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Public Works Contracting Engineer (Environmental Engineer 5) (In-Training) | WA State Department of Ecology

Posted 3/12/2024

The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Public Works Contracting Engineer (Environmental Engineer 5) (In-Training) position. This position can be located in either of the following:

Headquarters Office (HQ) in Lacey, WA.

Northwest Region Office (NWRO) in Shoreline, WA.

Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.

Please Note: If the final location of this position is determined to be in our Northwest Region Office (NWRO) in Shoreline, WA. there will be an additional 5% pay increase due to its location in King County. In this instance the salary range will be $6,835 - $10,406 per month.

As a Public Works Contracting Engineer in the Financial Services Unit, you’ll be a vital part of the team managing Ecology cleanups. In this role you will be relied upon for engineering expertise and the management of   public works and architectural and engineering services contracts for Western Washington projects. Responsibilities include:

Serving as a contract officer, preparing, negotiating securing, and managing cleanup contracts for design and cleanup phase of work.

Preparing and reviewing engineering plans and contract documents for construction, site cleanup and other technical services related to cleanup activities. 

Performing site construction inspections.

Tracking milestones and deliverables.

Monitoring contract performance.

Your contributions will be vital to mitigating risk to the Agency, ensuring proper contracting practices, and keeping state-directed cleanups moving forward in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Note: This position offers a career path and on-the-job training. This position allows you to progress through the Environmental Engineer (EE) field and achieve the goal class of an Environmental Engineer 5 (EE5). Candidates will be considered at the EE3 and EE5 levels, depending on their qualifications. For salary levels for each, please see the qualifications section.

The mission of the Toxics Cleanup Program is to protect Washington’s human health and the environment by preventing and cleaning up pollution and supporting sustainable communities and natural resources for the benefit of future and current generations.

Tele-work options for this position: This position will be eligible for up to a 90% tele-work schedule. 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 April 4, 2024. In order to be considered, please submit an application on or before April 3, 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.

Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:

Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver,  Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives(Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth *Click here for more information

About the Department of Ecology

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:

In this role, you’ll be a senior environmental engineer focused on state led cleanup projects in Western Washington requiring securing and managing of Architectural and Engineering and Public Works contracts. You will be a program-wide expert on contract management and technical project issues associated with the planning, design, and construction of environmental cleanup projects from start to finish. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to help shape the Architectural and Engineering and Public Works program and optimize the process in order to provide feedback and evaluations regarding bidding processes and contracts.

What you will do:

Provide engineering technical expertise and manage Architectural and Engineer and Public Works contracts to comply with applicable law and policy.

Provide project management to support projects and help maintain appropriate timelines.

Facilitate the process to secure both Architectural and Engineering and Public Works contracts, including contract development, bid specifications, evaluations and protests, contract awards, construction claims, dispute resolution and contract execution though electronic workflow.

Manage ongoing contracts, including reimbursement requests, reviewing project progress reports, preparing change orders, and maintaining contract files and records.

Regularly evaluate contracts and processes for areas of improvement and increased efficiency.

Perform construction inspections at the site.

Learn more about what it is like to be an Engineer at the Department of Ecology.


This is an In-Training Position. The goal class for this position is Environmental Engineer 5 (EE5). We will consider applicants who meet the requirements for the EE3 and EE5 levels. If the finalist meets the requirements for the EE3 level, they will be hired in at that level and placed into a training program to become an EE5 within a specified period of time.

Required Qualifications:

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.

At the Environmental Engineer 3 level: Salary Range 67 ($6,510 - $8,758 monthly) in-training

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

Three years of experience in environmental engineering, AND

Registration as a Professional Engineer in the state of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington.

Option 2:

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

Two years of experience in environmental engineering, AND

Registration as a Professional Engineer in the state of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington.

Option 3:

A Ph.D. involving major study in one of the following engineering fields: sanitary, civil, geotechnical, water resource, environmental, chemical, mechanical or related field, AND

One year of experience in environmental engineering, AND

Registration as a Professional Engineer in the state of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington.

At the Environmental Engineer 5 level: Salary Range 72 ($7,368 - $9,911 monthly) Goal class

Option 1:

An Engineer-in-Training certificate or a Bachelor’s degree with a major study in one of the following engineering fields: sanitary, water resources, civil, geotechnical, environmental, chemical, mechanical, or related field, AND

Five years of experience in Environmental Engineering, AND

Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington.

Option 2:

A Master’s degree with a major study in one of the following engineering fields: sanitary, water resources, civil, geotechnical, environmental, chemical, mechanical, or related field, AND

Four years of experience in Environmental Engineering, AND

Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington.

Option 3:

A Ph.D. with a major study in one of the following engineering fields: sanitary, water resources, civil, geotechnical, environmental, chemical, mechanical, or related field, AND

Three years of experience in Environmental Engineering, AND

Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington.

NOTE: Requirements for registration as a Professional 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 registration as a Professional Engineer in the state of Washington within six months of appointment to this class.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington. 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.

Must be able to possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.

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.

Desired Qualifications:

We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.

Three years of experience developing and managing Architectural and Engineer and Public Works contracts. This includes developing bid specifications and contracts, evaluating bid results, and actively administering multiple public works contracts.

Knowledge of and experience with toxic cleanup laws and regulations.

Experience advising, training, and communicating requirements, processes, and procedures to inform, educate, and mentor staff in a statewide program.

Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.

Supplemental Information

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.

Need an Accommodation in the application and/or screening process or this job announcement in an alternative format?

Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: [email protected] and we will be happy to assist.

If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can reach the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail [email protected]. Please do not send an email to this address to follow-up on the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.

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Application Instructions:

It's in the applicant's best interest to submit all of the documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be declined.

A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position.

A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position.

A list of three professional references.

Note: References will only be contacted during the final steps of the recruitment process for candidates selected as finalists. References will not be contacted without the candidate’s formal authorization.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable. 

For Your Privacy:

When attaching documents to your application (such as Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, DD-214, etc.):

Please be sure to remove private information such as your social security number, date of birth, etc.

Do not attach documents that are password-protected, as these documents may not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded.

Additional Application Instructions for Current 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.

Application Attestation:

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.

Other Information:

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Lyndsay Gordon at: [email protected]. Please do not contact Lyndsay to inquire about the status of your application.

To request the full position description: email [email protected]

Why work for Ecology?

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.

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at and follow, like or visit us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.

Collective Bargaining: This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.

Equal Opportunity Employer: 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, military spouses 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.

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.

Senior Engineer (Engineer III) | King County DNRP Water and Land Resources Division

Posted 3/12/2024

Apply here.

Are you ready to dive into the exciting world of floodplain management and make a splash in your career? Look no further than the River and Floodplain Capital Team within King County, Washington's Water and Land Resources Division. We have an opportunity for three standout candidates to join our dynamic team that is dedicated to innovation and growth.  

 About the Role:
 This is an exciting opportunity for someone with the skills and interest to support the King County River and Floodplain Capital Team as an Engineer III. Join our team of committed and talented professionals dedicated to being stewards of public resources! Become a subject matter expert on the water resources within King County’s River environment. The ideal candidate will apply professional experience and find fulfillment leading multi-disciplinary project teams and serving as the lead engineer for projects aimed at reducing risks from river and floodplain hazards and improving environmental conditions. Learn from and collaborate with other professionals in the Water and Land Resources Division while participating in a range of learning and development opportunities available to King County employees in areas such as project management, facilitation, public speaking, and time management. Levee improvement and floodplain reconnection projects are just some of the major projects you can expect to be in involved in.  
 This position performs work remotely and onsite.
 About the Team: 
 The Water and Land Resources Division of King County is a nationwide leader in integrated floodplain management and development of innovative flood risk reduction strategies and improved river and environmental conditions across King County’s six major river systems (White, Green, Cedar, Sammamish, Snoqualmie, Skykomish) using best available science. The River and Floodplain Capital Team and the Capital Strike Team implement a diverse work program to reduce flood risks to the constituents of King County in a manner that restores river and floodplain processes, considers equitable outcomes and future conditions related to climate change, and provides a collaborative and engaged professional environment where staff can grow and thrive. The Teams develops strategies, prioritizes projects, manages capital investments, engages tribes and stakeholders, and ensures successful execution of flood risk reduction and habitat restoration initiatives, while fostering collaboration, data-driven decision-making, and regulatory compliance.
 Commitment To Equity and Social Justice: 
 King County, named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is a diverse and vibrant community that represents cultures from around the world. Our True North is to create a welcoming community where everyone can thrive.  We prioritize equity, racial and social justice, making it a foundational and daily expectation for all employees. As a Senior Engineer, you will actively apply these principles in all aspects of your work. Learn more about our commitment at
 Apply now for a rewarding career at the Water and Land Resource Division of King County Department of Natural Resources & Parks (DNRP). Join our talented workforce in protecting and restoring the natural environment and promoting more resilient, sustainable, and equitable communities.  Enjoy training, comprehensive benefits, and growth opportunities.

What You Will Be Doing:

  • Act as the design engineer for a variety of capital river projects which may include producing design reports, cost estimates, specifications, design plans, and the review of designs and technical reports and estimates produced by others.
  • Act as the project manager for assigned projects from conception to implementation, including defining project scope and schedule through construction and estimating costs of professional design services and construction implementation.
  • Analyze, interpret and apply state, local and federal requirements to the planning and design of flood risk reduction and floodplain reconnection projects.
  • Manage and coordinate construction contracting processes including bid document preparation, contractor qualification and negotiation of construction contract and construction management.
  • Other duties as assigned within the classification.

Qualifications You Bring:

  • Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, environmental engineering, water resources, or closely related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience providing the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties described.
  • Minimum of four (4) years of increasingly responsible assignments for engineering or project management overseeing all phases of multi-disciplinary projects relevant to job duties described above, including design, preparing and tracking scopes, schedules and budgets.
  • Demonstrated experience in the following areas: Working as a technical lead in multi-disciplinary technical teams in a high-performance, collaborative environment on highly visible projects.
  • Demonstrated experience and desire to work collaboratively with a diverse, multidisciplinary technical teams, diverse groups, government officials, community groups, and colleagues from different professional backgrounds and participate with perseverance, patience, and humor on high-paced projects with overlapping deadlines.
  • Ability to conduct field investigations and evaluate physical river conditions and hazards.
  • Ability to communicate technical information clearly and concisely, both in writing and orally, to a wide variety of audiences. 

Competencies You Bring:

  • Collaborates:  Builds and fosters relationships with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Plans and Aligns:  Defines project overall goals and objectives and identifies design task relationships to meet project schedule.
  • Directs Work:  Provides clear direction and accountability; delegates, reviews and distributes assignments appropriately. 
  • Communicates Effectively:  Develops and delivers communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences. 
  • Manages Complexity:  Acquires data from multiple sources, analyzes and breaks down into parts where necessary, evaluates solutions.

Required Licenses:

  • Licensed Washington State professional civil engineer (P.E.) or licensed in another state with the ability to obtain a Washington State license through reciprocity. 
  • Valid Washington State driver's license or the ability to obtain one prior to starting work if selected for this position.  

It Would Be Great if You Also Bring: 

  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of hydrologic and open channel hydraulic principles and geomorphic processes. 
  • Experience implementing flood risk reduction projects including planning, design, and construction management. 
  • Overseeing, developing, or using hydrologic and hydraulic modeling applications such as HEC-RAS, RiverFLow2D, or SRH-2D.  
  • Demonstrated skill using computer aided design and analysis tools such as AutoCAD, ArcGIS. 

Working Conditions:

  • Remote and Onsite Work Details: Employees in this role work remotely from a home location, with onsite reporting requirements typically 4-8 times per month. The frequency of onsite work is determined by business needs and may be adjusted accordingly. Onsite reporting locations may be at various King County worksites including the collaboration space at King Street Center (201 S. Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104). This work arrangement promotes work-life-balance and reduces carbon footprint under the department’s vision of Green Where We Work.
  • Remote Work Location Requirement: Employees must reside in Washington State and be within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to meet workplace reporting requirements.
  • Work Schedule: This full-time position works a 40-hour work week. This position is covered under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is overtime eligible. The typical work schedule is 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday– Friday. Attendance at evening meetings and weekend events may be required from time to time including for staffing of the Flood Warning Center or Flood Patrol during flood emergencies.
  • Union Representation: This position is represented by PROTEC Local 17A.  
  • Physical Requirements: 
    1. Ability to lift 30lbs to eye level.
    2. Ability to traverse uneven slopes and terrain.

Application and Selection Process: 
This position is open to all qualified candidates, but first consideration will be given to all current King County PROTEC Local 17A bargaining unit employees eligible for a lateral transfer (transferring within the Engineer III classification and having passed probation).  This posting may be used to create an eligibility list for future vacancies in similar positions over the next six months.

Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness and alignment with the experience, qualifications, knowledge, and skills essential for this role to determine which candidates may be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews. The final candidate will be required to successfully pass a pre-employment physical. Applications without the following required materials may not be considered for this position.
To apply, submit a:

  • Complete application.
  • Resume.
  • Cover Letter, highlighting your background with specific attention given to your ability to deal tactfully and courteously with diverse groups, governmental officials, the public, community groups, and colleagues. 

Who to Contact: For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact Isaac Good at (206) 848-0576 or [email protected].

Discover More About the Water Land & Resources Division: Visit our website.
 Discover More About DNRP: Visit our website, explore an interactive map of our recent accomplishments and check us out at FacebookX (formerly Twitter)LinkedInTikTokInstagramYouTube and Keeping King County Green News.
 Sign up for Job Alerts to be notified of additional career opportunities with King County. Select the Natural Resources category for DNRP opportunities and explore other categories of interest.   

 Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers. 
 Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

 Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.
 King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer: 

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.
 To Apply: 

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions related to this recruitment process, please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.