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Air Quality, Acoustics and Energy Program Specialist

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure that 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
As a diverse group of environmental specialists, WSDOT Northwest Region's Environmental Office promotes and facilities an environmentally responsible transportation program. In order to achieve the goals of the program, WSDOT is hiring an environmental professional to serve as the Air Quality, Acoustics and Energy Program Specialist. This position will independently and collaboratively conduct planning assignments involving multiple transportation modes and problem areas within the Air Quality, Acoustical, and Energy disciplines related to transportation projects.
Your involvement and initiative will be supporting the natural ecology of our region and the livelihood of the traveling public. With this in mind, WSDOT is searching for someone who has a passion for environmental issues and wants to make a truly rewarding contribution to WSDOT and the state of Washington.
What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Air Quality, Acoustics and Energy Program Specialist will:
  • Independently assess and apply air quality, acoustical, an energy related regulations, policies, and guidance to transportation projects while meeting the mission and goals of WSDOT.
  • Provide technical assistance and policy guidance on air quality, acoustics, and energy related concerns with government agencies, citizens, and groups on transportation projects.
  • Serve as an air quality, acoustics, and energy specialist for transportation issues and consult/collaborate with internal staff on transportation projects.
  • Writes, reviews, and analyzes consultant reports.
  • Conduct presentations to diverse audiences and effectively and efficiently facilitate meetings.
  • Coordinate workload, scheduling, and assigned tasks with unit staff and other project offices.
  • Other duties as assigned
Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree involving major study in environmental science, natural or physical science, public administration, planning, engineering or related field AND minimum of three (3) years of professional experience involving analysis and evaluation of transportation issues and problems OR Master's degree involving major study in environmental science, natural or physical science, public administration, planning, engineering or related field AND minimum of two (2) years of professional experience involving analysis and evaluation of transportation issues and problems
  • Completion of the Fundamentals and Abatement of Highway Traffic Noise course from the FHWA or the ability to complete within one (1) year of employment.
  • Completion of the 142051 Highway Traffic Noise course from the National Highway Institute or equivalent course as determined by the WSDOT Air Quality, Acoustics and Energy Program or the ability to complete within one (1) year of employment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to meet the needs of customers in a variety of complex, technical and non-technical project delivery situations.
  • Exceptional relationship management and community outreach skills and the ability to create and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to traverse irregular and steep terrain and work safely in various weather conditions with or without reasonable accommodation.
Important Notes
  • The salary listed includes the Legislative approved King County 5% Premium Pay.
  • Please note this announcement will remain open until the position has been filled in an effort to establish a broader, more competitive candidate pool. However, the first review of applications will be on February 18th, 2020. 
  • 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. As such, there are a number of flexible schedule options available to staff, including occasional telework for eligible positions. 
  • Paid Leave – In addition to 10 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, and free dental coverage! Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.
  • Tuition Assistance – Our 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. 
Check out this video to learn more: Why WSDOT?
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 details your qualifications, and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact information to be included in the "References" section of the online application for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, knowledge base, and job-related competencies.
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WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, as well as people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.
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Contact us:
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Eric Saniatan, at Please be sure to reference 20DOT-NWR-10027 in the subject line.
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