Salary: $73,260.00 – $98,592.00 Annually
Location: Multiple Locations Statewide, WA
Job Type: Project (limited duration)
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Department: Dept. of Ecology
Job Number: 2023-TCPP1234-03420

The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Brownfields Program Site Manager (Hydrogeologist 4) position. This position will be located in one of the following offices:

This position is located in our Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA.
This position is located in our Northwest Region Office (NWRO) in Shoreline, WA.
This position is located in our Central Region Office (CRO) in Union Gap, WA.
This position is located in our Eastern Region Office (ERO) in Spokane, WA.

Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station. Please Note: If the final location of this position is determined to be in our Northwest Region Office (NWRO) in Shoreline, WA. there will be an additional 5% pay increase due to its location in King County. In this instance the salary range will be $6,410 – $8,626 per month. 

The Brownfields Program provides funding and technical assistance to communities that plan to clean up contaminated properties to facilitate redevelopment for community benefit. As a Brownfields Program Site Manager, you will provide senior level technical support and oversight for projects receiving brownfield funding, many of which require an understanding of hydrogeology, and contaminant fate and transport.  You will provide oversight of contaminated site investigations, including Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments, remedial investigations, feasibility studies, and cleanup remedy design and implementation. Additionally, you will conduct public outreach and education about brownfields funding, state and federal cleanup requirements, and to facilitate community engagement.

The mission of the Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) is to protect Washington’s human health and the environment by preventing and cleaning up pollution and supporting sustainable communities and natural resources for the benefit of future and current generations.

Please Note: This is a project position that is funded through December 31, 2027. The Funding for this position has a high probability of being renewed for the next bi-annual budget.

Tele-work options for this position: This position will be eligible for up to a 90% tele-work schedule. Applicants with questions about position location options, tele-work, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in “other information.” Schedules are dependent upon position needs and are subject to change.

Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of April 24, 2023. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before April 23, 2023. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

What you will do as the Brownfields Program Site Manager:

  • Provide technical assistance to EPA Brownfields grant recipients, including educating and guiding them on the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) cleanup process and performing outreach and education about additional cleanup and redevelopment resources.
  • Perform site management duties such as conducting site visits, reviewing regulatory and technical documents, applying geology experience and project management skills statewide, including site cleanups involving air, soil, groundwater, surface water, sediment and uplands components. 
  • Provide site management technical support to regional cleanup sections for sites receiving various types of brownfields funding, program grants, and affordable housing planning grants.
  • Report on cleanup site project status, hydrogeologic impacts, and remediation activities to highly impacted communities and environments, to Tribes, Toxics Cleanup Program management and/or regional directors.
  • Conduct outreach related to brownfields investigations and cleanup through speaking engagements and meetings with local governments, Tribes, non-profit organizations, economic development and public health stakeholders, academic institutions, and other state agencies.

Required Qualifications:
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, educational and volunteer experience. See below for how you may qualify.

Option 1: 
A Bachelor’s degree involving a major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field AND five years of professional experience as a hydrogeologist, hydrologist, geologist, or closely allied profession.
Option 2: 
A Master’s degree with a 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.
Option 3: 
A Ph.D. with a major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field AND two years of professional experience as a hydrogeologist, hydrologist, geologist, or closely allied profession.
Professional experience for all three options may include a combination of the following:

  • Providing hydrogeologic review and analysis of water quality and water quality problems.
  • Working with well drillers or construction site planners to obtain geologic information.
  • Analyzing groundwater data, interpreting the results, and overseeing various project phases.
  • Implementing regulations, including state or local laws.

Registration as a licensed Professional Hydrogeologist in the State of Washington is required.
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.
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
  • This position requires the possession of a valid Washington State hydrogeologist specialty license within six months of hiring.

Desired Qualifications:
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.

  • Familiarity with MTCA cleanup process, with particular focus on site characterization, establishing cleanup levels, and evaluating cleanup options. 
  • Experience with EPA’s Quality Assurance practices and guidance.
  • Experience working with and building relationships with local governments and Tribes.

 Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.

Application Instructions
It’s in the applicant’s best interest to submit all of the documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be declined.

  • A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position.
  • A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position.
  • Three professional references.

For more information and to apply:

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

For Your Privacy:
When attaching documents to your application (such as Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, DD-214, etc.):

  • Please be sure to remove private information such as your social security number, date of birth, etc. 
  • Do not attach documents that are password-protected, as these documents may not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded. 

Per Governor Inslee’s Directive 22-13.1, state employees must be fully vaccinated effective November 4, 2022. Providing proof of being fully vaccinated is a condition of employment and your vaccine status will be verified prior to starting work. Being fully vaccinated means two weeks after you have received the second dose in a two-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use, licensed or otherwise authorized or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or listed for emergency use or otherwise approved by the World Health Organization. If you have questions, please contact with “COVID-19 vaccination” in the subject line.  

Additional Application Instructions for Current 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.

Application Attestation: 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. 

Other Information
If you have specific questions about the position, please email Kristopher Grinnell at: Please do not contact Kristopher to inquire about the status of your application. To request the full position description: email

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