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Air & Waste Management Engineer (Environmental Engineer 3) (In-Training)

Company: State of Washington
Location: olympia
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

As our community responds to the public health emergency, the Department of Ecology's priority is to keep our staff, candidates and the public safe. Thank you for your patience.

Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We have a culture that is invested in making a difference. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, has leadership that embraces the value of people, Ecology is a good fit.

The Nuclear Waste Program(NWP) is looking to hire an Air and Waste Management Engineer (Environmental Engineer 3) (In-Training). This position will be located in our office in Richland, WA.

The Air and Waste Management Engineer position performs professional environmental engineering work for the regulatory oversight and cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Facility in accordance with state and federal regulations and the Hanford Federal Facilities Agreement and Consent Order (Tri-Party Agreement [TPA]). This position performs engineering and regulatory analysis and field compliance oversight of facilities, proposed permits, and cleanup actions/remedies prepared by the United States Department of Energy (USDOE) and its contractors and other facilities regulated by the Nuclear Waste Program.

We are looking for an Environmental Engineer who is interested in joining a diverse and hardworking team of technical professionals dedicated to taking on the challenges associated with protecting Washington's natural environment through the regulatory based dangerous waste treatment, storage and disposal facility permitting and compliance process.

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.

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

Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts

The Nuclear Waste Program's (NWP) mission is to lead the effective and efficient cleanup of the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford Site; to ensure sound management of mixed hazardous wastes in Washington; and to protect the state's air, water, and land at and adjacent to the Hanford site.

The Nuclear Waste Program strives to be a world-class regulator as we work with complex environmental management and cleanup challenges.

Some of the key work activities at the Environmental Engineer 3 level include:

  • Performs engineering review of Hanford and other mixed waste generator permit application materials including drawings & technical reports.
  • Cross references permit application materials with state and federal environmental law and regulatory requirements.
  • Meets and professionally interacts with other project staff and customers to develop & implement permit conditions based on sound technical criteria and standards for consistent, legally defensible and enforceable permits.
  • Assesses technical criteria review and comment resolutions relating to TSD facility design and processes.

This position is required to have knowledge of state toxic air pollutant, criteria pollutant, NSPS, and NESHAP regulations for PSD, mNSR, NOC, Title V and other TSD generator facility permit processes in order to effectively and efficiently process the permits including appropriate public review periods. The successful candidate is required to visit areas in facilities that are contaminated with mixed hazardous waste subject to radiation monitoring requirements. Driver's License required.

Hanford is one of the most complex and challenging cleanup sites in the nation. This position is directly involved with teams that work with our partners and permittees to solve today's most recognized and sensitive environmental issues, so exposure to EPA and other federal and state stakeholders daily builds environmental engineering experience and knowledge.

NWP has a talented and diverse team where air quality, water quality and Hazardous waste program specialties intersect.

Please Note: It is required to obtain the Professional Engineering License (PE) in the state of Washington within 24 months of start date if not already a PE.

To broaden the candidate pool, we will consider candidates that qualify at the Environmental Engineer2 and3 levels. Please read the qualifications section below to learn more about this exciting career growth and in-training opportunity.

Please Note: This recruitment is open until filled, with an initial screening scheduled for January 15, 2021. To be considered in the initial screening, please submit your application on or before January 14, 2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment at any time after the initial screening date.

Required Qualifications:

At the Environmental Engineer 3 Level: Salary Range: 67 - ($6,063 - $7,957 Monthly)( Goal Class)

A Master's Degree with a major study in one of the following engineering fields: sanitary, water resources, civil, geotechnical, environmental, chemical, mechanical, or related field


Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington or another state based on the registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington AND two (2)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, water resources, civil, geotechnical, environmental, chemical, mechanical, or related field


Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington or another state based on the registration requirements equivalent to those in WashingtonAND three (3) years of experience in environmental engineering.

A Ph.D. in one of the above engineering fields will substitute for two (2) years of the environmental engineering experience.

Please 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. These requirements can be found at the following website: Washington State Department of Licensing

At the Environmental Engineer 2 Level: Salary Range: 61 - ($5,229- $6,862 Monthly)

A Master's Degree with a major study in one of the following engineering fields: sanitary water resources, civil, geotechnical, environmental, chemical, mechanical, or related field


One (1) year 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, water resources, civil, geotechnical, environmental, chemical, mechanical, or related field


Two (2) years of environmental engineering experience.

Desirable Qualifications:

Demonstrate the ability to perform environmental engineering review of plans and specifications, site plans, dangerous waste, water and air permits and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and MTCA remedial documents.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

  • This position requires passing a U.S. Department of Energy test and acquiring a badge for access to the Hanford site.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.

Why work for Ecology?

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 the health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to work/life 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, Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth

Student debt and how working for Ecology can help

Employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.

  • See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information

Application Instructions:

It is in the candidate's best interest to submit a resume and cover letter. Applications without a resume or cover letter may be declined.Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.

Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. Or, you may paste the text of your resume within the profile's resume text field.

Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including "please see resume" may disqualify you from further consideration.

Department of 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 at (360) 407-6186.

If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit www.careers.wa.gov to access the online recruitment system. Click on "Look for Jobs" and select Dept. of Ecology under the "Department" search list. Click "Apply Search."

Other Information:

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 the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Stephanie Schleif at: stephanie.schleif@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Stephanie to inquire about the status of your application.

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.

This position is included in the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) union bargaining unit for the Department of Ecology.

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 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.

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