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Vessel & Oil Transfer Inspector

  • Department of Ecology
  • 08/01/20
  • Vancouver, WA
  • 98682
  • $70,632.00 - $92,700.00 / Yearly
  • Full-Time

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

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. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, has leadership that embraces the value of people, and believes in the fun factor, Ecology is a good fit.

The Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response program (SPPR) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Vessel and Oil Transfer Inspector (Marine Transportation Safety Specialist 3) position. This position will work out of our Vancouver Field Office (VFO) in Vancouver, WA.

The Vessel and Oil Transfer Inspector position conducts vessel, oil transfer, and bunker operations monitoring inspections; investigates oil spills and marine casualties; reviews mobile facility (Class 2) operations manuals, and training and certification programs; inspects regulated fuel terminals (Class 3) and regulated marinas (Class 4); and monitors pre-booming compliance.

We are looking for applicants with a positive attitude who excel at working independently and who have strong technical skills related to vessel engineering systems, vessel inspection, engine department operations and management, and incident investigation.

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.

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

The mission of the Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (SPPR) program is to protect Washington's environment, public health, and safety through a comprehensive spill prevention, preparedness and response program.

Some of the key work activities of the Vessel and Oil Transfer Inspector position include:
Schedules and conducts inspections of regulated vessels to determine substantial risks of oil spills.
Schedules and conducts oil transfer inspections involving Class 1, 2, and 3 facilities and delivering vessels.
Monitors pre-booming activities to ensure compliance with regulations.
Performs bunker operations monitoring inspections of covered vessels.
Inspects regulated fuel terminals (Class 3) and regulated marinas (Class 4) to ensure compliance with regulations.
Provides technical assistance on spill prevention best practices.
Supports spill investigation by providing technical assistance and performing spill incident and marine accident causal analysis investigations.
Audits vessels participating in Washington's Voluntary Best Achievable Protection (VBAP) and Exceptional Compliance (ECOPRO) Program for Tank Vessels.
Assists with outreach efforts with the Harbor Safety Committee, shipping agents, vessel operators, environmental community, and other agencies as appropriate.
Documents inspections; drafts correspondence to vessel operators; maintains databases; and performs analysis work for the Prevention Section.
Serves as Prevention Duty Officer on a regular rotation during normal working hours.

As our community responds to the public health emergency, the Department of Ecology's priority is to keep our staff, candidates and the public safe. We are experiencing some delays as we transition to a virtual recruitment process. Thank you for your patience and we will be in touch as soon as we are able. We encourage you to apply to open postings.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be April 13, 2020. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before April 12, 2020. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

The goal class for this position is a Marine Transportation Safety Specialist 3 (MTSS 3). We will consider applicants who meet the requirements for the Marine Transportation Safety Specialist 2 (MTSS 2) level. If the finalist meets the requirements for the MTSS 2 level then they will be hired in at that level and will be placed into a training program to become an MTSS 3 within a specified period of time.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.


Required Qualifications at the MTSS 3 level ($5,886-$7,725) (goal class):

Bachelor's or Master's degree in Marine Transportation, Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, or closely related field to include the Maritime Environmental Sciences from an accredited four year college or university AND four years of experience in the field of marine engineering, marine transportation, or vessel inspection.


Bachelor's or Master's degree in Marine Transportation, Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, or closely related field to include the Maritime Environmental Sciences from an accredited four year college or university AND proof of a valid or expired United States Coast Guard license as a Chief or Assistant Engineer with at least four years of experience serving under such license(s).


Bachelor or Master's degree in Marine Transportation, Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, or closely related field AND three years of experience as a Marine Transportation Safety Specialist 2 (MTSS2) performing marine inspection activities. Complete documentation of experience is required in the application.

Required Qualifications at the MTSS2 level ($5,077-$6,662) (in-training level):

Bachelor's degree from an accredited four year college or university AND proof of a valid or expired United States Coast Guard license in good standing as Chief or Assistant Engineer, or a valid or expired merchant mariner's document (MMD) endorsed as a Tankerman- Person in Charge (PIC) or Qualified Member of the Engine Department in good standing with at least 2 years serving under that license or endorsement.
Additional closely related qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year by year basis as appropriate for the MTSS2 in-training level.

Desired Qualifications:
State or Federal Maritime Academy Degree, including U.S. Naval or Coast Guard Academy.
At least four years seagoing experience as Engineering Watch Officer.
Prior experience as a vessel inspector/examiner (Marine or Classification Society Surveyor; U.S. Coast Guard Marine Inspector; Port State Control Vessel examiner, or 3rd party vessel auditor).
Experience with Safety Management Systems.
Experience with investigations and root cause analysis.
Knowledge of design, construction, and operation of vessels, with emphasis on engine department operations and management.
Knowledge of international, federal, and state maritime and environmental regulations

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment: Vessel and Oil transfer inspections require several hours each day of standing, walking, squatting, and climbing (about four deck levels without stopping and can include up to ten deck levels) on a steel deck/stairwell. Inspectors also require the ability to push/pull, reach out/up, grasp, manipulate fingers, and lift objects weighing up to 30 pounds.
Ability to access various types of vessels at the pier by climbing gangways, inclined ramps, and moveable stairways as well as the ability to access vessel at anchor by riding a launch vessel and climbing a pilot ladder (lowered gangway or rope ladder), pigeon holes, or accommodation ladders on a regular basis
This position works in environments with a broad range of health and safety concerns. Ecology provides periodic testing through a mandatory medical monitoring program.
This position involves both field inspection work as well as work in a relatively sedentary open office environment.
This position is part of the Spills Program Incident Management Team (IMT) and Crisis Management Team and is required to complete Incident Command System (ICS) training at the level of 100, 300, 700 and 800.
Maintain HAZWOPER certification annually and continue training as required by the Program as courses come available to maintain IMT position qualifications.
Be able to obtain the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) which entails a detailed background check.
Hold and maintain eligibility and certification to permit travel to and from Canada, including passport or Enhanced Driver's License.
Hold and maintain a valid Washington driver's license and be able to operate a motor vehicle.

Why work for Ecology?
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 the health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to work/life 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

Student debt and how working for Ecology can help
Employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See for more details.

See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions

Please include the following documents as an attachment to your application:
A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.
A resume outlining your professional experience.
Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.

Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. Or, you may paste the text of your resume within the profile's resume text field.

Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including "please see resume" may disqualify you from further consideration.

Department of 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 at (360) 407-6186.

If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit to access the online recruitment system. Click on "Look for Jobs" and select Dept. of Ecology under the "Department" search list. Click "Apply Search."

Other Information

If you need assistance applying for this job, please call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail Please do not call this number or 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.

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Sara Thompson at: sara.thompson@ECY.WA.GOV. Please do not contact Sara Thompson to inquire about the status of your application.

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.

This position is included in the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) union bargaining unit for the Department of Ecology.

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 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.

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