Hydrogeologist 3

Washington State Department of Ecology
Spokane, WA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Junior (0-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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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.

The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) is looking to fill a Hydrogeologist 3 position. The position will be located in our Eastern Regional Office (ERO) in Spokane, WA.

The goal of the Hydrogeologist 3 position is to provide a point of technical review for independent cleanups of contaminated sites. The Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) position assures that soil, air and water contamination have been adequately evaluated, and the independent cleanup meets levels that provide environmental and public health protection.

We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills, the ability to quickly assess a situation and make a decision and the ability to communicate with a diverse audience.

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 TwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

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



The mission of the Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) is to protect Washington's human health and environment by preventing and cleaning up pollution and supporting sustainable communities and natural resources for the benefit of current and future generations.
Some of the key work activities of the position are: 

  • Performs the VCP activities in the Toxics Cleanup Program at Eastern Regional Office. 
  • Assures scientific soundness and consistency at sites by compiling, formulating, reviewing, proofing, monitoring, and advising on site data and information to assure scientific principles are applied consistently with regulations, guidance, and accepted protocols applicable to environmental work. 
  • Implements all aspects of the Model Toxics Control Act and its regulations.
  • When appropriate, reviews and comments on investigation and technical reports, as well as detailed plans & specifications. 
  • Provides technical support and guidance. 
  • Serves as a Site Manager and ensures remedial actions are in statutory compliance. 
  • Conducts all aspects of site management including: coordinating with the Office of the Attorney General; implementing statutes, policies and guidelines; facilitating public outreach; providing scientific oversight; managing the administrative record; performing literature searches; and providing technical assistance on remedial action work planning, implementation, and reporting. 
  • Conducts independent research to yield sound analyses and perspective to produce decisions and recommendations. 
  • Communicates effectively with liable parties, colleagues, management, and associated government entities, including providing written documentation indicating whether further remedial actions are required at sites. 
  • Applies advanced technical/scientific principles toward the evaluation and management of cleanups.
  • Coordinates activities and information flow on sites and independent cleanups with co-jurisdictional federal, state, regional, county and local agencies. 
  • Supports public information and community relations activities, and/or coordinates those efforts. Selects Site Hazard Assessments (SHA) to be conducted by Regional Health Districts and provides oversight of SHAs. 
  • Reviews SHA determinations prior to ranking of sites. 
  • Conducts de-listing of sites on the Hazardous Sites List. 
  • Conducts SHAs when time allows.
  • Maintains Integrated Site Information System, VCP and BARTs databases and develops reports as needed. Provides input into VCP documents and policies. 
  • Conducts site inspections as needed and collects verification samples when necessary.
Required Qualifications:
A Bachelor's degree involving a major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, environmental science using hydrogeology or geology principles, or closely allied field


Three(3)  years of professional experience as a Hydrogeologist, Hydrologist, Geologist, or closely allied profession using principles related to contaminant transport


One (1) 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 (2) years of experience.

A Ph.D. will substitute for three (3) years of experience if major research was in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field focusing on transport of contaminants in the environment.
Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:
Must possess a valid driver's license.

Supplemental Information
Application Instructions:

In order to be considered, applicants MUST include the following documents as an attachment to their 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 Kathy Falconer at: kathy.falconer@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Kathy 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.