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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 398C
Category: Protective Services


These positions work under the general direction of a higher-level specialist. Leads lower level specialists in the review and approval of vessel contingency plans, oil spill prevention plans, and other regulatory programs.

Typical Work

Participates in planning and administering the most complex marine spill prevention, regulation, and enforcement programs; 

Analyzes, assists, and makes recommendations in the development of policies to determine acceptable oil spill prevention standards associated with navigable operation activities; participates and makes recommendations in the formulation and application of administrative rules for oil spill prevention plans that implement these standards; 

Researches, analyzes, reviews, and assists in the development of policies to screen vessels to determine whether cargo and passenger vessels entering the navigable water of the state pose a substantial risk of harm to the public health, safety, and the environment; participates in and makes recommendations in the formulations and application of administrative rules to implement these rules; 

Researches, reviews, evaluates, and recommends modifications, or approves the most complex oil spill prevention plans, contingency plans, or other inspection programs;

Analyzes, reviews, evaluates, and assists in the development of policies, rules, and procedures for the implementation of the vessel contingency plan program; reviews, evaluates, recommends modifications, recommends approval or disapproval, or approves covered vessel spill contingency plans; 

Develops tracking program in coordination with other agencies to ensure that all information related to approved contingency plans is up-to-date and readily accessible to other program managers; 

Observes, participates, and evaluates spill exercises and drills designed to test approved plans; provides contingency planning expertise to the regulated community; 

Assists in the development and implementation of policies and procedures regarding the inspection of cargo and passenger vessels and enforcement actions if necessary; assists in the development and implementation of policies and procedures regarding the inspection of tanker vessels; studies and analyzes the federal tanker inspection program to determine if the program is adequate to protect the state's waters;  

Inspects vessels as deemed necessary to effectuate the rules and policies established by the Office of Marine Safety and OPA 90; recommends enforcement action to deny entry into the waters of the state, or to assess civil penalties against any vessels found not to have met the requirements for contingency plans, prevention plans, OPA 90, or proof of financial responsibility;  

Coordinates, and communicates with numerous affected organizations including the regulated community, environmental organizations, the U.S. Coast Guard, spill cleanup contractors, and other federal, state, and local agencies as appropriate;  

Provides information and assistance to the public and to the regulated community on marine safety, spill prevention and response, and compliance with OMS regulatory programs.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position. 

Desirable Qualifications

Positions typically require a Bachelor's of Science or Master's degree in Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, or closely related field AND four years of experience in vessel design or shipyard project inspection.

Class Specification History

New class effective June 1, 2005; Marine Transportation Safety Specialist 3 (replaces 66752 Marine Transportation Safety Specialist 3).