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2011 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

Our Workforce

As of Dec. 31, 2011, Ecology had a total workforce of 1,550 individuals. The total number of Ecology employees covered by the collective bargaining agreements was 1,234 or 80% of the workforce.


Total workforce by employment type, employment contract, gender, and region


REGION/OfficeTotal StaffFull-time MaleFull-time FemalePart-time/Hourly MalePart-time/Hourly FemaleSup./Mgmt (WMS/EMS) MaleSup./Mgmt (WMS/EMS) Female
Headquarters78935334721686867
Southwest R.O.*1537268211109
Northwest R.O.1979484118207
Eastern R.O.134794618107
Central R.O.128685109135
Richland6421343625
Manchester 24 8 16 0 0 3 0
Padilla Bay 16 5 9 0 2 3 1
LabAccred 6 2 3 0 1 1 0
Bellingham F.O.** 21 12 9 0 0 0 0
Vancouver F.O. 13 10 2 0 0 1 0
Wenatchee F.O. 4 4 0 0 0 0 0
Mt. Vernon F.O. 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
TOTALS 1550 728 671 28 123 131 101
*Regional Office
**Field Office

Ecology staff member doing sediment monitoring work in Puget Sound

Ecology will continue to carry out its strategic plan for developing and managing its workforce for optimal performance and achieving Ecology and program goals by:

  • Implementing the new Ecology employment center website. This site provides managers, supervisors, and employees with information, guidance, and instruction about key employment activities and processes for workforce and position planning; making employment decisions; employee retention; succession management; and career planning.
  • Renewing and expanding our interagency and intergovernmental partnerships for recruiting highly qualified, diverse candidates.
  • Assessing our selection and hiring process. We will develop new methods to streamline the process and further improve the quality and diversity of our candidate pools.
  • Expanding the scope of our training program. We will provide tools for managers, supervisors, and employees to take on emerging issues from the economic recession, including workload management and Lean processes.

Collective bargaining is an important form of stakeholder engagement. It helps build institutional frameworks and facilitates collaborative efforts to enhance the positive social impacts of an organization.