Hydrogeologist 4 (In-Training)

Washington Department of Ecology
Union Gap, WA, United States
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
Government
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 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 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 Office of the Columbia River (OCR) is looking to fill a Hydrogeologist 4 (In-Training) position. The position will be located in our Central Regional Office (CRO) in Union Gap, WA.
 
The Hydrogeologist 4 will serve as the Columbia River Basin Groundwater Project Manager which includes implementation of projects delegated by the OCR Director for groundwater oriented projects in the Columbia River Basin. As the project lead, responsibilities include developing policies or technical guidelines as issues arise with project activities; reporting status and/or results of hydrogeologic issues and analyses to the OCR Director and technical lead; serving as a technical expert for OCR water supply development projects that favor groundwater; and representing Ecology on the Pasco Basin Groundwater Management Program where Ecology is cooperating with US Bureau of Reclamation to develop a groundwater management program.  

We are looking for applicants who have excellent communication skills, are collaborative, and are good at solving problems.

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.
 
To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov and check us out on TwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

Duties
 
This position independently provides hydrogeologic review of water rights applications on OCR permitting efforts.
 
Some of the key work activities at the Hydrogeologist 4 level are:
  • Independently provides hydrogeologic expertise in order to manage/coordinate projects within the Columbia River Basin related to water rights administration.
  • Provides project management, including contract/grant management, regarding technical hydrogeologic services for OCR.
  • Develops and reviews scopes of work, timelines, deliverables, budgets, and invoices. Requires onsite inspections and/or meeting participation.
  • Performs technical review of hydrogeologic activities and acts as in-house technical expert regarding hydrogeologic issues to support the OCR.
  • Reports status and/or results of hydrology issues and analyses to the OCR Director, Water Resources Program Manager, Operations Manager and Lead Hydrogeologist.  Develops, prepares and presents expert testimony.
  • In coordination with Water Resources regional technical staff, serves as the lead hydrogeologist implementing project management regarding ground water issues and projects related to the Columbia Basin Project, supply-demand forecasting, aquifer storage and recovery, groundwater monitoring, and groundwater modeling.
  • Represents Ecology in developing the Pasco Basin Water Management Project, a process in which local interests are working with Ecology to pilot a local approach to water management.
  • Plans, develops, conducts and oversees 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.
  • Directs or oversees other Columbia Basin studies which involve field and office work and technical evaluations in applied hydrogeology. This includes review and evaluation of water resource and water development projects and designs specific test criteria to evaluate hydraulic parameters utilizing state-of-the-art theories and practices of hydrogeology.
  • Serves as an expert witness for court proceedings on hydrogeology and complex project permitting for OCR.
  • Participates as an active member of the Office of the Columbia River Operations Unit on issues related to groundwater supply and demand, hydraulic continuity, aquifer storage and recovery, and mitigation.
  • Provides hydrogeologic expertise and assists in the development of policies, procedures, technical guidelines, and administrative rules.
  • Meets with citizen groups, consultants, local government officials, other state agencies and federal agencies for planning, coordination, review and direction of special projects, and coordinates support functions within the agency and in cooperation with other agencies.
  • Reports status of certain hydrogeologic issues and analysis to the Director of the Office of the Columbia River, Program Manager and Operations Manager.
  • Advises Agency Director, Program Manager, Regional Director or technical teams on regional or state-wide hydrologic issues and analysis. Coordinates program activities with other programs and other agencies or private interests.
  • Chair or speak at public meetings, hearings, and conferences on project activities. Participates in professional scientific meetings, conferences, seminars, public meetings and hearings.

To broaden the candidate pool, we will consider candidates that qualify at the Hydrogeologist 2, 3 or 4 levels. Please read the qualifications section below to learn more about this exciting career growth and in-training opportunity.

This position will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be February 14, 2020. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before February 13, 2020. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

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

Qualifications
The goal class for this position is a Hydrogeologist 4 (HG4). We will consider applicants who meet the requirements for the Hydrogeologist 2, 3 and 4 levels. If the finalist meets the requirements for the HG2 level then they will be hired in at that level and will be placed into a training program to become a HG3 and then a HG 4 within a specified period of time.

HG2 (Entry Class) pay range 58 $4714 - $6183 (In-Training)

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

AND

Two (2) years of professional experience as a hydrogeologist, hydrologist, geologist or closely allied profession OR one (1) year as a Hydrogeologist 1 at the Department of Ecology.

A Master's degree with a major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology or closely allied field will substitute for the two (2) years of experience.
 
NOTE:  In order to progress from the HG 2 level to the HG 3 level, incumbent must possess a valid license to practice hydrogeology within the State of Washington.

HG3 (Intermediate Class) pay range 62 $5205 - $6828 (In-Training)

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

AND

Three (3) years of professional experience as a hydrogeologist, hydrologist, geologist or closely allied profession OR one (1) year as a Hydrogeologist 2 at the Department of Ecology.

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.
 
HG4 (Goal Class) pay range 66 $5741 - $7535

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

AND

Five (5) years of professional level experience as a hydrogeologist, hydrologist, geologist, or closely allied profession at the Hydrogeologist 2 level, higher or equivalent.  Three (3) of the five (5)years of professional level experience must be directly related to water rights administration, water resource policy development, or water resource planning.

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. degree will substitute for three (3) years of experience if the major research was in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field.
 
NOTE:  Must have a valid license to practice hydrogeology in the state of Washington at the HG3 and HG4 level.

NOTE:  Individuals are responsible for ensuring they meet licensing requirements for the State of Washington within the first six months of employment.  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