Hydrogeologist 1

Hydrogeologist 1

$45,540.00 – $59,724.00 Annually
Yakima County – Union Gap, WA
Job Type
Full Time – Permanent
Dept. of Ecology
Job Number
11/21/2017 11:59 PM Pacific
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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

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. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, has leadership that embraces the value of people, and believes in the fun factor, Ecology is a good fit.

The Environmental Assessment Program (EAP) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Hydrogeologist 1 position. This position is located in our Central Regional Office (CRO) in Union Gap, WA.

The Hydrogeologist 1 position serves as a hydrogeologist performing analyses and technical services on assigned office and field projects involving surface water discharge, water quality measurement, and data telemetry. This position contributes to the agency and program missions by conducting Surface water, Groundwater, and Effectiveness Monitoring studies in support of the missions. This position also provides support in developing and implementing scientifically credible, well-coordinated monitoring programs designed to meet multiple agency objectives involving the management and regulation of Eastern Washington freshwater resources, including rivers, streams, and lakes.

We are looking for experienced applicants with project management experience, who are comfortable in field, office, and public settings; are confident, motivated, and self-directed; possess strong technical skills in hydrogeology/hydrology; enjoy data collection, evaluation, and interpretation; have excellent written and oral communication skills and are interested in working collaboratively with other hydrogeologists and environmental scientists on water issues of regional and statewide importance.

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 TwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at www.ecy.wa.gov.

Local efforts… Diverse people… Statewide impacts
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The Environmental Assessment Program  provides a range of scientific, monitoring, laboratory, and quality assurance services. Its mission is to measure, assess and communicate environmental conditions in Washington State.

Some of the key work activities for the Hydrogeologist 1 position include:

  • This position serves as an entry level Hydrogeologist in the area of surface water discharge, water quality measurement, and data telemetry.
  • Performs professional duties including the planning and implementation of environmental studies involving data telemetry and field measurement of stream discharge and water quality on select rivers and streams.
  • Installs, operates and maintains continuous water quality sondes and water stage height telemetry systems. Downloads water quality sondes, data loggers and services telemetry systems and makes upgrades as required.
  • Is responsible for the collection of water quality samples for the North Central Ambient Monitoring run. This sampling effort requires three plus days of field time.
  • Reviews, researches, and interprets pertinent literature, in-house files, and computer data bases for specific surface water quality, groundwater quality, or water use projects within Eastern Washington.
  • Provides field support to other EAP team members as requested.
  • Supports data management activities including proofing field sheet, entering data into a database, validates data quality, and secures data from outside sources as necessary to meet agency needs.
  • Reviews hydrogeologic and hydrologic data and information in reports prepared by others to assure that such information is accurate and complete.

Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s degree involving 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 professional or one year as a Hydrogeologist Trainee.

A Master’s degree with a major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field will substitute for the experience.

Knowledge of:

  • Physical and natural sciences related to quantity, quality, development, and monitoring of groundwater and surface water;
  • Principles and practices of hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, well and stream hydraulics, soils, geochemistry, meteorology, and related earth sciences;
  • Tech­niques and procedures for water sampling and monitoring;
  • Basic computer science; field surveying, mapping, instrumentation techniques
  • Technical writing.

Desired Qualifications:

Preferred training and certification:

  • Demonstrated skill in writing clear technical reports.
  • Ability to deliver oral presentations on technical subject-matter.
  • GIS mapping skills.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:
Please include the following documents as an attachment to your 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 www.careers.wa.gov 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 careers@ecy.wa.gov. 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 George Onwumere at: ogeo461@ecy.wa.gov.  Please do not contact George 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. All employees covered by the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the WFSE will, as a condition of employment, either become members of the WFSE and pay membership dues or, as non-members, pay a representation fee as described in the CBA, no later than the 30th day following the effective date of this CBA or the beginning of their employment.

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.

More than Just a Paycheck!
Employee benefits are not just about the kind of services you get, they are also about how much you may have to pay out of pocket. Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.

We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career and that your priority is making sure that you and your family will maintain health and financial security. That’s why choice is a key component of our benefits package. We have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits that you can mix and match to meet your current and future needs.

Read about our benefits:
The following information describes typical benefits available for full-time employees who are expected to work more than six months. Actual benefits may vary by appointment type or be prorated for other than full-time work. Check with the agency human resource office for specific benefit information.
Insurance Benefits
Employees and families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance.  There are multiple medical plans with affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout the state.  Staff are eligible to enroll each year in a medical flexible spending account which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care expenses.  Employees are also covered by basic life and long term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional coverage amounts.  To view premium rates, coverage choice in your area and how to enroll, please visit the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) website.
Retirement and Deferred Compensation
State Employees are members of the Washington Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS).  New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs.  For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems‘ web site.
Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP).  This is a supplemental retirement savings program (similar to an IRA) that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options.
Vacation (Annual Leave)
You begin accruing vacation starting your first month of employment. Since we value your loyalty, the amount of vacation you can accrue increases the longer you work with us. Washington State supports members of the armed forces with 21 days paid military leave per year. Vacation accrues for full-time employees per WAC 357-31-165.


Full-time employees are entitled to eleven* paid holidays:

New Year’s Day
January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday
Third Monday in January
Presidents’ Day
Third Monday in February
Memorial Day
Last Monday in May
Independence Day
July 4
Labor Day
First Monday in September
Veterans’ Day
November 11
Thanksgiving Day
Fourth Thursday in November & Friday after
Christmas Day
December 25
Personal Holiday
Employee’s selection each calendar year

*Employees who are members of certain Unions are entitled to an additional personal leave day of their choice. Please refer to specific Collective Bargaining Agreements for more information.

Social Security
All state employees are covered by the federal Social Security and Medicare systems. The state and the employee pay an equal amount into the system.
Sick Leave
Full-time employees earn eight hours of sick leave per month. Paid sick leave may be used for reasons included in WAC 357-31-130.
Please visit the State HR Website for more detailed information.
How did you hear about this job posting?

  • Community Based Organization
  • Community / Technical College
  • Ecology Recruiter
  • Ecology Jobs Page
  • Facebook
  • Job Board
  • Ecology Employee
  • Job Fair
  • LinkedIn
  • Newspaper
  • Other State Agency
  • Other Website
  • Professional Association
  • Twitter
  • University Job Board
  • WorkSource
  • www.careers.wa.gov
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Please select the statement that best describes your level of education involving a major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field.

  • I have a bachelor’s degree
  • I have a master’s degree
  • I have a PhD
  • None of the above statements apply
Please indicate your degree and major.
Which statement best describes your professional experience as a hydrogeologist, hydrologist, geologist or closely allied profession.

  • I have at least one year of experience.
  • None of the above statements apply.
Please list your position title(s) and describe your duties, with periods of employment, to support your responses question number 5. An incomplete answer, including “please see resume” may remove you from further consideration. If none, please type N/A on the space below.
Please describe your experience planning and conducting environmental studies/investigations – including the study/investigation type(s), field and monitoring equipment you have used, and your role in the study/investigation(s).
Please describe your experience planning and conducting streamflow monitoring – including field and monitoring equipment you have used, and your role in the monitoring study.
Please describe the software tools/applications you have used for your hydrogeological/environmental monitoring work, and your level of proficiency with each (e.g. beginner, advanced, expert).
Are you willing and able to travel for field work, meetings, and other activities, possibly for several concurrent days?

  • Yes
  • No
Are you willing and able to work in all types of terrain (often while carrying heavy loads) and in weather conditions which may include heavy rain, snow, wind, or direct sun?

  • Yes
  • No
Do you have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain and maintain a valid driver’s license?

  • Yes
  • No

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