The Water Quality Program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Stormwater Monitoring Engineer (Environmental Engineer 5) position.
This position is locatedin our Headquarters Office inLacey, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.
As the lead staff for the Stormwater Action Monitoring (SAM) program, you will be responsible for bringing together municipal stormwater permittees to collaborate on adaptive management under the Western and Eastern Washington municipal stormwater permits. SAM's projects aim to improve stormwater management, reduce pollution, improve water quality, and reduce flooding. You will oversee projects that measure stormwater impacts on the environment, evaluate the effectiveness of efforts to manage stormwater, and recommend stormwater best management practices as part of an adaptive management effort to inform regulatory and guidance updates.
Agency Mission: Ecology's mission is to protect, preserve and enhance the environment for current and future generations.
Program Mission: The mission of the Water Quality Program is to ensure that all aquatic life and communities in the watershed experience cool, clean water to refresh and sustain us in a changing climate.
This position is located in the Strategy, Planning, and Emerging Issues Section in the Program Manager’s Office. This section is comprised of three teams that work on innovative approaches to stormwater management and tackle emerging issues to better inform the core policy and regulatory work of the Water Quality Program.
Please Note: This is a project position that is funded until December 31, 2025. The funding for this position has a high probability of being renewed for another five years, subject to available funding.
Tele-work options for this position: This position will be eligible for up to a 90% tele-work schedule, with the expectation of one day in the office every two weeks.Applicants with questions about position location options, tele-work, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in “other information.” Schedules are dependent upon position needs and are subject to change.
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled; we will review applications on February 21, 2024. To be considered, please submit an application on or before February 20, 2024. If your application isn't received by this date, it may not be considered. The agency reserves the right to make a Hire any time after the initial screening date.
Please Note: We will review all applications received before the date above. Additional reviews after this date typically only occur if we have a small applicant pool, or if a successful Hire was not made.
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 and collaborative, with leadership that embraces the value of people. To learn more, check out our Strategic Plan.
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.
Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.
Our commitment to DEIR 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.
What makes this role unique? You will guide the implementation of municipal stormwater monitoring programs of regional and national significance. You will be responsible for an approximate $3.5M annual budget to administer the Stormwater Action Monitoring (SAM) program which is funded by stormwater permittees. You will negotiate and manage contracts implementing stormwater research. You will understand stormwater science and engineering principles and communicate that information to permittees, other Ecology staff, and stakeholders; and manage budgets, track spending, and ensure deliverables meet expectations.
Serve as the section’s senior environmental engineer responsible for the planning, implementation, and administration of the Stormwater Action Monitoring (SAM) program.
Provide mentoring, training, and engineering expertise on municipal stormwater monitoring programs, best management practices, and permit requirements based on SAM monitoring findings.
Apply conventional engineering techniques and principles in assessing stormwater best management practice effectiveness study proposals and reports, and hydraulic and hydrologic modeling inputs and outputs.
Evaluate study fundings for applicability to Ecology stormwater manuals, permits and models and communicate findings with permitting technical leads to ensure SAM and other research findings are integrated into manuals, modeling, permits, and guidance updates.
Assign work and instruct the Stormwater Monitoring Scientist on implementing SAM’s effectiveness monitoring projects.
Develop and administer contracts and interagency agreements, review contract deliverables, and approve payments.
Oversee collection of SAM invoicing with permit writers and the Water Quality Permit Fee Unit and document payments received. Work with budget staff to prepare financial reports on SAM expenditures and project balances.
Lead development of communication strategies to make research findings more accessible including publicizing findings and presenting findings at meetings and seminars.
Years of required experience indicated below are full-time equivalent years. Full-time equivalent experience means that any experience where working hours were less than 40 hours per week will be prorated in order to meet the equivalency of full-time. We would calculate this by looking at the total hours worked per week, divide this by 40, and then multiply by the total number of months worked. Examples of the proration calculations are:
30 hours worked per week for 20 months: (30/40) x 20 months = 15 months full-time equivalent
20 hours worked per week for 12 months: (20/40) x 12 months = 6 months full-time equivalent
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, education, and volunteer experience. See below for how you may qualify.
Option 1: 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 five (5) years of experience in environmental engineering. Option 2: A Master's degree with 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 four (4) years of experience in environmental engineering. Option 3: A Ph.D. 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 (3) years of experience in environmental engineering.
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.
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
Must obtain and maintain a valid driver’s license.
Must be registered as a Professional Engineer in the state of Washington.
Note: Individuals are responsible for ensuring they meet licensing requirements for the State of Washington within the first six months of employment. Desired Qualifications: We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below:
Experience in planning, design, and monitoring of stormwater treatment and flow control facilities that meet state and federal requirements.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool. Note: 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: Board of Registration for Professional Engineers: How to get your license: Professional engineer by comity.
Ecology seeks diverse applicants:We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
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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.
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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.
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