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Site Manager & Hydrogeologist (Hydrogeologist 3) (2 Positions)

Company: Washington State Department of Ecology
Location: Tacoma
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

Per Governor Inslees Proclamation 21-14.1 (Download PDF reader), Washington State employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18th, 2021. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 Vaccination as part of the hire process. 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.

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


Resumes received by email will not be considered. Only apply at the above web address.

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Toxics Cleanup Program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill two Hydrogeologist 3 positions. These positions are located in our Southwest Regional Office in Lacey, WA.

As a Site Manager, you will help responsible parties through the cleanup process by providing them with technical assistance and guidance. You will review and evaluate technical documents to ensure they are complete and meet compliance requirements. You will get to work with other cleanup site managers with varied backgrounds and experience, and in some cases, you may work as a member of a team if the site is particularly complex.

The Toxics Cleanup Program promotes collaboration and sharing of experiences and promotes opportunities for education and professional growth through regular meetings and trainings. As a cleanup site manager, you will work with clients, consultants and environmental groups to evaluate and implement the best solutions for site cleanup.

Differences between the two positions:

The Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) site manager focuses on hydrogeologic analyses and technical services for ground water, unsaturated zone and/or surface water investigations, feasibility studies, and cleanup actions at LUST sites within multiple counties of the Southwest Region.
The Voluntary Cleanup (VCP) site manager focuses on providing technical assistance and guidance at independent cleanup sites enrolled in the VCP.

The Toxics Cleanup Program's mission is to prevent and remove contamination and support sustainable communities. The Lands Cleanup Unit provides regulatory interpretations for the implementation of the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) Cleanup Regulation and Sediment Management Standards (SMS) for cleanup and restoration activities within the 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 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.

Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of October 8, 2021. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before October 7, 2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


What make these roles unique?
You will work with clients and consultants as they manage cleanup processes. You will learn new technical concepts, and help clients and consultants understand and manage the regulations.

This is a great opportunity to develop coaching, mentoring, and management skills both as a subject matter expert and as a site manager. You will work in collaboration with the section manager, supervisor, and other site managers to lead and mentor others.

What you'll do:

Review cleanup projects to determine if the cleanup meets the substantive requirements of the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA), and provide opinion letters.
Plan, direct, and provide oversight on hydrogeological analysis on all aspects of assigned MTCA cleanup sites, including drafting and negotiating agreed and enforcement orders and consent decrees.
Manage and report on contracts and grants.
Recommend compliance schedules.
Perform initial investigations of Ecologys Environmental Report Tracking System complaints.
Select and prioritize contaminated sites for assessment.
Research, evaluate, and draw conclusions from data; support recommendations with facts and analysis; interpret and apply rules, laws, policies, and procedures.

Required Qualifications:
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, educational, volunteer and lived-experience. See below for how you may qualify.

Option 1:

A Bachelors 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.

Option 2:

A Masters degree with a major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field

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

Option 3:

A Ph.D. involving a major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field.

Option 4:

A Bachelors degree or higher involving a major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field

One (1) year of experience as a Hydrogeologist 2 at the Department of Ecology.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
Must have a valid driver's license
Must have a valid Washington State Geologist license
Must have, or be able to complete, a 40-hour hazardous material training within 6 months of hire
Must be able to complete annual 8-hour hazardous material training refresher

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

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, project management skills, and meeting facilitation skills.
Familiarity with the MTCA cleanup regulation.
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 prior to submitting their application materials. 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 and paste into your browser:


Resumes received by email will not be considered. Only apply at the above web address.

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

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 Nick Acklam at: nicholas.acklam@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Nick 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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