Job Opportunity with WA Department of Ecology

The Washington State Department of Ecology’s Air Quality Program (AQP) is looking to fill a PSD Engineer (Environmental Engineer 3) (In-Training) position. The position will be located in their Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

The PSD Engineer position is responsible for issuing PSD permits, a critical element of preventing deterioration of air quality in Washington State from industrial point sources and is a key element of Priority 2 in the AQP strategic plan. In addition, this position provides a variety of engineering analysis in support of other program priorities.

Some of the key work activities of the PSD Engineer at the Environmental Engineer 3 level  are:

  • 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.
  • Provides technical assistance to the regulated community in accordance with RCW 70.94.035
    • Information on air pollution laws, rules, compliance methods, and technologies.
    • Information on air pollution prevention methods and technologies, and prevention of accidental releases.
    • Assistance in obtaining permits and developing emission reduction plans.
    • Information on the health and environmental effects of the air pollution
  • At the Environmental Engineer 3 level, as a licensed professional engineer and in accordance with RCW 70.94.152, provides draft and final review of permit applications for minor source notice of construction approvals upon request from AQP regional offices.
  • Provides engineering expertise for AQP rule making, permitting, and quantifying and controlling air pollution in Washington.
  • Provides technical assistance to the public, other agencies, and other AQP sections.

Required Qualifications:

At the Environmental Engineer 3 level, incumbents represent their department as a registered Professional Engineer, and review and perform environmental engineering activities that require registration as a Professional Engineer.

A Master’s Degree with a 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 the registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington AND two years of experience in environmental engineering.

OR

An engineer-in-training certificate or bachelor’s degree with a major study in one of the above fields.

AND

Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington or another state based on the registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington ANDthree 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 – to be appointed at this level you must have registration as a professional engineer in the state of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington.

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.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Thorough knowledge of air pollution control principles and practices and of federal and state air pollution control law and regulations. Knowledge of State Implementation Plans, minor and major New Source Review, nonattainment permitting, and PSD permitting.
  • Ability to understand and run air dispersion models.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.
  • Experience or education covering basic engineering principles including separation processes, thermodynamics, kinetics, and mass and energy balances.
  • 1 year of professional experience in writing PSD permits, or 2 years of professional experience in New Source Review.

Application Instructions:

In order to be considered, applicants MUST attach the following documents as an attachment to their application:
  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required/desired 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.

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