The Air Quality Program (AQP) is looking to fill multiple positions at the Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA.
- Two Cap-and-Invest Market Planner (Environmental Planner 2) (In-Training) positions. In supporting the unit’s work on allowance trading and entity education, this position will help ensure firms can effectively participate in the cap-and-invest marketplace. By helping firms get comfortable with this new market and how it works, planners will enable them to devote their time and resources to decarbonization – helping Washington achieve its goal of total carbon neutrality by 2050.
In supporting the unit’s work on auctions, the Cap-and-Invest Market Planners will help coordinate and implement allowance auctions that firms participate in to meet their emissions compliance obligations. These auctions are the linchpin of the cap-and-invest program and generate significant proceeds that are applied towards the decarbonization of the transportation industry, improving access to clean energy, and advancing health equity and environmental justice.
In this role, planners will support the work of two staff leads in the cap-and-invest Auctions and Market Unit. One staff lead is focused on allowance trading and entity education, and the other lead is focused on allowance auctions. The Auctions and Market Unit helps bring companies into the cap-and-invest program, facilitates allowance auctions and trading, and safeguards the cap-and-invest program’s integrity through ongoing market surveillance. These positions will also be involved in outreach to similar programs in other jurisdictions (e.g., California and Québec), external agencies, stakeholders, and the Western Climate Initiative, Inc.
- One Air Quality Planner (Environmental Planner 3)(In-Training) position. This role will be on the front line of developing air quality policy for the State of Washington. The position will get to work with scientists, engineers, economists, other planners, and communication experts as part of a team to develop air quality rules and plans. The planner will consult with Federal Environmental Protection Agency staff and engage with Washington industry, environmental justice, and local government stakeholders in the creation of rules and plans for protecting air quality in Washington.
Contact Robert “Jake” Barkman with questions about these postings.