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Salary– $42,696.00 – $55,872.00 Annually

What makes this role unique?

Our team of scientists are passionate about their work to measure, analyze, assess, interpret, and communicate conditions of Washington’s marine environments over time. In this role, you will assist with scientific fieldwork, using standard oceanographic techniques in support of monitoring, to ascertain continuous status and trends for marine water quality in Puget Sound and the coastal estuaries.
What you will do: 

  • Conduct monitoring surveys by boat. This includes preparation and use of oceanographic sampling gear, instrument calibration (Conductivity, Temperature, and depth [CTD] and other electronic sensors), and collection and processing of water samples.  
  • Use professional judgment and experience, in consultation with information on weather and sea conditions, to make daily choices for field operations. 
  • Lead chlorophyll data quality review. This includes tracking and reporting laboratory performance.  
  • Review CTD data for monthly data review.  
  • Write standard operating procedures. Review and edit quality assurance project plans (QAPPs) and scientific reports. 
  • Use software programs and databases for data management and report preparation. 

Laboratory tasks include:  

  • Assisting in the maintenance of all the laboratory sensors, conducting calibrations, and tracking instrument performance. 
  • Keeping the lab in good working order, assigning the monthly lab cleaning schedule, and managing lab supply inventory and reagent preparation. 
  • Conducting in lab bench top fluorometer performance checks and assisting with annual fluorometer calibration. 
  • Processing and analyzing chlorophyll and dissolved oxygen samples.


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 with a major study in marine ecology, marine science, oceanography, or other closely allied marine science field AND two (2) years of professional research work experience in marine ecology, marine science, oceanography, water quality monitoring, or other closely allied marine science field.
Option 2: A Master’s degree or a Ph.D. with a major study in marine ecology, marine science, oceanography, or other closely allied marine science field.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment: 

  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.

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

  • Experience conducting field sampling from a boat under a variety of conditions.
  • Experience operating and calibrating a CTD and auxiliary sensors.
  • Experience with spreadsheets, database software, and Geographic Information System (GIS).
  • Experience with R statistical software.

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

Supplemental Information

Ecology seeks diverse applicants: We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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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.

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. 

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.