Back to Results

Formal Cleanup Project Manager/Senior Hydrogeologist 4

Biotech/R&D/Science Jobs
Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
May 08, 2019
Washington State Department of Ecology
Lacey, WA
Years of Experiences
1 - 3
3 - 5
5 - 10
Career Level
Manager (Manager/Supervisor of Staff)
Education Level
Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, Doctorate, Professional
$66,888.00 - $87,792.00 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

Job description

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen


Please apply through the following link:

Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We have 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, Ecology is a good fit.

The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) is looking to fill a Formal Cleanup Project Manager/ Senior Hydrogeologist 4 position. The position will be located in our Southwest Regional Office (SWRO) in Lacey, WA.

The Formal Cleanup Project Manager position serves as a formal site manager/ senior hydrogeologist with the primary responsibility of managing and guiding the cleanup of contaminated sites through the cleanup process in accordance with the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) regulation.  Additionally, this position provides technical assistance and guidance on hydrogeologic analyses and technical issues involving ground water, the unsaturated zone, sediments and/or surface water investigations, feasibility studies, and cleanup actions at formal sites within multiple counties of the Southwest Region. This position ensures formal sites meet the substantive requirements of the MTCA and thus support the Clean Up Sites goal in the Toxics Cleanup Program's strategic plan.

We are looking for applicants who are self-motivated, organized, are thorough and can effectively evaluate scientific data. The successful candidate needs to be able to effectively communicate verbally and in writing, be willing to work independently and on a team as needed and to have good project management skills.

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. 

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at and follow, like or visit us on LinkedInTwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts


The mission of the Toxics Cleanup Program  is to protect Washington's human health and environment by preventing and cleaning up pollution and supporting sustainable communities and natural resources for the benefit of current and future generations.
The Formal Cleanup Project Manager position evaluates complex hydrogeologic data and other scientific information submitted by others and compares the environmental data with our environmental laws for compliance. It involves shepherding potential liable parties (PLPs) of contaminated property through the environmental cleanup process. It requires a thorough understanding of our laws, attention to detail, good project management skills and the ability to effectively communicate with all parties involved.

Additional Information:

  • The successful candidate would be a section expert on hydrogeologic issues and be asked to provide opinions regarding complex hydrogeologic data for sites managed by others in the section. 

  • The successful candidate for this position needs to be able ensure compliance with our regulations, sometimes with difficult PLPs.

  • This job offers many challenges and opportunities to learn new things.  It is never boring.

About the program staff:
The Toxics Cleanup Program is very supportive and there is a lot of collaboration amongst the staff and managers in the program.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The Initial screening will be May 22, 2019.  In order to be considered for the Initial screening, please submit an application on or before May 21, 2019. 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 3 level, higher or equivalent.  
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. will substitute for three (3) years of experience if major research was in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field.
NOTE: This position also requires possession of a valid Washington State Hydrogeologist license.


Verification of completion of an Initial 40-hour hazardous materials training or the ability to successfully complete the training within the first six months of employment, followed by successful completion of an annual 8-hour refresher.
The experience at the Hydrogeologist 3 level can include a combination of the following: 1) Plans and conducts professional investigations and provides comprehensive hydrogeologic services to other sections, programs, or regional offices in the department; 2) Applies state-of-the-art theories and practices of hydrogeology in:  review of major ground water and surface water development projects; hydrogeologic research; complex investigations of water right conflicts; development and use of computer models to analyze site specific concerns; water quality and contamina­tion problems; and administration of the Water Code, Ground Water Quality Stan­dards, Waste Regulations, or related State and Federal laws and regulations; consults with management personnel to define project goals and objectives; 3) Reviews and prepares letters, memos, technical reports and bulletins; 4) Testifies as an expert witness in court or administrative hearings; 5) Trains other staff in hydrogeologic research and investigative techniques; 6) Attends and participates in professional or scientific meetings, conferences, and seminars; 7) Plans and conducts ground or surface water studies such as:  regional geologic mapping of aquifers, basins, and watersheds; identifies and maps geologic formations and their hydrogeologic and hydraulic characteristics; determines rate and extent of ground water mining; investigates complaints of interference and protection of water rights; provides project leadership for collection of data on depth to ground water, well yields, and the extent of ground water contamina­tion; designs and evaluates technical adequacy of ground water monitoring net­works; determines effects of ground water withdrawals on surface water; esti­mates fresh water inflows, tidal effects, wind wave analysis, and long-shore drift for estuaries and coastal environments; determines hydrogeologic relation­ships in migration and accumulation of contaminants; conducts advanced hydrogeologic analysis including modeling flow systems, and contaminant migra­tion; conducts surface and ground water supply studies, storage estimates, artificial recharge studies, and special studies for waste sites; 8) Provides professional implementation and enforcement of state laws and regulations.
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

  • A valid Driver's License.

  • Possession of a valid Washington State Hydrogeologist 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:

In order to be considered, applicants MUST include the following documents as an attachment to their 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 Andrew Smith at:  Please do not contact Andrew 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.