Staff Hydrogeologist (Hydrogeologist 2)
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 Staff Hydrogeologist position is responsible for providing hydrogeological technical support for Ecology water rights decisions of other permit writers in the Section including the review of hydrogeologic investigation reports, pump test reports and data and relevant conceptual or numerical modeling studies. Also, this position will prepare written reports of examinations that result in agency decisions on water right applications. In addition, this position will perform necessary hydrogeologic field investigations and collect, research and analyze technical information relating to water right applications, permits, certificates and claims and the filing of proofs of appropriations and review of proposed projects for feasibility and compatibility with State statutes, regulations and Water Resources Program policies and will prepare written reports of examinations that result in agency decisions on water right applications.
We are looking for applicants who are self-starters, possess strong communications skills, excellent writing skills, and work well with others.
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 Water Resources program is to manage our State's water resources to meet the needs of people and the natural environment, in partnership with Washington communities.
Some of the key work activities of the Staff Hydrogeologist position include:
- Serves as a staff level hydrogeologist in the administration of water resources laws and regulations.
- Work is performed under the technical review of a licensed Hydrogeologist 3 or equivalent.
- Conducts field investigations and necessary hydrogeological field analyses of water right applications and prepares hydrogeological memos for section permit writers and written reports of examination that result in agency approval, approval with conditions, or denial of water right applications.
- Prepares written reports of examinations that result in agency decisions on water right applications.
- Reviews hydrogeologic investigation reports, pump test reports and data and relevant conceptual or numerical modeling studies that are developed by consultants of water right applicants.
- Provides professional interpretation of subsurface geological and hydrogeological conditions, surficial flow and drainage conditions and determines the potential for impairment and legal and physical availability of surface water and groundwater in the area adjacent to the water right application(s).
- Coordinates and consults with other Water Resources staff, applicants, the public, local governmental and state agencies and Indian tribes regarding rules and regulations of water law.
- Responds to inquiries from water right applicants, their consultants, local governmental authorities, the public, and other agency staff on pending water right applications.
- Performs necessary field investigations and collecting, researching and analyzing technical information relating to water right applications, permits, certificates and claims and the filing of proofs of appropriations.
- Reviews proposed projects for feasibility and compatibility with State statutes, regulations and Water Resources Program policies and preparing written reports of examinations that result in agency decisions on water right applications.
- Performs water rights research using WRTS, microfiche, the well log database, public water system plans, water right files and via consultation with permit writers and managers.
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A bachelor's degree involving a major study in geology, hydrogeology, hydrology, or a closely allied field
Two (2) years of professional level experience as a hydrogeologist, hydrologist, geologist or closely allied field.
One (1) year experience as a Hydrogeologist 1, as long as the degree above has been obtained.
A Master's degree with a major study in one (1) of the above fields will substitute for two (2) years of the required experience.
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
Possess a valid driver's license.