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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill an Engineering Consultant & Contracts Officer (Environmental Engineer 5) position. This position is located within the Financial Services Unit (FSU) at our Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA.
The Financial Services Unit (FSU) provides a variety of financial services to support the Toxics Cleanup Program’s mission, including cost recovery, grant program management, budgeting, and complex contract negotiation and management. This position is within a small team that works dynamically to support work and staff throughout the state.
During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. This position is not currently required to work in the office on a regular basis. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing. Looking ahead, Ecology has recently updated the agency policies on telework and flexible and compressed work schedules. Applicants with questions about position location options, telework, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in “other information.”
In this role, you will be a senior level engineer that negotiates, manages, and executes the contract needs throughout the public works process for state lead cleanups. You will work on a variety of different cleanup sites, from smelter yard cleanups to complex sediment sites, while working closely with staff throughout the state. You will gain valuable skills in contracting, negotiations, project management, and program evaluation and development as the program grows.
The mission of the Toxics Cleanup Program is to protect Washington’s human health and the environment by preventing and cleaning up pollution and supporting sustainable communities and natural resources for the benefit of future and current generations.
Protecting Washington State’s environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We are a culture that is invested in making a difference. Join a team that is highly effective and collaborative, with leadership that embraces the value of people.
Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:
- A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.
- An Infants at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns.
- Continuous growth and development opportunities.
- A wellness program that offers education, fitness classes, and an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
- Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) are core values central to Ecology’s work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.
Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.
Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.
Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology’s work.
Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement.
We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued.
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of April 4, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before April 3, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
What makes this role unique?
You will work with diverse teams throughout the program and state to support cleanup projects through engineering and contract expertise. You will be a critical member of the team and lead bidding, negotiations, management, and close out of Architectural and Engineering and Public Works contracts.
What you will do:
- Lead the bidding, negotiation, and procurement process for Architectural and Engineering and Public Works Contracts to cleanup orphaned and abandoned toxic sites throughout the state.
- Manage Architectural and Engineering and Public Works cleanup contracts, change orders, payments, and retainage.
- Integrate project construction requirements and outcomes from consultant and staff documents into construction documents, plans, specifications, and cost estimates.
- Problem solve to eliminate barriers encountered on projects.
- Evaluate individual contracts after the bidding process as well as project completion for lessons learned and program improvements.
- Work with other staff to continue to improve and grow the program’s contracting knowledge, policies, and procedures.
An Engineer-In-Training Certificate or a Bachelor’s degree with a major study in one of the following engineering fields: sanitary water resources, 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.
A Master’s degree with a major study in one of the following engineering fields: sanitary water resources, 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 four years of experience in environmental engineering.
A Ph.D. with a major study in one of the following engineering fields: sanitary water resources, 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 three years of experience in environmental engineering.
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
- Three years of experience developing and managing Architectural and Engineering and/ or Public Works contracts. This includes developing bid specifications and contracts, evaluating bid results, and actively administering multiple public works contracts.
- Knowledge of and experience with toxic cleanup laws and regulations.
- Experience advising, training, and communicating requirements, processes, and procedures to inform, educate, and mentor staff in a statewide program.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.
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: Board of Registration for Professional Engineers: How to get your license: Professional engineer by comity.
Ecology seeks diverse applicants: We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
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It’s in the applicant’s best interest to submit all of the documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be declined.
- A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position.
- A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position.
- Three professional references.
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- Please be sure to remove private information such as your social security number, date of birth, etc.
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Additional Application Instructions for Current 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.
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Why work for Ecology?
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.
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 your health and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to life/work 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 Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth *See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information
Student debt: how working for Ecology can help
The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.
Collective Bargaining: This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.
Equal Opportunity Employer: 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, military spouses 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.
Note: This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency. Once all the position(s) from the recruitment announcement are filled, the recruitment may only be used to fill additional open positions for the next sixty (60) days.