Dam Safety Engineer (Environmental Engineer 3)

Employer
Washington State Department of Ecology
Location
Lacey, Washington State
Salary
$75,120.00 - $101,052.00 Annually
Closing date
Feb 22, 2023

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Specialty
Environmental Engineering
Position Type
Engineer, Staff Engineer
Contract Type
Permanent
Organization Type
Government

Job Details

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

 

The Water Resources (WR) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Dam Safety Engineer (Environmental Engineer 3) position. This position is located in our Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA.

 

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 at the Environmental Engineer 2 and the Environmental Engineer 3 levels, depending on their qualifications. For salary levels for each, please see the qualifications section.
 
The Dam Safety Office (DSO) has a unique and multifaceted mission that plays an important role in the management of water infrastructure, with the goal of improving public safety.  As a Dam Safety Engineer, you will be applying engineering expertise to assist owners of dams with the construction and maintenance their facilities to meet Dam Safety standards.  The DSO regulates nearly 1,100 dams, in every county in the state, and the types of dams you will encounter will vary significantly in terms of size, complexity and function. This is an excellent opportunity to build a highly sought-after engineering background, as the development and management of surface water resources becomes more and more valuable in the future.
 
The mission of the Water Resources (WR) program is to manage water resources to meet the current and future needs of the natural environment and Washington's communities.
 
The Dam Safety Section relies on professional self-directed staff and cross discipline collaboration within a supportive team of helpful experts. Life safety is our mission - the section has a rich history of constructive discussion. The team embraces a diversity of professional opinion so that we can understand and mitigate risk.
 

Tele-work options for this position: This position will be required to work in the office approximately three days a week for the first year for the purpose of orientation and training. 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 are subject to change. 
 
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, the initial screening date is January 31, 2023. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before January 30, 2023. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

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 ForgivenessTuition Waiver,  Long Term Disability & Life InsuranceDeferred Compensation ProgramsDependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA)Employee Assistance ProgramCommute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader)Combined Fund DriveSmartHealth *Click here for more information  
 
About the Department of Ecology
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. To learn more, check out our Strategic Plan.  
 
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.

     

    Duties

     

     

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    What makes this role unique? 

    The Dam Safety Office (DSO) has a unique and multifaceted mission that plays an important role in the management of water infrastructure, with the goal of improving public safety.  As a Dam Safety Engineer, you will be applying engineering expertise to assist owners of dams with the construction and maintenance their facilities to meet Dam Safety standards.  The DSO regulates nearly 1,100 dams, in every county in the state, and the types of dams you will encounter will vary significantly in terms of size, complexity and function. This is an excellent opportunity to build a highly sought-after engineering background, as the development and management of surface water resources becomes more and more valuable in the future.

    What you will do: 
     
    In this role, you will serve as a licensed Professional Engineer in the Dam Safety Office (DSO), in the Dam Safety and Wells Section within the Water Resources Program. This position protects public health and safety by ensuring that dams and other impounding structures are properly designed, constructed, operated, and maintained. As a Dam Safety Engineer, you will need to effectively implement Dam Safety Regulations and Standards and will collaborate within a group of fellow engineers and program specialists.

    Specifically, as Dam Safety Engineer, you will evaluate the condition of existing dams and proposed dam construction designs via multiple tasks, which typically include field inspections, engineering analysis, evaluation of past studies and inspections, and owner interviews. In this role, you will also examine downstream hazard using risk-based methodology to help establish engineering design parameters.

    This role will require excellent communications skills, as you will be interacting with a highly diverse group of stakeholders that includes private landowners, municipalities, irrigation districts, Indian Tribes, and the Federal Government.

    Job Duties: 
     
  • Apply specialized expertise in surface water hydrologic and hydraulic engineering using industry-standard engineering practices, which may include computer modeling.  Develop engineering parameters and performance standards for new and existing dams by conducting downstream hazard analyses using a risk-based methodology. Consult with engineering specialists in the DSO to obtain their input on hydrologic, geotechnical and structural issues.  Provide technical reports on your findings.
  • Conduct, or assist with, Periodic Inspections of existing dams to find and determine the seriousness of any deficiencies. Prepares reports documenting inspection findings and directing owners to perform specified remedial activities. In addition to visual inspections, Periodic Inspections typically include hydrologic and hydraulic (H-H) evaluations at varying levels of detail, or evaluation of past H-H studies, as well as a review of downstream hazard.
  • Conduct plan reviews for permit submittals, and construction inspections of new dams or existing dam modifications.  Permit submittals typically include engineering design reports, construction plans and specifications. If deemed necessary, the DSO engineer conducts an independent H-H engineering and/or risk analysis.  Conducts construction inspections of dams to ensure they are built in accordance with DSO approved plans and specifications. 
  • Provide assistance with compliance activities relating to past dam inspections.  This may be by direct contact with the dam owner, as well as providing assistance to the DSO’s compliance coordinator.  Occasionally the Dam Safety engineer will provide assistance with legal action arising from unfulfilled compliance activities, referred to as a Consent Order.  
  • Communicate with the dam owners or the public to answer questions or take complaints. 
  • Emergency Activities: Support DSO emergency planning, preparedness and response activities.

Learn more about what it is like to be an Engineer at the Department of Ecology

 

 

Qualifications

 

Required Qualifications:
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 resource, environmental, chemical, mechanical or related field
AND 
Two years of experience in environmental engineering.

Option 2: 
A Master's degree or above with major study in one of the following engineering fields: sanitary, civil, geotechnical, water resource, 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 resource, 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 major study in one of the following engineering fields: sanitary, civil, geotechnical, water resource, 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 major study in one of the following engineering fields: sanitary, civil, geotechnical, water resource, 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.

 

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.

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: 
 

  • At EE3 level: Must also be registered as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington. 
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.

  • Desired Qualifications: 

    We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
     
    • Significant education and/or professional experience in applied hydrologic and hydraulic analyses including computer modeling. 
    • Experience with dam breach analysis. 
    • Background in construction inspection. 
    • Experience in the use of ESRI developed GIS software (ArcGIS), and Hydraulics and Hydrology software (HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, Flow-2D, etc). 
    • Experience in AutoDesk Civil Engineering related software, such as Civil 3D and AutoCAD.
    • Experience in the operation of surveying equipment (GPS or traditional) and analyzing survey data. 
    • Excellent people and communication skills, both written and verbal applied in technical assistance and regulatory role.  
    • Highly productive with ability to rapidly produce high quality reports useful for decisions and actions by non-technical readers even when data and information is ambiguous or limited.  
    • Ability to bring broader balanced context and thinking into work setting and deliverables.  

    Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.

     

    Supplemental Information


    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.


    Need an Accommodation in the application and/or screening process or this job announcement in an alternative format?
     

    • Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: careers@ecy.wa.gov and we will be happy to assist.
    • If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can reach the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
    • If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not send an email to this address to follow-up on the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.
    • If you are reading this announcement in print format, please enter the following URL to your search engine to apply: https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/Get-to-know-us/Jobs-at-Ecology.   
    Application Instructions:

    It's in the applicant's best interest to submit all of the documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be declined.
     
    • A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position.
    • A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position.
    • Three professional references.

    Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.  
     
    For Your Privacy:
    When attaching documents to your application (such as Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, DD-214, etc.):
     
  • Please be sure to remove private information such as your social security number, date of birth, etc. 
  • Do not attach documents that are password-protected, as these documents may not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded. 

  • 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.

    Application Attestation: 

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

    Other Information:

    If you have specific questions about the position, please email Gary Myers at: gary.myers@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Gary to inquire about the status of your application.
     
    To request the full position description: email careers@ecy.wa.gov

    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. 

    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.

    To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov and follow, like or visit us on LinkedInTwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.


    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. 

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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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