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Job Opening: Inspection Supervisor

Inspection Supervisor

Closing Date: Open until filled, next review of applicants on April 15, 2024

Salary Range

$8,896 – $11,956 per month

ORCAA also provides a comprehensive benefits package

The Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) seeks applicants for the position of Inspection Supervisor in Olympia, Washington. Ideal candidates will bring knowledge of environmental programs, permit compliance investigation, inspection, and reporting of sources emitting air pollution, for purposes of determining compliance with federal, state, and local air pollution control regulations.

Summary of the Job

The Inspection Supervisor provides ORCAA with essential inspection, supervisory, decision making, and project management skills required of clean air agencies under the Washington Clean Air Act.  The position is responsible for supervising the inspectors doing the investigation, inspection, and reporting of sources emitting air pollution, for purposes of determining compliance with federal, state, and local air pollution control regulations.  In addition, this position conducts inspections of their own. This position functions under the guidance of ORCAA’s Compliance Manager.

ORCAA is a Great Place to Work

The mission of the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency is to protect the health and welfare of the people and the natural environment in the agency’s six county jurisdiction in western Washington. ORCAA is one of seven local air quality agencies in Washington charged with enforcing local, state, and federal clean air rules and law.

ORCAA is a small agency and each of us is invested in and plays a part in furthering our mission. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism, and accountability.  A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our region, while keeping your health and financial security a priority. We offer a strong benefits package and a commitment to a life/work balance, while working in one of the most scenic locations in the country. (ORCAA provides a comprehensive benefits package). Olympic National Park sits in the middle of ORCAA’s jurisdiction, and the region is bounded by the Columbia River, Pacific Ocean, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Puget Sound.

Application Process

Complete the online job application at the link below and upload a cover letter and current résumé, as well as any other support documents you’d like to share. Your cover letter should detail your experience and qualifications with reference to the specific duties and qualifications of this position. Your résumé should outline your experience and education as it relates to this position. Note that a cover letter and résumé are required to be considered for this position.

The official application form is located at

Application Timeline

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The application deadline for the next round of screening is April 15, 2024. The agency reserves the right to select a candidate at any time after the initial screening date. If you have questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Mike Shults at (360) 539-7610, ext. 113 or mike.shults@orcaa.org     

Job Summary

The full job description may be found here.

  • Supervises ORCAA’s team of Air Quality Specialists (Inspectors) in the day-to-day operations in the core Inspection Team programs: asbestos/demolition, outdoor burning, woodstove, minor registration, synthetic minor registration, and Title V registration program activities. These duties include assigning work, performance coaching, and regular 1:1 meetings.  
  • Coordinates, supervises, participates in, and supports inspections of all sources; interacts with source representatives regarding compliance; provides technical assistance by making recommendations; gathers required data and information; attends source testing, issues Notices of Violations for alleged infractions, as appropriate; reviews staff reports resulting from source inspections and field responses; inputs data into agency database.
  • Reviews and assists in resolving enforcement actions.
  • Works with the Engineering Supervisor in facilitating the interaction and common goals of the Compliance Team.
  • Provides technical assistance by making recommendations regarding steps necessary for compliance; gathers required data and information; issues Notices of Violation for alleged infractions, as appropriate; completes and submits reports; inputs data into agency database.
  • Assesses, evaluates, and assists in developing ORCAA’s regulatory enforcement programs.
  • Works closely with Compliance Manager in annual budget development process, and in tracking Inspection Team’s budget throughout the year. 
  • Responds to and investigates complaints; records all pertinent data in agency database.
  • Provides training to ORCAA staff regarding compliance topics. Based on training and experience, may also participate in formal instruction of others, for example the state-wide Washington Air Quality Compliance Forum.
  • Communicates and meets regularly with the Compliance Manager and Engineering Supervisor to discuss performance of the Compliance Division and to develop strategies for meeting the agency’s goals.
  • Provides expert testimony and/or summary reports in court, during hearings and public meetings.
  • May substitute for the Compliance Manager or Communication Manager at meetings or news events such as requests for radio interviews and television news stories.
  • In the absence of the Compliance Manager, may assume some of the duties of the Compliance Manager.
  • May review Approval Orders and AOP’s to ensure the inspection conditions are practical and achievable.

Environmental/Physical/Mental Requirements       

The Inspection Supervisor performs most of their responsibilities in direct contact with other members of the Agency, other federal, state, and local government agencies, the public and others in the air quality field.

This individual must be able to move freely throughout our building, the business and residential community. The Inspection Supervisor must possess full use of their body as they may be required to climb, stoop, crawl, or jump while doing their job.

They must be able to lift up to 50 pounds, although infrequently.

Due to the level of authority and accountability involved, this individual must be able to make sound judgments, based on a clear assessment of the facts, looking at both long and short-term ramifications.

The Inspection Supervisor must be able to read, examine for errors and comprehend materials and equipment ranging from specialized gauges and instruments to letters and memos to government regulations and be able to explain these materials to others who may not possess the same level of technical expertise. This individual must have excellent vision.

Most work is performed in a quiet to moderately noisy environment, generally free of hazards.

Travel may be involved, which may include up to 5 hours of driving within Washington. Infrequent overnight stays while in the field, during trainings, or attending conferences may also be required.


Required Education:

Bachelor’s degree in environmental, physical, or natural sciences, or closely related field preferred, or equivalent experience. 


  • 7 years’ experience in the air quality, environmental, or closely related field.
  • 3 years of demonstrated leadership responsibilities.
  • Experience with enforcement actions.
  • Experience with regulatory inspections.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Demonstrated talent for effective verbal and written communication of complex concepts.
  • Ability to organize multiple priorities.
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of people.
  • Demonstrated talent for meeting deadlines and working under pressure.
  • Ability to work independently.


  • Valid Washington state driver’s license.
  • The ideal candidate would have the following certifications or should be able to attain them within the first 6 months of employment.
    • Current Certificate of Completion for Plume Evaluation Training.
    • Current AHERA Building Inspector certification.
    • Current 40-hour HAZWOPER certification.

Prior to employment, a criminal history background check and reference checks will be conducted on the top candidates. For purposes of protecting the health and wellbeing of ORCAA staff and the public, candidates are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All current ORCAA staff are vaccinated.

ORCAA provides reasonable accommodations to assist qualified individuals perform the essential functions their job requires.

Desired Skills

  • Demonstrated talent for effective written and verbal communication of complex concepts.
  • Knowledge and ability to apply general Chemistry and Physics.
  • General knowledge of combustion reactions and how it relates to air emissions.
  • General knowledge of gaseous dispersion principles and how variables such as wind speed, temperature, and terrain affect ambient air concentrations.
  • Ability or aptitude to critically evaluate air emissions consequences of mechanical and combustion equipment.
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities.

Employee Status Designation              

Overtime eligible; fulltime; regular; salaried

Application Attestation:

The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. ORCAA may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed.

Equal Opportunity Employer

ORCAA is an equal opportunity employer seeking applicants. We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersection identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.