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Hydrogeologist 4 (In-Training)


  • Washington State Department of Ecology
  • 04/26/20
  • Yakima, WA
  • 98903
  • $68,892 - $90,420 / Yearly
  • Full-Time
Click here to apply: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/2690084/hydrogeologist-4-in-training

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. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, has leadership that embraces the value of people, and believes in the fun factor, Ecology is a good fit.

The Office of the Columbia River (OCR) is looking to fill a Hydrogeologist 4 (In-Training) position. The position will be located in our Central Regional Office (CRO) in Union Gap, WA.

The Hydrogeologist 4 will serve as the Columbia River Basin Groundwater Project Manager which includes implementation of projects delegated by the OCR Director for groundwater oriented projects in the Columbia River Basin. As the project lead, responsibilities include developing policies or technical guidelines as issues arise with project activities; reporting status and/or results of hydrogeologic issues and analyses to the OCR Director and technical lead; serving as a technical expert for OCR water supply development projects that favor groundwater; and representing Ecology on the Pasco Basin Groundwater Management Program where Ecology is cooperating with US Bureau of Reclamation to develop a groundwater management program.

We are looking for applicants who have excellent communication skills, are collaborative, and are good at solving problems.

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.

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov and check us out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.

Duties

This position independently provides hydrogeologic review of water rights applications on OCR permitting efforts.

Some of the key work activities at the Hydrogeologist 4 level are:
Independently provides hydrogeologic expertise in order to manage/coordinate projects within the Columbia River Basin related to water rights administration.
Provides project management, including contract/grant management, regarding technical hydrogeologic services for OCR.
Develops and reviews scopes of work, timelines, deliverables, budgets, and invoices. Requires onsite inspections and/or meeting participation.
Performs technical review of hydrogeologic activities and acts as in-house technical expert regarding hydrogeologic issues to support the OCR.
Reports status and/or results of hydrology issues and analyses to the OCR Director, Water Resources Program Manager, Operations Manager and Lead Hydrogeologist. Develops, prepares and presents expert testimony.
In coordination with Water Resources regional technical staff, serves as the lead hydrogeologist implementing project management regarding ground water issues and projects related to the Columbia Basin Project, supply-demand forecasting, aquifer storage and recovery, groundwater monitoring, and groundwater modeling.
Represents Ecology in developing the Pasco Basin Water Management Project, a process in which local interests are working with Ecology to pilot a local approach to water management.
Plans, develops, conducts and oversees professional geologic and hydrogeologic investigations, research, and mapping of geologic formations, watersheds, basins, and aquifers to determine hydrogeologic and hydraulic characteristics and regional water resource availability.
Directs or oversees other Columbia Basin studies which involve field and office work and technical evaluations in applied hydrogeology. This includes review and evaluation of water resource and water development projects and designs specific test criteria to evaluate hydraulic parameters utilizing state-of-the-art theories and practices of hydrogeology.
Serves as an expert witness for court proceedings on hydrogeology and complex project permitting for OCR.
Participates as an active member of the Office of the Columbia River Operations Unit on issues related to groundwater supply and demand, hydraulic continuity, aquifer storage and recovery, and mitigation.
Provides hydrogeologic expertise and assists in the development of policies, procedures, technical guidelines, and administrative rules.
Meets with citizen groups, consultants, local government officials, other state agencies and federal agencies for planning, coordination, review and direction of special projects, and coordinates support functions within the agency and in cooperation with other agencies.
Reports status of certain hydrogeologic issues and analysis to the Director of the Office of the Columbia River, Program Manager and Operations Manager.
Advises Agency Director, Program Manager, Regional Director or technical teams on regional or state-wide hydrologic issues and analysis. Coordinates program activities with other programs and other agencies or private interests.
Chair or speak at public meetings, hearings, and conferences on project activities. Participates in professional scientific meetings, conferences, seminars, public meetings and hearings.

To broaden the candidate pool, we will consider candidates that qualify at the Hydrogeologist 2, 3 or 4 levels. Please read the qualifications section below to learn more about this exciting career growth and in-training opportunity.

This position will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be February 14, 2020. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before February 13, 2020. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

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

Qualifications

The goal class for this position is a Hydrogeologist 4 (HG4). We will consider applicants who meet the requirements for the Hydrogeologist 2, 3 and 4 levels. If the finalist meets the requirements for the HG2 level then they will be hired in at that level and will be placed into a training program to become a HG3 and then a HG 4 within a specified period of time.

HG2 (Entry Class) pay range 58 $4714 - $6183 (In-Training)

A Bachelor's degree involving a major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field

AND

Two (2) years of professional experience as a hydrogeologist, hydrologist, geologist or closely allied profession OR one (1) year as a Hydrogeologist 1 at the Department of Ecology.

A Master's degree with a major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology or closely allied field will substitute for the two (2) years of experience.

NOTE: In order to progress from the HG 2 level to the HG 3 level, incumbent must possess a valid license to practice hydrogeology within the State of Washington.

HG3 (Intermediate Class) pay range 62 $5205 - $6828 (In-Training)

A Bachelor's degree involving a major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field.

AND

Three (3) years of professional experience as a hydrogeologist, hydrologist, geologist or closely allied profession OR one (1) year as a Hydrogeologist 2 at the Department of Ecology.

A Master's degree with a major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field will substitute for two (2) years of experience.

A Ph.D. will substitute for three (3) years of experience if major research was in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field.

HG4 (Goal Class) pay range 66 $5741 - $7535

A Bachelor's degree involving a major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field

AND

Five (5) years of professional level experience as a hydrogeologist, hydrologist, geologist, or closely allied profession at the Hydrogeologist 2 level, higher or equivalent. Three (3) of the five (5)years of professional level experience must be directly related to water rights administration, water resource policy development, or water resource planning.

A Master's degree with a major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field will substitute for two (2) years of experience.

A Ph.D. degree will substitute for three (3) years of experience if the major research was in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field.

NOTE: Must have a valid license to practice hydrogeology in the state of Washington at the HG3 and HG4 level.

NOTE: Individuals are responsible for ensuring they meet licensing requirements for the State of Washington within the first six months of employment. 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

Student debt and how working for Ecology can help
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

Application Instructions:

Click here to apply: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/2690084/hydrogeologist-4-in-training

Please include the following documents as an attachment to your 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 to do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.

Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. Or, you may paste the text of your resume within the profile's resume text field.

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."

Other Information

If you need assistance applying for this job, please call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. 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 Holly Myers at: holly.myers@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Holly 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.

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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