Salary: $77,028.00 – $103,572.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Tumwater, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Department: Dept. of Transportation
Job Number: 22DOT-HQ-04546
Closing: 2/8/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world’s longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world’s widest tunneling project.

The Opportunity
WSDOT State Geotechnical Office is seeking a Transportation Engineer 4 to serve as the Assistant Field Exploration Manager (TE4) in Tumwater, WA. The State Geotechnical office is tasked with providing geotechnical recommendations Statewide in support of WSDOT’s capital construction program, preservation, and maintenance activities. This position will supervise the logistics and day-to-day operations of the Field Exploration Section. These drill crews perform Statewide field testing and sampling for geotechnical engineering purposes in support of WSDOT’s design, construction, maintenance, and emergency work projects of significant scope and complexity. In addition, this position supports overall scheduling and provides information for the tracking of crews and their charges against project budgets, proactively managing drilling costs. This position is also responsible to track training and certification of drill crew personnel.

What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, you will:

  • Schedule the day-to-day operations of the drill crews and manage work production and schedule for the statewide drilling program.
  • Manage the purchasing and tracking of equipment tooling, and supplies. 
  • Track and maintain current inspections and certification for crane equipment. 
  • Maintain inventory of expendable drilling supplies and tooling.
  • Responsible for training drilling personnel and tracking both training needs and certifications. This Includes CEU’s for Ecology licensure, flagging, rail, crane, and other safety certifications.
  • Assist the Field Exploration Supervisors in troubleshooting or performing job setups, especially for more difficult, challenging, or largescale projects.

To be considered for this opportunity, one of the following are required:

  • One year of experience as a Transportation Engineer 3 or equivalent such as Bridge Engineer 3 or Transportation Planning Specialist 3 AND successful completion of the Entry Management Core Program (ED&TD, AA).


  • Six (6) years of geotechnical field exploration experience to include a minimum of five years as a licensed geotechnical driller (Resource Protection Operators License) AND one (1) year of experience as a Field Exploration Supervisor.

In addition to the qualifications above, the following qualifications are also required:

  • A valid Department of Ecology Resource Protection Operators License.
  • A valid State Driver’s License in good standing and the ability to obtain a Washington state driver’s license.
  • Current OSHA HAZ WOPER Certification.
  • The ability to communicate policy, standards and technical Information effectively using verbal, written and visual communication skills.
  • The ability to facilitate large groups to explore end resolve Issues.
  • A working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
  • A strong aptitude for multitasking and strategic prioritization.
  • The ability to travel overnight.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have the following:

  • More advanced training in geology and soil and rock identification.
  • More advanced knowledge of Microsoft products such as Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe PDF.
  • Department of Ecology Resource Protection well construction license.
  • Washington State CDL (Class A) with (N) endorsement and w/o airbrake restriction.
  • 24- or 40- hour Hazardous Waste Training.

Important Notes 

  • This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
  • This position offers flexible/hybrid remote work options.
  • Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 357-16-197 mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Compliance with this mandate is a condition of employment with WSDOT. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes; however, accommodations will be subject to approval based on the essential functions required of the position.  
  • In addition to base salary, employees may be entitled to other forms of compensation depending on the type, duties, or location of the position. For union-represented positions, more information on other forms of compensation can be found in the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements. Information on other compensation types for non-represented positions can be found in Chapter 357-28 of the Washington Administrative Code. 
  • WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit


  • Work-Life Balance – We offer flexible work schedules that allow you time for your life outside of this excellent opportunity.
  • Paid Leave – In addition to 12 paid holidays, full-time employees earn up to 25 paid vacation days per year!
  • Tuition Assistance – Permanent employees have several options for assistance with education expenses, including tuition reimbursement programs, government discounts at participating colleges throughout the state, and eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness.  
  • Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.

How to Apply
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible.
In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application: 

  • An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
  • An attached Cover Letter that further explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment. 

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Contact Us
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Rachel Giese at Please be sure to reference 22DOT-HQ-04546 in the subject line.

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