Hydrologist (Hydrogeologist 2) (In-Training)

Lacey, WA, US

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 Environmental Assessment Program (EAP) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Hydrologist (Hydrogeologist 2) (In-Training) position. This position is located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

The Hydrologist position, supports all aspects of the operations and maintenance of various stream gaging and flow measurement equipment operated by the Freshwater Monitoring Unit
(FMU). This position is also responsible for the data collection and data processing of all assigned gaging stations. These activities are carried out using sound professional judgments based on strong hydrology principle.

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To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at www.ecy.wa.gov.
The Environmental Assessment Program  provides a range of scientific, monitoring, laboratory, and quality assurance services. Its mission is to measure and assess environmental conditions in Washington State.

Some of the key work activities at the Hydrogeologist 2 level include:

Uses independent professional judgment, based on sound hydrological principles, to support the technical operation of FMU Stream gaging network.  
  • Provides direct support and guidance to unit staff who supply field support for Ecology’s Stream Gaging Network. This includes the ability to install, operate and troubleshoot stage recording devices, water quality probes and telemetry systems specific to stream gaging. 
  • Surveys assigned gaging locations at least every 3 years to make sure all supporting datums and related benchmarks are documented and any corrections are carried forward to the data record.  
  • Uses professional judgment to evaluate and document current hydrological conditions and determines which flow measurement equipment will work best at the optimum in-stream location for flow measurement. 
  • Evaluates the velocity meter and ADCP QA related information as the flow measurements are being made to determine if additional measures are required to better define the flow variability present at that locations.  
  • Evaluates current rating curves in the field to determine the initial quality of the current flow measurements, This QA information will be evaluated while still on station to determine the next action to be taken at this location before departing the site.
  • Provides initial review of the raw data record in the field for completeness and overall quality.
  • Develops or refines methods to collect or process continuous water quality and quantity information. 
  • Manages all aspects of the surface water hydrological using independent professional judgment based on strong technical underpinning.  
  • Provides annual written technical notes that evaluate and document the overall quality associated with the data. Also makes suggestions on what actions should be taken to improve the data in the future. 
  • Serves as the point of contact within FMU for questions or data requests that relate to the stream gaging stations they are assigned. 
  • Checks webpage daily to make sure they are reporting timely and accurate data.
Required Qualifications:

Hydrogeologist 1 Level (pay range 52, $3,721.00 – $4,879.00)
Must have a bachelor’s of science degree that includes a major field of study in a physical or a natural science or a four (4) year degree with a combination of courses in Water Quality, Water Resource Engineering, Hydrogeology, Limnology or related fields. 
One (1) year of professional experience as a hydrogeologist, hydrologist, geologist or closely allied professional experience OR one (1) year as a Hydrogeologist Trainee.
A Master’s Degree with a major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology or closely allied field will substitute for the experience.
Hydrogeologist 2 Level (pay range 58, $4,313.00 – $5,657.00)
Must have a bachelor’s of science degree that includes a major field of study in a physical or a natural science or a four (4) year degree with a combination of courses in Water Quality, Water Resource Engineering, Hydrogeology, Limnology or related fields. 
Two (2) years experience carrying out hydrological studies that involve the collection, processing, analysis and reporting of surface water related information.  
Desired Qualifications:

Course work should also have at least 6 semester /9 quarters hours in calculus and applied statistics.

Examples of specialized experience desired with a high degree of independent responsibility include the following activities: 

Installing, operating and maintaining continuous stream gaging and water quality monitoring equipment. Making discharge measurements of streams at all stage levels, under extreme weather conditions, using tag lines, wading rods, mechanical velocity meters, acoustic doppler current meters and profilers.   

Applying sound professional judgment and acceptable hydrological principles to, evaluating hydrological data records for completeness and accuracy. Develop and maintain accurate stage- discharge rating curves. Provide written annual technical evaluation of the overall quality of hydrological data for individual sample locations. 

Collect discrete water quality samples for field and laboratory analysis.
Supplemental Information
Application Instructions:

Please include the following documents as an attachment to your 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 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.

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Other Information:
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If you have specific questions about the position, please email Brad Hopkins at: [email protected] Please do not contact Brad 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.