Washington State Military Department

EMD Field Representative (Emergency Management Program Specialist 3)


Applicants are required to apply through the State’s Online Recruiting System which can be accessed at:



$5,102.00 – $6,691.00 Monthly


Yakima County – Yakima, WA

Job Type

Full Time – Permanent

Military Department
Job Number

This recruitment has been re-opened and will remain open until filled.  To ensure consideration for this recruitment, applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.   Applicants that previously applied do not need to reapply.  The hiring authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time.

Under the direction of the Hazardous Materials Planning Program Supervisor, this position provides senior level professional emergency management coordination support.  The position, (Hazardous Material Planner Central Regional Program Manager), is assigned to manage the Hazardous Material Planning Program within their assigned region.

Emergency Management Division Overview

The Washington Emergency Management Division (EMD) leads and coordinates mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery in Washington State to minimize the impact of disasters and emergencies on the people, property, environment and economy.

EMD is a civilian division of the Washington Military Department.

About the Washington Military Department

Protecting people is our passion.  At the Washington Military Department, we combine our unique talents to create safer communities and ensure our neighbors and loved ones can recover from whatever emergency might arise.  Our agency unites civilian employees with members of the Washington National Guard, creating a team that is deeply committed to public service.  We go home at night knowing that our day-to-day work supports activities that truly make a difference.  Whether that’s partnering with our communities to prepare for a disaster, leading an emergency response, hiring top-notch talent or supporting at-risk kids at our Washington Youth Academy – the Washington Military Department seeks to safeguard our way of life and those that call Washington home.

To learn more about the Washington Military Department please visit: www.mil.wa.gov

In addition to job fulfillment, the Washington Military Department offers an excellent benefits package which includes exceptional health care coverage, a retirement savings plan and job training opportunities.


Encourage and support LEPC’s and Tribes with compliance to the specific planning requirements in WAC 118-40 and EPCRA. Focus on the development and improvement of their HAZMAT response plans within the planning cycle.

  • Using tools provided by the State Emergency Response Commission and federal Environmental Protection Agency, provide HAZMAT planning assistance to regional, local, and tribal emergency managers, LEPC’s, and others as necessary within the assigned region.
  • Advise on EPCRA standard requirements during development of hazardous material plans.

Encourage and support LEPC’s and Tribes with compliance to all WAC 118-40 and EPCRA requirements. These requirements include but not limited to training, exercise, meeting, and administrative task.

  • Assist LEPC’s define and meet all LEPC EPCRA requirements and encourage enhanced functionality of LEPC’s in assigned region
  • Offer EPCRA assistance to Tribes in the assigned region.

Support overall capability of Washington State to respond to hazardous material incidents and comply with EPCRA requirements.  Encourage enhanced functionality of the State Emergency Response Commission.

  • As available, attend SERC meetings and provide content for meetings as needed.
  • Assist in the development EPCRA related tools, on behalf of the SERC, for LEPC’s and Tribes.

Responsible to participate in other emergency planning, training and exercise efforts as directed by the Preparedness Section Manager or Hazardous Material Planning Program Supervisor.

  • Assist with training and exercise coordination within assigned region.

Serves as the state regional representative for EMD providing services to local jurisdictions within the assigned region.

  • Acts as the regional lead EMD representative and works independently in a remote location to provide emergency management support.
  • Represents EMD within the assigned region to assist in emergency response and planning activities.



Two years of experience as an Emergency Management Program Specialist 2;


A Bachelor’s degree AND four years of professional level experience in emergency management, financial management (grants, contracting, claims management, budgeting), training/education, public information/affairs, program/project management, environmental analysis/planning, civil/structural engineering, legislative affairs, and/or urban planning.

Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for the education requirement.  A Master’s degree or Ph.D. degree will substitute for one year of the experience requirement.

AND (This experience may be gained concurrently with the experience listed above.)

Two years of experience in one or a combination of the following:

  • Emergency Management (prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, and/or mitigation).
  • Hazardous materials incident management.


  • Implementing the Emergency Planning and Community-Right-to-know Act (EPCRA) similar work in the private sector.
  • Serving in an Incident Command System (ICS) position in a government or private sector.
  • Operational experience in government or the private sector in emergency, hazardous materials, critical incident management or crisis and risk management.
  • Designing and implementing emergency management hazardous materials exercises, training classes, mitigation, and preparedness programs.
  • Leading collaborative and diverse stakeholder planning groups over which you have no direct control where at least 50% of the planning group members are from hazardous material response or facility entities.
  • Program management or committee work requiring frequent interface with executive level decision makers.

Skills & Abilities to:

  • Use Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, or similar software) to develop documents in support of program requirements.

Supplemental Information

Compensation: Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion.


COVID-19 Vaccination: On August 9, 2021, Governor Jay Inslee issued Proclamation 21-14, a COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for state employees.  As a result, all employees of the Washington State Military Department must be fully vaccinated by hire date as a condition of employment.  Pursuant to this mandate, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination as part of the hiring process.  Candidates needing information on a medical or religious accommodation may email the assigned recruiter within the State Human Resource Office at Geri.Harding@mil.wa.gov

Background Investigation: Must successfully complete the appropriate background checks required for employment.  Must be willing to sign releases of information and shall not have access to any investigative materials and files.  The processing of background checks can take up to six months post-employment.  Failure to successfully pass a background check may be cause for termination.

Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS): Camp Murray uses the Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS) for entry to the installation.  Must meet access requirements / background check which can be found in the Camp Murray Access Requirements Policy (Unified Policy No. 18-01).  This includes possession of an Enhanced Driver’s License, or other REAL ID Compliant Identification.

Union Shop Provision: This position is covered by a union shop provision – Washington Federation of State Employees.

Driver’s License:

  1. Valid to drive in the State of Washington.
  2. Must meet requirements of the REAL ID Act.  This is required for base access and will be required upon hire.

Military Facility: Willingness to work on a Military Controlled Access Installation.

Work HoursA choice between a Tuesday through Friday (4/10 schedule), Monday through Thursday (4/10 schedule), or Monday through Friday (5/8 schedule).  Actual hours will start no earlier than 6:00 am and end no later than 6:00 pm and will include core business hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Telework: This position is eligible for telework. The incumbent will work with their supervisor to identify an appropriate work schedule and balance between remote and in person work based on operational need and employee preference. Reporting to the workstation for work activities or participating in-person meetings will be needed.

Emergency Assignment: Upon activation of the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) or Joint Field Office (JFO), incumbent may be required to work in an alternate location with rotating shifts, including weekends and evenings, in a highly stressful and fast-paced environment.

Travel:  Occasional travel required – up to 10% to include overnight stays.

Application Process

Individuals interested in applying for this position should select the “Apply” button and submit the following:

  1. A current state application profile,
  2. Responses to the Supplemental Questions (Note that your responses to the supplemental questions will be used for interview selection),
  3. A letter of interest (not to exceed two pages), specifically outlining how your education, skills, and experience meet the qualifications listed in this announcement.
  4. A resume listing, education, names of employers with dates of employment, and a concise description of experience for each position held, and
  5. A list of three professional references. Please include at least two past/current supervisors, one peer and subordinate if applicable.  For each reference include the following:
  • Name
  • Professional Title
  • Working Relationship
  • Daytime Phone Number
  • Email Address

** A resume will not substitute for completing the “work experience” section of the application.  Failure to attach the documents listed above (letter of interest and resume) may exclude you from consideration.

The information provided in your application must support your supplemental questionnaire responses.  Responses not supported in your application and those referring to “see resume” will disqualify you for consideration of employment from this recruitment.  

This recruitment may be utilized for an additional sixty days to fill additional vacancies within the Emergency Management Division.

If you have questions about the application process or this recruitment, please email Geri Harding at geri.harding@mil.wa.gov

The Washington Military Department is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included, and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, as well as people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the Recruitment Section of State Human Resources at: Email: geri.harding@mil.wa.gov Call: (253) 512-7384, or Telecommunications Device for the hearing impaired at (253) 512-7298

To apply for this job please visit mil.wa.gov.

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