The Environmental Assessment Program (EAP) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill an Environmental Engineer 3 position. The position is located in our Headquarters office in Lacey, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.
As a licensed professional engineer, you will independently plan and conduct investigations of, and propose solutions to, environmental engineering problems relating to pollutant loading capacity, mathematical modeling of water quality, and effluent dilution. This position is directly related to Ecology’s mission of protecting, preserving, and restoring Washington’s environment.
Note: This position offers a career path and on-the-job training. This position allows you to progress through the Environmental Engineer field and achieve the goal class of an Environmental Engineer 3. Candidates will be considered as an Environmental Engineer 2 or 3 level, depending on their qualifications. For salary levels for each, please see the qualifications section.
Agency Mission: Ecology’s mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment, and promote the wise management of our air, land and water. The agency’s goals are to prevent pollution, clean up pollution and support sustainable communities and natural resources.
Program Mission: The Environmental Assessment Program provides a range of scientific, monitoring, laboratory, and quality assurance services. Its mission is to measure and assess environmental conditions in Washington State. The Modeling and TMDL Unit is comprised of a cohesive team of scientists and engineers that work on studies to solve some of the most complex water quality issues in western Washington.
Tele-work options for this position:Telecommuting is an option. Flexible number of days per week in the office.Applicants with questions about position location options, tele-work, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in “other information.” Schedules are dependent upon position needs and is subject to change.
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with a next screening date of May 22, 2023. In order to be considered for the next screening, please submit an application on or before May 21, 2023. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
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 embraces 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.
Our commitment to DEIR 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.
What is unique about this position?
In this role you will work on complex and challenging water quality surface water problems with other Ecology team members and, at times, with external stakeholders and scientists.
What you will do:
Apply environmental engineering best practices for water quality mathematical modeling and pollutant loading capacity.
Provide professional engineering expertise in the field of environmental engineering to understand the hydrodynamics and biochemistry of complex surface water systems including estuaries, lakes, rivers and streams.
Independently conduct modeling studies including hydrological and water quality models.
Serve as a technical lead for Total Maximum Daily Load projects. This task includes development of Quality Assurance Project Plans, study design and scoping, coordination with Water Quality Program staff, may include field monitoring, data analysis, mathematical modeling, report writing and presentations to peers and lay audiences.
Develop scripts and code to run models, prepare input files and post-process output data.
Make recommendations to management for developing and/or changing regulations, policies, and guidelines necessary for pollution abatement.
Required Qualifications: This is an In-Training position: The goal class for this position is an Environmental Engineer 3 (EE3). We will consider applicants who meet the requirements for both the EE3 and the EE2 levels. If the finalist meets the requirements at the EE2 level, then they will be hired as an EE2 and will be placed in a training program to become an EE3 within a specified period of time. At the Environmental Engineer 2 level: Pay Range 61 ($5,399 - $7,262 – monthly) (In-Training)
Option 1: 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 resources, environmental, chemical, mechanical or related field AND Two years of experience in environmental engineering.
Option 2: A Master's degree or above with a major study in one of the following engineering fields: sanitary, civil, geotechnical, water resources, environmental, chemical, mechanical or related field AND One year of experience in environmental engineering.
At the Environmental Engineer 3 level: Pay Range 67 ($6,260 - $8,421 monthly) (Goal Class) Option 1: 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 resources, environmental, chemical, mechanical or related field AND 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.
Option 2: A Master's degree with a major study in one of the following engineering fields: sanitary, civil, geotechnical, water resources, environmental, chemical, mechanical or related field AND Registration as a Professional Engineer in the state of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington AND two years of experience in environmental engineering.
Option 3: A Ph.D. degree with a major study in one of the following engineering fields: sanitary, civil, geotechnical, water resources, environmental, chemical, mechanical or related field AND Registration as a Professional Engineer in the state of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington AND one year of experience in environmental engineering.
Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:
Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
Registration as a Professional Engineer in the state of Washington at the Environmental Engineer 3 Level.
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
Experience scripting in MATLAB, R, Python or other scripting language.
Experience working with one, two or three dimensional biogeochemical water quality models.
Knowledge of principles, practices, methods and techniques for water quality monitoring, data gathering, research and field investigations; technical report writing.
Skills and aptitude in data management including attention to detail.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.
NOTE: Requirements for professional registration as an engineer in the state of Washington are eight years of professional experience (which may include up to four years of college-level engineering education) and successful completion of sixteen hours of professional licensing exams.
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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Per Governor Inslee’s Directive 22-13.1, state employees must be fully vaccinated effective November 4, 2022. Providing proof of being fully vaccinated is a condition of employment and your vaccine status will be verified prior to starting work. Being fully vaccinated means two weeks after you have received the second dose in a two-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use, licensed or otherwise authorized or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or listed for emergency use or otherwise approved by the World Health Organization. If you have questions, please contact Careers@ecy.wa.gov with “COVID-19 vaccination” in the subject line.
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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If you have specific questions about the position, please email Cristiana Figueroa-Kaminsky at: Cristiana.Figueroa-Kaminsky@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Cristiana to inquire about the status of your application.
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.
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.
The Department of Ecology is Washington's environmental protection agency. Our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's land, air and water for current and future generations. We support environmental work throughout Washington. Nearly 70 percent of our budget is passed through to local communities to pay for projects that benefit the environment.
We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism and accountability.
We're scientists, engineers, environmental planners and specialists, pollution prevention specialists, inspectors, dam safety experts, hydrogeologists, chemists, emergency responders, technology innovators, fiscal officers, educators, public involvement specialists, and workforce development specialists.
We live in Washington. Some of us are from farm families; others are from towns and cities. One thing we all share is that we care deeply about our state's quality of life and the public resources entrusted to our care and protection.