Salary: $98,532.00 – $132,501.00 Annually
Location: King County – Seattle – Belltown, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Department: Dept. of Transportation
Job Number: 23DOT-WSF-90944
Closing: 2/19/2023 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 Washington State Ferry (WSF) system is an essential part of Washington’s transportation network, linking communities on both sides of Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands. There are over 400 sailings each day on 9 ferry routes.  WSF transports nearly 24 million passengers a year and has more than 1,600 employees. Employees perform a variety of duties on vessels, in terminals, at the maintenance facility, and at the Seattle headquarters. 
The Opportunity
WSDOT is currently seeking a Marine Project Engineer to lead the project office in the development of large complex ferry terminal designs. This position ensures that the terminal capital projects are developed and designed in compliance with all WSDOT policies and procedures. The position provides project management, supervision, and support to a multidisciplinary design team consisting of marine, geotechnical, hazardous materials, mechanical, electrical, structural, civil engineers, information technology, tribal, archaeological, art, architectural, and environmental consultants, and/or WSDOT employees for ferry terminal design projects from programmatic through preliminary engineering, final PS&E, and construction. This position will also manage development of Design-Build documents for WSF terminal projects.

This position applies engineering license to design plans, specifications, site plans, and cost estimates.

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

  • Develop and deliver a wide range of ferry terminal projects. 
  • Oversee the scope, schedule, and budget issues affecting assigned projects.
  • Develop avoidance/minimization/mitigation strategies for ferry terminal projects.
  • Ensure projects are delivered in an environmentally responsible manner. 
  • Work as a partner with community members, businesses, tribes, local, state, and federal government agencies, and elected officials.

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

  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Two (2) years of progressively responsible experience as a licensed professional engineer in the design of ferry terminals, transit, highways, bridges, and related structures.
  • Four (4) years of demonstrated and progressively responsible managerial/supervisory experience in managing a diverse workforce.
  • Working knowledge of environmental laws, regulations, and issues.
  • Strong communication and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to develop effective partnerships, both internal and external to the department and at all levels.
  • Experience with design-bid-build and/or alternate delivery methods.
  • Professional registration as a Civil Engineer in Washington State or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington State (Applicants qualifying through the licensure equivalency option must achieve professional registration as a Civil engineer in the State of Washington).

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:

  • Two (2) years of experience as a Senior Marine Engineer performing design work as a lead engineer on project teams for civil/marine/transportation projects; or two years of experience with WSDOT as a TE4 or higher as a lead engineer on project teams.
  • Project Management Professional certification.

Important Notes 

  • This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
  • This position offers flexible/hybrid remote work options.
  • The salary listed includes the legislative-approved 5% salary premium for positions with an assigned duty station in King County.
  • 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. 
  • Application review will begin on February 6, 2023. Candidate selection may take place at any time thereafter. It is to your advantage to apply as soon as possible. 
  • 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. An 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.  
  • WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit

How to Apply
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine your 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 of 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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  • Work-Life Balance – We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individuals’ lifestyle. 
  • Paid Leave – In addition to 12 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum 14 paid vacation days per year!
  • 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.

Contact us
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Renee Mason, at Please be sure to reference 23DOT-WSF-90944 in the subject line.

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