Salary: $83,400.00 – $106,956.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Department: Dept. of Transportation
Job Number: 23DOT-HQ-0W269
Closing: 5/9/2023 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 Maintenance Operations Division is currently seeking an Environmental Policy Manager in Olympia, WA. This position is responsible for administration and implementation of Maintenance Operations policies and procedures for stormwater, hazardous waste and materials, contaminated site remediation, and solid waste which support the delivery of the WSDOT Maintenance, Facilities, and TEF business functions. This position is also the lead for the stormwater, street waste management, and hazardous materials programs. These programs are statewide and affect all of Maintenance and Facilities. Through full utilization of management principles, the incumbent will coordinate with HQ Environmental Services Office stormwater and hazardous materials programs for consistency in application and approach. This role requires someone with strategic judgment in decision making in the implementation of stormwater permit components, and hazardous materials management and policy to assure compliance with federal state and local requirements.
What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, you will:

  • Develop long-term program requirements, funding and staffing needs, program policies, support services and budget oversight for the Maintenance and Facilities stormwater, hazardous waste and materials, contaminated site remediation, and solid waste programs. 
  • Apply strategic judgment in decision making to assure compliance with state and federal environmental regulations. 
  • Provide technical expertise in making decisions related to specific environmental programs.
  • Conduct and oversee activities related to the management of activities at the Palermo Wellfield Superfund Site.
  • Participate in state and regional level dialogues on issues related to solid waste, hazardous waste/materials, contaminated site remediation, and stormwater.

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

  • Four-year college degree in environmental studies, science, or related field.
  • Must possess or be able to obtain Washington State Site Assessor Certification, Hazardous Waste Operations 40-Hour Certification, CESCL (Construction Erosion Sediment Control Lead) Certification.
  • Must meet qualification of an Environmental Professional per ASTM E1527-05 Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments.
  • Possess a strong knowledge of state and local water quality, hazardous waste/material, solid waste and site remediation regulations and policies and their impact on highway maintenance operations and program delivery. 
  • Ability to coordinate with diverse interest groups as well as the ability to carry a message and achieve cooperation within line authority. 
  • Sound planning, management, team building, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Knowledge of budget management for stormwater, hazardous materials, Palermo Wellfield Superfund Site, and street waste management disposal programs.
  • Ability to develop technical written correspondence, reports, budgets, and oral presentations.
  • Ability to provide leadership and manage resources to facilitate participation and coordination of processes and products.
  • Ability to represent the Department in regional, and statewide forums related to environmental issues.
  • Prepare, implement, and direct a statewide, multimillion-dollar environmental compliance program.
  • Lead change processes and evaluate and implement process improvements.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:

  • Four or more years of experience managing/leading highway maintenance and facility environmental programs.
  • Ability to work at computer and telephone for long periods of time.
  • Ability to travel long distances via automobile.
  • Ability to walk over uneven terrain.

Contact us
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Rachel Giese at Please be sure to reference 23DOT-HQ-0W269 in the subject line.

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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