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Underground Injection Control Program (UIC) Coordinator (Hydrogeologist 3)

Company: State of Washington
Location: Olympia
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Water Quality Program within the Department of Ecology is looking for a Hydrogeologist to join our Watershed Management Section. This position is locatedin our Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA.

In this position, you will lead the Underground Injection Control (UIC) program by implementing Washington's current UIC rules and revising these rules as needed. You will be part of protecting the State's groundwater and drinking water resources by reviewing UIC well registrations to ensure they meet our protective rule requirements. You will also assist colleagues, the public, and other agencies to understand the State's groundwater standards for environmental compliance and research needs.

The mission of the Water Quality Program is to protect and restore Washington's waters to support healthy watersheds and communities. Our work ensures state waters can support beneficial uses including recreational and business activities, supplies for clean drinking water, and the protection of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and public health.

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. Join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, with leadership who embrace the value of people.

Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:

* Ahealthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions * An Infants at Work Program for permanent employees that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns * Continuous growth and development opportunities * A wellness program that offers education, and fitness classes; an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings * Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work * A commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect and leadership who encourage all employees to bring their authentic selves to work

Ecology seeks diverse applicants: We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

During Stay Home, Stay Healthy, staff are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need.Ecology is maintaining less than maximum building occupancy, and requiring masks, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing. This position may conduct business through telework until the Stay Home, Stay Healthy directive has ended.

Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of June 1, 2021. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before May 31, 2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

What you'll do:

* Implement Underground Injection Control (UIC) rules and develop implementation guidance * Manage UIC well registrations, and help well owners with their applications * Analyze and review well assessments for stormwater management, remediation, and aquifer storage * Conduct hydrologic analysis for well closures * Help program staff and municipalities with other groundwater projects by planning, developing, and conducting hydrogeological analysis * Help Ecology's Stormwater Unit identify and apply appropriate measures to ensure UIC wells comply with program requirements and ground water quality standards

Why join the team?

* Work with talented hydrogeologists and other scientists working to minimize the impacts of stormwater on our State waters. * Improve state policy and rules to protect the environment. * Work with the well driller industry and consultants to help them understand their responsibilities to protect our groundwater resources. * Act as the lead expert on Underground Injection Control policy and emerging science. * Engage with other local, state, and federal agencies also involved in groundwater protection activities. * Work with a team of hydrogeologists at the Department of Ecology to identify and design studies necessary to improve Washington's groundwater protection programs.

Required Qualifications:

Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, educational, volunteer and lived-experience. See below for how you may qualify.

Option 1:

* A Bachelor's degree involving major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field. * Three years of professional experience as a hydrogeologist, hydrologist, geologist or closely allied profession.

Experience may include a combination of the following:

* Providing hydrogeologic review and analysis of water quality and water quality problems * Working with well drillers or construction site planners to obtain geologic information * Analyzing groundwater data, interpreting the results, and overseeing various project phases * Implementing regulations, including state or local laws

Option 2:

* A Master's degree with major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field * One year of professional experience as a hydrogeologist, hydrologist, geologist or closely allied profession.

Experience may include a combination of the following:

* Providing hydrogeologic review and analysis of water quality and water quality problems * Working with well drillers or construction site planners to obtain geologic information * Analyzing groundwater data, interpreting the results, and overseeing various project phases * Implementing regulations, including state or local laws

Option 3:

* A Ph.D. with major research in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field.

Option 4:

* One year of experience as a Hydrogeologist 2 at the Department of Ecology

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

* Must have a Washington State geologist license. * Must have a hydrogeologist specialty license.

Desired Qualifications:

We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below. Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.

* Experience applying ground water quality standards and related state and federal laws and regulations.

NOTE: Individuals who are interested in applying to this position, and believe they meet licensing requirements for the State of Washington based on reciprocity, are responsible for ensuring they meet licensing requirements for the State of Washington prior to submitting their application materials. These requirements can be found at the following website: WA State Licensing (DOL) Official Site: How to get your license: Geologists, engineering geologists, or hydrogeologists by reciprocity.

Need an Accommodationin the application and/or screening process or this job announcement in an alternative format?

* Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: careers@ecy.wa.govand we will be happy to assist. * If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can reach the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388. * If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not 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 are reading this announcement in print format, please enter the following URL to your search engine to apply:https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/Get-to-know-us/Jobs-at-Ecology.

Application Instructions:

It's in the applicant's best interest to submit all of the documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be declined.

* A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position * A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position

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

For Your Privacy:

When attaching documents to your application (Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, DD-214, etc.):

* Please be sure to remove private information such as your social security number, date of birth, etc. * Do not attach documents that are password protected, as these documents may not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded.

Additional Application Instructions for Current 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.

Application Attestation:

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.

Other Information:

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Chad Brown at: Chad.Brown@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Chad to inquire about the status of your application.

To request the full position description: emailcareers@ecy.wa.gov

Why work for Ecology?

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.

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 your health and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to life/work 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 Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives, Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth *See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information

Student debt: how working for Ecology can help

The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov and follow, like or visit us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.

Collective Bargaining:This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.

Equal Opportunity Employer: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, military spouses 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.Note: This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency. Once all the position(s) from the recruitment announcement are filled, the recruitment may only be used to fill additional open positions for the next sixty (60) days.

Keywords: State of Washington, Olympia , Underground Injection Control Program (UIC) Coordinator (Hydrogeologist 3), Other , Olympia, Washington

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