Environmental Engineer 2 or 3 - Two (2) Openings - Permanent - *10851-21

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Olympia, WA
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Do you have the gravitas and expertise to develop solutions to environmental problems? Are you looking for a challenge and wishing to take action to improve infrastructure, remediate hazards to the environment, and improve public access using your engineering skills? If so, then apply to become an Environmental Engineer!

WDFW Capital and Asset Management Program (CAMP)
Olympia, Washington

**** PLEASE NOTE: This job is posted continuously and will remain open until a selection is made - this will allow us to obtain a larger more diverse candidate pool. Application review will be ongoing, and therefore we encourage you to submit your application materials as soon as possible. First review of applications will be October 11th, 2021. The Hiring Manager reserves the right to close the posting at any time once a selection has been made. ****

Do you have the gravitas and expertise to develop solutions to environmental problems? Are you looking for a challenge and wishing to take action to improve infrastructure, remediate hazards to the environment, and improve public access using your engineering skills? If so, then apply to become an Environmental Engineer!

We are recruiting to fill one or more positions at either the Environmental Engineer 2 or 3 level.  

Selected candidates will be hired into either class based on qualifications – this recruitment does not offer an in-training option. 

Depending on which level you are hired at, your salary will be as follows:

Environmental Engineer 2 - $5,229.00 - $6,862.00

Environmental Engineer 3 - $6,063.00 - $7,957.00

Become a WDFW representative for the Capital and Asset Management Program (CAMP) mission to serve the Department by delivering technical and professional engineering, construction, and maintenance to sustain facilities, infrastructure, and ecosystems under the Department’s care.

As a registered professional Engineer, you will provide expert engineering, technical assistance, and guidance.  As an Engineer in Training (EIT) you will implement your engineering knowledge and develop your skills in a diverse setting.

As a expert in your field, inspire and mentor others to reach their potential by your example of integrity and professionalism.

With that in mind,      

 Picture yourself performing engineering duties that involve the protection of public health, restoration of existing facilities, and enhancement of the environment.

With your experience, you will conduct preliminary engineering designs, cost estimates, feasibility studies, final engineering designs, plans and specifications, and oversee project construction.

This is an opportunity to oversee the construction of new facilities for fish supplementation, water distribution, fish passage, wildlife viewing, marine/inland recreational water access, and other WDFW infrastructure.

The optimal candidates take pride in their work, use sound judgment on difficult environmental engineering problems, and can work collaboratively.  

We are seeking candidates with demonstrated values matching those of WDFW: professionalism, accountability, empathy, integrity, and respect.


Depending on qualifications, expectations of the position’s duties and level of supervision may vary.

Our Environmental Engineer 2’s and 3’s, 

Prepare preliminary engineering designs, cost estimates, feasibility studies, final engineering designs, plans and specifications.
Utilize technical design and analysis skills in structural, hydraulic, and environmental engineering.
Review and/or approve detailed engineering plans, specifications, site plans, engineering reports, and the operation/maintenance of environmental systems. 
Develop project scopes of work and monitor project schedules. 
Work with and manage construction crews. 
Prepare, review, and negotiate for environmental permits, regulatory orders, environmental plans, and monitoring program(s). 
Provide engineering expertise to the review and evaluation of proposals and existing environmental permits and permit applications. 
Provide administrative support for projects by collecting data, providing project documentation, and training staff. 
Mange Public Works (PW) and Architects/Engineers (A/E) Contracts.
Assist in budget implementation, forecasts, and administration.



Work Setting, including hazards:    

Approximately 70% office work and 30% field work/travel. 
Teleworking options may be available for office work. 
Field work includes working in all weather conditions, on rough terrain, in riverbanks, and on slippery slopes. 


Typically, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Workload demands may require work outside the assigned work hours and adjustment of work schedules, especially during the construction season.

Travel Requirements:   

30% Travel/Field

Tools and Equipment:

Computer hardware and software; multi-line telephones.

Customer Interactions: 

Exemplary customer service is integral to department success.


To qualify at the Environmental Engineer 2 Level:  

A valid Engineer-in-Training certificate. 

To qualify at the Environmental Engineer 3 Level: 

A valid Washington State Professional Engineering License. 

Please Note: Requirements for registration as a professional 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.  

Applicants qualifying through the licensing reciprocity option must achieve registration as a professional engineer in the state of Washington within six months of appointment to this class

The Environmental Engineer 2’s and 3’s must have: 

Knowledge of: 

Principles and practices of engineering.
Environmental sanitation.
Design, construction and operation of air quality control, water supply and treatment and sewage and industrial waste disposal systems.
Physical and biological sciences as related to engineering; methods and procedures in establishing and administering an engineering program; laws and regulations governing environmental issues.
Physical and biological sciences related to engineering. 
Laws and regulations governing environmental issues.

Ability to: 

Evaluate technical engineering data and computations.
Develop designs involving engineering theory and judgment.
Plan, promote and administer engineering projects. 
Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with public officials and community groups. 
Write engineering reports and proposed legislation.


A Driver’s License valid in the State of Washington, and an acceptable driving record.


Bachelor's degree in civil or mechanical engineering or equivalent experience.
On the job training beyond education requirements in a diverse work setting for at least five (5) years.
Knowledge of fish hatchery operations, fish behavior, fish passage and screening regulations, Public Works contracting laws and regulations.

Supplemental Information

Please note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification.


In order to successfully apply for this position you MUST complete your profile at www.careers.wa.gov and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (Generic cover letter will not be accepted).
A current resume. 
Three professional references. 


On Monday August 9, 2021, Governor Inslee enacted Proclamation 21-14 which requires that all employees of all state agencies not headed by an elected official be fully vaccinated with a recommended COVID-19 vaccine by October 18, 2021 as a condition of employment. Fully vaccinated includes the two-week waiting period after the last shot in each series, or single shot, is given. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide verification of COVID vaccination. A list of acceptable documents to provide verification can be reviewed here. Vaccination acceptable documents link (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader)

All new employees must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 Form) on their first day of work. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide documentation proving you are eligible to work in the United States. For a list of acceptable documents, please use the following link: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/form-i-9-acceptable-documents


The Department of Fish and Wildlife’s priority during the Covid-19 health crisis is to keep our staff, candidates, and the public safe.  We are hiring and encourage you to apply to open positions.  We have transitioned to a virtual recruitment process, to include web-based interviews.


Learn about our agency and the perks of working for WDFW!

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has some of the most talented people in the natural resource field.  We celebrate and value diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community, and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfilling the agency’s mission. We value demonstrated skill in living WDFW values of professionalism, accountability, empathy, integrity, service, and respect.

WDFW 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.


This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE). This recruitment may be used to fill positions in addition to those listed.


To take advantage of veteran preference, please do the following:

Email a copy of your DD214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22 or USDVA signed verification of service letter to RecruitmentTeam@dfw.wa.gov.

Subject line should include recruitment number, position and Vet (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – Veteran)
Include your name as it appears on your application in careers.wa.gov



To take advantage of military spouse preference, please do the following:

Notify us of your military spouse status by email at RecruitmentTeam@dfw.wa.gov.  
Subject line should include recruitment number, position and MS (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – MS)
Include your name as it appears on your application in careers.wa.gov


Note: Please blackout any PII (personally identifiable information) data such as social security numbers. For further information, please contact us at RecruitmentTeam@dfw.wa.gov.

 As part of WDFW’s efforts to advance respectful and inclusive work environments, the Agency expects inclusivity as part of our professional interactions and communications.   Therefore, we want to ensure that all individuals feel welcome, are treated fairly and respectfully.  All staff are empowered to fully contribute to serving their work unit, Agency, and the citizens of Washington.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife 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.   All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status and are encouraged to apply. 

 Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-2276 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (800) 833-6388.

This recruitment is essential to maintain operations and fulfill WDFW’s legal obligations: repair/maintain critical infrastructure and facilities, activities associated with maintaining assets.

If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or support@neogov.com.

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Environmental Engineer 2 - $5,229.00 - $6,862.00

Environmental Engineer 3 - $6,063.00 - $7,957.00 

More than Just a Paycheck!
Employee benefits are not just about the kind of services you get, they are also about how much you may have to pay out of pocket. Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.

We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career and that your priority is making sure that you and your family will maintain health and financial security. That's why choice is a key component of our benefits package. We have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits that you can mix and match to meet your current and future needs.
Read about our benefits:
The following information describes typical benefits available for full-time employees who are expected to work more than six months. Actual benefits may vary by appointment type or be prorated for other than full-time work. Check with the agency human resource office for specific benefit information.
Insurance Benefits
Employees and families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance.  There are multiple medical plans with affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout the state.  Staff are eligible to enroll each year in a medical flexible spending account which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care expenses.  Employees are also covered by basic life and long term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional coverage amounts.  To view premium rates, coverage choice in your area and how to enroll, please visit the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) website.
Retirement and Deferred Compensation
State Employees are members of the Washington Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS).  New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs.  For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems' web site.
Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP).  This is a supplemental retirement savings program (similar to an IRA) that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options.
Vacation (Annual Leave)
You begin accruing vacation starting your first month of employment. Since we value your loyalty, the amount of vacation you can accrue increases the longer you work with us. Washington State supports members of the armed forces with 21 days paid military leave per year. Vacation accrues for full-time employees per WAC 357-31-165.
Full-time employees are entitled to eleven* paid holidays:
New Year's Day
January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday
Third Monday in January
Presidents' Day
Third Monday in February
Memorial Day
Last Monday in May
Independence Day
July 4
Labor Day
First Monday in September
Veterans' Day
November 11
Thanksgiving Day
Fourth Thursday in November & Friday after
Christmas Day
December 25
Personal Holiday
Employee's selection each calendar year
*Employees who are members of certain Unions are entitled to an additional personal leave day of their choice. Please refer to specific Collective Bargaining Agreements for more information.
Social Security
All state employees are covered by the federal Social Security and Medicare systems. The state and the employee pay an equal amount into the system.
Sick Leave
Full-time employees earn eight hours of sick leave per month. Paid sick leave may be used for reasons included in WAC 357-31-130.
Please visit the State HR Website for more detailed information.

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