Washington State Carbon Market Engineering Specialist (Environmental Engineer 5) in Lacey, Washington


Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Department of Ecology's Air Quality Program (AQ) is looking for a Carbon Market Engineering Specialist for the Climate Policy Section. This is an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of an innovative, nation-leading policy program to help slow climate change. The successful candidate will be a part of a collaborative team that will work with federal, state and local government agencies, environmental groups and the regulated community to address the most significant environmental issue of our time.

As the Carbon Market Engineering Specialist you will develop engineering analysis and assessments for industrial facilities, provide policy support, and develop guidance to implement the Clean Air Rule, a regulation that caps and reduces carbon pollution in Washington.

In this position you will lead the development of protocols for regulated businesses including stationary sources and energy-intensive, trade-exposed organizations; conduct advanced engineering analyses of complex and difficult climate change programs; and identify emerging federal carbon regulations and their effect on Ecology's carbon policies.

This position is located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, Washington and is classified as an Environmental Engineer 5.To learn more about Washington State's job classification system, please visit this link.

We are looking for applicants with a desire to work as part of a team to implement the Clean Air Rule to cap and reduce carbon pollution in Washington and who possess experience in conducting advanced engineering analysis and developing stationary source protocols, policies, and guidance; interpreting and applying federal and state environmental laws and rules, guidance documents, and policies; and providing consultative services on the application of laws and rules. Also, we are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills and the ability to explain highly technical regulations and/or industrial processes to a diverse audience.

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 Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.

To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at www.ecy.wa.gov.

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


The mission of the Air Quality Program (AQ) is to protect public health and the environment from the effects of air pollution and climate change.

The position is located within the Climate Policy section. The primary functions of the section are to:

  • Ensure effective regulatory design for the Clean Air Rule (CAR) and the greenhouse gas emissions reporting program.
  • Implement all aspects of the CAR and the greenhouse gas emissions reporting program.
  • Design and maintain data reporting and tracking systems for the CAR and the greenhouse gas emissions reporting program; provide reports on greenhouse gas emissions and trends.
  • Provide policy and technical support and help develop regulations to carry out the state's climate change initiatives and to incorporate climate objectives and science into air quality program decision making.

Some of the key work activities of the Carbon Market Engineering Specialist include:

  • Conducts advanced engineering analyses and develops stationary source protocols, policies and guidance for effective and consistent implementation of the Clean Air Rule.
  • Develops and evaluates protocols and calculates obligated parties' baseline and/or output-based carbon or energy intensity (for EITE entities), benchmark emissions, develops Ecology-assigned reduction pathways and develops and issues regulatory orders.
  • Develops and documents determinations of Clean Air Rule applicability to specific stationary sources or situations.
  • Evaluates and reviews stationary source policies and engineering analyses conducted by outside consultants, businesses and agency junior engineers.
  • Identifies and analyzes emerging regulatory implications and effects of new federal and state stationary source rules and policies on the Clean Air Rule.
  • Conducts technical analyses, evaluations and provides engineering expertise to support revisions to the Clean Air Rule.
  • Drafts regulatory guidance and recommendations to senior management and legal counsel for review and approval.
  • Consults and coordinates with members of the regulated community, state and local agencies and other stakeholders regarding Clean Air Rule direction, requirements and interpretation. Provides technical assistance to facilities and the affected public.
  • Provides engineering support for development of rule proposals and draft rule language to update, modify and improve the Clean Air Rule.
  • Develops framework to implement new stationary source regulatory provisions into the Clean Air Rule.
  • Identifies and drafts stationary source policies and guidance necessary for effective and clear Clean Air Rule program implementation.
  • Mentors newer engineering and technical staff.
  • Conducts advanced engineering analyses of other climate change programs, regulations, policies and initiatives and their effect on the state and agency climate objectives.
  • Conducts technical analyses, evaluations and provides engineering expertise to support development of other stationary source climate change related rules.
  • Consults and coordinates with, members of the regulated community, other stakeholders and other states regarding climate policy direction and interpretation of other regulations to cap and reduce carbon pollution.
  • Develops regulatory language, policies and guidance needed for effective and efficient regulation of carbon pollution from stationary sources.
  • Identifies implications and participates in review of proposed federal or state stationary source regulations and guidance documents that may relate to or affect capping and reducing carbon pollution.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The next screening will be September 30, 2016. In order to be considered for the next screening, please submit an application on or before September 29, 2016. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date. Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

A Master's degree in mechanical, electrical, chemical, environmental or closely related engineering field AND Registration as a professional engineer in Washington State or ability to obtain such registration within 6 months of appointment. Four (4) years of experience in industrial or environmental engineering with an emphasis on industrial design, processes and efficiency.


A Bachelor's degree in mechanical, electrical, chemical, environmental or closely related engineering field AND Registration as a professional engineer in Washington State or ability to obtain such registration within 6 months of appointment. Five (5) years of experience in industrial or environmental engineering with an emphasis on industrial design, processes and efficiency.

Note: A PhD in engineering or allied area can substitute for 2 years of qualifying experience.

Preferred/Desired Experience:

Thorough knowledge of air pollution control principles and practices and of Washington State air pollution control law and regulations.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

Registration as a professional engineer in Washington State or ability to obtain such license within 6 months of appointment.

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 e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not 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 Nancy Pritchett at: nancy.pritchett@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Nancy 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-AQ3481-08845

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: $71,316.00 - $93,612.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA