Senior Environmental Cleanup Engineer (Environmental Engineer 5)

Website Washington Department of Ecologyy

Salary $77,952.00 – $102,312.00 Annually
Location Whatcom County – Bellingham, WA
Job Type Full Time – Permanent
Department Dept. of Ecology
Job Number 2019-TCP2915-09106
Closing Continuous
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 and has leadership that embraces the value of people, Ecology is a good fit.

The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) is looking to fill a Senior Environmental Clenup Engineer (Environmental Engineer 5) position. This position will be located in Ecology’s Bellingham Field Office (BFO) in Bellingham, WA.

The Senior Environmental Cleanup Engineer position serves as an advanced senior environmental cleanup engineer for the section. As such, provides expertise on the cleanup of complex sites, including, but not limited, to sites with sediments and uplands components. This position also conducts reviews and investigations, and proposes solutions to complex environmental engineering problems on a Region-wide basis that require the application of advanced environmental engineering techniques and principles related to cleanup alternatives for sediment/uplands.

We’re looking for detail-oriented applicants who possess excellent people skills, the ability to rapidly yet thoroughly assess information, make a defensible decision, and communicate this decision to colleagues, the regulated community, and the public.

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 LinkedInTwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

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Local efforts… Diverse people… Statewide impacts
Accidental spills of dangerous materials and past business practices have contaminated land and water throughout the state. The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) works to remedy these situations, which range from cleaning up contamination from leaking underground storage tanks, to large, complex projects requiring engineering solutions. Our mission is to get and keep contaminants out of the environment.

The Senior Environmental Cleanup Engineer position is the Lead Environmental Engineer and senior project manager specializing in remedial actions and treatment technologies for complex contaminated sites with sediment and uplands components. As an advanced senior environmental engineering specialist, some of the key work activities for this position are:

As an Environmental Engineer:

  • Reviews investigations and proposes solutions to environmental engineering problems related to site cleanups that require the research and application of environmental engineering techniques and principles.
  • Serves as an engineer on teams to evaluate proposed cleanup projects to ensure appropriate engineering practices.
  • Ensures work is in compliance with the Model Toxics Control Act and other relevant laws and regulations (including CERCLA, Clean Water Act, etc.).
  • Provides mentoring, training, and consultation on environmental, hydrogeologic, and environmental engineering issues.
  • Serves as an engineer on teams to review the evaluation of cleanup alternatives and feasibility studies to ensure that the appropriate technologies are proposed and that the evaluation adequately considers any complex site issues (such as comingled plumes, proximity to surface water, etc.).
  • Assists in the calculations for determining remedial action levels and selecting the most adequate cleanup alternative at a site.

As a site manager:

  • Pursues the cleanup of contaminated sites through the implementation of applicable statutes, administrative codes, and agency guidance and policy. This includes the ability to successfully deal with confrontational situations and difficult clients.
  • Negotiates and drafts agreed orders, consent decrees, administrative orders, and cleanup action plans which can include work to be performed and associated work schedules (e.g., remedial investigation, feasibility study, and/or other cleanup actions).
  • Develops and evaluates work plans and scopes of work to investigate contaminated sites.
  • Reviews and comments on technical reports and proposals submitted to the agency.
  • Recommends compliance schedules and/or formal enforcement actions necessary to expedite contaminated site cleanups.
  • Manages contracts for technical support on assigned sites within the Uplands Unit.
  • Provides engineering and technical assistance support to other regional and agency work.

Successful candidate must be available and willing to do expert testimony and working in challenging situations. Great opportunity to work in a supportive environment to resolve challenging environmental cleanup projects. This is an outstanding opportunity for public service in a professional field.
This recruitment will remain open until filled. The next screening will be February 18, 2020.  In order to be considered for the next screening, please submit an application on or before February 17, 2020. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.


Required Qualifications:

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


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.


An Engineer-In-Training Certificate or a Bachelor’s degree with a major study in one of the following engineering fields: environmental, 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 six 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.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of:  principles and practices of environmental engineering.  Model Toxics Control Act, CERCLA, RCRA, Clean Water Act, and other environmental regulations.
  • Ability to:  direct development of designs involving environmental engineering theory and judgment; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with local, state and federal officials; plan, promote and administer projects; analyze significant environmental engineering data and write evaluative reports.
  • Budget and contract management experience.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in the state of Washington.
  • Obtain and/or maintain a valid Driver’s License.

Why work for Ecology?

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 the health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to work/life balance.

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 ForgivenessTuition Waiver,  Long Term Disability & Life InsuranceDeferred Compensation ProgramsDependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA)Employee Assistance ProgramCommute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader)Combined Fund DriveSmartHealth

Student debt and how working for Ecology can help
Employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See for more details.

*See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

In order to be considered, applicants MUST include the following documents as an attachment to their 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 do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.

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 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 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 Bob Warren at: Please do not contact Bob 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.

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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