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Source Control Engineer (Environmental Engineer 5) position

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

Are you a creative thinker? Do you enjoy helping others to understand complex information? Are you skilled in translating complex information into an easy to understand message? If so, join a team that shares your interests!

In this role, as the Source Control Engineer for Puget Sound Initiative sites such as the Lower Duwamish Waterway (LDW) and other cleanup projects throughout the Northwest Regional Office (NWRO), you will accomplish the goals of the Toxics Cleanup Program as it relates to upland and in-water source control and site cleanup. Source control is defined as the process of finding sources of contaminants, characterizing them and then taking actions to stop or reduce them before they reach the LDW. You will contribute to protecting the people and the environment of Washington State for the future, while gaining experience working with the public, local governments and agencies. 

We are looking for candidates who possess excellent people skills, the ability to work in a team in a fast-paced environment. The successful candidate has strong cultural competence, with demonstrated success working with racially, culturally and linguistically diverse communities and colleagues.
The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) is looking to fill an Source Control Engineer (Environmental Engineer 5) position. This position will be located in our Northwest Regional Office (NWRO) Located in Shoreline, WA.   
The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) has a supportive work environment of open communication, innovation, and collaboration. We strongly believe that professional growth and development supports a healthy and productive work force. We have an inclusive and clearly-defined professional development program that can help employees reach their full potential. This professional development program shifts TCP’s focus from simply meeting core training requirements, to investing in the long-term growth and development of employees.
Agency and Program Mission: Ecology’s mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment, and promote the wise management of our air, land and water. The agency’s goals are to prevent pollution, clean up pollution and support sustainable communities and natural resources. The mission of the Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) is to protect human health and the environment for the people of Washington by preventing, reducing, or eliminating exposure to contamination to support the development of environmentally and economically sustainable communities.
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, collaborative, with leadership who 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, and fitness classes; 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 Stay Home, Stay Healthy, staff are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. Ecology is maintaining less than maximum building occupancy, and requiring masks, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing. 
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of June 14, 2021. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before June 13, 2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts 



Accidental spills of dangerous materials and past business practices have contaminated land and water throughout the state. The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) works to remedy these situations, which range from cleaning up contamination from leaking underground storage tanks, to large, complex projects requiring engineering solutions. Our mission is to get and keep contaminants out of the environment.

In Washington state, we've identified over 13,000 contaminated sites in need of cleanup and oversight by our professional teams. Over 7,000 of those sites have been cleaned up, and 200 to 300 new sites are reported every year. Most of these sites are large and complex, with multiple sources of contamination. Many of these complex sites have multiple sources of contamination in soil and groundwater. Most contaminated sites in Washington are handled by our Toxics Cleanup Program and are cleaned up under Washington’s environmental cleanup law, the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA). Property owners may clean-up sites independently or under Ecology supervision. Ecology can also clean-up sites. The successful professional selected for this position will become an essential member of our amazing team.

Some of the key work activities of the Source Control Engineer position include:
  • Applies engineering expertise to implementing source control and Ecology's stormwater program for municipalities in the Northwest Region. 
  • Acts as the Lower Duwamish Waterway (LDW) technical expert regarding sampling methods to determine the nature of contamination that may be present in a stormwater discharge. 
  • Provides engineering analysis for LDW cleanup site manager, source control lead and municipal stormwater permit managers assessing compliance with source control actions and municipal stormwater National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. 
  • Provides engineering review for grants and loan projects for stormwater infrastructure funded through Ecology. 
Source Control and Individual Permits for Industries that discharge stormwater.
  • Applies engineering expertise to the review of permit applications and development of permit conditions.
  • Incorporates source actions recommendations to source control lead, cleanup site managers and industries that discharge stormwater.
  • Monitors compliance of assigned facilities. 
  • Coordinates with source control lead and with the enforcement specialist on enforcement actions.
  • Testifies as an expert witness in legal proceedings before the Pollution Control Hearings Board and courts of the state as related to water quality permit violations.
Cleanup Project Manager and Engineering Support
  • Provides engineering review and/or oversees the investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites for compliance with MTCA and other relevant laws and regulations at contaminated sites.
  • Applies environmental and construction management engineering processes expertise to the evaluation of cleanup plans, engineering design reports, data, and results.
  • Makes evaluations of completeness of cleanup activities for compliance with MTCA.

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.
Registration as a professional engineer in the State of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington and four years of experience in environmental engineering including at least one year experience in source control 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.
Registration as a professional engineer in the State of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington and five years of experience in environmental engineering including one year experience in source control engineering.

Desired Qualifications:

We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience or education below.

  • Education in hydrology, hydraulics, and chemistry. 
  • Skills in designing, stormwater pollution treatment devices, storm drainage systems, or natural systems such as man - made wetlands. 
  • Knowledge of modeling and geographic information systems.

Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience or education may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.
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Supplemental Information
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.
Please to 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 Bob Warren at: Please do not contact Bob to inquire about the status of your application.
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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:
Student debt: how working for Ecology can help
The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See for more details.

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Collective Bargaining: This position is 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.