Municipal Facility Management Engineer

Washington Department of Ecology

Shoreline, WA, USA 🇺🇸

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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Water Quality Program within the Department of Ecology is seeking an engineer who is looking to start their career as a Municipal Facility Management Engineer (Environmental Engineer 2).

This position is located in our Northwest Regional Office in Shoreline, WA and is eligible for a telework/in-office hybrid schedule. You will have the opportunity to telework the majority of your week, and should live within a commutable distance to our Shoreline office for in-person meetings, regional site visits, and activities.

This is an exciting opportunity to become part of a team of engineers and scientist dedicated to responsible development and thoughtful management of critical wastewater and reclaimed water infrastructure. Working under the guidance and supervision of a professional engineer, you will make vital contributions to the regulation, planning, design, and construction of wastewater treatment and water reclamation facilities in northwest Washington. Our municipal facility management engineers play an important role in regulating wastewater discharges from a variety of facilities located in King, Kitsap, Skagit, Island, and San Juan Counties by:

Developing wastewater discharge and water reclamation permits;
Reviewing general sewer plans, engineering reports and facility design documents;
Providing engineering oversight of infrastructure projects that receive financial assistance; and
Participating in inspections and enforcement activities.
After you join our team of environmental engineers and scientists, you will have opportunities to:
Review engineering documents and ensure that critical wastewater infrastructure projects in the northwest region are properly designed to meet state and federal requirements.
Provide technical guidance to help dischargers understand and meet state water quality rules and laws, and to improve operation of their facilities.
Protect Washington’s natural resources by building collaborative relationships and becoming a reliable point of contact for technical questions from the owners and operators of wastewater treatment and reuse facilities, as well as their consultants, contractors and other interested stakeholders.
Apply your technical writing skills to develop permit documents that clearly explain and justify requirements and permitting decisions.
Develop the experience necessary to take the Professional Engineering Licensing Exam.

The mission of the Water Quality Program is to protect and restore Washington’s waters to support healthy watersheds and communities. Our work ensures state waters can support beneficial uses including recreational and business activities, supplies for clean drinking water, and the protection of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and public health.

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.

Please Note: The salary posted above includes the additional 5% premium pay that this position will receive due to this position’s location in King County.

Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with the next screening date of May 10, 2022. In order to be considered for the next screening, please submit an application on or before May 9, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


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Who we’re looking for:
Our success relies on team members who have a passion for applying their excellent technical skills for the benefit of water quality in Washington. We’re seeking an engineer who is eager to build their professional skills as they learn to manage long-term, complex projects that involve collaborating with diverse technical teams. While this position does not require a Professional Engineering license, our preferred candidate is someone interested in working towards becoming a licensed Professional Engineer.

This is a great opportunity for someone looking to:

Learn from, work with, and become part of an experienced team of environmental regulatory professionals – both inside and outside of Ecology.
Learn the complexities of the water quality regulatory permitting process, and then help to improve the process within Ecology to better help communities and industries meet water quality standards.

What you’ll do:

As a Municipal Facility Management Engineer, you will work under the guidance and supervision of a Professional Engineer to provide regulatory oversight of domestic wastewater treatment plants to protect the state’s water resources. In this position you will:

Write and manage wastewater discharge permits and reclaimed water permits.
Develop permit conditions and apply mathematical models to complex biological, chemical and physical properties of the discharge and receiving environment.
Provide technical assistance and engineering guidance support for the planning, design and construction of wastewater and reclaimed water systems in compliance with state requirements and good engineering practices.
Review and recommend approval or disapproval of general sewer plans, engineering reports, plans and specifications, operations and maintenance manuals, and construction quality assurance plans.
Assist in improving unit business processes – collaborate with other Ecology staff to provide outstanding service to our regulated community, the public, and Tribes.
Help members of the public understand permits and other regulatory requirements around wastewater and reclaimed water facilities, as well as Ecology’s role as an oversight agency

Required Qualifications:
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, educational and volunteer experience. See below for how you may qualify.

This is an In Training opportunity: The goal class for this position is an Environmental Engineer 2 (EE2). We will consider applicants who meet the requirements at the College Career Graduate – Engineering Technology (CCG), EE1 and EE2 levels. If the finalist meets the requirements at the CCG or EE1 level, they will be hired at that level and will be placed in a training program to become an EE2 within a specified period of time.

At the College Career Graduate – Engineer Technology level (Salary Range 49: $4,081 – $5,357 monthly)

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.

At the Environmental Engineer 1 level: Salary Range 55 ($4,734 – $6,208 per month)

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.

One year of environmental engineering experience.

Option 2:

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.

At the Environmental Engineer 2 level: Salary Range 61 ($5,490 – $7,205 per month)

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.
Two years of environmental engineering experience.

Option 2:

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.
One year of environmental engineering experience.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

Must have a 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.

Experience or training in developing and/or implementing NPDES permits.
Experience or training in wastewater treatment plant design and operations, including preparing and/or reviewing general sewer plans, engineering reports, and contract documents (plans and specifications) for municipal wastewater treatment facilities.
Experience communicating complex technical issues to the public.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.

Please Note: The salaries posted above include the additional 5% premium pay that this position will receive due to this position’s location in King County.

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.

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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 (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 Shawn McKone at: [email protected] Please do not contact Shawn to inquire about the status of your application.

To request the full position description: email [email protected]

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

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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.