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Salary: $56,568.00 – $74,196.00 Annually
Job Number: 2019-EAP2386-07678
Closing: Continuous

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Environmental Assessment Program (EAP) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Hydrogeologist 2 position at our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

This Hydrogeologist 2 position serves as a staff hydrogeologist and is responsible for planning and conducting hydrogeologic investigations and providing technical services for groundwater, unsaturated zone and/or surface water investigations.

We are looking for applicants who possess a solid working knowledge of the principals and practices of geology and hydrogeology as they relate to the quality, quantity, development, and monitoring of groundwater and surface water resources. Applicants must have the ability and interest to work in the field under potentially adverse weather conditions. The successful candidate must also possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work both independently and with others in a project team setting.

This position will primarily be responsible for conducting monitoring field studies of toxics cleanup sites. Although, as a staff hydrogeologist work activities may also include studies to characterize groundwater/surface water interactions and asses potential impacts to groundwater quality from other land use practices.

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.

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

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.

This position serves as a staff hydrogeologist for EAP’s Groundwater/Forests and Fish unit.  Some of the key work activities for this Hydrogeologist 2 position include:

Conducts groundwater or surface water quality studies and analyzes environmental data:

  • Conducts project planning and compiles background information and existing data for assigned cleanup sites.
  • Develops project-specific study design and prepares Quality Assurance Project Plans, particularly in support of groundwater monitoring of toxic contaminants at hazardous water sites.
  • Plans and implements field logistics and data collection.
  • Performs quality checks on water quality data and loads hydrogeologic data into the agency’s environmental database (EIM).
  • Performs analysis of hydrogeologic data and information using a variety of analytical tools to evaluate subsurface contaminate transport and groundwater/surface water interactions.
  • Leads subordinate staff in field data collection and data analysis.
  • Provides support for other projects by preparing visual materials.

Communicates hydrogeologic information to diverse audiences:

  • Writes professional technical reports for publication on the status and results of hydrogeologic issues and analysis.
  • Presents study results orally to peers, managers, and to non-technical audiences.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The Initial screening will be August 26, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before August 25, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

Please do NOT include your salary history.


Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology or closely allied field.


Two years of professional experience as a hydrogeologist, hydrologist, geologist or closely allied profession.


One year as a Hydrogeologist 1 at the Department of Ecology.

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

Desired Qualifications:

  • Groundwater monitoring field experience (e.g. measurement of groundwater levels, water quality sampling, installing and downloading pressure transducers, conducting aquifer tests, etc.).
  • Experience managing and working with environmental or scientific data.
  • Demonstrated skill in writing clear technical reports.
  • Ability to deliver oral presentations on technical subject matter.
  • Knowledge of and experience with ArcGIS software.
  • OSHA 40-hour HAZWOPER certification.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

  • Must work under the responsible charge of hydrogeologist licensed in the State of Washington
  • Must possess a valid driver’s 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) (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.

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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 do NOT include your salary history.
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 Pam Marti at: Please do not contact Pam 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.

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.