Marine Field Technician (Natural Resource Scientist 1)

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 Marine Field Technician (Natural Resource Scientist 1) position. This position is located at our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA but conducts work statewide.

This position is responsible for conducting the marine water quality monitoring program under technical direction of the Marine Flight Program Lead. Responsibilities include training staff in marine field surveys and in laboratory sample processing. This position is also responsible for conducting field surveys, laboratory sample analyses, data analysis, data review, writing monthly condition reports, and supporting annual condition reports. The data collected is used to determine the status and trends of marine water quality in Washington state.

We are looking for applicants who have excellent attention to technical detail, possess the abilities to work independently and take initiative, possess the ability to quickly assess a situation to make a well-informed decision, are flexible, and are team-oriented.

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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 of the Marine Field Technician position include:

Implements the marine waters monitoring program under technical supervision. Performs natural resource science research to meet the specific objective of determining the current status of marine water quality in Puget Sound and the coastal estuaries, using conventional techniques.

Tasks include:
  • As an independent marine field technician, conducts monitoring surveys by boat and seaplane. Includes oceanographic sampling gear preparation and use, instrument calibration (CTD and other electronic sensors), and collection and processing of water samples. 
  • Uses professional judgment and experience, in consultation with information on weather and sea conditions, to make daily decisions on field operations.
  • Schedules and trains staff for marine field surveys and laboratory procedures.
  • Leads nutrient data quality review.  Includes responsibilities of tracking and reporting laboratory performance. 
  • Reviews CTD data for monthly data review. 
  • Writes standard operating procedures. Reviews and edits quality assurance project plans (QAPPs) and scientific reports.
  • Uses software programs and databases for data management, analysis, mapping, and report preparation.
  • Uses communication and outreach skills to participate in outreach events and create entries for “Eyes Over Puget Sound” monthly publication as requested. 

Laboratory tasks include:
  • Assists in the maintenance of all the laboratory sensors, conducting calibrations, and tracking instrument performance.
  • Develops and defines procedures for dissolved oxygen sensor performance checks.
  • Conducts fluorometer performance checks and performs annual fluorometer calibration. 
  • Processes and analyzes chlorophyll and dissolved oxygen samples.
Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s of science degree with a major study in marine ecology, marine science, oceanography, or other closely allied marine science field and two (2) years of professional work experience in marine ecology, marine science, or oceanography.

A Master’s or Ph.D. degree will substitute for all of the required experience, provided the field of major study was in the specific specialty.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience conducting field sampling from a boat and seaplane under a variety of conditions.
  • Experience operating and calibrating a CTD and auxiliary sensors.
  • Experience with spreadsheets, database software, and Geographic Information System (GIS).

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

Must possess a valid Washington State Driver’s License.
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 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 at (360) 407-6186.

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Other Information:
If you need assistance applying for this job, please call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail [email protected]. Please do not call this number or send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile’s main page.

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Carol Maloy at: [email protected].  Please do not contact Carol 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.