Uplands Unit Supervisor (Environmental Engineer 5)

Website Washington Department of Ecology

Location King County – Bellevue, WA
Job Type Full Time – Permanent
Department Dept. of Ecology
Job Number 2019-TCP2575-04768
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 Uplands Unit Supervisor (Environmental Engineer 5) position. The position will be located in our Northwest Regional Office (NWRO) in Bellevue, WA.

The Uplands Unit Supervisor position supervises the Uplands Unit comprised of individuals whose primary responsibility is the management of formal cleanup sites. The unit supervisor provides direction, supervision, mentoring, and site management expertise to the members of the unit. This position also manages high profile projects or cleanup sites as assigned by the Section Manager.

We are looking for applicants who can be patient, who can see the road ahead for the long-term MTCA projects, an excellent writer and editor, as much of their job will be to manage correspondence and review multiple types of documents. This individual will provide leadership, verify accuracy and completeness of team member’s work with agency regulations, policies, and guidance, all while providing support, coaches, mentors, develops training plans and work load analysis to meet required program performance goals for staff within the Uplands Unit.

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.

To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov.
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.

Some of the key work activities of the Uplands Unit Supervisor position include:

  • Reviews and approves all types of reports and correspondence for their own projects and for staff projects– agency decision letters, emails, technical decisions, legal decisions, public outreach materials.
  • Mentors and coaches – there’s an enormous amount of complex science, technology, engineering, regulatory requirements and interpretation that needs to be tailored to and learned by each site manager and followed through.
  • Creates a site management Boot-Camp that this position sponsors and manages.
  • Coordinates with the VCP Unit Boot-Camp to make a complete MTCA on the job training.
  • Supports other units, and share knowledge – helping to define a strong technical and site management team.
  • Follows the MTCA process appropriately for all work in the unit and across the section.
  • Shepherds projects to meet schedules and project demands for self and staff.
  • Helps staff to be consistent with existing regional and program policy and decisions and to shape new ones.
  • Supports staff and assisting daily on any issue they’re facing.

What kinds of problems does this position get to solve?

  • Deciding what is an appropriate Remedial Investigation and when it is complete; when a Feasibility Study and Disproportionate Cost Analysis are adequate and defensible; when a Cleanup Action Plan is viable and ready for public comment;
  • Deciding on Engineering Design completeness for remedial construction; when construction is complete; evaluating for periodic review of construction completeness; designing monitoring plans.
  • Technical and program issues such as ground water potability and plume decisions.

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 Note: The salary posted above does not include the additional 5% premium pay that this position will receive due to this position’s location.

Please to 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, 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 (5) years of experience in environmental engineering including at least one year experience in stormwater 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.


Registration as a professional engineer in the State of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington and six (6) years of experience in environmental engineering including one year experience in stormwater engineering.

Desired Qualifications:

Knowledge of:  principles and practices of environmental engineering.  Model Toxics Control Act, CERCLA, RCRA, Clean Water Act, and other environmental regulations.

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 https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service 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 to 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 www.careers.wa.gov 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 careers@ecy.wa.gov. 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: bob.warren@ecy.wa.gov. 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.

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.

For more information, please contact bob.warren@ecy.wa.gov