Position Title: Senior Geologist (Hydrogeologist 4)
Salary: $76,920.00 – $100,956.00 Annually
Location: King County – Shoreline, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Department: Dept. of Ecology
The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Senior Geologist (Hydrogeologist 4) position. This position is located in our Northwest Region Office (NWRO) in Shoreline, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station. Please Note: The salary posted above includes the additional 5% premium pay that this position will receive due to this position’s location in King County.
As a Senior Geologist, you will be responsible for reviewing and evaluating contaminated site investigation of air, soil, groundwater, surface water, and sediments, and cleanup activities in the NWRO’s Aquatics Unit. In this role, you will be the geology specialist for evaluating Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) work plans and reports. Additionally, you will develop cleanup standards, select remedies, and design compliance monitoring plans.
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.
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 is subject to change.
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of December 21, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before December 20, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
About the Department of Ecology
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. Join a team that is highly effective and collaborative, with leadership that embraces the value of people. To learn more, check out our Strategic Plan.
Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:
- A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.
- An Infants at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns.
- Continuous growth and development opportunities.
- A wellness program that offers education, fitness classes, and an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
- Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.
Our commitment to DEIR
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) are core values central to Ecology’s work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.
Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.
Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.
Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology’s work.
Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement.We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued.
What makes this role unique?
As a Senior Geologist, you will provide geologic model expertise for the remediation of cleanup sites to ensure that soil and groundwater contamination in highly impacted communities is adequately addressed. You will perform final professional geology review and approval of remediation documents and associated geology and groundwater models, designs, plans, and specifications.
What you will do:
- Plan, direct, and provide regulatory oversight, guidance, direction, and oversight on professional remedial action and geological analysis on assigned Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) contaminated cleanup sites.
- Develop cleanup strategies for complex sites in accordance with MTCA and other relevant laws and regulations.
- Review regulatory and technical documents for completeness, applying professional experience.
- Perform final professional geology review and approval of associated geology and groundwater modeling, designs, plans, and specifications.
- Develop scopes of work; describe and recommend actions leading to site remediation and/or source control; coordinate cleanup plans, technical or regulatory issues to resolve, State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) requirements, and public comments with federal, state, and local agencies as well as special interest groups and the public.
- Procure and manage contracts.
- Conduct site visits, and conduct soil, groundwater, or other sampling at contaminated sites.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Registration as a licensed Professional Geologist in the State of Washington is required.
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
- Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
- Must complete 40-hour hazardous materials training within six months of appointment and annual 8-hour refreshers.
- Possession of valid Washington State Geologist 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.
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, project management skills, and meeting facilitation skills.
- Able to use data and information in a clear, rational, and thorough process to assess and understand issues, evaluate options, form accurate conclusions, and make decisions that are in compliance with the Model Toxics Control Act.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.
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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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.
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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.
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If you have specific questions about the position, please email Bob Warren at: Bob.Warren@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Bob to inquire about the status of your application.
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Why work for Ecology?
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. 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 your health and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to life/work 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 *See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information
Student debt: how working for Ecology can help
The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov and follow, like or visit us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.
Collective Bargaining: This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.
Equal Opportunity Employer: 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, military spouses 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.
Note: This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency. Once all the position(s) from the recruitment announcement are filled, the recruitment may only be used to fill additional open positions for the next sixty (60) days.
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 Careers@ecy.wa.gov with “COVID-19 vaccination” in the subject line.