Greenhouse Gas Engineering Specialist (Environmental Engineer 2) (In Training)

$56,844.00 – $74,604.00 Annually
Thurston County – Lacey, WA
Job Type
Full Time – Permanent
Dept. of Ecology
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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

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, with leadership that embraces the value of people, Ecology is a great fit.

The Air Quality Program (AQP) is looking to fill a Greenhouse Gas Engineering Specialist (Environmental Engineer 2)  (In Training) position. This position will be located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

The Greenhouse Gas Engineering Specialist position is located within the Climate Policy Section (CPS) of the Air Quality Program, which provides environmental services to understand and reduce carbon pollution and protect public health and the environment. This position supports the mission of the agency and program by providing engineering analyses and assessments, policy support, and recommendations for program guidance to implement the Clean Air Rule (CAR), a regulation capping and reducing carbon pollution in Washington. The position conducts engineering analyses for facilities covered by the CAR and recommends carbon emission reduction requirements for those facilities based on these analyses. The position reviews and analyzes emissions and compliance data submitted to the agency for a variety of facilities and processes to confirm quality and accuracy. These analyses are used to ensure that emission reductions are real, permanent, and quantifiable.

We are looking for applicants with strong technical, analytical, and reasoning skills, the ability to communicate with a diverse or unreceptive audience, and a dose of healthy skepticism. Strong applicants will have experience with or ability to quickly learn about industrial processes and their associated greenhouse gas emissions.

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 TwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at:

Local efforts… Diverse people… Statewide impacts

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The mission of the Air Quality Program (AQP) is to protect, preserve, and enhance the air quality and the environment of Washington for current and future generations.

Some of the key work activities of the Greenhouse Gas Engineering Specialist position are:
Conduct engineering analyses and review protocols, policies, and guidance for effective and consistent implementation of the Clean Air Rule.

  • Recommend and evaluate protocols and calculate obligated parties’ baselines and/or output-based carbon or energy intensity, benchmark emissions, recommend Ecology-assigned reduction pathways, and make recommendations on the issuance of regulatory orders.
  • Document determinations of Clean Air Rule applicability to specific facilities or situations.
  • Provide review of and technical assistance with engineering analyses and emissions data provided by third-party verifiers, consultants, and businesses.
  • Identify and analyze emerging regulatory implications and effects of new federal and state stationary source rules and policies on the Clean Air Rule.
  • Provide technical environmental engineering oversight that support revisions to the Clean Air Rule and development of other stationary source climate change related rules.
  • Work directly with businesses, state and local agencies, other states, and stakeholders to ensure accurate, timely, and complete reporting of emissions data.
  • Assist in development of regulatory guidance and recommendations to management and legal counsel for review and approval.
  • Assist with the coordination of members from the regulated community, state and local agencies, and stakeholders regarding Clean Air Rule and climate policy direction, requirements, and interpretation. Provide technical assistance to facilities, third-party verifiers, consultants, and the affected public.
  • Provide engineering support for the development of rule proposals and draft rule language to update, modify, and improve the Clean Air Rule.
  • Identify and recommend policies and guidance necessary for effective and clear Clean Air Rule program implementation.

Conduct engineering analyses of other climate change programs, regulations, policies and initiatives and their effect on the state and agency climate objectives.

  • Conduct technical analyses and evaluations and provide engineering expertise to support development of other climate change related rules.
  • Consult and coordinate with members of the regulated community, stakeholders, and other states regarding climate policy direction and interpretation of other regulations to cap and reduce carbon pollution.
  • Assist in development of regulatory language, policies, and guidance needed for effective and efficient regulation of carbon pollution.
  • Identify implications and participate in review of proposed federal or state stationary source regulations and guidance documents that may relate to or affect capping and reducing carbon pollution.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be January 2, 2018.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before January 1, 2018. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

The goal class for this position is an Environmental Engineer 2. We will consider applicants who meet the requirements for the Environmental Engineer 1 and 2 levels. If the finalist meets the requirements for the EE 1 level then they will be hired in at that level and will be placed into a training program to become an EE 2 within a specified period of time.


Required Qualifications:

To qualify at the Environmental Engineer 1 level (pay range 55, $4,085-$5,358):

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.


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.


One year of environmental engineering experience.

To qualify at the Environmental Engineer 2 level (pay range 61, $4,737-$6,217):

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


One (1) year of experience in environmental engineering.


An Engineer-In-Training Certificate or a Bachelor’s degree with a major study in one of the following engineering fields:  sanitary, water resource, civil, geotechnical, environmental, chemical, mechanical, or related field


Two (2) years of environmental engineering experience.

Desired Qualifications:

Expertise or advanced knowledge in one or more of the following production processes:

  • Petroleum refining
  • Natural gas distribution
  • Metal, glass, or cement manufacture
  • Pulp and paper production
  • Landfill operations
  • Chemical manufacture
Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

In order to be considered, applicants MUST attach the following documents as an attachment to their application:
  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required/desired qualifications of this position.
  • A resume outlining your professional experience.

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.

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Other Information:

If you need assistance applying for this job, please call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail 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 Ben Blank at:  Please do not contact Ben 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.

This position is included in the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) union bargaining unit for the Department of Ecology. All employees covered by the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the WFSE will, as a condition of employment, either become members of the WFSE and pay membership dues or, as non-members, pay a representation fee as described in the CBA, no later than the 30th day following the effective date of this CBA or the beginning of their employment.

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.
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