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Natural Resource Scientist 2

State of Washington
Olympia, Washington, US
Closing date
Aug 19, 2022

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Academic / Research, Government
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
Please Note: The pay listed above includes the 3.25% pay increase that will go into effect on July 1, 2022.

Per Governor Inslee'sProclamation 21-14.2, 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 contactCareers@ecy.wa.govwith "COVID-19 vaccination" in the subject line.

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

TheEnvironmental Assessment Program(EAP)within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill aNatural Resource Scientist 2position. This position is located in our Eastern Regional Office (ERO) in Spokane, WA.

In this role, you will perform specialized surface water flow monitoring, freshwater aquatic and stream ecology research, and groundwater monitoring using conventional techniques. Your responsibilities will include gathering and analyzing sampling information to assess the status and trends of the streams, rivers and groundwater resources throughout Washington State. You will use scientific knowledge and professional judgment to serve as a staff natural resource scientist performing specialized freshwater aquatic and stream ecology research, groundwater investigations, coordinating, gathering, and analyzing water quality and biological sampling information to develop recommendations in order for management to make decisions regarding natural resources in Eastern Washington

DuringHealthy 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 mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing. Looking ahead, Ecology has recently updated the agency policies on telework and flexible and compressed work schedules. Applicants with questions about position location options, telework, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in "other information."

The Environmental Assessment Program provides a range of scientific, monitoring, laboratory, and quality assurance services. Its mission is to measure and assess environmental conditions in Washington State.

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 embraces the value of people.

Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:

* Ahealthy 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 Ecology's 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 Ecology's 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.

Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of July 6, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before July 5, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

What makes this role unique?

The Environmental Assessment Program is the science arm of our agency. Our scientists measure and analyze environmental conditions. Quality data is our highest priority. We use this data to evaluate and communicate environmental threats and to guide the state's environmental policy decisions. Our hydrologists maintain a network of stream-gaging stations that report streamflow conditions in rivers and streams across the state to examine current water quality and streamflow conditions, and studies trends in stream health over time. The data we collect helps us make decisions on how to meet the water needs of people, wildlife, and the natural environment. Our natural resource scientists study water quality and habitat to learn what kinds of plants and animals freshwater ecosystems support and collect data on the health of environmental systems that support plant and animal life. Our research helps us to restore and measure the health of important habitats across the state that are crucial for the survival of Washington's diverse plant and animal populations.

What you will do:

* Perform field investigations, including taking stream flow measurements, groundwater level measurements aquifer tests, geologic mapping, aerial photograph interpretation, and/or graphic information system analysis.
* Plan and conduct hydrology and environmental surveys, analyze and record field conditions, including measuring surface water quality and stream flows in Eastern Washington.
* Plan and conduct hydrogeology investigations, analyze and record field conditions, including evaluating groundwater quality and estimating groundwater flow conditions in Eastern Washington.
* Perform quality checks on water quality data and loads hydrogeologic data into the agency's environmental database (EIM).
* Perform analysis of hydrology and hydrogeologic data and information using a variety of analytical tools to evaluate groundwater/surface water interactions.
* Perform cross-section and program technical peer review of hydrologic and water quality modeling and pollutant loading reports.

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.

Option 1: A Bachelor of science degree with major study in geology, hydrogeology, hydrology, natural science, freshwater stream ecology or closely allied field.


Three years of experience in freshwater stream ecology research and hydrogeologic investigations.

Option 2:A Master's degree with major study in hydrology, hydrogeology, freshwater stream ecology or aquatic ecosystem monitoring.


One year of experience in freshwater stream ecology research and hydrogeologic investigations.

Option 3:A Ph.D. with major study in hydrology, hydrogeology, freshwater stream ecology or aquatic ecosystem monitoring.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

Must possess a valid driver's license.

Desired Qualifications:

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

* Coursework in Environmental Science, Natural Science, Geology, Hydrogeology, Hydrology, Stream Ecology, Fisheries Biology, Chemistry, Forestry or related field would be advantageous.
* Ability to conduct fieldwork under a variety of conditions.
* Experience collecting groundwater and surface water samples and measuring streamflow is desired.
* Some experience with data analysis and data management.
* Good communication and writing skills.
* 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Certification and current 8-hour Annual Refresher.

Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.

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

* Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: careers@ecy.wa.govand 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.
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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 (such as 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 Cathrene Glick at: Please do not contact Cathrene to inquire about the status of your application.

To request the full position description:

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, 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 for more details.

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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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