The Water Quality Program is currently looking to fill a Permit Manager/Wastewater Treatment Engineer (Environmental Engineer 5) position. This position will be located in our Eastern Regional Office (ERO) in Spokane, WA.
The Permit Manager/Wastewater Treatment Engineer position represents the Water Quality Program's permit unit municipal team as a registered Professional Engineer with responsibility for performing professional environmental engineering duties for the protection and restoration of surface and ground water quality in the State. This position is recognized and designated in writing by the Program Manager as the section's authority for providing municipal wastewater treatment expertise and essential environmental engineering technical assistance to staff and communities within the section. The position develops and oversees implementation of NPDES and state waste discharge permits for municipal dischargers in the eastern region.
We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills and have the desire to work on some of the most challenging water quality permitting issues facing Washington State.
The goals of the Water Quality Program are to prevent and clean up water pollution and to help communities make sustainable choices that reduce and prevent water quality problems. The program also aims to provide water quality partners with technical, financial and education assistance. We produce useful water quality information for the public and our partners.
Some of the key work activities of the Permit Manager/Wastewater Treatment Engineer position include:
- Serves as a section authority for the NPDES permitting program with responsibility for planning, conducting investigations of, and proposing solutions to environmental engineering problems. Solutions may require the research and application of advanced environmental engineering techniques and principles in compliance with state and federal Clean Water Acts.
- Provides advice to the unit supervisor and section manager on identified issues that impact the implementation of and/or permittee compliance with the permits.
- Prepares technical and procedural guidance related to technology-based treatment requirements, toxics monitoring and control, and water quality-based permit limitations.
- Provides mentoring, training, engineering lead and consulting expertise on a section-wide basis to staff responsible for writing NPDES and state waste discharge permits.
- Using environmental technical expertise, conducts senior-level quality review of wastewater discharge permits to ensure consistency and compliance with general engineering principals, technical Water Quality Program policies and procedures, to ensure that permits include necessary technical and scientific support.
- Represents the department as a registered Professional Engineer and supports the section's permit staff and the Attorney General's Office by providing expert level engineering support during NPDES and state waste discharge permit development and in permit appeals.
- Applies conventional engineering techniques and principles to the section's largest projects with complex features, such as conflicting design requirements, unsuitability of conventional materials, or difficult coordination problems related to compliance with water quality standards.
- Develops permit conditions, to be used by the water quality permitting staff. Develops models and spreadsheet tools to assist permit writers in calculating effluent limits.
- Mentors and trains section staff on water quality permitting issues.
- Develops and writes NPDES individual permits.
- As a senior engineering specialist, provides scientifically-based technical and policy guidance to other staff and reviews and comments on regulations, standards, and procedures under development related to the permits.
- Solicits views from, explains and interprets proposed and final guidance and technical issues to Ecology management and staff, other local state and federal agencies, industry representatives, citizens groups, and the public.
- Assists or leads in writing complex, individual permits as needed. Reviews and provides comments and advice related to the water quality permitting to internal and external stakeholders.
- Reviews proposed EPA water quality regulations to determine potential impacts on Washington's water quality permitting program.
- Assists staff in the Watershed Management Section involved in the water quality assessment and in the development of new or revised water quality standards on evaluating impacts on water quality permitting due to new or revised standards.
- Provides expert consultation and assistance to other program staff as needed for matters related to individual permits.
This position will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be January 17, 2017. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before January 16, 2017. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.