Unit Supervisor (Hydrogeologist 4)

$65,580.00 – $86,076.00 Annually
Thurston County – Lacey, WA
Job Type
Full Time – Permanent
Dept. of Ecology
Job Number
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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 Unit Supervisor (Hydrogeologist 4) position. This position will be located at our Headquarter Building in Lacey, WA.

The Unit Supervisor position manages a highly technical unit comprised of hydrogeologists, research scientists, and biologists. The position is responsible for developing and implementing scientifically credible research and monitoring programs concerning the quality and quantity of state groundwater and surface water resources. The position acts as a supervisor and a subject-matter reviewer, and makes expertise-based recommendations on groundwater study design and implementation. This position also serves as a senior hydrogeologist, planning, developing, conducting, directing, and overseeing independent hydrologic projects statewide.

We are looking for candidates who possess excellent management skills, experience presenting complex hydrogeological information to a diverse audience, and a passion for furthering Ecology’s mission.

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
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 of the Unit Supervisor position are:

  • Develops and leads program strategy for groundwater and forest and fish.
  • Manages the day to day operations including personnel and budget.
  • Directs technical staff in the design and implementation of surface and groundwater monitoring and forest and fish monitoring duties statewide.
  • Conducts independent hydrologic projects statewide.

Interesting aspects of the position:

  • This position will have a key role in leading the science to protect our state’s groundwater and forest resources.
  • This position will present complex science to a diverse audience including scientists, members of the public, and the legislature.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be August 15, 2018.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before August 14, 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


Five (5) years of professional experience as a hydrogeologist, hydrologist, geologist, or closely allied profession at the Hydrogeologist 2 level, higher or equivalent.

The experience at the Hydrogeologist 2 level can include a combination of the following:  (1) Provides professional hydrogeologic review and analysis of water quality and water quantity problems. (2) Provides technical hydrogeologic assistance to other sections or programs in the department. (3) Measures streamflow. (4) Estimates low streamflow, flood magnitude and frequency analysis. (5) Conducts drought and watershed yield analysis. (6) Locates and maps contaminant migration in ground water, unsaturated zone and surface water. (7) Determines hydrogeologic characteristics of drainage basins, aquifers, and waste sites. (8) Performs field duties on pump tests, slug tests, aquifer tests, and tracer studies to determine hydrogeologic characteristics such as potentiometric surface, seasonal water level variability, hydraulic conductivity, storage coefficient, dispersivity, velocity and direction of ground water flow, and well interference. (9) Analyzes project data, interprets results and reports conclusions. (10) Oversees and approves various phases of project development and implementation. (11) Provides project leadership of technicians and hydrogeologic staff on field projects. (12) Provides professional implementation and enforcement of state laws and regulations. (13) Responds to inquiries from public officials and private interests. (14) Assists in drafting and administering contracts for detailed hydrogeologic investigations and well construction. (15) Assists in drilling and administering contracts for detailed hydrogeologic investigations and well construction (16) Prepares technical reports and memoranda.

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

A Ph.D. degree will substitute for three (3) years of experience if major research was in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field.

This position requires knowledge of: Physical and natural sciences related to ground/surface water quality, quantity, development, and basin-wide management; principles and practices of hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, well hydraulics, soils, geochemistry, meteorology, and related earth science and engineering subjects; waste disposal practices; computer sciences; well construction; field surveying techniques, instruments, and mapping; Water Code, Ground Water Quality Stan­dards, Dangerous Waste Regulations, and related departmental regulations; tech­niques and procedures for water sampling and monitoring; principles and proce­dures of cost estimating, budgeting, and public finance; principles and practic­es of workload management, program administration, human relations, and person­nel development programs.

The position also requires the ability to: Plan, organize, conduct, and direct hydrogeologic/surface water investigations, field work, and special studies of water quality, water quantity, hazardous waste, and water right problems; draft and administer departmental contracts; apply state-of-the-art theories and practices of hydrogeology; prepare and publish technical reports and bulletins; provide peer review of hydrogeologic activities and reports; interpret and apply the Water Code, Ground Water Quality Standards, related State and Federal laws, and related departmental regulations; evaluate and report on proposed water resources management legislation; negotiate with supervisory personnel of the agency and represent the program in departmental matters as directed; issue clear, concise, and tactful written and oral communications.

Desired Qualifications:

This position also employs knowledge of the principles of management as applied in a scientific work environment, including familiarity with environmental monitoring and assessment methods.

Desired knowledge, skills, and abilities include:

  • Knowledge of the collective bargaining agreement by and between “The State of Washington” and “Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE)”, state civil service system rules, and agency policies concerning personnel development and personnel actions including recruitment, hiring, training, professional development, performance evaluation, corrective action, affirmative action and diversity goals, and corrective or disciplinary actions.
  • Knowledge of budget management, including budget planning and tracking, time accounting and employee leave, purchasing and procurement procedures, and negotiating and administering contracts and inter-agency agreements.
  • Knowledge of the principles of aquatic pollution ecology, specifically in scientific research methods for sample collection, data analysis, statistical testing, computer modeling, and information management.
  • Knowledge of the current State and Federal laws and regulations establishing water quality standards.
  • Knowledge of standard methods governing sampling design, sampling methods and protocols, laboratory methods and procedures, and quality assurance procedures.
  • Skills to write, review, and edit technical reports and to present complex scientific material to management and the public.
  • Skills to design and implement environmental monitoring studies, including application of quality assurance procedures.
  • Skills to strategically plan, schedule, and track monitoring project workloads to assure timely delivery of quality products to clients.
  • Ability to plan, develop, conduct, direct, and oversee independent hydrologic projects statewide.
  • Ability to administer a monitoring program designed to assess the causes and effects of pollution on groundwater, surface water, sediment, and biological resources.
  • Ability to formulate environmental monitoring policy in consideration of state and federal environmental laws and regulations.
  • Ability to communicate, coordinate, and negotiate with employees, managers, clients, governmental agencies, tribes, stakeholders, and the public.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

This position requires possession of a valid Washington State Geologist License and either a Washington State Engineering Geologist Specialty License or a Washington State Hydrogeologist Specialty 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 ForgivenessTuition Waiver,  Long Term Disability & Life InsuranceDeferred Compensation ProgramsDependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA)Employee Assistance ProgramCommute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader)Combined Fund DriveSmartHealth

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:
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 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 Jessica Archer at:  Please do not contact Jessica 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.

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.

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Please select the statement that best describes your education with 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 Ph.D.
  • None of the above statements apply.
Please indicate your degree and major study.

Please select the statement that best describes your experience as a hydrogeologist, hydrologist, geologist, or closely allied profession at the Hydogeologist 2 level or above.

  • I have at least two (2) years of experience.
  • I have at least three (3) years of experience.
  • I have at least five (5) years of experience.
  • None of the above statements apply,
Please provide additional information to support your response above. The following information is needed: position title(s), specific duties, and periods of employment. Make sure your response specifically addresses the qualification above. An incomplete answer, including “please see resume” may remove you from further consideration.

Do you have a valid Washington State Geologist License AND either a Washington State Engineering Geologist Specialty License or a Washington State Hydrogeologist Specialty License?

  • Yes
  • No
Please list the licenses you possess.
Please describe your experience conducting hydrogeologic field investigations – including the investigation type(s), field and monitoring equipment you have used, and your role in the investigation(s).
Please describe your experience conducting hydrogeologic analyses and writing technical reports. Please attach a bibliography of representative reports or other technical documents you authored or co-authored within the past 10 years.
Please describe the software tools/applications you have used for your hydrogeologic work, and your level of proficiency with each (e.g. beginner, advanced, expert).
Describe the length of time and type of experience you have managing budgets? What is the largest budget amount that you have managed?

Are you willing and able to travel for field work, meetings, and other activities, possibly for several consecutive days?

  • Yes
  • No
Describe the length of time and type of experience you have supervising staff? How many staff did you supervise during those years?

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?

  • Yes
  • No

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