Washington State Municipal Stormwater Engineer (Environmental Engineer 3) in Bellevue, Washington


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The Water Quality Program (WQP) is currently looking to fill a Municipal Stormwater Engineer (Environmental Engineer 3) position. This position will be located in our Northwest Regional Office (NWRO) in Bellevue, WA.

The Municipal Stormwater Engineer position is responsible for performing professional environmental engineering duties in support of Phase I and Phase II municipal stormwater permit compliance assurance and stormwater facility grant and loan projects. Duties include compliance assurance activities for Phase I and Phase II permitted municipalities and other regulated public entities within Snohomish County, participation as a member of the Water Quality Program's state-wide municipal stormwater permitting team, conducting independent and/or final review of stormwater facility engineering reports, design documents, and/or stormwater site plans to ensure compliance with applicable permit or grant requirements and/or design criteria, and developing and managing stormwater grant and loan agreements.

We are looking for applicants who have strong communication skills, great people skills, the ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines, and who have the ability understand and explain technical concepts to a diverse audience.

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The mission of the Water Quality Program (WQP) is to protect and restore Washington's waters to sustain healthy watersheds and communities. Our work ensures that state waters support beneficial uses including recreational and business activities, supplies for clean drinking water, and the protection of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and public health.

Some of the key work activities of the Municipal Stormwater Engineer position are:

  • As a registered Professional Engineer, serves as an environmental engineering expert for stormwater treatment in the region, including stormwater pollution control, treatment methods, guidance manuals, technological innovation, and stormwater permits.
  • Reviews and evaluates engineering reports related to stormwater general permits.
  • Accepts proposals for treatment systems required under the general permit in coordination with general permit management staff.
  • Provides engineering evaluations to assist municipal permit managers in the Northwest Region.
  • Provides technical assistance in the development of municipal stormwater management programs and evaluating stormwater treatment devices.
  • Researches engineering technologies for stormwater treatment facilities, including innovative and emerging technologies.
  • Provides engineering assistance to local governments, state agencies, and the public on stormwater management and compliance with the Stormwater Management Manual for Western Washington.
  • Contributes to updates of the agency's Stormwater Management Manuals.
  • Represents NWRO Water Quality program on stormwater related cross-programmatic and external stakeholder issues.
  • Provides engineering review for grants and loan projects for stormwater infrastructure funded through Ecology.
  • Serves as the grant and loan administrator for assigned stormwater facilities, including participating in evaluating and ranking project applications; negotiating scope of work and developing grant and loan contracts; making eligibility determinations; and reviewing engineering documents, change orders, plans and specifications, SEPA and SERP documentation, conducting field inspections, performing final evaluations and assisting with grant and loan closeout.
  • Assists the compliance specialist on enforcement actions.
  • Reviews and comments on enforcement documents prepared by the compliance specialist.
  • Represents the agency in negotiations to achieve compliance.
  • Testifies as an expert witness in legal proceedings before the Pollution Control Hearings Board and courts of the State when necessary.
  • Conducts both scheduled and unscheduled inspections of permitted facilities.
  • Writes inspection reports to document findings of inspections.
  • Serves a critical role on the Water Quality Program's municipal separate stormwater sewer system (MS4) permit team, which assists municipalities in developing stormwater programs beneficial to water quality in accordance with Water Quality Program's mission to "Protect and Restore Washington's Waters."
  • Performs compliance reviews of municipal stormwater management programs and provides technical assistance to permittees by interpreting and conveying municipal stormwater requirements.
  • Represents NWRO as the phase I/II permit manager for Snohomish County and assists with state wide permit interpretation and implementation, including equivalency reviews of phase I permittee stormwater management manuals and related codes.
  • Works with local governments to independently resolve issues relating to municipal management of stormwater systems.
  • Prepares workshops, letters, meeting presentations, and other methods to provide information to educate municipalities in their stormwater permit requirements.
  • Assists in public education and outreach efforts to familiarize communities with Ecology stormwater requirements.
  • Assists in collection and interpretation of water quality data designed to help evaluate stormwater program effectiveness. Using Ecology policies and procedures, prepares enforcement, both formal and informal to address non-compliance issues as needed.
  • Works with the stormwater unit in providing technical input with respect to Best Management Practices, or enforcement actions to ensure regulatory compliance and to enhance water quality that relates to MS4 permits.
  • Assists in planning new stormwater-related initiatives, provides permit administration, work with local jurisdictions and other Ecology programs, audit municipal stormwater programs, and initiate enforcement actions as needed.

This position will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be August 18, 2016. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before August 17, 2016. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:

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 field.


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.


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. *

Desired Qualifications:

  • Two years of experience in stormwater, water or wastewater treatment plant design and operations, including preparing or reviewing facility plans, and contract documents (plans and specifications) for municipal stormwater, water or wastewater treatment facilities.
  • Ability to apply negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to communicate complex technical issues to the public.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

  • A current Washington State professional engineering license is required for this position.
  • A valid driver's license is required for this position.

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 www.careers.wa.gov 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 careers@ecy.wa.gov. 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 Greg Stegman at: greg.stegman@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Greg Stegman 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.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-WQ0672-07572

Department: Dept. of Ecology

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $64,620.00 - $84,816.00 Annually

Location: King County – Bellevue, WA