TheWater Quality Programis currently looking to fill aPermit Manager/Wastewater Treatment Engineer (Environmental Engineer 5)position. This position will be located in our Eastern Regional Office (ERO) inSpokane, WA.
ThePermit Manager/Wastewater Treatment Engineerposition represents the Water Quality Program's permit unit municipal team as a registered Professional Engineer with responsibility for performing professional environmental engineering duties for the protection and restoration of surface and ground water quality in the State. This position is recognized and designated in writing by the Program Manager as the section's authority for providing municipal wastewater treatment expertise and essential environmental engineering technical assistance to staff and communities within the section. The position develops and oversees implementation of NPDES and state waste discharge permits for municipal dischargers in the eastern region.
We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills and have the desire to work on some of the most challenging water quality permitting issues facing Washington State.
The goals of theWater Quality Programare to prevent and clean up water pollution and to help communities make sustainable choices that reduce and prevent water quality problems. The program also aims to provide water quality partners with technical, financial and education assistance. We produce useful water quality information for the public and our partners.
Some of the key work activities of thePermit Manager/Wastewater Treatment Engineerposition include:
Serves as a section authority for the NPDES permitting program with responsibility for planning, conducting investigations of, and proposing solutions to environmental engineering problems. Solutions may require the research and application of advanced environmental engineering techniques and principles in compliance with state and federal Clean Water Acts.
Provides advice to the unit supervisor and section manager on identified issues that impact the implementation of and/or permittee compliance with the permits.
Prepares technical and procedural guidance related to technology-based treatment requirements, toxics monitoring and control, and water quality-based permit limitations.
Provides mentoring, training, engineering lead and consulting expertise on a section-wide basis to staff responsible for writing NPDES and state waste discharge permits.
Using environmental technical expertise, conducts senior-level quality review of wastewater discharge permits to ensure consistency and compliance with general engineering principals, technical Water Quality Program policies and procedures, to ensure that permits include necessary technical and scientific support.
Represents the department as a registered Professional Engineer and supports the section's permit staff and the Attorney General's Office by providing expert level engineering support during NPDES and state waste discharge permit development and in permit appeals.
Applies conventional engineering techniques and principles to the section's largest projects with complex features, such as conflicting design requirements, unsuitability of conventional materials, or difficult coordination problems related to compliance with water quality standards.
Develops permit conditions, to be used by the water quality permitting staff. Develops models and spreadsheet tools to assist permit writers in calculating effluent limits.
Mentors and trains section staff on water quality permitting issues.
Develops and writes NPDES individual permits.
As a senior engineering specialist, provides scientifically-based technical and policy guidance to other staff and reviews and comments on regulations, standards, and procedures under development related to the permits.
Solicits views from, explains and interprets proposed and final guidance and technical issues to Ecology management and staff, other local state and federal agencies, industry representatives, citizens groups, and the public.
Assists or leads in writing complex, individual permits as needed. Reviews and provides comments and advice related to the water quality permitting to internal and external stakeholders.
Reviews proposed EPA water quality regulations to determine potential impacts on Washington's water quality permitting program.
Assists staff in the Watershed Management Section involved in the water quality assessment and in the development of new or revised water quality standards on evaluating impacts on water quality permitting due to new or revised standards.
Provides expert consultation and assistance to other program staff as needed for matters related to individual permits.
This position will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be January 17, 2017. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before January 16, 2017. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
A Master's degree with major study in one of the following engineering fields: sanitary, civil, environmental, or related field.
Registration as a professional engineer in the State of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in WashingtonANDfouryears 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, environmental, or related field.
Registration as a professional engineer in the State of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in WashingtonANDfiveyears 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. Applicant must be able to demonstrate meeting comity requirements at the time of hire.
Master's Degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering with an emphasis in wastewater treatment systems design and operations
Effective utilization of personal computer for word processing, spreadsheet creation and reporting, database entry and reporting, e-mail processing, and internet search and query
Familiar with scientific, engineering, mathematical, and process terminology pertaining to wastewater treatment, water reuse, wastewater utility operation and maintenance, land application of treated wastewater, and other area pertaining to wastewater or reclaimed water
Organizational skills sufficient to manage multiple (often in the range of 20-30) assigned projects or permits while at the same time providing leadership to other Programs, Sections, and Unit staff on wastewater treatment and the generation and use of reclaimed water
Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:
Must possess a valid driver's license.
Must possess a Washington State professional engineering license.*
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.