Sep 11, 2020

Project Manager

  • State of Washington
  • Lacey, WA, USA

Job Description


The salary listed above includes the scheduled 3% general salary increase effective 7/1/2020.

The Department of Ecology's priority during the Covid-19 health crisis is to keep our staff, candidates, and the public safe. We are still hiring and encourage you to apply to open positions. The majority of our staff are currently working from home; we have transitioned to a virtual recruitment process, to include web-based interviews.

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen  

Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We have a culture that is invested in making a difference. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, has leadership that embraces the value of people, Ecology is a good fit.

Our Administrative Services Program is looking to fill a  Project Manager (Construction Project Coordinator 3) position. This position will be located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

The  Project Manager  position isresponsible for providing project management for multiple construction and renovation projects of state agency-owned and leased facilities statewide. The position coordinates the planning, scheduling, and cost controls of building maintenance, renovation and construction projects. We are looking for applicants with effective communication skills and a positive attitude. Our ideal candidate is team orientated, yet capable of working independently, dependable, and demonstrates integrity in their work.

As an agency, our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment for current and future generations. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism and accountability.

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at and follow, like or visit us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.

Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts



The Administrative Services Program's mission is to provide quality customer service and asset management to meet the agency's current and future needs. We manage the agency's financial resources and support agency planning so that environmental goals and strategic priorities are met.

Some of the key work activities of the  Project Manager  position include:

Manages construction, renovation and maintenance projects, statewide, for the agency. Directs the work of consultants and assigned project support staff, monitoring the work of contractors for assigned facilities projects. Prepares analysis of construction cost and prepares cost estimates based on facilities planning, conceptual studies, and bid comparison of projects for design, renovation and/or construction.   

Interesting aspects of the position:
Maintaining project schedules, diagnosing building system malfunctions, maintaining professional work relationships with agency staff and contractors.

Why would someone be interested in this job?
You'll have the ability to travel around the state, spending minimal time in the office. There are diverse facility challenges to overcome, providing you the opportunity to utilize your expertise to the fullest.

Challenging aspects of the position:
Facility problems often mean working with frustrated building occupants and for agency-leased properties, the solutions typically have to come from the property ownership. This can sometimes translate to longer timelines. Communication skills and determination are important attributes for success.

Culture of the team:
The Facility Section for Ecology is comprised of dedicated specialized employees, consultants, and contractors who operate in a cohesive team. Their fundamental task is to maintain safe and effective facilities to house employees and equipment necessary to perform the business functions of the agency. It is vitally important the individual who is selected for the position to be an active cooperative member of the team and an effective leader. 

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be May 23, 2020.. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before May 22, 2020. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree or higher involving major study in architecture, engineering, construction management, business administration, strategic planning, or closely allied field  AND four (4) years of progressive, relevant, professional experience in real property construction as a cost estimator involving the preparation of cost estimates for major real property development.


Ability to: build, lead and sustain effective project teams in a dynamic diverse environment. The ability to effectively communicate, coordinate and partner with a variety of individuals internal and external to Ecology.
Knowledge of: site development and building construction, including the ability to read drawings and specifications. Knowledge of established project management approach to project initiation, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communication and risk management.
Knowledge of: real estate acquisition and disposal, property leases, property law, and lease negotiations.
Ability to: make timely and responsive decisions, taking appropriate calculated risks, and a commitment to acting in the public interest with high ethical standards of conduct, integrity and honesty.
Note: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted year for year for required education.

Desired Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree involving major study in architecture, engineering, construction management, business or public administration, construction management, strategic planning, or closely allied field  AND six (6) years of experience in real property development and construction involving the preparation of cost estimates for major real property development.

Why work for Ecology?

Joining Ecology means becoming a part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington State's environment.

A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our state, while keeping the health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to work/life balance.

Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:
Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth

Student debt and how working for Ecology can help
Employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See for more details.
*See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information

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