Northwest Environmental Business Council
  • 25-Sep-2017 to 28-Oct-2017 (PST)
  • WA State Department of Ecology
  • Spokane, WA, USA
  • $72,744.00 - $95,484.00 Annually
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Has your career focused on protecting, preserving and enhancing the environment? Do you want to play an important role within our environmental leadership team? Our Water Quality Program  is looking to hire a Permit Unit Supervisor (Environmental Engineer 5). The position is located at our Eastern Regional Office in Spokane, WA.

This position supervises 13 positions that work on waste discharge permitting, industrial pretreatment, compliance inspections and monitoring, and grant and loan management.
We are looking for a licensed engineer with excellent people skills and the ability to problem solve with groups that deal with complex environmental projects.

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. 

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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.
As the Permit Unit Supervisor, this position directs the activities of, and is responsible for quality control of work generated by, engineers, hydrogeologists, and environmentalist serving as facility managers, and project managers for grants and loans, and information system specialties. This includes:
  • Operational planning, developing budget needs, assigning projects, and evaluating unit and individual progress and accomplishments.
  • Representing the Department at technical negotiations with industrial and municipal managers, private parties, and their engineering consultants to resolve complex environmental engineering issues involving regulatory compliance, waste treatment feasibility, permit limits, conditions, and applicability, water quality investigations, pollutant sampling, financial assistance, documentation and data management, and quality assurance.
  • Responsible for engineering QA/QC procedures, establishing minimum standards for final engineering/technical review and approval, and providing staff training and mentoring to ensure expected performance.
  • Providing oversight on engineering report reviews, reviewing engineering plans/specification as necessary for wastewater treatment systems, providing critical review for staff engineers and technicians to assure standards and agency regulations and policies are attained.
  • Representing the Water Quality Program in cross-programmatic issues on wastewater facilities, including toxic cleanup and solid and hazardous waste program activities.
  • Assisting the section manager in staff development, training plans, and implementations, development of internal procedures, and overall QA standards.
This position also directs the issuance, denial modification, and cancelation of federal and state wastewater discharge permits, and related facility compliance. This includes:
  • Overseeing staff engineering decisions and negotiations on waste management, treatment, or disposal programs for industrial and municipal entities to assure compliance with new and existing regulations and policies.
  • Consulting with facility management and operations personnel regarding compliance, technical assistance, and implementation of Best Management Practices, and assisting team and section staff in performing these functions.
  • Providing guidance and direction to staff and permittees regarding federal, state, and local requirements pertinent to wastewater facilities.
  • Training staff and assisting in the review of facility discharge monitoring reports, and generating specific data evaluations to determine facility compliance.
This position is open until filled, with the next screening on September 21, 2017. In order to be considered for the next screening, please submit an application on or before September 20, 2017. 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. 

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 supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated ability to build rapport and partner with others
  • Education or experience in negotiation and conflict resolution
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