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Greenhouse Gas Engineering Specialist (Environmental Engineer 2) (In-Training)

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
April 11, 2019
Washington State Department of Ecology
Lacey, WA
Years of Experiences
1 - 3
3 - 5
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level
Associate Degree, Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree
$59,148.00 - $77,616.00 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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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

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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, with leadership that embraces the value of people, Ecology is a great fit.

The Air Quality Program (AQP) is looking to fill a Greenhouse Gas Engineering Specialist (Environmental Engineer 2) (In-Training) position. This position will be located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

The Greenhouse Gas Engineering Specialist position conducts engineering analyses of facilities covered by the GHG reporting program. The position reviews and analyzes emissions and compliance data submitted to the agency for a variety of facilities and processes to confirm quality and accuracy. Additionally, the position collaborates with IT staff, with ongoing product testing and feedback, to support application development to track and reduce GHG emissions. The position assures accurate accounting of GHGs in the state, a key step in minimizing air pollution to safeguard public health and the environment. This is a great opportunity to learn about the engineering processes used in a variety of industries and an opportunity to develop knowledge on the intersection between engineering, law, and policy.

We are looking for applicants with a combination of excellent communication and technical skills, attention to detail, and a healthy dose of skepticism.

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. Maybe you've seen some of our recent stories on TwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at:

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


 The mission of the Air Quality Program (AQP) is to protect, preserve, and enhance the air quality and the environment of Washington for current and future generations.

The Climate Policy Section uses a collaborative, balanced workload approach to assign projects and associated tasks. This position requires flexibility, adaptability, and a willingness to play various roles across projects. This position plays a key role in identifying and verifying greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Some of the key work activities of the Greenhouse Gas Engineering Specialist position are:

  • Reviews and audits greenhouse gas emission reports from a variety of industries.

  • Conducts technical analyses to implement laws and rules.

  • Communicates regularly, by phone and email, with facility engineers.

  • Ensures accurate accounting of greenhouse gas emissions, the first step toward reducing emissions and combating climate change.

Be part of a highly collaborative team that works on innovative policies, that helps to shape processes for the implementation of rules.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be April 25, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before April 24, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

The goal class for this position is an Environmental Engineer 2 (EE2). We will consider applicants who meet the requirements for the Environmental Engineer 1 and 2 levels. If the finalist meets the requirements for the EE 1 level then they will be hired in at that level and will be placed into a training program to become an EE 2 within a specified period of time.


Required Qualifications:

To qualify at the Environmental Engineer 1 level (pay range 55, $4,250-$5574):

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

An Engineer-In-Training Certificate or a Bachelor's degree with a major study in one of the following engineering fields: sanitary, water resource, civil, geotechnical, environmental, chemical, mechanical, or related engineering field 

One (1) year of environmental engineering experience.

To qualify at the Environmental Engineer 2 level (pay range 61, $4,929-$6,468):

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


Two (2) years of environmental engineering experience.

Desired Qualifications:

Expertise or advanced knowledge in one or more of the following production processes:

  • Petroleum refining

  • Natural gas distribution

  • Metal, glass, or cement manufacture

  • Pulp and paper production

  • Landfill operations

  • Chemical manufacture

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:

In order to be considered, applicants MUST attach the following documents as an attachment to their application:

  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required/desired 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 Ben Blank at: Please do not contact Ben 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.

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.