Washington State Technical Unit Supervisor (Hydrogeologist 4) in Union Gap, Washington


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The Water Resources program (WR) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a* Technical Unit Supervisor (Hydrogeologist 4)*position. This position is located in our Central Regional Office (CRO) Union Gap, WA.

The Technical Unit Supervisor position directs the Technical Unit's efforts to conduct hydrogeologic evaluations required to support decisions made by permit writers in the WRP Permitting Unit regarding applications for new water rights and changes to existing water rights.

We are looking for applicants who are confident, self-motivated and self-directed, possess sound technical abilities and are interested in working collaboratively on issues of regional and statewide importance related to water resource policy and implementation.

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The mission of the Water Resources program (WR) is to manage water resources to meet the current and future needs of the natural environment and Washington's communities.

Some of the key work activities of the Technical Unit Supervisor position are:

  • Provides supervision to ten professional staff in the section in performing hydrogeologic and water right investigations, which includes oversight of their research, analysis, and processing of water right applications with written reports.
  • Performs technical peer review of hydrogeologic activities and acts as in-house consultant to provide technical hydrogeologic services for advice and review of reports by consultants and others in the section.
  • Assists in the training of regional staff in hydrogeologic water rights research and investigative techniques, including inter-program issues.
  • Plans, develops, and conducts professional geologic and hydrogeologic investigations, research, and mapping of geologic formations, watersheds, basins, and aquifers to determine hydrogeologic and hydraulic characteristics and regional water resource availability.
  • Investigates hydraulic continuity between surface and groundwater to determine the effect or impairment on prior water right holders and instream flows.
  • Reviews and prepares technical reports, memos, letters, and bulletins pertinent to hydrogeological investigations performed.
  • Directs preparation and publication of technical reports.
  • Reviews reports of examination for major water right applications.
  • Plans, implements, and provides project leadership for collection of data on depth to groundwater, well yields, and extent of groundwater contamination for regional monitoring well networks to determine groundwater supply, mining, storage, artificial recharge, sea water intrusion, tidal effects, or contaminant migration.
  • Interprets the data for trend forecasting water level changes for ground water availability studies, effects of groundwater withdrawals on surface water, and water resource inventories performed by the water resource management division.
  • Collects and analyzes other data such as relevant professional reports and publications to provide updated information about groundwater availability.
  • Develops, prepares, and presents written expert testimony and testifies as an expert witness in court or administrative hearings in water right controversies and appeals.
  • Works closely with Assistant Attorney General Office to support program decisions in legal processes, resolution of disputes or appeals through settlement negotiations of technical mitigation/augmentation analyses.
  • Manages/coordinates projects which have been delegated in writing, or by MOA, by a Program Manager or equivalent, such as overseeing cost recovery projects.
  • Meets with citizen groups, consultants, local government officials, other state agencies, and federal agencies for planning, coordination, review and direction of special projects, and coordinate support functions within the agency and in cooperation with other agencies.
  • Presents programs and seminars on water resource related activities of the department and to explain hydrogeologic principles.
  • Serves on a number of Ecology committees as a technical advisor to help develop policies, procedural rules, regulations, or new legislation regarding water resource management.
  • Reports status of certain hydrogeologic issues and analyses to Section Manager, Program Manager, or Regional Director.

Please note: This position is being re-posted in order to increase the size of the applicant pool. If you previously applied you do not have to re-apply.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The next screening date will be May 19, 2017. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before May 18, 2017. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:

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


Five years professional experience as a Hydrogeologist, hydrologist, geologist, or closely allied profession at the HG2 level or higher, with possession of a current Washington State Geologist and a current Washington State Hydrogeologist specialty license.


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


A Ph.D. degree with major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field will substitute for three years of experience.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

Possession of a current Washington State Geologist and a current Washington State Hydrogeologist specialty license.

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

In order to be considered, applicants MUST attach the following documents as an attachment to their application:

  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required/desired qualifications of this position
  • A resume outlining your professional environmental experience. Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. 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 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.

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 e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not 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 Trevor Hutton at: trevor.hutton@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Trevor Hutton 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.

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.

Salary: $64,296.00 - $84,384.00 Annually

Location: Yakima County - Union Gap, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Department: Dept. of Ecology

Job Number: 2016-WR4157-05552

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

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