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Toxics Source Identification Monitoring Lead (Natural Resource Scientist 3)

 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) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Toxics Source Identification Monitoring Lead (Natural Resource Scientist 3) position. This position will be located at our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

The Toxics Source Identification Monitoring Lead position is a senior staff scientist in the Toxics Studies Unit (TSU), this position is responsible for identifying sources of toxic contaminants in basins where salmonids may be impacted. This data is used to conduct toxic contamination source identification, determine effectiveness of source control efforts, and assess water bodies for toxic contaminants.
We are looking for applicants who possess strong technical skills, are capable of synthesizing a wide array of subject matter into a usable format, and the ability to collaborate with local groups to accomplish the work.

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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This position will be located within the Environmental Assessment Program (EAP). The mission of the Environmental Assessment Program is to measure, assess, and communicate environmental conditions in Washington State for the purpose of providing credible science to guide environmental decisions.

Some of the key work activities of the Toxics Source Identification Monitoring Lead position are:
  • Defines and directs the Toxics Source Identification Program including writing the project plan, selecting monitoring parameters, monitoring techniques, and defining study areas.
  • Leads and mentors other professional staff assigned to the project including training on appropriate technical methods, field and monitoring procedures, quality assurance procedures, and office procedures.
  • Oversees staff in the office and field, conducts monitoring surveys, collects samples including record keeping and reporting procedures.
  • Prepares quality assurance project plans (QAPPs), standard operating procedures (SOPs), and scientific reports.
  • Works closely with analytical laboratories to coordinate analysis of environmental samples including developing Request for Proposals for externally contracted analyses and work.
  • Conducts surveys, analyzes and records conditions for collection of environmental samples for toxics chemical analysis.
  • Conducts statistical analysis and quality assurance review of environmental data. Uses various software programs for data analysis (spreadsheets and statistics), and report preparation (word processing).
  • Communicates sampling results to partners, public, industry, and other agency in and understandable manor.
  • Assists with data reduction, and entry of project data into Ecology's EIM System.
  • Presents and publishes information on toxics source identification studies at conferences and in peer review journals. 
  • Serves as expert witness in legal proceedings, and provides technical assistance to departmental programs. 
  • Provides recommendations to management for developing and/or changing regulations, policies, and guidelines necessary for pollution control.

This position is open until filled, with an initial screening on September 30, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before September 29, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.

Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor of Science degree with major study in fisheries, environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, or other closely allied field.


Four (4) years-professional research work experience evaluating the effects of toxic chemicals in the environment.
A Master's degree will substitute for two years, and a Ph.D. degree will substitute for all of the required experience provided the field of major study was in the specific specialty.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience designing and managing projects in the environmental sciences.
  • Experience collecting environmental samples of water, sediment or fish tissue for contaminant analysis.
  • Experience or education in aquatic toxicology, particularly as it relates to the health of salmonids.
  • Experience or education in bioinformatics and an interest in applications for environmental monitoring.
  • Experience conducting statistical analysis of environmental data using multivariate techniques.
  • Experience writing technical reports or publishing findings in scientific journals.
  • Experience presenting scientific findings at conferences.
 Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:
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:
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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. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.

Please complete the applicant profile when applying for these positions. 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 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 send an email to Jim Medlen at: Please do not contact Jim 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.