Protecting Washington State’s environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We have 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, Ecology is a good fit.
The Water Quality Program is looking to hire a Forest and Fish Hydrogeologist to protect water quality in our state’s forests. Over the past decades, historic forest practices have led to many environmental problems, including increased sediment in streams and landslides. This position will be working to adaptively manage our statewide and site-specific approaches to these and other forest practice issues.
We are looking for applicants who want to work outdoors and in the woods, can cooperatively solve problems with landowners and other agencies, and who understand unstable slopes related to forest practices.
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. Maybe you’ve seen some of our recent stories on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.
Agency Mission: The mission of the Department of Ecology is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment, for current and future generations.
Program Mission: The mission of the Water Quality Program is to protect and restore Washington’s waters to support healthy watersheds and communities. Our work ensures state waters can support beneficial uses including recreational and business activities, supplies for clean drinking water, and the protection of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and public health.
What does the Forest and Fish Hydrogeologist do?
- Evaluate proposed forest practice activities to determine if they will protect water quality
- Work with landowners, tribes, and other state agencies to implement forestry rules
- Provide hydrogeology and engineering geology consultation
Why join the team?
This position provides a unique opportunity for someone who enjoys all aspects of environmental work: spending time in the field solving site-specific problems, working collaboratively with other stakeholders, being part of Ecology’s nine-person forestry team, and applying hydrogeology and engineering geology expertise.
There are nine dedicated people at Ecology statewide who work to protect water quality in our state’s forests. This small team works with professional staff at the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and tribes to protect the environment.
Are you up for the challenge?
This position involves extensive field work, including hiking many miles off-trail in difficult terrain.
This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial review date of applications for this position will be June 19, 2018. To be considered for the initial review date, please apply online by June 18, 2018. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
A Bachelor’s degree involving 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 or one year as a Hydrogeologist 2.
A Master’s degree with major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field will substitute for two years of experience.
A Ph.D. will substitute for three years of experience if major research was in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field.
Possess Washington State Engineering Geologist and Hydrogeologist License.
- Three years of professional field experience as a hydrogeologist or geologist in forested lands.
- Experience using GIS and LiDAR to analyze unstable slopes.
Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:
- Must possess Washington State Engineering Geologist and Hydrogeologist License.
- Must possess a valid driver’s license.
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.
Why work for Ecology?
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 the health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to work/life 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
More information about the Student Loans and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program:
Employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.
*See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information
- Supplemental Information
In order to be considered, applicants MUST include the following documents as an attachment to their 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 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.
If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit www.careers.wa.gov to access the online recruitment system. Click on “Look for Jobs” and select Dept. of Ecology under the “Department” search list. Click “Apply Search.”
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 Andrew Kolosseus at: [email protected]. Please do not contact Andrew 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.
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