The Water Quality Program at the Washington State Department of Ecology is looking to hire an Environmental Engineer 3. The position will be located in our Central Regional Office (CRO) in Union Gap, WA.
The Environmental Engineer 3 position is responsible for performing professional environmental engineering duties for the engineering and regulatory oversight of industrial and municipal wastewater treatment facilities in order to protect water quality. Duties include: providing independent and/or final review of engineering reports and design documents for municipal and industrial wastewater facilities and developing discharge and/or reclaimed water permits for these facilities. The position provides financial assistance to the Central Region by developing and administering the contracts for the funded projects. Reviews facilities plans, plans and specifications, and environmental reports required for funding application.
We are looking for applicants who have strong communication skills, great people skills, the ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines, and who have the ability understand and explain technical concepts to a diverse audience.
The Environmental Engineer 3 position is located within the Water Quality Program (WQ). The mission of the WQ program is to protect and restore Washington's waters to sustain healthy watersheds and communities. Our work ensures that state waters support beneficial uses including recreational and business activities, supplies for clean drinking water, and the protection of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and public health.
Some of the key work activities for the Environmental Engineer 3 position:
Serves as the facility manager for industrial and municipal facilities in the Central Region and is responsible for performing professional engineering duties including providing review and final approval of municipal and industrial engineering reports, construction plans and specifications for wastewater treatment facilities to ensure compliance with state and federal water quality laws and regulations in the Central Region.
Provides engineering and technical expertise for development of wastewater discharge permits and discharge limits, sampling and testing schedules and compliance schedules for wastewater treatment.
Is responsible for permit management of assigned municipal and industrial facilities.
Provides timely review of comprehensive sewer plans and engineering reports.
Provides engineering support and proposal rating for grant and loan applications.
Serves as the section lead for water reuse projects -representing the section on the agency water reuse work group and, and on the program pretreatment work group.
Plans and performs annual inspections including pretreatment audits and pretreatment compliance inspections of assigned facilities in accordance with agency guidance documents and work plans.
Prepares technical inspection reports to support agency regulatory activities and to advise permittees of permit compliance status.
Refers facilities to water quality technical assistance staff as appropriate.
Supports other facility managers with engineering and wastewater treatment information and advice.
This position provides financial assistance to the Central Region by developing and administering contracts for the funded projects.
Reviews facilities plans, plans and specifications, and environmental reports required for funding application.
Works as a regional project manager for the funded project and works with the financial manager from contract development to project closeout.
Reviews and verifies payment request vouchers, performs site inspection, and participates in project audits with EPA.
Responds to and investigates point source water quality complaints in cooperation with other programs or agencies, as needed.
Works with section compliance specialist to make recommendations for enforcement actions to achieve compliance with applicable water quality laws and regulations concerning permit or water quality violations.
This position is open until filled. The next screening date will be February 1, 2017. In order to be considered for the next screening, please submit an application on or before January 31, 2017. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
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 two years of experience in environmental engineering.
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 three years of experience in environmental engineering.
NOTE: A Ph.D. in one of the above engineering fields will substitute for two years of the environmental engineering experience.
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. Applicants qualifying through the licensing equivalency option must achieve professional registration as an engineer in the state of Washington within six months of appointment to this class.
Two years of experience in wastewater treatment plant design and operations, including preparing general sewer plans, facility plans, and contract documents (plans and specifications) for municipal wastewater treatment facilities.
Experience or training in modeling including wastewater engineering and/or mixing zone analysis.
Ability to apply negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
Ability to communicate complex technical issues to the public.
Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:
Registration as a Professional Engineer in the state of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington, in good standing.
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 were founded in 1970 as the first agency in the nation dedicated to environmental protection.
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