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University of Washington
Seattle, WA Full-time
Posted on November 27, 2019
Req #: 163572
Appointing Department Web Address:
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 09/06/2019 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 

Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

Shift: First Shift 

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for five consecutive years. 

UW Facilities manages the University’s buildings, infrastructure and land, with more than 1,100 employees in a variety of fields. The Asset Management group includes Capital & Space Management, Real Estate, Sustainability and other teams responsible for planning and workload management. The Operations group includes Project Delivery, Maintenance & Construction, Campus Utilities & Operations, Building Services, Transportation Services and Safety. Supporting these groups, as well as the separate Emergency Management team, are the Business Intelligence & Information Technology group and the Finance & Administration group.

Asset Management has an outstanding opportunity for a Facilities Environmental Engineer to support the University of Washington.  

Under general supervision and guidance from the Engineering Manager, this position leads the collaboration to ensure that the University of Washington complies with various environmental regulations and to meet the sustainability goals set by UW’s leadership.  This position also provides technical engineering expertise during the programming, planning, design, construction, commissioning, turnover, operation and maintenance of UW facilities and infrastructure.  UW’s Seattle campus comprises over 300 buildings and 15 million gross square feet, including a major medical center/teaching hospital, state of the art research facilities, classrooms, offices, sport and recreation facilities, dormitories, utility distribution systems, 8 miles of utility tunnels and two central utility plants.  Other UW campuses and facilities comprise over 230 buildings and 4.5 million gross square feet including the University of Washington Tacoma and Bothell campuses, Pack Forest, Forks, Sand Point, Friday Harbor and the UW Tower complex.

Duties and Responsibilities:

•Lead the collaboration with other departments to ensure that the University of Washington complies with environmental regulations of City, State, and Federal agencies.
•Prepare and submit required emissions reports to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) per the UW Seattle Campus Air Operating Permit (AOP) requirements for the Power Plant, Hospital, and any other buildings on campus.
•Review and update the UW Seattle AOP Operations Maintenance  Plan.
•Regularly inspect and record general campus and air pollution sources (i.e., crematory, Power Plant combined stack, construction sites, emergency standby generators, paint booths) for visual emissions per AOP requirements.
•Responsible for the data collection, preparation, and submission of various reports and other requirements to the Department of Ecology and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
•Assist with the preparation and submittal of the Seattle Campus Phase I Municipal Stormwater General Permit annual report.
•Perform field inspections such as shoreline outfalls, oil bulk storages and oil-filled equipment as required by the Municipal Stormwater General Permit and SPCC Plans. This includes escorting EPA and Ecology representatives during unannounced campus inspections.
•Review and update UW Seattle Campus Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and Stormwater Operations and Maintenance Manual.
•Review and update Seattle Campus Spill Prevention, Countermeasure and Control (SPCC) Plan and Facility Response Plan (FRP).
•Assist with Seattle Campus SPCC and FRP and other types of personnel training.
•Assist with the collection and reporting of Carbon Emissions data to the EPA and WA State Department of Ecology to meet the goals of the UW Sustainability Office.
•Support major Capital Projects on environmental issues including overseeing the preparation and submittal of Construction Projects’ Stormwater Permits.
•Prepare and submit environmental investigation and cleanup proposals.
•Other duties may include participation in Emergency Operations Response and drills, lead Regulated Materials Group meetings, hazardous materials records review and retention, SEPA review, etc.
•Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements include:

  • Bachelor's degree in environmental, civil, chemical, or other engineering discipline.
  • 5 years of relevant professional experience within the environmental engineering field.
  • Ability to develop, plan, direct, and coordinate effective engineering programs and projects.
  • Ability to acquire a Professional Engineers License in WA State within 1 year of employment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships:  e.g., clients, regulatory agencies and personnel, health/safety professionals, consultants, management, peers, etc.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


    • Certification as a Professional Registered Engineer with the State of Washington.
    • Accreditation as an AHERA Building Inspector (capable of performing asbestos surveys) or ability to complete within 6 months of employment.
    • Accreditation as an AHERA Project Designer (capable of developing asbestos abatement design documents) or ability to complete within 6 months of employment.
    • Successful completion of a US EPA-sponsored 72-hour Lead Training Program for Supervisors and Contractors or ability to complete within 6 months of employment.
    • Successful completion of a Washington State Department of Ecology-sponsored 40-hour RCRA (Hazardous Waste) Training Program or ability to complete within 6 months of employment.
    • Successful completion of a 24-hour EPA-sponsored Hazardous Materials Sampling Training Program or ability to complete within 6 months of employment.

    Conditions of Employment:

    • Must be able to work in mechanical/electrical spaces, utility tunnels, outdoors, confined spaces, around operating equipment such as boilers, pumps and transformers, and on active construction sites.
    • While usual hours fall within standard business hours, work may be required during hours beyond standard business hours including weekends. Position requires flexibility to deal with emergency situations, meetings, or other scheduled work that may fall outside normal work hours.
    • Professional travel may be required.
    • Must have a valid Washington Driver License.
    • Must be able to work in non-smoking environment.
    • Regular and predictable attendance is required.

    As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.

    Application Process:

    The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment, you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

  • Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or