Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Richland, WA, US

Job Description

The Earth Systems Science Division at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is currently seeking a Hydrologist to join its Risk and Environmental Assessment (REA) Group. The individual will contribute to and potentially lead multidisciplinary teams of subject matter experts to analyze environmental impacts from various actions to satisfy regulatory requirements.

  • This position requires knowledge and experience related to surface and groundwater hydrology, including:

  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) planning and implementation.

  • Hydrologic (surface water and groundwater) environmental and/or safety impact assessments (e.g., water quality and water availability) and water resources assessments.

  • Hydrologic modeling, e.g.,

  • Watershed flow and water quality modeling,

  • Groundwater flow and transport modeling,

  • Probabilistic flood hazard analysis.

  • Stakeholder engagement.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Contribute to and lead the development of proposals, technical reports, white papers, and technical presentations.

  • Define and lead project work for small tasks/projects.

  • Publish research in leading peer-reviewed journals.

  • Present research efforts and technical work products at national forums.

  • Contribute to business development opportunities.

  • Develop and maintain an internal and external professional network.

  • Mentor and train junior staff.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 2 years of experience; MS/MA with 0 – 2 years of experience; PhD with 0 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 5 years of experience; MS/MA with 3 years of experience; PhD with 1 year of experience

  • Master’s or PhD in hydrology, engineering, or related field preferred.

  • Demonstrated expertise with NEPA reviews and other related policies and regulations.

  • Expertise in hydrologic modeling, as demonstrated by the development and application of:

  • Hydrologic, hydraulic, and surface water quality/transport models (e.g., those developed by US Army Corps and EPA)

  • 2-D and 3-D hydrodynamic models (e.g., overland surface flow and coastal hydrodynamics)

  • Groundwater flow and transport models (e.g., MODFLOW, MT3DMS, GMS)

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with a demonstrated record of publications in peer reviewed journals and/or customer interactions and stakeholder engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at jobs.pnnl.gov.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via https://jobs.pnnl.gov/help.stm

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Closing Statement

  • May include limited travel to complete assessments of environmental impacts.

Directorate: Energy & Environment





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