Chemistry parameters. 
  • Conduct in-person and virtual audit assessments for Inorganic Chemistry parameters.
  • Respond to customer questions about Inorganic Chemistry testing.
  • Provide technical support for accredited laboratories performing Inorganic Chemistry testing.


Required Qualifications:
Years of required experience indicated below are full-time equivalent years. Full-time equivalent experience means that any experience where working hours were less than 40 hours per week will be prorated in order to meet the equivalency of full-time. We would calculate this by looking at the total hours worked per week, divide this by 40, and then multiply by the total number of months worked. Examples of the proration calculations are:

  • 30 hours worked per week for 20 months: (30/40) x 20 months = 15 months full-time equivalent
  • 20 hours worked per week for 12 months: (20/40) x 12 months = 6 months full-time equivalent

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

Option 1:
A Bachelor’s degree with a major study in chemistry OR A Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college-level chemistry


Four years of experience performing chemical analysis in an analytical laboratory.

Option 2:
A Master’s degree with a major study in chemistry OR A Master’s degree with a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college-level chemistry


Two years of experience performing chemical analysis in an analytical laboratory.

Option 3:
A Ph.D. with a major study in chemistry OR A Ph.D. with a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college-level chemistry


One year of experience performing chemical analysis in an analytical laboratory.

Option 4:
Two years of experience as a Chemist 2, at the Department of Ecology.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
Must possess and maintain a valid driver license.

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

  • Experience with Quality Assurance/Quality Control procedures of environmental laboratories, with particular emphasis on Inorganic Chemistry.
  • Familiarity and hands-on bench experience with a variety of Inorganic Chemistry testing methods including EPA Methods and Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater.
  • Hands on bench experience in General Chemistry within the past 10 years.

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:

Apply Here

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.
  • A list of three professional references.
  • College transcripts showing required coursework.

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 Rebecca Wood at Rebecca.Wood@ecy.wa.gov Please do not contact Rebecca to inquire about the status of your application.

To request the full position description: email careers@ecy.wa.gov

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.

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