Aquatic Resources Resiliency Scientist Natural Resource Scientist 3 / Natural Resource Scientist 2 I

Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Olympia, Washington, US
Jul 10, 2021
Jul 31, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Aquatic Resources Resiliency Scientist
Natural Resource Scientist 3 / Natural Resource Scientist 2 In-Training
Recruitment #2021-07-7105
This is a Full-time, Permanent, Represented position.

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has an exciting opportunity within our Aquatic Resources Division. Interested in applying your skills as a researcher to investigate aquatic ecosystem resilience? Does fostering partnerships among scientists and communities to inform natural resource management decisions appeal to you? The Aquatic Assessment and Monitoring Team (AAMT) seeks a scientist who will design monitoring and hypothesis testing research to assess the capacity of state-owned river, lake, and marine bed lands to respond to, and recover from, environmental disturbances. The complex interaction between social and ecological systems compels the integration of community science into this aquatic lands resiliency research. You'll face challenging field work involving collection of samples off boats, piers and docks, and wading in the water. Your practical problem solving skills will be needed to safely and efficiently implement experiments in the field, and coordinate among a diverse group of partners and volunteers. Thoroughness and attention to detail is crucial to conducting quality research. In this position you will also use your excellent verbal and written skills to communicate research findings to agency colleagues and external stakeholders.

Direct scientific experimental hypothesis testing and monitoring.
Conduct data analysis and interpretation and create written reports of research findings.
Communicate research results with DNR management
Create data management plans.
Develop spatial geodatabases.
Develop data quality assurance and control plans.
Create field data collection and management protocols.
Calibrate, maintain, deploy and retrieve autonomous logging environmental sensors.
Integrate community science into aquatic ecosystem resiliency monitoring.
Apply hazard and risk assessments to identify communities vulnerable to changing climate
Train staff and volunteer community scientists.
Recruit external partners and seek grants for proposed research and monitoring projects.
Participate or serve in leadership roles on external climate change, community science and
environmental resiliency workgroups.
Update public website with current projects, research findings and information.
Post and distribute data on-line.
Assist other Aquatic Resources staff with field, scientific or technical support as requested.

Natural Resource Scientist 3 required qualifications (Salary range: $5,102-$6,862 per
A minimum of a PhD degree in environmental science, oceanography, ecology,
geomorphology, hydrology, natural resource science, biology, or related discipline, with
demonstrated experience in aquatic ecosystem research involving field data collection,
sample processing, development of data quality assessment plans, application of statistical
models in data analysis, interpretation and reporting
OR a minimum of a Master's degree (in related discipline described above) plus 3 years of
such experience.
Experience leading teams including developing workplans with, and overseeing work
products of other staff and collaborators
Can effectively cope with change and make sound recommendations with limited
Uses ingenuity in dealing with ambiguous situations.
Demonstrated experience with sample processing, database development, and data
analysis with hydrographic or benthic survey data.
Experience in applying physical process models, habitat assessments, empirical and
statistical models for data analysis and interpretation.
Demonstrated experience in applying and interpreting multivariate statistics in the monitoring and assessment of aquatic habitats.
Proficiency with data analysis, and use of software for creation of compelling graphics,
presentation and reports.
Experience with integrating climate change concepts and science based definitions of
resiliency, restoration, mitigation, climate adaptations, and habitat refugia into proposed
research projects and technical reports.
Experience with programming, calibration and servicing of underwater data collection
instruments (e.g. hydroacoustic sonar, underwater video, temperature, light, water level,
flow, and conductivity sondes).
Experience applying science-based recommendations to support resource management
Knowledge of ecological processes and human impacts on marine and freshwater aquatic
Excellent writing skills.
Experience delivering effective public presentations.
Evidence of ability to summarize complex scientific findings suitable for informing
management decisions.
Experience with research proposal development and procurement of grant funding.
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple fresh water and marine projects simultaneously and complete assignments on time.
Ability to work on uneven terrain in all weather conditions. Work in inclement weather, on
beaches, wading in rivers and lakes, over water on docks and from watercraft.
The incumbent in this position is required to travel, about 15-30% time.
A valid driver's license and have two years of driving experience. This position requires
driving as an essential function. Finalists and/or interview candidates may be asked to
provide a driving record from all states in which they have held a license during the past
three years.

Our ideal candidate will also have the qualifications listed below:
Experience with design and construction of environmental logging sensors and establishing
telemetric networks.
Experience building, cataloguing and submitting databases and standardized metadata to
federal data archives in compliance national quality assurance standards.
Proficient with a programming language or platform suitable for analyzing environmental
Proficient with ArcGIS.
Experience developing and maintaining an online website.
Experience with operating and trailering motor boats.

Natural Resource Scientist 2 (NRS2 In-Training) required qualifications (Salary range:
$4,188-$5,630 per month):
A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in environmental science, oceanography, fisheries,
natural resource science, biology, ecology, or related discipline and at least 3 years of
working experience.
Ability to confidently work independently on projects while also being a valuable team player.
Experience in clearly defining practical, applied environmental research questions and
developing feasible projects to address the questions from a land use/natural resource
management perspective.
Demonstrated experience with design and implementation of field equipment in aquatic
Familiar with climate change concepts and science based definitions of resiliency,
restoration, mitigation, climate adaptations, and habitat refugia.
Demonstrated experience using field GPS to collect, download, and analyze spatial data.
Demonstrated experience constructing and using spatial natural resource geodatabases for
Well versed in successful project development, scoping and completion under given time
and resource constraints.
Demonstrated experience with providing technical guidance to individuals at varying levels
of scientific experience.
Ability to work on uneven terrain in all weather conditions.
The incumbent in this position is required to travel.
A valid driver's license and have two years of driving experience. This position requires
driving as an essential function. Finalists and/or interview candidates may be asked to
provide a driving record from all states in which they have held a license during the past
three years.
This may be filled as an Natural Resource Scientist 2 in-training position. This is designated
as a 12-36 month training plan. If you complete all elements of the training steps in a shorter amount of time, we may waive the remainder of the time required. Candidates will be considered as Natural Resource Scientist 3 or Natural Resource Scientist 2 (In-Training),
depending on qualifications.

One of the world's most scenic places, Washington State offers breathtaking discoveries for people who love natural beauty and outdoor recreation, from the Pacific Coast shores to the rugged Cascade Mountains to the rolling hills of the Palouse. The duty station is located in Olympia. For more information on this area visit:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, telework (mobile-work) is expected for most office activities.
When approved to return, staff are expected to report to their assigned duty station for work
activities or may be approved for telework based on DNR's telework policy.

About the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Our mission is to manage, sustain, and protect the health and productivity of Washington's lands and waters to meet the needs economically and socially for current and future generations. At DNR we approach our work through the lens of making Washington a better place environmentally and are dedicated to serving Washington's lands and communities through diversity, equity and inclusion. With nearly 1,500 employees in locations throughout Washington, we manage and protect more than 5 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands.

DNR provides excellent benefits, a few of those include:
Commitment to organizational health and wellness
Work/life balance
DNR Employee Resource Groups (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, Women's
Employee Resource Group, Veterans Employee Resource Group, etc.)
Statewide Employee Business Resource Groups
Leadership that empowers and supports employees
Professional development opportunities
Educational and career development aid
Public Service Loan Forgiveness Eligibility
Opportunities to participate in wildland fire suppression assignments
A comprehensive benefit package that includes employer contributions toward health
insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave and vacation days. Visit for more information.

How to Apply:
To be considered you must apply online at You must complete the entire online application to be considered for the position.
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Application Requirements:
Attach a letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the
position profile and the position required, desired and special requirements.
Attach a resume describing your experience and qualifications.
Provide three to five professional references - you may attach a document, use the
References text field in the online application, or include with resume.
Attach a copy of your college degree certificate or an unofficial copy of your transcripts.
Complete all supplemental questions.

Additional Information:
This recruitment may be extended and may also be used to fill future similar vacancies for up to sixty (60) days.
Veterans wishing to claim Veteran's preference please attach a copy of your DD-214, NGB-22 or other verification of military service. Please black out your social security number prior to attaching. We thank you and are grateful for your service!
Persons needing accommodation during the screening process or this announcement in an
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