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 a Senior Geologist (Hydrogeologist 4) position. This position is located in our Northwest Regional Office (NWRO) in Shoreline, WA.
Please Note: The salary posted above includes the additional 5% premium pay that this position will receive due to this position’s location in King County.
In this position, you will be responsible for the review and evaluation of contaminated site investigation of air, soil, groundwater, surface water and sediments and cleanup activities under the jurisdiction of the Toxics Cleanup Program at the Northwest Regional Office in the Aquatics Unit. You will interact with other program and agency staff, attorneys, consultants, contractors, environmental professionals, owners of contaminated properties, and public interest individuals and organizations.
The mission of the Toxics Cleanup Program is to protect Washington’s human health and the environment by preventing and cleaning up pollution and supporting sustainable communities and natural resources for the benefit of future and current generations.
During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing. Looking ahead, Ecology has recently updated the agency policies on telework and flexible and compressed work schedules. Applicants with questions about position location options, telework, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in “other information.”
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of July 7, 2022. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before July 6, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
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.
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What makes this role unique?
In this role, you will serve and collaborate with other site managers at the Northwest Regional Office in the Toxics Cleanup Program on a variety of sites and geological problems. For example, you will be tasked with providing professional geologic evaluation of bank erosion in the Lower Duwamish Waterway for determining contamination source control sufficiency.
What you will do:
Plan, direct, and/or provide technical assistance, guidance, oversight and approval on professional geological analysis on assigned MTCA contaminated cleanup sites; ensure sound geologic judgment and principles are used; implement applicable statutes, administrative codes, agency guidance and policy related to independent remedial investigations, feasibility studies, remedial design, and remedial action.
Perform formal oversight of contaminated sites for compliance with MTCA regulations and other relevant laws and regulations. Develop cleanup strategies for complex sites. Communicate complex concepts clearly.
Prepare letters, memos, technical reports, bulletins, and community engagement factsheets.
Review regulatory and technical documents for completeness and apply professional experience.
Perform final professional geology review and approval of associated geology and groundwater modeling, designs, plans, and specifications.
Develop scopes of work; describe and/or recommend actions leading to site remediation and/or source control; coordinate cleanup plans, technical or regulatory issues to resolve, SEPA requirements, and public comments with federal, state, and local agencies as well as special interest groups and the public.
Professionally and successfully deal with confrontational situations and difficult clients during environmental negotiations.
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment and educational experience. See below for how you may qualify.
A Bachelor’s degree involving a major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field AND Five years of professional experience as a hydrogeologist, hydrologist, geologist, or closely allied profession.
A Master’s degree with 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.
A Ph.D. with a major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field AND Two years of professional experience as a hydrogeologist, hydrologist, geologist, or closely allied profession.
Registration as a licensed Geologist in the State of Washington is required.
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.
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
Must complete 40-hour hazardous materials training within six months of appointment and annual 8-hour refreshers.
Possession of valid Washington State Geologist license.
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, project management skills, and meeting facilitation skills.
Able to use data and information in a clear, rational, and thorough process to assess and understand issues, evaluate options, form accurate conclusions, and make decisions which are in compliance with the Model Toxics Control Act.
Is able to create, edit, modify, save, and delete documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in MS Word, Excel, and Power Point; includes locating and modifying existing boilerplates for use at specific sites.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.
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.
Need an Accommodation in the application and/or screening process or this job announcement in an alternative format?
Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: [email protected] and we will be happy to assist.
If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can reach the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail [email protected] Please do not send an email to this address to follow-up on the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile’s main page.
If you are reading this announcement in print format, please enter the following URL to your search engine to apply: https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/Get-to-know-us/Jobs-at-Ecology.
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.
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.
If you have specific questions about the position, please email Chris Kelley at [email protected] Please do not contact Chris 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
The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.
To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov and follow, like or visit us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.
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.