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Hydrogeologist/Permit Writer


  • Washington State Department of Ecology
  • 12/23/21
  • Seattle, WA
  • 98133
  • $64,332 - $84,396 / Yearly
  • Full-Time
Per Governor Inslees Proclamation 21-14.2 (Download PDF reader), Washington State employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination as part of the hiring process, prior to their start date. Requests for medical and religious exemptions will be considered. If you have questions, please contact Careers@ecy.wa.gov with COVID-19 vaccination in the subject line.

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To apply, follow the link below or copy & paste it into your browser:

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/3343278/hydrogeologist-permit-writer-hydrogeologist-3-in-training

Please do not apply by email.

The Water Resources (WR) Program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Hydrogeologist/Permit Writer (Hydrogeologist 3) (In-Training) position. This position is located in our Northwest Regional Office (NWRO) Located in Shoreline,

In this exciting role, you will learn with great depth Washington states water code and associated case law, be exposed to the technical aspects of investigating water rights applications, and observe and participate in the management of the states resources. You will provide hydrogeologic analysis and technical assistance related to water resource management and water rights processing, and will make decisions on water rights applications. Furthermore, you will develop in-depth knowledge of regional hydrogeology and hydrogeologic principles related to water availability and environmental impacts due to withdrawal and use of water. Gaining knowledge of water resources science and the states legal framework will support regular engagement with other agencies, tribes, businesses, interest groups, and local governments regarding very complex issues.

The Water Resources (WR) Program manages the state's water supply to meet the needs of people, farms, and fish. Our section at the Northwest Regional Office is relatively small, and with the regulatory complexities we navigate, we rely on each other a great deal for input and advice and have a very supportive atmosphere.

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 embrace the value of people.

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.

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) are core values central to Ecologys 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 Ecologys 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.

During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding building occupancy, mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing.

Please Note: The salary posted above does not include the additional 5% premium pay that this position will receive due to this position's location in King County.

Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of January 13, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before January 12, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

Duties

What makes this role unique?

The Water Resources Program operates under a regulatory framework that is complex and nuanced, and occasionally contentious. Understanding and navigating the regulations, the science, and stakeholder opinions to make sound decisions for managing this vital resource is always challenging, and interesting.

What you will do:

Serve as a hydrogeologic and technical expert for the Water Resources Program, researching and learning geologic and hydrogeologic characteristics of drainage basins and aquifers within Ecologys Northwest Region.
Determine effects of groundwater withdrawals on surface water and on neighboring wells/water rights.
Generate hydrogeologic reports in support of water resources and water rights investigations.
Review conceptual groundwater models and numerical/analytical groundwater modeling and modeling reports.
Perform water right field and office investigations, develop and prepare technical materials, gather legally defensible data, consider stakeholder input, and conduct necessary water rights/water law research to generate draft Reports of Examination supporting water right decisions.
Develop a thorough understanding of science, regulations, policies, and guidelines, in order to recommend permitting actions to management for highly complex projects.
Clearly communicate complex legal, policy, and technical issues to water right applicants, consultants, and other stakeholders. Serve as contact person for water rights in assigned watersheds; respond to inquiries from public officials and private interests.
Review public water suppliers Water System Plans for accuracy and compliance with state water law.

Qualifications

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.

At the Hydrogeologist 2 Level Pay Range 58 ($4,855 - $6,368) Monthly:

Option 1: 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.


Option 2: A Master's degree or higher with a major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field.

At the Hydrogeologist 3 Level Pay Range 62 ($5,361 - $7,033) Monthly:

For all options at the Hydrogeologist 3 level: Must have a valid Washington State Geologist License and a Washington State Hydrogeologist Specialty License.

Option 1: 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 year as a Hydrogeologist 2.


Option 2: A Master's degree with a major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field.

AND

One (1) year of professional experience as a hydrogeologist, hydrologist, geologist or closely allied profession or one (1) year as a Hydrogeologist 2.

Option 3: A Ph.D. if major research was in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

Washington State Drivers License.
At HG3 level Hydrogeologist Specialty License

Desired Qualifications:

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

Interest in and experience with building and using groundwater models, and reviewing models and modeling reports developed by others.
Ability to work with MODFLOW or similar modeling software in a water resources context to analyze hydrogeological setting, surface water/groundwater interaction, and stream impacts due to pumping of groundwater.
Interest in and experience understanding the legal doctrines and policy intricacies of water management in Washington State.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.

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. 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.

To apply, follow the link below or copy & paste it into your browser:

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/3343278/hydrogeologist-permit-writer-hydrogeologist-3-in-training

Please do not apply by email.

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.

Need an Accommodation in the application and/or screening process or this job announcement in an alternative format?

Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: careers@ecy.wa.gov and we will be happy to assist.
If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can reach the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not 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 are reading this announcement in print format, please enter the following URL to your search engine to apply: https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/Get-to-know-us/Jobs-at-Ecology.

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 (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.

Other Information:

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Jay Cook at: Jay.cook@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Jay to inquire about the status of your application.

To request the full position description: email careers@ecy.wa.gov

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.

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