King CountySeattle 98104
Full Time

Bachelor's degree OR any equivalent education/experience in chemistry, natural, physical/environmental sciences, engineering, and other related fields.

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Health And Environmental Investigator Ii

King County
Full Time King County Water and Land Resources, 201 S Jackson St # 600, Seattle, WA 98104, United States


Why These Opportunities May Be Perfect for You: Are you inspired to improve human health and the environment while supporting small businesses? Do you prefer working outside and serving diverse communities? Come join the Business Services Program (BSP) of the Hazardous Waste Management Program (Haz Waste Program) as a Health and Environmental Investigator II.

The BSP delivers education and incentives directly to businesses, schools, and other commercial properties in King County, at no charge. BSP services help customers reduce liability, protect health, and prevent pollution from hazardous materials and waste. They embed racial equity into all operations, ensuring services effectively reach diverse, multilingual communities and respond to customer requests and complaints or referrals from cities.

The Hazardous Waste Management Program (Haz Waste Program) is a regional coalition working to protect public health and the environment. The Haz Waste Program is mission-driven and seeks to eliminate the risks of hazardous materials to King County communities and the environment. The Haz Waste Program serves all jurisdictions within King County, helping residents and businesses reduce the threats posed by the production, use, storage, and disposal of hazardous materials by providing a range of services, including policy initiatives, prevention programs, and collection and disposal. For more information on the Haz Waste Program, visit .

Who Are We? The Water and Land Resources Division is at the forefront of King County’s efforts to protect and restore clean water and healthy habitat and strengthen the resilience of communities, environment, and infrastructure in the face of climate change. We are a dedicated workforce of more than 400 supported by an annual budget of ~$250 million. WLRD has a strong track record of developing innovative strategies for protecting working farms and forests, restoring habitat, protecting water quality, and ensuring people have equitable access to green space. We reduce flood hazards, manage stormwater facilities, and reduce toxic threats. Our Environmental Lab and Science sections maintain high-quality data sets used in long term-water quality trend analysis and use Best Available Science to inform decision making. We house three salmon recovery forums and support the Land Conservation Initiative, which will preserve our last, most important natural lands and urban green spaces over the next 30 years. Our forestry and agricultural programs help people protect their lands and support local food production. 

Who is Eligible: These two (2) positions are open to all qualified applicants, but first consideration will be given to King County Council 2, Local 1652R bargaining unit members.This posting may be used to create an eligibility list for future vacancies in similar positions over the next six months.

Commitment To Equity and Social Justice
As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.

We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts. To learn more, please visit .   

Work Location: These are remote positions, with onsite work requirements (i.e. business site visits) as informed by business needs. These positions report onsite on the first day of employment for orientation and approximately three (3) times per week, subject to change based on business needs.  

Employees must reside in Washington State and be within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to meet workplace reporting requirements.  

The primary onsite location is King Street Center (201 S. Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104). This location offers excellent accessibility through multiple mass transit options ensuring convenient and sustainable commuting. This work arrangement promotes work-life-balance and reduces carbon footprint under the department’s vision of .  

Work Schedule: These full-time positions are exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and are not overtime eligible. These positions are based on a 40-hour work week. 

Job Duties
  • Conduct business site visits (technical assistance and consultation). Record site visit observations, recommendations, changes made by the customer and health/environmental benefits achieved.
  • Review hazardous material and hazardous waste (HM/HW) management at the customer's site. Look deeper than the most common HM/HW problems and research solutions or identify safer alternatives using trusted resources. Offer incentives, waste collection services or other targeted services.
  • Collaborate with businesses, trade associations, community based organizations, agencies, and the public to develop best management practices, and identify cost-effective options.
  • Suggest improvements for BSP services or operations based on your analysis of current practices and applicable requirements. Look for ways to improve the cultural competence of BSP services to King County's diverse community, applying best practices for racial equity.
  • Serve on committees or act as liaison to other teams (internal or external to the Program). Act as an information conduit and represent/advance BSP interests.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree OR any equivalent education/experience in chemistry, natural, physical/environmental sciences, engineering, and other related fields.
  • At least two (2) years of experience in the following:
    • Advising, educating, using incentives or working with customers to change their behavior (including sales/marketing).
    • Providing excellent customer service, solving issues with tact and diplomacy.
    • Understanding how small businesses operate and an ability to communicate with small business owners, including diverse audiences.
    • Assessing business operations/environmental management systems and determining their potential impact on health and the environment.
    • Applying environmental regulations to small business operations.
    • Applying knowledge of physical and chemical properties to identify hazardous materials and hazardous wastes.
  • Ability to clearly express technical material for a non-technical audience orally and in writing, including presentations to groups.
  • Knowledge of common Information Technologies and savvy computer skills.
  • Experience noticing trends and suggesting improvements to services, operations or other systems.
  • Demonstrated skills for maintaining positive and productive working relationships, such as patience, flexibility, active listening, resolving conflicts and problem solving.
  • Effective and collaborative participation in multi-disciplinary team meetings or coalitions.
Desired Qualifications
  • Experience with continuous improvement practices, such as LEAN, Six Sigma, Kaizen, Environmental Management Systems, ISO 14000, or others. 
  • Experience with owning a business or working with small businesses. 
  • Ability to speak, read or write, any language other than English.
Our Ideal Candidates Will Have the Following Competencies: 
  • Manages Complexity: Making sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.
  • Manages Conflict: Handling conflict situations effectively, with a minimum of noise.
  • Action Oriented: Taking on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm.
  • Interpersonal Savvy: Relating openly and comfortably with diverse groups of people.
  • Values Differences: Recognizing the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization.
  • Tech Savvy: Anticipating and adopting innovations in business-building
    digital and technology applications.
Necessary Special Requirements: 
  • Valid Washington State Driver's License and the ability to travel throughout the County in a timely manner. 
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds in order to load and unload materials needed for business site visits.
Supplemental Information

Application and Selection Process: Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness including online application, cover letter, resume, and responsiveness to the list of qualifications, skills, and abilities. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews. Applications without the following required materials may not be considered for these positions.

  • King County application
  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing your background and what you can bring to the positions
  • Response to supplemental questions
Union Membership: These positions are represented by King County Council 2, Local 1652R.

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Deena Prasad, Senior Human Resources Analyst

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