Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1 (Download PDF reader), Washington State employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18th, 2021. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 Vaccination as part of the hire process. Requests for medical and religious exemptions will be considered. If you have questions, please contact Careers@ecy.wa.gov with “COVID-19 Vaccination” in the subject line.
Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill two Senior Environmental Engineers (Environmental Engineer 5) positions. These positions are located in our Southwest Regional Office in Lacey, WA.
In this role you will serve as a cleanup site manager, directing responsible parties through the cleanup process, reviewing submitted documents, evaluating technical information for completeness, and determining compliance with the regulations. You will work in a collaborative environment with other cleanup site managers with varied backgrounds and experience. In some cases, you may work on teams on complex sites. The Toxics Cleanup Program promotes collaboration and sharing of experiences and promotes opportunities for education and professional growth through regular group-a-like meetings and trainings. As a cleanup site manager, you would work with clients, consultants and environmental groups to evaluate and implement the best solutions for site cleanup.
One of the senior engineers would specialize in remediation technologies and serve as the section’s senior remediation technology expert for contaminated site cleanups.
The other senior engineer will serve as the section’s water quality expert managing cleanup sites that require writing National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits and have expertise with treatment technologies of process discharges from contaminated sites.
Protecting Washington State’s environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We are a culture that is invested in making a difference. Join a team that is highly effective and collaborative, with leadership that embrace the value of people.
Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:
- A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.
- An Infants at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns.
- Continuous growth and development opportunities.
- A wellness program that offers education, fitness classes, and an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
- Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) are core values central to Ecology’s work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.
Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.
Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.
Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology’s work.
Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement.
We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued.
During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding building occupancy, mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing.
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of October 13, 2021. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before October 12, 2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
In this role, you will work independently with clients and consultants as they manage the cleanup process. The positions are unique in that there is endless growth with learning new technical concepts. Other rewards include helping clients and consultants understand and manage the regulations to a successful conclusion.
These positions will have the opportunity to develop coaching, mentoring, and management skills both as a subject matter expert and as a site manager. In this role, you will work in collaboration with the section manager, supervisor, and other site managers to lead and mentor others.
What you’ll do:
- Manage and/or oversee the investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites for compliance with Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA), other relevant laws and regulations, and program policies.
- Review engineering studies and reports for cleanup sites to determine: relevant and appropriate field and design practices; compliance with applicable regulations, laws and guidelines with emphasis on design and performance requirements; adequacy of engineering computations; and to coordinate the planning, implementation and completion of site-specific projects.
- Provide technical assistance to consultants, industry, governmental authorities, the public, and other agency staff.
- Act as the section’s technical expert for contaminated remediation technology and engineering (one position).
- Write National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits and provides expertise on treatment technologies of process discharges from contaminated sites (one position).
- Prepare engineering reports; assist team members in their analysis and understanding of design plans and specifications.
- In the capacity of a site manager, is responsible for evaluating the completeness and accuracy of engineering characterization, remedial investigations, and feasibility studies of contaminated sites.
- Apply basic principles of environmental chemistry, human toxicology, and aquatic toxicology for evaluating actions needed at contaminated sites.
- Understand the methods of identifying and monitoring pollutants in all media including soil, groundwater, surface water, air, and sediments and has knowledge of field sampling, testing, and data gathering.
- Negotiate, issues, and enforce orders and Inter-Agency Agreements.
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, educational, volunteer and lived-experience. See below for how you may qualify.
An Engineer-In-Training Certificate or a Bachelor’s degree with a major study in one of the following engineering fields: sanitary, civil, geotechnical ,water resource, environmental, chemical, mechanical or related field.
Registration as a professional engineer in the State of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington and five years of experience in environmental engineering.
A Master’s degree with major study in one of the following engineering fields: sanitary water resource, civil, geotechnical, environmental, chemical, mechanical, or related field.
Registration as a professional engineer in the State of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington and four years of experience in environmental engineering.
A Ph.D. with major study in one of the following engineering fields: sanitary water resource, civil, geotechnical, environmental, chemical, mechanical, or related field.
Registration as a professional engineer in the State of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington and three years of experience in environmental engineering.
NOTE: Individuals who are interested in applying to this position, and believe they meet licensing requirements for the State of Washington based on reciprocity, are responsible for ensuring they meet licensing requirements for the State of Washington prior to submitting their application materials. These requirements can be found at the following website: WA State: Board of Registration for Professional Engineers: How to get your license: Professional engineer by comity.
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
Completion of an Initial 40-hour hazardous materials training or the ability to successfully complete the training within the first six months of employment, followed by successful completion of an annual 8-hour refresher.
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
- Research and Analytical Skills/Abilities: Ability to research, evaluate, and draw conclusions from data; support recommendations with facts and analysis; interpret and apply rules, laws, policies, and procedures.
- Communication Skills/Abilities: Ability to convey ideas and facts orally and in writing using language the audience will best understand.
- Consulting Skills/Abilities: Ability to partner with clients to identify and resolve complex or sensitive issues.
- Relationship-Building Skills/Abilities: Ability to develop positive, productive, respectful working relationships with clients and co-workers.
- Experience in cleanup site management.
- Familiarity with the MTCA cleanup regulation.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.
Ecology seeks diverse 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 intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
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- A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position
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Additional Application Instructions for Current Ecology Employees:
Please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources.
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Why work for Ecology?
As an agency, our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment for current and future generations. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism and accountability.
Joining Ecology means becoming a part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington State’s environment. A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our state, while keeping your health and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to life/work balance.
Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:
Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth *See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information
Student debt: how working for Ecology can help
The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.
Collective Bargaining: This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.
Equal Opportunity Employer: The Washington State Department of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans, military spouses or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
Note: This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency. Once all the position(s) from the recruitment announcement are filled, the recruitment may only be used to fill additional open positions for the next sixty (60) days.