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General Permit Engineer (Environmental Engineer 3)

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
April 12, 2018
Washington State Department of Ecology
Lacey, WA
Years of Experiences
1 - 3
3 - 5
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level
Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, Doctorate, Professional
$65,916.00 - $86,508.00 Annually

About Washington State Department of Ecology

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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The Department of Ecology is recruiting for a General Permit Engineer (Environmental Engineer 3) in the Water Quality Program. This position develops general permits, provides engineering review and approval for water quality permits, and provides technical assistance and guidance to other Ecology staff and permitted facilities. This position is located in our Headquarters building in Lacey, WA.

We are looking for applicants who possess excellent project management and people skills, the ability to engage both internal and external stakeholders, and the ability to communicate with a diverse audience.

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 our agency, check us out on our websiteTwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

Agency Mission: The mission of the Department of Ecology is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment, for current and future generations. 

Program Mission: 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.

The General Permit Engineer supports the above missions as a professional engineer by performing environmental engineering duties related to the development and implementation of permits for water quality pollution prevention and control. This includes:

  • Revising and reissuing the Sand and Gravel General Permit and the Vessel Deconstruction Permit.

  • Providing engineering report review and approval for the General Permits Unit.

  • Providing technical support to internal and external stakeholders, and providing permit and policy interpretation and guidance.

  • Working with a group of 7 other general permit writers in the unit, and attending the General Permit Writers Workgroup in order to discuss issues around general permit development and implementation.

  • Participating in any appeals processes, which may include testifying at the Pollution Control Hearings Board

  • Public speaking, leading public meetings regarding general permit reissuance, and attending professional workshops and conferences. 

  • Working with a range of customers in a sometimes stressful environment.

  • Enacting the laws and rules around NPDES permitting in a legal and unbiased manner. 

This position will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be on April 26, 2018. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before April 25, 2018. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.




Required Qualifications:
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 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


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.

NOTE:  A Ph.D. in one of the above engineering fields will substitute for two years of the environmental engineering experience.

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.

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 Licensing (DOL) Official Site: How to get your license: Professional engineer by comity 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Effective meeting facilitation and coordination skills.

  • Demonstrated experience leading teams toward a common goal.

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with people and groups internal and external to the agency.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills (especially technical writing skills).

  • Environmental engineering expertise in stormwater, wastewater, or reclaimed water treatment technologies and laws, and specifically:

    • Professional work experience providing environmental engineering analysis,

    • Professional work experience preparing administrative and technical reports, papers, bulletins and pamphlets for official, professional and public use,

    • Professional work experience in wastewater treatment engineering and regulation. 

  • Demonstrated ability to read and understand scientific/technical literature, interpret data, and interact with scientists.

  • Prior experience working with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) discharge permits.

  • Ability to apply negotiation and conflict resolution skills.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
Current Professional Engineering License (P.E.)
Must 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 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

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 for more details.
*See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information



Supplemental Information


Application Instructions:

Please include the following documents as an attachment to your application:

  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.

  • A resume outlining your professional experience.

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 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 call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail Please do not call this number or 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 Nate Lubliner at: Please do not contact Nate 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. All employees covered by the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the WFSE will, as a condition of employment, either become members of the WFSE and pay membership dues or, as non-members, pay a representation fee as described in the CBA, no later than the 30th day following the effective date of this CBA or the beginning of their employment.

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 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.