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Avista Utilities Environmental Scientist/Specialist - Hazardous Waste Management in Spokane, Washington


Closes: May 17, 2021Salary: DOQ

Job Description

As a part of Avista’s environmental compliance team, the Environmental Specialist/Scientist in this role is primarily responsible for regulatory compliance with local, state and federal regulations for solid and hazardous waste management and related regulatory areas in support of broader utility operations. The role is expected to promote a high level of environmental performance by designing and implementing waste management, training and awareness programs related to both internal and external stakeholders.

More broadly, this role is part of a team of professionals covering all areas of environmental compliance for utility operations. The ideal candidate should be able to apply their experience, knowledge, and training to implement compliance measures consistent with Avista’s environmental policy across multiple regulatory settings. They should be comfortable in providing all types of environmental management activities such as compliance monitoring and reporting, project analysis and permitting, on-site auditing, identification and risk assessment and regulatory policy review as needed. Additionally, this specific role oversees various waste handling contractors that support the handling and transportation of our wastes.

Preferred Experience Includes

  • An emphasis on RCRA regulations and Washington State dangerous waste management activities including universal and electronic waste reporting, as well as MTCA/CERCLA

  • Able to designate hazardous waste, including collecting samples of new waste streams generated, characterizing waste streams, and partnering with the Avista Hazardous Waste Technicians to create waste profiles with vendors to support disposal requirements

  • Perform compliance inspections, and utilize tracking tools to issue recommendations and corrective actions to responsible stakeholders.

  • Preparation, Communication and Reporting for Community Right To Know (CRTK) programs.

  • Support audits and inquiries from regulatory agencies, including State agencies, EPA, and local Fire Departments.

  • Field experience at a utility or other industrial facility and demonstrated capacity to identify, communicate and vet environmental compliance requirements with facility managers, project managers, engineers, construction crews, and various regulators.

  • Ability to interpret existing and review proposed regulations essential.

  • Preparation of Environmental Site Assessments (Phase I/II/III).

  • Spill prevention and cleanup, remediation design and site management. Waste reduction and minimization experience.

  • Spill Prevention Controls and Countermeasures (SPCC) program management.

  • Ability to work well with people in a diverse range of positions. Ability to write and speak clearly.


A bachelor’s degree and preferably a graduate degree in one of the following fields: environmental engineering, environmental science, chemistry, biology or other physical sciences, or other related discipline. Minimum of three years’ experience demonstrating increasing levels of professional development. Demonstrated understanding of fundamental concepts, practices and procedures of, solid and hazardous waste management and preferably additional area of expertise, such as water quality or site cleanup. Comfortable in field situations interacting with a wide variety of utility staff, agency regulators, etc. Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships and to communicate effectively. Other combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Position is based in Spokane but will involve vehicle travel to our electric and gas service territory including generation resources. Infrequent overnight stays required.

To Apply

Complete an online application and attach your resume and cover letter to your profile. All documents must be attached to your application at the time of submitting your application for review. No documents can be attached after you click "Submit".

Pre-employment screening requirementsEmployment is contingent upon the successful completion of a drug test, background check and motor vehicle records review.

Avista’s Commitment to Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Avista is committed to the goal of Equal Opportunity Employment and Affirmative Action. All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, sensory, mental or physical disability (unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification), Veteran status or any other classification protected by nondiscrimination law.

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