Washington State Hydrogeologist 3 in Lacey, Washington


Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We are 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, and believes in the fun factor, Ecology is a good fit.

The Environmental Assessment Program (EAP) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Hydrogeologist 3position. This position is located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

The Hydrogeologist 3position serves as a project hydrogeologist and is responsible for the independent planning, developing, directing, conducting and/or overseeing hydrogeologic investigations and technical services for groundwater, unsaturated zone and/or surface water investigations.

We are looking for applicants who have the ability to plan, organize and carry out monitoring field studies with an excellent on-time record, possess a strong science background in groundwater hydrogeology, are able to write effective technical documents, and have the ability to convey complex technical information to technical as well as non-technical audiences.

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. Maybe you've seen some of our recent stories on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.

To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at www.ecy.wa.gov.

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The Environmental Assessment Program provides a range of scientific, monitoring, laboratory, and quality assurance services. Its mission is to measure and assess environmental conditions in Washington State.

Some of the key work activities for the Hydrogeologist 3position include:

Conducts groundwater or surface water quality studies and analyzes environmental data:

  • Designs hydrogeologic studies and site conceptual models.
  • Develops Quality Assurance Project Plans.
  • Plans and implements field logistics and data collection.
  • Performs quality checks on raw water level and water quality data and loads hydrogeologic data into the agency's environmental database.
  • Performs analysis of hydrogeologic data and information.

Develops and manages regional and/or statewide groundwater level monitoring networks:

  • Develops Quality Assurance Monitoring Plan for water level monitoring.
  • Proposes well selection for inclusion in the monitoring network using selection criteria.
  • In collaboration with landowners and stakeholders, negotiates and maintains access agreements for well monitoring.
  • Conducts groundwater level monitoring events according to standard procedures.

Communicates hydrogeologic information to diverse audiences:

  • Writes professional technical reports for publication.
  • Presents study results orally to peers, managers, and to non-technical audiences.

This position will remain open until filled. The Next screening will be August 29, 2016. In order to be considered for the next screening, please submit an application on or before August 28, 2016. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree involving a major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field.

*AND *

Three years of professional experience as a hydrogeologist, hydrologist, geologist or closely allied profession or one year as a Hydrogeologist 2.

A Master's degree with a major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field will substitute for two years of experience.

A Ph.D. will substitute for three years of experience if major research was in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field.

Note: This position requires possession of a valid Washington State Geologist license and a Washington State Hydrogeologist specialty license.

Desired Qualifications:

Preferred training and certification:

  • GIS mapping skills.
  • 40 Hour Hazardous Materials operator certification.
  • Demonstrated skill in writing clear technical reports.
  • Ability to deliver oral presentations on technical subject-matter.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

  • Requires possession of a valid Washington State Geologist license, with a specialty license in Hydrogeology.
  • Requires a valid driver license.

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

Please include the following documents as an attachment to your application:

  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.
  • A resume outlining your professional experience.

Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. Or, you may paste the text of your resume within the profile's resume text field.

Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including "please see resume" may disqualify you from further consideration.

Department of Ecology employees, please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources at (360) 407-6186.

If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit www.careers.wa.gov to access the online recruitment system. Click on "Look for Jobs" and select Dept. of Ecology under the "Department" search list. Click "Apply Search."

Other Information:

If you need assistance applying for this job, please call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not call this number or send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Martha Maggi at: martha.maggi@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Martha Maggi to inquire about the status of your application.

The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed.

This position is included in the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) union bargaining unit for the Department of Ecology. All employees covered by the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the WFSE will, as a condition of employment, either become members of the WFSE and pay membership dues or, as non-members, pay a representation fee as described in the CBA, no later than the 30th day following the effective date of this CBA or the beginning of their employment.

The Washington State Department of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-EAP3917-07678

Department: Dept. of Ecology

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $57,144.00 - $74,964.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA