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Sand & Gravel NPDES Permit Manager (Hydrogeologist 2)

  • Washington State Department of Ecology
  • 03/18/20
  • Lacey, WA
  • 98503
  • $56,568.00 - $74,196.00 / Yearly
  • Full-Time
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The Water Quality Program is currently looking for a Sand and Gravel Permit Manager (Hydrogeologist 2) in our our Southwest Regional Office in Lacey, WA.

This position provides regulatory oversight of Sand and Gravel Wastewater Permit holders in order to protect surface and ground water resources, and works under the direction of a senior level hydrogeologist and a licensed environmental engineer.

We are looking for people who have familiarity with Western Washington geology and hydrology, have a basic understanding of mining processes and the water pollution control practices for the industry, possess the ability to patiently communicate with people in the mining and construction businesses, and who are able to prioritize competing work demands.

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Agency Mission: The mission of the Department of Ecology is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment, for current and future generations.

Program Mission: The mission of the Water Quality Program is to protect and restore Washington's waters to support healthy watersheds and communities. Our work ensures state waters can support beneficial uses including recreational and business activities, supplies for clean drinking water, and the protection of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and public health.

The Sand and Gravel Permit Manager supports these missions as a hydrogeologist regulating mines, asphalt and concrete producers, and other related businesses to control water pollution. This work includes:

Conducting and reviewing technical hydrogeological analysis
Determining contaminant transport and fate
Researching, evaluating, and determining geologic formations, hydraulic conductivity, and boundary conditions
Interpreting and analyzing project data
Conducting compliance inspections and documenting compliance status
Verifying permit compliance, providing technical assistance, and evaluating impacts on ground and surface water
Reviewing erosion control plans to determine compliance and acceptability

This position will remain open until filled. The initial screening date will be November 27, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before November 26, 2019. 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.

Required Qualifications:

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


Two years of professional experience as a hydrogeologist, hydrologist, geologist or closely allied profession or one year as a Hydrogeologist 1.

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

NOTE: This position does not require a Washington state license in geology or hydrogeology.

Desired Qualifications

Experience implementing state and federal water pollution laws and regulations, permit programs, and policies.
Experience negotiating and applying conflict resolution skills.
Experience communicating complex technical issues to non-technical audiences.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

Must obtain and maintain a valid driver's license.

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 for more details.

See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information

Application Instructions:

Please attach the following documents as an attachment to your application:

A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required/desired qualifications of this position.
A Resume.

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.

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.

If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit 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 e-mail 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 have specific questions about the position, please email Steve Eberl at: Please do not contact Steve 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 is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.

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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