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Lead PSD Permit Engineer (Environmental Engineer 5)

Washington State Department of Ecology
Lacey, Washington State (US)
$88,416.00 - $118,932.00 Annually
Closing date
Feb 29, 2024

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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen


The Air Quality Program (AQP) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Lead PSD Permit Engineer (Environmental Engineer 5) position. This position is located in our Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.
As the Lead PSD Permit Engineer, you will provide a variety of modeling, emissions inventory and related analytical services to the Air Quality Program (AQP). You will lead the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permitting activities for the agency and work to ensure that permits are issued in a timely manner, and in accordance with federal and state statutes and regulations. You’ll also provide program-wide leadership in project management, communication, training and mentoring responsibilities.
The mission of the Air Quality Program (AQP) is to protect and improve air quality in Washington. The Air Quality Program’s vision is clean, healthy air and climate for all of Washington.  

Tele-work options for this position: This position will be eligible for up to a 80% tele-work schedule. 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, we will review applications on February 8, 2024. In order to be considered, please submit an application on or before February 7, 2024. If your application isn't received by this date, it may not be considered. The agency reserves the right to make a Hire any time after the initial screening date. 

Please Note: We will review all applications received before the date above. Additional reviews after this date typically only occur if we have a small applicant pool, or if a successful Hire was not made.

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. 
  • 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. 





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    What makes this role unique?
    You’ll work with a variety of parties as the Lead PSD Permit Engineer, including permit engineers, compliance staff, and technical and planning staff across the Air Quality Program. You’ll be leading a permitting team that evaluates complex Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD)emission applications and develops draft and final permits of PSD projects. These evaluations involve engineering designs, specifications and emission control equipment. In this role, you’ll also lead a team of permit engineers, coordinating work assignments and providing guidance and training to engineers and managers.
    What you will do:
    • Lead the PSD permitting services for the program and serve as the point of contact for PSD permitting.
    • Ensure consistency in final PSD permits and in the level of review of PSD permit applications.
    • Provide mentoring to PSD team members.
    • Prepare PSD guidance and ensure that PSD web pages are kept current.
    • Remain current and identify emerging regulatory implications of new federal rules and evaluating appropriate course of action.
    • Provide PSD permitting for the agency by reviewing complex New Source Review (NSR)/PSD applications to determine compliance with requirements.  
    • Meet with industry representatives to discuss requirements of NSR/PSD permits.
    • Ensure project modeling meets all state and federal ambient air quality standards.
    • Negotiate permit conditions with industry, state, federal and local agencies.
    • Research and interpret EPA guidance.

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




    Required Qualifications 
    Years of required experience indicated below are full-time equivalent years. Full-time equivalent experience means that any experience where working hours were less than 40 hours per week will be prorated in order to meet the equivalency of full-time. We would calculate this by looking at the total hours worked per week, divide this by 40, and then multiply by the total number of months worked. Examples of the proration calculations are:

  • 30 hours worked per week for 20 months: (30/40) x 20 months = 15 months full-time equivalent
  • 20 hours worked per week for 12 months: (20/40) x 12 months = 6 months full-time equivalent
  • Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, education, and volunteer experience. See below for how you may qualify.

    Option 1:
    • An Engineer-In-Training Certificate or a Bachelor's degree with a major study in one of the following engineering fields: civil, geotechnical, environmental, chemical, mechanical or related field.
    • Five years of experience in environmental engineering, including at least four years of experience in writing New Source Review air quality permits.
    • Registration as a Professional Engineer in the state of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington.
    Option 2:
    • A Master's degree with major study in one of the following engineering fields: civil, geotechnical, environmental, chemical, mechanical, or related field.
    • Four years of experience in environmental engineering, including at least four years of experience in writing New Source Review air quality permits.
    • Registration as a Professional Engineer in the state of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington.
    Option 3:
    • A Ph.D. with study in one of the following engineering fields: civil, geotechnical, environmental, chemical, mechanical or related field.
    • Three years of experience in environmental engineering, including at least two years of experience in writing New Source Review air quality permits.
    • Registration as a Professional Engineer in the state of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington.
    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.


    Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment: 

    • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
    • Registration within six months of hire as a professional engineer in Washington State.

    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

    Desired Qualifications:
    We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
    • At least 1 year experience writing PSD permits and a thorough knowledge of PSD permitting regulations and guidance.  
    • Knowledge of Washington State air pollution control law and regulations, including RCW 70.94.152WAC 173-400WAC 173-401 and WAC 173-460.
    • Knowledge of State Implementation Plan (SIP) procedures and requirements and experience with nonattainment permitting.  
    • Ability to understand and run air dispersion models.
    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: 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 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:   

    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.
    • A list of three professional references.
    Note: References will only be contacted during the final steps of the recruitment process for candidates selected as finalists. References will not be contacted without the candidate’s formal authorization.

    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 Philip Gent at: Please do not contact Philip to inquire about the status of your application.
To request the full position description: email


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 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. 


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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