$67,560.00 – $90,888.00 Annually
Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type
Full Time – Permanent
Dept. of Natural Resources
Job Number
6/28/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

Earth Resource Program Manager, Natural Resource Scientist 4
Recruitment #2021-06-7901
This is a Full-time, Permanent, Represented, position.

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has an exciting opportunity within our Washington Geologic Survey (WGS) Division. The Washington Geologic Survey (WGS) delivers a number of essential public services contributing to the safety and economic well-being of Washington’s citizens. This occurs through education about the nature of the land around us, focusing on both the known and hidden natural hazards such as active faults and earthquakes, tsunamis and landslides. We also help assure the long-term availability of important community resources such as aquifers, sand, and gravel.  We are proud of the fact that the WGS is the primary source of geological products and services in support of critical decision-making by Washington’s government agencies, its businesses, and the public.

We are looking to expand our team and functions with the formation of a new program dedicated to understanding and communicating scientific results about geothermal, carbon sequestration, and groundwater resources in the Columbia Basin. This new program requires a technically proficient leader, with ample communication and leadership skills necessary to help create effective lasting partnerships and foster a vibrant culture within their team. The successful candidate will help to shape the vision for the program, refining key objectives and long-term plans and milestones. The ideal candidate will be astute about the roles and limitations of various stakeholders, can facilitate discussions collaboratively, and is able to tactfully navigate politically sensitive discussions.


The ideal candidate will be trusted to excel at stakeholder engagement, planning and facilitating workshops, meetings, and public forums, interacting with stakeholders, the public, and media to expand awareness within the scientific community, industry, and our agency. They will establish and maintain key partnerships with state, federal, and local agencies to align research goals and program activities. And they will help our Publications Team to design and provide content for public-facing outreach materials and publish the team’s scientific research, in the form of posters, one-sheets, web map applications, databases, reports, maps, and multimedia materials.

They will also be relied upon to develop and implement the Program’s strategy, identifying research goals, timelines, and metrics for progress. Overall research goals include the development refinement and maintenance of low-temperature geothermal resources and cost maps, carbon sequestration prospect and cost maps and mods, risk mapping, deep groundwater models, and crustal stress mapping. They will also pursue external funding opportunties to expand the program’s capabilities, and they will review grant/contract development of narratives, work plans, budgets, and reporting.

And most importantly, the ideal candidate will serve as a thoughtful, responsive supervisor to a group of research scientists, providing oversight, mentoring, and technical guidance to ensure the Program’s success and the staff’s safety and professional development. They will perform the administrative duties, including hiring, onboarding, time management and paperwork requirements.


Required Qualifications: 

  • A Bachelor’s degree with major study in geology or a closely related field.
    AND Six years of professional geological experience which must include some geothermal, carbon sequestration, or groundwater research.
    OR; A Master’s degree in geology, geophysics, environmental science, or closely related science. AND Four years of professional geological experience which must include some geothermal, carbon sequestration, or groundwater research.
    OR; A Ph.D. degree in geology, geophysics, environmental science, or closely related science. AND Three years of professional geological experience which must include some geothermal, carbon sequestration, or groundwater research.
  • Experience in successful project management, developing budgets, work plans, and proposals.
  • Experience in leading and performing field investigations.
  • Documented public speaking and written communication skills.
  • Experience in design and use of spatial databases and GIS.
  • This position requires a Washington State Geology License (LG) or equivalent licensure from other state through reciprocity within 12 months of hire.
  • The incumbent in this position is required to travel. Occasional in-state and out-of-state travel for field work, meetings, conferences.
  • A valid driver’s license and have two years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function. Finalists and/or interview candidates may be asked to provide a driving record from all states in which they have held a license during the past three years.

Our ideal candidate will also have the qualifications listed below:

  • Licensed Hydrogeologist.
  • Two years of experience in supervision of staff.
Supplemental Information

One of the world’s most scenic places, Washington State offers breathtaking discoveries for people who love natural beauty and outdoor recreation, from the Pacific Coast shores to the rugged Cascade Mountains to the rolling hills of the Palouse. Your office will be located in Olympia. For more information on this area visit,

All Survey staff are currently working remotely, and upon later transition back to work in the Survey offices, we are offering a great amount of flexibility in terms of retaining elective telework opportunities.

About the Department of Natural Resources
Our mission is to manage, sustain, and protect the health and productivity of Washington’s lands and waters to meet the needs economically and socially for current and future generations. At DNR we approach our work through the lens of making Washington a better place environmentally and are dedicated to serving Washington’s lands and communities through diversity, equity and inclusion. With nearly 1,500 employees in locations throughout Washington, we manage and protect more than 5 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands.

DNR provides excellent benefits, a few of those include:

  • Commitment to organizational health and wellness
  • Work/life balance
  • DNR Employee Resource Groups (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, Women’s Employee Resource Group, Veterans Employee Resource Group, etc.)
  • Statewide Employee Business Resource Groups, visit here to learn more
  • Leadership that empowers and supports employees
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Educational and career development aid
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Eligibility
  • Opportunities to participate in wildland fire suppression assignments
  • A comprehensive benefit package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave and vacation days. Visit for more information.

How to Apply: 
To be considered you must apply online at (Click on the APPLY button above). You must complete the entire online application to be considered for the position.

Once you submit your online application, you can check your status by logging into your account. If you experience technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application call NEOGOV toll-free at (855)524-5627 or email

Application Requirements:

  • Attach a letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile and the position required, desired and special requirements.
  • Attach a resume describing your experience and qualifications.
  • Provide three to five professional references – you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include with resume.
  • Attach a copy of your college degree certificate or an unofficial copy of your transcripts.
  • Complete all supplemental questions.

Additional Information:
Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to present on an applicable science topic for 20 minutes, with additional details provided during scheduling.

This recruitment may be extended and may also be used to fill future similar vacancies for up to sixty (60) days.

Veterans wishing to claim Veteran’s preference please attach a copy of your DD-214, NGB-22 or other verification of military service. Please black out your social security number prior to attaching.  We thank you and are grateful for your service!

Persons needing accommodation during the screening process or this announcement in an alternative format may contact DNR Recruiting staff at (360) 522-2500 or (360) 522-0143 or by email at  Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) at 1-800-833-6388 or

DNR is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind.

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