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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 Office of Columbia River (OCR) is looking to fill a Hydrogeologist 2 position. This position will be located in our Central Regional Office (CRO) in Union Gap, WA.
The Hydrogeologist 2 position is responsible for providing technical services such as data collection, field measurements, hydrogeological data analysis and preparation and review of technical reports under the review of a Licensed Hydrogeologist. This position will directly support activities associated with the Groundwater Storage Element of the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan.

We are looking for applicants who have excellent communication skills, are collaborative, and are good at solving problems.

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.

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The mission of the Office of Columbia River (OCR) is to aggressively pursue the development of new water supplies for the Columbia River through conservation and storage projects.

Some of the key work activities of the Hydrogeologist 2 are:

Project Management:
  • Serves as a junior Hydrogeologist for the Office of Columbia River. Under the supervision of a licensed hydrogeologist, is responsible for managing grants, contracts, and interagency agreements, and new contract development.
  • Monitors the status of their scope of work completion on assigned grants and contracts.
  • Communicates the progress of contract deliverables to senior hydrogeologists and engineers within the Office of Columbia River.
  • Assists in communicating the status and future planning of groundwater storage projects develop new water supplies for the Yakima Basin, including SEPA as needed.
Hydrogeology Review:
  • Provides professional hydrogeologic assistance to support water right management decisions and aquifer storage and recovery projects in the Yakima Basin.
  • Reviews, analyzes, and collects hydrogeologic data.
  • Determines the hydrogeologic characteristic, such as seasonal water level variability, hydraulic conductivity, storage coefficients, direction of groundwater flow, and well interference.
  • Performs field investigations that may require stream flow measurements, aquifer tests, geologic mapping, aerial photograph analysis and water level measurements.
  • Utilizes PC based computer models to evaluate well/stream relationships, aquifer characteristics and well interference information, prepares written technical reports and reviews those submitted by consultants for technical accuracy and usability.
Meeting Coordination and Facilitation:
  • Responsible for scheduling, coordinating, and facilitating YBIP groundwater subcommittee meetings.
  • Prepares agendas and minutes, compiles documents and project proposals for review by the subcommittees.
  • Communicates groundwater subcommittee input and project updates with other YBIP subcommittee facilitators regarding the status of YBIP groundwater subcommittee projects, budgets and groundwater subcommittee planning.
  • Provides status updates on groundwater subcommittee YBIP Projects and the Groundwater Storage Subcommittee to the Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Program workgroup.
This position is open until filled, with an initial screening date of September 3, 2019. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before September 2, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

Please Note: This is a project position that is funded until June 30, 2021

Please do NOT include a 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.
A Master's degree with major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology or closely allied field will substitute for the two years of experience. 
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

Possess and maintain 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 and addressing climate change. 

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:
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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 a 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.

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If you have specific questions about the position, please email Tom Tebb at: Please do not contact Tom to inquire about the status of your application.

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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.