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Columbia River Basin Groundwater Project Manager (Hydrogeologist 4)(In-Training)

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
September 12, 2018
Company
Washington State Department of Ecology
Location
Spokane, Washington
Years of Experiences
1 - 3
3 - 5
Career Level
Manager (Manager/Supervisor of Staff)
Education Level
Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, Doctorate
Salary
$65,580.00 - $86,076.00 Annually

About Washington State Department of Ecology

The Department of Ecology is Washington's environmental protection agency. Our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's land, air and water for current and future generations. We support environmental work throughout Washington. Nearly 70 percent of our budget is passed through to local communities to pay for projects that benefit the environment. We were founded in 1970 as the first agency in the nation dedicated to environmental protection.

Contact name
Phone
Email
careers@ecy.wa.gov
Website
https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/Get-to-know-us/Jobs-at-Ecology

Job description

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.


Office of Columbia River (OCR) is looking to fill a Columbia River Basin Groundwater Project Manager (Hydrogeologist 4) (In Training) position. This position will be located in our Eastern Regional office located in Spokane, WA.  

 

The Columbia River Basin Groundwater Project Manager position serves as the agency's project manager for implementation projects delegated by the OCR Director for groundwater oriented projects in the Columbia River Basin. This position will have lead responsibility within OCR to develop policies or technical guidelines as issues arise as a result of project management activities. Reports status and/or results of hydrologic issues and analyses to the OCR Director. Serves as a technical expert for aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) projects. Represents Ecology on the Walla Walla Water Management Initiative, a process in which local interests are working with Ecology to pilot a local approach to water management.


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. 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.ecology.wa.gov.
 



The mission of 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 Columbia River Basin Groundwater Project Manager? are:



  • Manages/coordinates projects that implement the Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan and within the Columbia River Basin which have been delegated in writing by the OCR Director.

  • Provides project management, including contract/grant management, regarding technical hydrogeologic services for OCR. 

  • Develops and reviews scopes of work, timelines, deliverables, budgets, and invoices. 

  • Requires onsite inspections and/or meeting participation. 

  • Performs technical review of hydrogeologic activities and acts as in-house technical expert regarding hydrogeologic issues to support OCR. 

  • Reports status and/or results of hydrology issues and analyses to the OCR Director, Water Resources Program Manager, Regional Director, equivalent, or higher. 

  • Develops, prepares and presents expert testimony as designated in writing by the OCR Director. 

  • Coordinates with Water Resources regional technical staff, serves as the lead hydrogeologist implementing project management regarding ground water issues and projects related to the Columbia Basin Project, supply-demand forecasting, aquifer storage and recovery, groundwater monitoring, and groundwater modeling.

  • Represents Ecology on the Walla Walla Water Management Initiative, a process in which local interests are working with Ecology to pilot a local approach to water management.

  • Plans, develops, conducts and oversees professional geologic and hydrogeologic investigations, research, and mapping of geologic formations, watersheds, basins, and aquifers to determine hydrogeologic and hydraulic characteristics and regional water resource availability. 

  • Directs or oversees other Columbia Basin studies which involve field and office work and technical evaluations in applied hydrogeology. This includes review and evaluation of water resource and water development projects and designs specific test criteria to evaluate hydraulic parameters utilizing state­ of-the-art theories and practices of hydrogeology.

  • Reviews and evaluates water resource and water quality data collection and analysis, and preparation and review of formal responses to inquiries from other governmental units and private interests. 

  • Reviews major ground water and surface water development projects and designs specific test criteria to evaluate hydraulic parameters utilizing state-of-the-art theories and practices of hydrogeology. 

  • Serves as an expert witness for court proceedings on hydrogeology and complex project permitting for OCR.

  • Participates as an active member of the Office of the Columbia River Operations Unit on issues related to groundwater supply and demand, hydraulic continuity, aquifer storage and recovery, and mitigation. 

  • Provides hydrogeologic expertise and assist in the development of policies, procedures, technical guidelines, and administrative rules. 

  • Meets with citizen groups, consultants, local government officials, other state agencies and federal agencies for planning, coordination, review and direction of special projects, and coordinate support functions within the agency and in cooperation with other agencies.

  • Participates in the YRBWEP groundwater subcommittee in coordination with the OCR Engineer.  

  • Present programs and seminars on Office of Columbia River-related activities of the department and to explain hydrogeologic principals.



The goal class for this position is a Hydrogeologist 4. We will consider applicants who meet the requirements for the Hydrogeologist 2, 3 and 4 levels. If the finalist meets the requirements for the HG2 level then they will be hired in at that level and will be placed into a training program to become a HG3 and then a HG 4 within a specified period of time.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be October 1, 2018.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before September 30, 2018. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


 


Qualifications

 


Required Qualifications:
 

HG2 (Entry Class) pay range 58 $4,487.00 - $5,885.00

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


AND 
 

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


OR
 

One (1) 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.
 
HG3 (Intermediate Class) pay range 62 $4,954.00 - $6,499.00

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

 

AND

Three (3) years of professional experience as a hydrogeologist, hydrologist, geologist or closely allied profession.


OR


One (1) year as a Hydrogeologist 2. 

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

A Ph.D. will substitute for three years of experience if major research was in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field.
 
HG4 (Goal Class) pay range 66 $5,465.00 - $7,173.00

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


AND
 

Five years of professional level experience as a hydrogeologist, hydrologist, geologist, or closely allied profession at the Hydrogeologist 2 level, higher or equivalent.  Three of the five years of professional level experience must be directly related to water rights administration, water resource policy development, or water resource planning.

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

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

 

Desired Qualifications:
 

Completed course work or experience in GIS systems and analysis
Completed course work or experience in agricultural irrigation systems, natural science, or water resources.
Ability to work independently on large projects and stay focused on tasks for long periods of time
Ability to produce high quality and accurate work products in a timely manner
Effective communication skills: both written and verbal
Ability to research and analyze legal documents
Experience with applications such as GIS, EXCEL, POWER POINT and WORD.
 

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:


Must have a valid license to practice hydrogeology in the state of Washington at the HG3 and HG4 classification.

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 https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.


 


*See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information



 


Supplemental Information

 


Application Instructions:

 

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/2202046/columbia-river-basin-groundwater-project-manager-hydrogeologist-4in-training


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 Mark Schuppe at: mark.schuppe@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Mark 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.