Environmental Engineer 3

Washington Department of Health
Tumwater, WA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
0-2 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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As an Environmental Engineer 3, you’ll administer the drinking water program in the Southwest Region representing the Department as a registered professional engineer under the supervision of the Assistant Regional Manager.  You’ll use your engineering expertise to protect public health by responding to drinking water emergencies and regulating public water systems to ensure adequate quality and quantity of water supply.
Activities include using engineering expertise to protect public health by regulating public water systems to ensure adequate quality and quantity of water supply; providing technical review of water system plans and design documents. This position may also be given specialty assignments to coordinate regional office efforts in certain subject areas.
The duty station for this position is Tumwater, WA.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, telework (mobile-work) is currently expected.  When approved to return, the incumbents are expected to report to the duty station for work activities.  Partial telecommuting may be an option subject to supervisory approval. 
About the Department of Health
 Washington State Department of Health (DOH) works with federal, state, tribal, and local partners to help people in Washington stay healthy and safe. Our programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide education to help people make good health decisions and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies.
Benefits of Working for DOH
Washington is America's Top State according to U.S. News (2019) and provides one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.
Tumwater is a vibrant city just south of Olympia, the state's capital, with a small-town feel conveniently situated between Seattle and Portland. Tumwater enjoys the benefits of an engaged and educated community and a well-supported school system, with two universities and a community college within a ten-mile radius.
We also offer:

  • A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for many positions.
  • Growth and development opportunities. 
  • A wellness program that offers education, access to healthy food, and fitness classes.
  • Opportunities to serve your community through meaningful work.
  • A commitment to diversity and inclusion by fostering an inclusive environment that encourages all employees to bring their authentic selves to work.
  • An Infant at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding.  
  • A modernized workplace.

Duties Include

  • Conduct sanitary surveys and special purpose investigations of public water systems.
  • Apply professional engineering expertise to review plans, specifications, design reports, project documents, construction documents, individual water system plans, and coordinated water system plans submitted by Professional Engineers, as required by State Board of Health Regulations and by Department regulations to ensure that drinking water regulations are met and public health is being protected.      
  • Work with water systems to help them achieve and maintain regulatory compliance.
  • Prepare for and respond to drinking water emergencies.   
  • Work with the water purveyor and other drinking water partners to ensure consumers are notified of health risks and know how to protect themselves. 
  • Assist water purveyor until the water system returns to normal operating conditions.
  • Assist local health jurisdictions, state and federal agencies, water system owners and operators, community officials, consulting engineers, citizen groups, and the general public.
  • Work collaboratively with the ODW team to achieve program objectives. 

What we’re looking for
Our ideal candidates are innovative and thoughtful professionals who view the world and everyone in it through a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  They have the personal courage, tenacity, and humility to hold themselves and all others responsible for embodying our purpose and values.
 The successful candidate is a team player, defined as having a driving passion for the work, bringing humility to their job and people interactions, and understanding how their words and actions impact others.

Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's degree or higher with a major study in one of the following engineering fields: sanitary, civil, geotechnical, water resource, environmental, chemical, mechanical, or related field
  • Licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of Washington or ability to obtain licensure through comity within six months from date of hire.
  • One or more years of experience working in the field of environmental engineering or public health administration with state and federal drinking water regulations as a water utility employee, consultant, or working for a state or county drinking water program.

Desired Qualifications 

  • Three or more years of experience working in the field of environmental engineering or public health administration with state and federal drinking water regulations as a water utility employee, consultant, or working for a state or county drinking water program.
  • One or more years of experience designing, operating, or working with surface water treatment plants.

Application Process
 Intrigued? We’d love to hear from you.  Click "Apply" to submit your detailed application profile along with the following:

  1. A current resume.
  2. A letter of interest, describing how you meet the specific required qualifications for this position.
  3. Three (3) or more professional references, to be included in your profile. Please include at least one supervisor, peer, and (if you have supervised staff) a subordinate.

Important Note: Do not attach documents that contain private information (social security number, date of birth, transcripts, etc.) or documents that are password protected. These documents will not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded. Veterans, please feel free to attach a copy of your redacted DD214.
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is an equal opportunity employer.  DOH strives to create a working environment that is inclusive and respectful.  It is our policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of our workforce.
This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.
Conditions of Employment/Working Conditions
With or without an accommodation, I am willing and able to:

  • Work at a tobacco-free campus and environment.
  • Standard business hours are Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the incumbent may be expected to adjust the work schedule to meet business needs. A flexible work schedule will be considered at the incumbent’s request, subject to supervisory approval.
  • Legally operate a state- or privately-owned vehicle or provide alternative transportation.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and be capable of driving long distances in both daylight and at night, and in inclement conditions. 
  • Occasional travel – travel is typically local or regional to meet with clients, conduct business, and/or attend training.
  • Interact and work with internal customers.
  • Move objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

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