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Permit Development Unit Supervisor (Environmental Engineer 5)

Location: Spokane County – Spokane, WA

Pay: $88,416.00 - $118,932.00 Annually


The Water Quality Program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Permit Development Unit Supervisor (Environmental Engineer 5) position.
This position is located in our Eastern Region Office (ERO) in Spokane, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.

What makes this role unique? 
You will serve as a unit supervisor for the newly created Permit Development Unit to manage permit quality assurance. This unit writes and provides technical expertise for our water quality permits. In your role, you will work closely with the region’s Permit Management Unit and the Watershed Unit to ensure that permits can be implemented in a way that protects Washington State waters. You will be supervising a dedicated staff of 12 professional including hydrogeologists, engineers, and environmental specialists.
What you will do: 

  • Provide leadership to the Permit Development Unit staff tasked with writing and updating a portfolio of approximately 180 water discharge permits. 
  • Manage the permit development process and engage with the Permit Management Unit in quality assurance activities that support permit implementation and process improvement. 
  • Supervise the region’s water quality experts. Provide technical expertise to permittees and Ecology staff, including engineering review, hydrogeology, land treatment, reclaimed water, and funding guidance.
  • Plan and schedule unit workload, coordinate annual planning, establish priorities, assign tasks, facilitate intra­ and inter-program project teams, monitor status of unit tasks and commitments, and ensure timeliness of employee assignments. Support staff learning and professional development opportunities. 
  • Manage recruiting and hiring of staff, with guidance from the program’s Human Resources consultant.
  • Support effective communications throughout the agency. 
  • Maintain the highest standards of personal/professional and ethical conduct and support the state's goals for a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce. Earn the trust, respect, and confidence of coworkers and customers through consistent honesty, forthrightness, and professionalism in all interactions. 
  • Build and maintain cooperative relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance and cooperation.

Posted 3/28/2024

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We are 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.

Working at 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.
Most Ecology positions offer:

  • Full health benefits
  • Excellent retirement benefits
  • Potential student loan forgiveness
  • Option for partial telecommute schedule
  • Option for flexible scheduling
  • Optional union membership

Ecology has offices in many
Washington communities

Why public service?

Working for Ecology means working for the people of Washington. It’s a different environment than most private sector jobs. We’re not here to make a profit, we’re not out to crush the competition, and we can’t succeed as an organization unless we make Washington a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

People who work for Ecology tell us that spirit of service means something more than just a paycheck. And it extends to everyone at our agency, whether you’re getting your boots muddy cleaning up an oil spill, developing new policies to fight climate change, or supporting our staff in payroll or human resources. Working in public service means knowing that your work matters.