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VCP Site Manager/Hydrogeologist/Initial Investigator (Hydrogeologist 3)

  • Washington State Department of Ecology
  • 02/09/19
  • Lacey, WA
  • 98503
  • $59,448.00 - $77,988.00 / Yearly
  • Full-Time
Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We have 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, Ecology is a good fit.

The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) is looking to fill a Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) Site Manager/ Initial Investigator (Hydrogeologist 3) position. This position will be located in our Southwest Regional Office (SWRO) in Lacey, WA.

The VCP Site Manager/Initial Investigator position serves as a site manager and initial investigator who evaluates, reviews, and provided technical assistance on contaminated site cleanup projects and initial investigations within Ecology's Southwest Region. They will oversee hydrologic analysis of groundwater, unsaturated zones and/or surface water investigations and on assigned sites to help achieve cleanup goals. The VCP Site Manager/Initial Investigator will provide technical assistance and draft opinion letters on site assessments, remedial investigations, feasibility studies, designs activities, and other corrective actions at assigned contaminated sites, provide recommendations on initial investigations, and will maintain a detailed knowledge of hydrological and remedial methods and procedures in pursuit of compliance with applicable environmental statutes.

We are looking for applicants who possess excellent technical and written skills, the ability to quickly assess and evaluate environmental data, and make decisions regarding sufficiency of cleanup actions.

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. Maybe you've seen some of our recent stories on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.

To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at
The mission of the Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) is to protect Washington's human health and environment by preventing and cleaning up pollution and supporting sustainable communities and natural resources for the benefit of current and future generations.

Some of the key work activities of the position include:

Site Manager:

Review independent cleanup projects reports under Ecology's VCP to determine if the cleanup meets the substantive requirements of MTCA.
Independently perform Initial Instigations of Environmental Responses Tracking System complaints within 90 days of reporting as required by MTCA.
Plans and directs professional hydrologic analysis on the most hydrologically complex projects managed by the section and as delegated by the Program Manager.
Pursues the cleanup of contaminated sites through the implementation of applicable statutes, administrative codes, and agency guidance and policy related to voluntary and formal remedial investigations, feasibility studies, remedial design, and corrective action at contaminated site. This includes the ability to successfully deal with confrontational situations and difficult clients.
Negotiates and drafts agreed orders, consent decrees, administrative orders, and cleanup action plans, which can include work to be performed and associated work schedules; e.g. remediation investigation, feasibility study, and/or other cleanup actions.
Develops and evaluates work plans and scopes of work to investigate contaminated sites.
Reviews and comments on technical reports and proposals submitted to the agency and conducts field investigations of site activities to ensure feasibility and compliance with orders, decrees, cleanup actions, applicable statutes, policy and guidance, and/ or other agency requirements.
Prepares letters, memos, technical reports, and bulletins.
Recommends compliance schedules and/or formal enforcement action necessary to expedite contaminated site cleanup.
Reviews voluntary cleanup projects under Ecology's VCP to determine the adequacy of cleanup; drafting opinion letters; drafting and negotiating agreed orders and consent decrees; drafting, issuing, and enforcing orders; developing scopes of work; describing and/ or requiring actions leading to site remediation and/or source control; reviewing technical reports and proposals for completeness, feasibility, and compliance with applicable agency requirements; coordinating with federal, state, and local agencies as well as special interest groups and the public.
Administrative responsibilities include developing scopes of work and associated cost estimates, developing site specific invoice and cost tracking practices, and overall contract management and reporting.
Takes part in training, planning, policy review/comment, and associated administrative activities as required by management.

Hydrologic Support:
Oversees the hydrologic analyses on assigned MTCA contaminated cleanup sites.
Applies state of the art theories and practices of hydrogeology in evaluating, reviewing, and providing technical support on professional site assessments, field investigations, and technical services at contaminated sites.
Provides hydrologic review of site documents and work to ensure compliance with applicable statutes, guidance, and policy.
Reviews, evaluates, and comments on the hydrological adequacy of technical proposals and reports related to voluntary and formal remedial investigations, feasibility studies, remedial design, and corrective action at contaminated sites.
Interprets and analyzes hydrological data and information obtained during site check and site assessments and site investigations.
Determines the professional completeness of reports, oversees monitoring well drilling/ installation techniques, assesses the impacts of contamination on potable water supplies, oversees soil and groundwater sampling, assesses the adequacy of PLP computer modeling practices, conducts analyses of contaminate fate and transport, and applies state of the art hydrologic theories and practices to contaminated sites.

Technical Support:
Provides technical and hydrological review of assigned cleanup sites requesting assistance under the VCP and /or providing technical assistance to consultants, industry, local authorities, the public, and agency staff regarding data interpretation and applicable laws, regulation, and guidance for assigned contaminated sites.
This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be August 16, 2018. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before August 15, 2018. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date


Required Qualifications:

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


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

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

Initial 40-hour hazardous materials training or ability to acquire within the initial six months of employment followed by annual 8-hour refresher.

Desired Qualifications:
Initial 40-hour hazardous materials training followed by annual 8-hour refresher.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:
Valid Driver's License.
Possession of a valid Washington State Geologist 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

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

In order to be considered, applicants MUST include the following documents as an attachment to their 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 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 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 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 Nicholas Acklam at: Please do not contact Nicholas 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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