Washington State Industrial Regulatory Policy and Permit Specialist (Environmental Engineer 5) in Lacey, Washington


Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We have a culture that is invested in making a difference. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, has leadership that embraces the value of people, Ecology is a good fit.

The Air Quality Program's (AQP) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill an Industrial Regulatory Policy and Permit Specialist (Environmental Engineer 5) position. This position is located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

The Industrial Regulatory Policy and Permit Specialistis the section expert who develops and implements program guidance for consistent implementation of statutes and rules for industrial sources. This consistency will provide increased regulatory certainty for sources, while providing public health and environmental protection. This position report directly to the Science and Engineering Section Manager.

We are looking for applicants who possess advanced complementary experience in developing air quality permits, applying federal and state standards and providing consultative services on the application of laws and rules. Also, we are looking for applicants that have 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.

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The Air Quality Program's (AQP) mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance the air quality of Washington to safeguard public health and the environment, and support high quality of life for current and future citizens.

The Air Quality Program and its partners use the data collected within the Washington ambient air monitoring network to:

  • Determine if air quality is meeting federal standards.
  • Provide near-real-time air quality information for the protection of public health.
  • Forecast air quality.
  • Make daily burn decisions and curtailment calls.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of air pollution control programs.
  • Evaluate the effects of air pollution on public health.
  • Determine air quality trends.
  • Identify and develop responsible and cost-effective pollution control strategies.

Some of the key duties of the Industrial Regulatory Policy and Permit Specialistposition include:

Policy work:

  • Is the section expert developing AQP interpretations and guidance for implementation of point source air quality regulations pending AG review and AQPLT approval.
  • Provides technical expertise and support to the rules unit on development and implementation of rules for industrial sources.
  • Reviews proposed and newly finalized rules for regulatory implications and evaluating appropriate course of action.
  • Develops policies for consistent implementation of Air Operating Permit (AOP) program in AQP, Industrial Section, and Nuclear Waste programs.
  • Leads and coordinates the development of General Orders.
  • Consults and coordinates with local air agencies, Region 10 of EPA, members of the regulated community, and other states regarding policy direction and interpretation of AQP point source air quality regulations.

Permitting work:

  • As an environmental engineer, and in accordance with RCW 70.94.152, provides draft and final review of permit applications for complex projects involving Prevention of Significant Deterioration permitting, including engineering designs, specifications, and plans for air pollution processes and control equipment.
  • Mentoring newer permitting staff by contributing to their education and development.
  • Assists with air quality permitting in times of high permitting workloads.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be August 29, 2016. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before August 28, 2016. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:

A Master's degree in engineering. Registration as a professional engineer in Washington State or ability to obtain such registration within 6 months of appointment* AND* 4 years of experience in environmental engineering, including 1 year as an Environmental Engineer 4 or experience that is equivalent to this senior level of work.

Please Note: A Ph.D. in engineering or allied area can substitute for 2 years of the qualifying experience. A Bachelor's degree in engineering or allied area and 5 years of environmental engineering experience may substitute for the Master's degree.

Desired Qualifications:

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 Christopher Hanlon-Meyer at: christopher.hanlon-meyer@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Christopher Hanlon-Meyer 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-AQ4294-08520

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