Construction and Demolition Waste Enforcement Lead

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
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Posted on May 3, 2021

The Solid Waste Division (SWD), Recycling and Environmental Services Section (RES) is recruiting for a skilled, enthusiastic, and dedicated Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste Enforcement Lead (Health and Environmental Investigator III classification). The position plays a critical role in the C&D Program, providing guidance, education, and enforcement on C&D recycling and waste handling regulations to facility operators, contractors, and other stakeholders who generate and manage construction and demolition waste. To learn more about SWD and RES, visit To learn more about the C&D and GreenTools programs see 
Under the direction of the program supervisor, the enforcement lead will oversee recycling and waste management requirements mandated by King County code (Title 10.30) and written agreements with designated recycling and disposal facilities. The responsibilities for this position focus on regulatory oversight of solid waste handling facilities, confirming construction and demolition waste is sent to designated recycling and disposal facilities, interpreting technical requirements and ensuring compliance with regulations and written agreements, and outreach and education on C&D waste handling requirements among the regulated community and partners.
People with a passion for environmental protection, equity and social justice, and with strong leadership, project management, and technical skills are encouraged to apply. This is a full-time position within the Solid Waste Division.
Who May Apply: This is a promotional opportunity for qualified applicants currently working for King County.
Forms and Materials Required: Applicants must submit a (1) King County application form and (2) letter of interest detailing your background and describing how your education and experience meet the qualifications and has prepared you to perform the essential functions of the job.
Work Schedule: This full-time Career Service position works a 40-hour workweek, Monday through Friday.  Primary work location will be from home, with approximately 50% of the time consisting of fieldwork that requires driving to construction projects and C&D management facilities located throughout King County.  A county vehicle will be provided.  This position is exempt from FLSA provisions and is not overtime-eligible.  
Opportunity to Learn More: We invite you to join an MS Teams Meeting Open House to learn more about this position. We will hold this event on May 10, 2021, from 9 am to 10 am.  To join the meeting call in (audio only) 1 425-653-6586, Phone Conference ID: 382 079 892#
If you are unable to join us during that time and have questions about the position, you may contact Jim Neely at 206-477-5284 or email at or Julie Mitchell at 206-477-5283 or email at 
Solid Waste Division Profile: The Solid Waste Division’s (SWD) core business is to operate the solid waste transfer, disposal, and recycling services for residents and businesses in all of King County, except for Seattle and Milton.  The division also provides regulatory oversight of Construction and Demolition (C&D) debris management within its service area.  The primary objectives of the division are Zero Waste of Resources and proper disposal of waste.  In addition, the division manages the countywide green building program (GreenTools) which promotes resiliency in the built environment, both internally with County operations and externally with King County cities and building industry stakeholders.  

SWD’s service area has a population of about 1.5 million, or approximately 70 percent of King County’s population. Construction activity in the service area generates approximately 900,000 tons of debris per year.

Examples of Job Duties:

  • Be responsible for managing the Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste management compliance program.
  • Enforce regulations and provisions of written agreements, including warning letters, citations, and orders.
  • Conduct project management tasks which include conducting C&D facility and job site investigations to ensure compliance with King County Solid Waste Division codes, policies, and written agreements.
  • Provide culturally competent education, technical assistance, and regulatory compliance guidance to regulated entities, public agencies, and the public.
  • Maintain stakeholder partnerships with regulated entities and partners. 
  • Ensure that programs are leading with equity and social justice and providing excellent service delivery to the public and our partners.
  • Develop program work plans, prepare and update program procedures, conduct QA/QC, and prepare status reports for program activities.
  • Develop standard operating procedures, maintain and update or revise regulations
  • Prepare and deliver presentations to a wide variety of audiences. 
  • Participate in long-range program planning and policy development.
  • Stay current on best practices and local, state, and federal environmental regulations related to solid waste facility operations. 
  • Manage program data in computerized systems such as Excel and online web applications.
  • Other duties as assigned. 
  • Safe driving skills. 
Our Ideal Candidate Will Have: 
  • Working knowledge of environmental regulations with the ability to interpret and implement environmental laws, ordinances, and regulations for application to a variety of audiences. 
  • Basic knowledge of Construction and Demolition materials management.
  • Demonstrated ability to research and develop program policies, procedures, correspondence, and technical reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and in a culturally competent manner with staff and customers from diverse backgrounds and cultures. 
  • Knowledge and experience in data collection, analysis, technical report writing, and maintaining accurate field records (written and photographic). 
  • Demonstrated experience at an intermediate level in one or more database or document management systems (e.g., Excel, Sharepoint, Envision Connect, Access). 
  • Working knowledge of field/office occupational and environmental hazards and worker safety procedures such as the use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) 
  • Ability to apply principles of Equity and Social Justice in program operations and services. 
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple work assignments with competing priorities. 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with a variety of audiences. 
  • Conflict resolution skills. 
The Most Competitive Candidate Will Also Have:
  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, construction management, law enforcement, or another related course of study or a combination of work experience and education in one of these fields which provided the skills and knowledge required for the job
  • Experience in enforcing laws, rules, regulations.
  • Intermediate project management experience. 
  • Experience managing budgets, and contracts.
Supplemental Information:
This position will require:
  • Ability to use appropriate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) such as wearing protective clothing or apparatus for working in environments that may include exposure to toxic or hazardous substances. 
  • Ability to perform work duties both indoors in an office environment and the field in a variety of physical and weather conditions that may include walking uneven terrain, working around heavy machinery, strong odors, dust, and various types of wastes.
  • Skills in dealing with individuals who are upset, angry, agitated, and sometimes hostile, requiring the use of conflict management and de-escalation skills. 
  • Safe driving skills and a valid Washington state driver's license or ability to commute to work sites in an expeditious manner.
  • The incumbent to occasionally access or travel to a project worksite outside of King County, including eastern Washington.  
Who to Contact: If you have questions about the position, please contact James Neely at or (206) 477-5284. If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Prakash Meloot, Senior Human Resources Analyst at

Supplemental Information

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King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
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This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
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Do you have a working knowledge of environmental regulations?
  • Yes
  • No
If yes, please describe how did you acquire this knowledge.
Do you have a basic knowledge of Construction and Demolition materials management?
  • Yes
  • No
If yes, please describe how did you acquire this knowledge.
Do you have knowledge and experience in data collection, analysis, and, technical report writing?
  • Yes
  • No
If yes, please describe how did you gain this experience.
Do you have a Bachelor's degree in environmental studies, construction management, law enforcement, or another related course of study?
  • Yes
  • No
If answered 'no' to the above question, do you have any other combination of work experience and education in one of these fields which provided you the skills and knowledge required for the job?
  • Yes
  • No
If yes, please describe the relevant education and experience.
Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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