Senior Stormwater Engineer (Environmental Engineer 5)

WA State Dept. of Ecology | Lacey, WA

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Posted Date 3/13/2019

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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

Our Water Quality Program is looking to hire a Senior Stormwater Engineer at our Headquarters building in Lacey, WA

This position is responsible for planning, investigating, and proposing solutions to stormwater engineering problems to grant recipients and municipal permittees so that their stormwater projects are effectively implemented.

We are looking for creative problem-solvers who possess excellent people skills, with the capacity to grow their existing engineering expertise, and the ability to communicate technical decisions and recommendations 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 performance driven leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism, and accountability. 

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at and check us out on TwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.
Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts


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The mission of the Water Quality Program 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.
The Water Quality Program is responsible for regulating discharges of pollutants to surface and ground waters by writing and managing wastewater and stormwater discharge permits, enforcing water quality laws, developing water quality standards and identifying water bodies that fail to meet those standards, and providing technical and financial assistance to appropriate entities to help them protect and restore Washington's waters.

What does the Senior Stormwater Engineer do?

This position is the Water Quality Program's technical lead for oversight of stormwater grant projects and proposals for water quality improvement and protection, and is the section's authority on watershed/basin planning, flow control, regional stormwater facilities, and the stormwater control transfer program. This position:

  • Applies conventional engineering solutions to prevent or mitigate stormwater problems statewide, and helps the Water Quality Program develop innovative technical and policy solutions to help the Washington stormwater community address new science and evolving regulatory requirements.
  • Conducts technical support and engineering review for stormwater grant projects.
  • Provides stormwater technical guidance to project proponents, agency staff, managers and stakeholders.
  • Works with diverse teams to implement effective programs to address statewide stormwater issues.    

What kinds of problems does this position get to solve?
  • Assesses the effectiveness of proposed stormwater activities and facilities to function as intended.
  • Develops and refines technical design, siting, and operations and maintenance specifications for stormwater management facilities.
  • Figures out how best to integrate new science and legal decisions into guidance, permits and regulatory requirements.
  • Responds to internal and external questions regarding green infrastructure, stormwater treatment, flow control, basin planning, and other conventional and emerging stormwater management topics.

Culture of the Team
  • Ecology will invest in this position, providing in a wide array of growth and development opportunities to support their evolution into Ecology's statewide expert in stormwater engineering and watershed protection. This position will apply science-based solutions to protect and restore Washington's waters and have considerable influence on the direction of Ecology's nationally-recognized stormwater program.
  • This position is part of the Water Quality Program's Program Development Services Section. This position is integral to this section's goal of addressing recent legal decisions that require stormwater management approaches to expand beyond the site- and subdivision-scale, and into the watershed-scale.
  • The team values creative-problem solving, science and technology, clear communication, teamwork, professionalism and accountability. Our culture emphasizes public service to make a difference for people and the environment – we do this through hard-work, fun, collaborative partnerships, and mutual respect. We recognize the importance of staff maintaining a healthy work-life balance in order to sustain ourselves and be more effective.

NOTE: This is a project position that is funded until June 30, 2021, with the possibility of extension.

This position is open until filled, with the next screening on April 3, 2019. In order to be considered for the next screening, please submit an application on or before April 2, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:

A Master's degree with major study in one of the following engineering fields, sanitary water resource, civil, geotechnical, environmental, chemical, mechanical, or related field AND Registration as a Professional Engineer in the state of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington AND four 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 AND Registration as a Professional Engineer in the state of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington AND five years of experience in environmental engineering.   

A Ph.D. in one of the above engineering fields will substitute for two years of the environmental engineering experience. 

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.   
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 Licensing (DOL) Official Site: How to get your license: Professional engineer by comity 

Desired Qualifications:

Experience with:

  • Stormwater management/treatment
  • Watershed planning
  • Water quality and/or hydrologic modelling

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment

Must maintain a valid driver's license
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.

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Other Information:

If you need assistance applying for this job, please call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail 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 Jeff Killelea at: jkil461@ECY.WA.GOV. Please do not contact Jeff to inquire about the status of your application.

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

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.

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.


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