Coastal Engineer (Environmental Engineer 3) (In-Training)
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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
The Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Coastal Engineer (Environmental Engineer 3) (In-Training) position. This position may be located in any of the following offices: Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA. or our Northwest Region Office (NWRO) in Shoreline, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.
This Coastal Engineer position offers a unique opportunity to join a dynamic and collaborative applied coastal research team – Washington State’s Coastal Monitoring & Analysis Program (CMAP) – focused on documenting, understanding, and forecasting coastal processes and change on Washington’s high-energy ocean shorelines as well as the sheltered shorelines of coastal estuaries and the Salish Sea. In this role, you will address a wide variety of key issues regarding coastal community and ecosystem resilience, including chronic coastal erosion and flood hazards, climate change impacts on coastal hazards, shoreline and bluff retreat, natural and nature-based multi-benefit coastal projects, process-based restoration projects, and the application of morphodynamic approaches to nearshore habitat and ecosystem services studies.
Established in 1996, Ecology’s CMAP team performs state of the art research to better understand physical changes along Washington’s beaches, bluffs, and nearshore zones to enhance their management, protection, and restoration while reducing coastal hazards and increasing community resilience. You will work on interesting and challenging coastal problems, develop and co-produce innovative solutions – including natural and nature-based features – with coastal communities and tribes, and provide engineering guidance for their designs.
Please Note: If the position ends up being located in the Northwest Region office in Shoreline, Washington, then there will be an additional 5% premium pay that this position will receive due to this position's location in King County.
Agency Mission: Ecology’s mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment, and promote the wise management of our air, land and water. The agency’s goals are to prevent pollution, clean up pollution and support sustainable communities and natural resources.
Program Mission: The mission of the Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program is to support community conservation efforts for our state’s shorelands, wetlands, and floodplains.
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 isn't expected to work in the office on a regular basis. Staff are expected to attend in-person meetings occasionally. It is a requirement that while employed by the State of Washington, employees’ primary residence must be within the State of Washington.
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of November 3, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before November 2, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
About the Department of Ecology
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. To learn more, check out our Strategic Plan.
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.
Our commitment to DEIR
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.
What makes this role unique?
In this role, you will apply and further develop knowledge and skills through collaborative work with a range of partners (e.g., Tribes, state and federal agencies, local governments, academics) at the interface of coastal research, science, engineering, and management. Duties will span applied coastal research and development, innovative engineering design and evaluation, consulting services, technical guidance, training, permit and project review, and publication. Work will enhance coastal community resilience, and protect and restore Washington’s coastal natural resources.
What you will do:
- Plan, conduct, and coordinate coastal monitoring, modeling, and research to advance our understanding of coastal processes, mixed sand-gravel and composite beach dynamics, bluff erosion, sediment transport, and the impacts of sea-level rise and climate change on coastal systems.
- Evaluate the effectiveness, performance, and impacts of a range of existing and planned adaptation measures including conventional coastal structures, innovative natural and nature based alternatives, hybrid approaches, and process-based restoration projects.
- Develop and test natural and nature-based alternatives to conventional coastal structures and incorporate results into engineering design guidelines and best practices.
- Provide coastal engineering consulting services, design review, recommendations, and technical assistance to Tribes, local governments, and a range of other partners for natural and nature-based approaches, slope stabilization, shoreline restoration, beach nourishment, and beach access projects to address changing coastal conditions and environmental impacts.
- Write, review, and evaluate proposals, scientific documents, and technical guidance in support of shoreline planning, permitting, and other resource management activities.
- Communicate Washington State’s Coastal Monitoring & Analysis Program’s work, through presentations and written documents, to a range of local partners as well as the Coastal Engineer’s professional community.
- Develop and conduct training on coastal processes and coastal project design for professional audiences, such as local governments, coastal resource managers, developers, and engineers, and contribute to the Washington Coastal Hazards Resilience Network.
Learn more about what it is like to be an Engineer at the Department of Ecology (Download PDF reader)
This is an In-Training position: The goal class for this position is an Environmental Engineer 3 (EE3). We will consider applicants who meet the requirements for both the EE2 and the EE3 levels. If the finalist meets the requirements at the EE2 level, then they will be hired as an EE2 and will be placed in a training program to become an EE3 within a specified period of time.
At the Environmental Engineer 2 level: Pay Range 61 ($5,399 - $7,085 – monthly) (In-Training)
Option 1: An Engineer-In-Training Certificate or a Bachelor's degree with a major study in one of the following engineering fields: sanitary, water resources, coastal, ocean, civil, geotechnical, environmental, chemical, mechanical or related field AND Two years of experience in environmental engineering.
Option 2: A Master's degree or above with a major study in one of the following engineering fields: sanitary, water resources, coastal, ocean, civil, geotechnical, environmental, chemical, mechanical or related field AND One year of experience in environmental engineering.
At the Environmental Engineer 3 level: Pay Range 67 ($6,260 - $8,216 monthly) (Goal Class)
Option 1: An Engineer-In-Training Certificate or a Bachelor's degree with a major study in one of the following engineering fields: sanitary, water resources, coastal, ocean, 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 Three years of experience in environmental engineering.
Option 2: A Master's degree with a major study in one of the following engineering fields: sanitary, water resources, coastal, ocean, 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 Two years of experience in environmental engineering.
Option 3: A Ph.D. with a major study in one of the following engineering fields: sanitary, water resources, coastal, ocean, 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 One year of experience in environmental engineering.
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.
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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- 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.
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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.
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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.