SUMMARY 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 main objective of the Oil Transfer Inspector is to prevent oil and hazardous materials spills and promote marine transportation system safety in order to protect the environment and reduce threats to public health and safety. Some of the key work activities include: conducting oil transfer inspections, monitoring pre-booming, reviewing mobile facility oil spill manuals and plans, inspecting and performing investigations of vessels, oil handling facilities, tank trucks, fuel terminals and marinas, and assisting with risk assessment/analysis. This position also assists with incident investigations and enforcement actions.
We are looking for applicants who have strong maritime expertise, are engaged and enthusiastic about the spill prevention mission, have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and have the ability to think strategically and to manage complex projects and tasks.
The Oil Transfer Inspector position is located within the Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (SPPR) program. The mission of the SPPR program is to protect Washington's environment, public health, and safety through a comprehensive spill prevention, preparedness, and response program. The Spills Program's vision is to prevent, prepare for, and respond aggressively to oil spills; to be our best for the State of Washington. Our Spills goal is "zero spills".
Some of the key work activities of the Oil Transfer Inspector position are:
Targets, schedules, and conducts oil transfer inspections and monitors pre-booming activities to ensure compliance with rules governing oil spill prevention, preparedness, and response.
Documents compliance with pre-booming safe and effective thresholds, effectiveness of pre-booming deployments, as well as condition of boom over time.
Completes routine inspection reports and enters data in databases.
Duties also include undertaking compliance and enforcement actions as follow up.
Provides technical advice and assistance to masters and crews of boarded vessels, facility personnel, the public, and other interested parties in relation to Spills field policies and programs.
Assists with the Prevention Section's risk assessment work. Provides information and assistance to the public and the regulated community on safe oil transfer procedures and spill prevention procedures.
Reviews mobile facility response plans (Class 2), Operations Manuals and Training and Certification programs.
Inspects regulated fuel terminals (Class 3) and marinas (Class 4) annually to ensure compliance with the regulations. Provides education and outreach materials. Documents compliance.
Supports spill response investigation work of program by providing technical assistance, and/or performing spill incident and marine accident causal analysis investigations in field responses.
This position also participates on the Spills Incident Management Team (IMT) in positions designated on the team roster during drills and significant events.
Trains and demonstrates competency through the ICS credentialing program.
Is responsible for adhering to agency policies, procedures and guidance for managing electronic files, paper records, and email in order to meet records retention and to be able to respond to public disclosure requests.
Adheres to general IT security protocols.
REQUIREMENTS Bachelor of Arts or Science degree in Marine Transportation, Marine Engineering, Naval Architecture, or closely related field to include the Environmental Sciences ANDone year of experience in marine transportation in the field of shipping management, marine engineering, superintendence, or marine safety focused in marine inspection with a strong understanding of the marine transportation system;
Bachelor's degree from an accredited four year college or university* AND proof of a valid or expired United States Coast Guard license as a Master or Mate (of 1600 Gross Tons or greater) or Chief or Assistant Engineer in good standing (i.e., was not suspended or revoked by the U.S. Coast Guard through an Administrative process) with at least two or more combined years of service under that license OR proof of a valid or expired merchant mariner's document (MMD) endorsed as a Tankerman-Person in Charge (PIC) or equivalent in good standing (i.e., was not suspended or revoked by the U.S. Coast Guard through an Administrative process) with at least two or more combined years of service under that MMD endorsement.
* Closely related qualifying experience may be substituted for this required education on a year for year basis, as appropriate.
Demonstrate knowledge and skills in maritime transportation procedures, safety management practices, and oil transfer procedures; understanding of all classes of vessels and their operations, systems, and environmental compliance programs; and knowledge of international and federal maritime regulations and federal and state environmental regulations. Demonstrate knowledge of design, construction and operation of vessels, with emphasis on vessel deck department or engine department operations and management and oil transfers as cargo or fuel. In regards to marine safety, demonstrate knowledge in the marine inspection field related to hull, drills, oil transfers, and deck or engine department activities.
At least two years of experience in the following areas:
Conducting and/or inspecting oil transfers from vessels or facilities; knowledge of principles and practices of transferring oil to or from vessels or facilities.
Design, construction, and operation of tank vessels or cargo ships.
Spill response and preparedness.
Methods and procedures in establishing and administering an environmental program.
Laws and regulations governing oil spill prevention, preparedness or response, and environmental protection.
State or Federal Maritime Academy Degree, including U.S. Naval or U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
At least two years seagoing experience as Officer in Charge of a Navigation Watch, Engine Department Watch, or Tankerman-PIC.
Prior experience/credentials as a vessel inspector/examiner, commercial fishing vessel safety examiner, or towing vessel examiner for marine safety and environmental protection standards, (e.g., Marine or Classification Society Surveyor; U.S. Coast Guard Marine Inspector; Port State Control Vessel examiner, or 3rd party vessel auditor).
Strong marine industry safety/oil spill prevention evaluation, risk assessment, analysis skills, and complex project management skills.