Initial Investigator-Site Hazard Assessment (II-SHA) Coordinator

Washington Department of Ecology

Lacey, WA, USA 🇺🇸

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Please Note: The pay listed above includes the 3.25% pay increase that will go into effect on July 1, 2022.

Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.2 (Download PDF reader), Washington State employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination as part of the hiring process, prior to their start date. Requests for medical and religious exemptions will be considered. If you have questions, please contact [email protected] with “COVID-19 vaccination” in the subject line.

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill an Initial Investigator-Site Hazard Assessment (II-SHA) Coordinator (Hydrogeologist 3) (In-Training) position. This position is located in our Southwest Regional Office (SWRO) in Lacey, WA.

Daily you will work closely with internal and external stakeholders to evaluate potential releases to the environment. Working individually and as a team, you are the section lead responsible for fine tuning our ERTS complaint handling process and hazardous sites listing procedure. Field work involves site visits, evaluating whether contamination is present (including visual observations and sampling), and working with members of the regulated public and their representatives. You will also complete SEPA reviews and work on independent cleanups.

The mission of the Toxics Cleanup Program is to protect human health and the environment. We do this by preventing and cleaning up pollution. We also support sustainable communities and natural resources for the benefit of future and current generations. This position directly supports the Toxics Cleanup Program’s strategic goal of cleaning up legacy pollution.

About the Department of Ecology

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. Join a team that is highly effective and collaborative, with leadership that embraces the value of people.

Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:

A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.
An Infants at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns.
Continuous growth and development opportunities.
A wellness program that offers education, fitness classes, and an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.

Our commitment to DEIR
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) are core values central to Ecology’s work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.

Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.

Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.

Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology’s work.

Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement.

We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued.

During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office, telework, and field work based on position and business need. This position is expected to work in the office of at least 10% of the pay period. Field work will also be routine. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding building occupancy, mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing.

Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of July 12, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before July 11, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


An image without descriptionWhat makes this role unique?

The section relies on your expertise for all things ERTS, initial investigation, and site hazard assessment. Applying and sharing your technical and regulatory knowledge on a daily basis improves cleanup outcomes and reduces contamination. You will routinely inform members of the regulated public about releases and how to protect human health and the environment.

What you will do:

Lead the review of ERTS complaints, initial investigations, and site hazard assessments (SHAs). These include, but not limited to, gathering additional information from the complainant; coordinating with the property owner to obtain access and explain why Ecology will be on the property; travel to the site and investigate, take notes, photos, and collect environmental samples; evaluate site conditions, including any sampling results. Generate and review initial investigation reports which summarize Ecology’s findings with a recommendation to the section manager.
Lead as section expert and point of contact for the ERTS/II-SHA for program and agency staff, attorneys, consultants, contractors, other environmental professionals, other government agencies, and the regulated public.
Perform SHAs of sites: using applicable site data and information, evaluate the potential risk to human health and the environment, recommend a hazard ranking score, and add the site to Ecology Hazardous Sites List.
Daily, draw on your technical and regulatory knowledge and experience to assist the public with reporting and evaluating contamination in the environment. Support independent cleanups to reduce that contamination.
Update, interpret, review, impute, and evaluate site information in the Integrated Sites Information System (ISIS), Environmental Information Management System (EIM), ERTS, and other applicable agency databases.
Update and coordinate section health and safety and field sampling procedures.
Help coordinate the workload of the ERTS initial investigator – Environmental Specialist 4.
Operate a state vehicle to travel for site visits within Ecology’s Southwest Region.
Required Qualifications:

The goal class for this position is a Hydrogeologist 3 (HG3). We will consider applicants who meet the requirements for both the Hydrogeologist 3 (HG3) and the Hydrogeologist 2 (HG2) levels. If the finalist meets the requirements at the HG2 level, then they will be hired as an HG2 and will be placed in a training program to become an HG3 within a specified period of time.

At the Hydrogeologist 2 level: Pay Range 58 ($5,012 – $6,574 – monthly) (In-Training)

Option 1:

Two (2) years of professional level experience as a hydrogeologist, hydrologist, geologist or closely allied profession


A Bachelor’s degree with major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field.

Option 2:

A Master’s degree or higher with major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field.

Option 3:

One (1) year as a Hydrogeologist 1, at the Department of Ecology.

At the Hydrogeologist 3 level: Pay Range 62 ($5,535 – $7,261 monthly) (Goal Class)

Option 1:

Three (3) years of professional level experience as a hydrogeologist, hydrologist, geologist or closely allied profession


A Bachelor’s degree with major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field.

Option 2:

One (1) year of professional level experience as a hydrogeologist, hydrologist, geologist or closely allied profession


A Master’s degree or higher with major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field.

Option 3:

A Ph.D. degree if major research was in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field.

Option 4:

One (1) year as a Hydrogeologist 2, at the Department of Ecology.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

Must possess and maintain a valid Driver’s license.
Certification required: Initial OSHA 40-hour hazardous materials training (HAZWOPER), to be completed within the first six months after hire, and annual 8-hour refreshers.

Desired Qualifications:
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.

Research and Analytical Skills/Abilities: Ability to research, evaluate, and draw conclusions from data; support recommendations with facts and analysis; interpret and apply rules, laws, policies, and procedures.
Communication Skills/Abilities: Ability to convey ideas and facts orally and in writing using language the audience will best understand.
Consulting Skills/Abilities: Ability to partner with clients to identify and resolve complex or sensitive issues.
Relationship-Building Skills/Abilities: Ability to develop positive, productive, respectful working relationships with clients and co-workers.
Experienced in cleanup site management.
Working knowledge of the MTCA cleanup regulation.

Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.

NOTE: Individuals who are interested in applying to this position, and believe they meet licensing requirements for the State of Washington based on reciprocity, are responsible for ensuring they meet licensing requirements for the State of Washington prior to submitting their application materials. These requirements can be found at the following website: WA State Licensing (DOL) Official Site: How to get your license: Geologists, engineering geologists, or hydrogeologists by reciprocity.

Supplemental Information

Ecology seeks diverse applicants: We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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Application Instructions:

It’s in the applicant’s best interest to submit all of the documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be declined.

A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position.
A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position.
Three professional references.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.

For Your Privacy:
When attaching documents to your application (such as Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, DD-214, etc.):

Please be sure to remove private information such as your social security number, date of birth, etc.
Do not attach documents that are password-protected, as these documents may not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded.

Additional Application Instructions for Current 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.

Application Attestation:

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.

Other Information:
If you have specific questions about the position, please email Tim Mullin at: [email protected] Please do not contact Tim to inquire about the status of your application.

To request the full position description: email [email protected]

Why work for Ecology?

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.

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 your health and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to life/work 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 *See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information

Student debt: how working for Ecology can help
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Collective Bargaining: This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.

Equal Opportunity Employer: 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, military spouses 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.

Note: This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency. Once all the position(s) from the recruitment announcement are filled, the recruitment may only be used to fill additional open positions for the next sixty (60) days.