Sand and Gravel General Permit Writer (Hydrogeologist 3)
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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
The Water Quality program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Sand and Gravel General Permit Writer (Hydrogeologist 3) position. This position is located in our Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.
Do you enjoy problem-solving and collaborating with others? Are you comfortable serving as a subject matter expert for permits? Even if you do not possess National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting experience, you will have the opportunity to learn all about it as a permit writer for two Water Quality Program general permits.
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.
Tele-work options for this position: This position will be eligible for up to a 90% tele-work schedule. Applicants with questions about position location options, tele-work, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in “other information.” Schedules are dependent upon position needs and is subject to change.
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of December 19, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before December 18, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
About the Department of Ecology
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 and collaborative, with leadership that embraces the value of people. To learn more, check out our Strategic Plan.
Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:
- A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.
- An Infants at Work Program 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, fitness classes, and an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
- Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.
Our commitment to DEIR
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) are core values central to Ecology’s work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.
Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.
Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.
Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology’s work.
Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement.
We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued.
Why join this team?
If you enjoy regulatory work that helps protect water quality, please consider applying! The mission of the Water Quality program (Program) is to protect and restore Washington's water to sustain healthy watersheds and communities. Our work ensures that state waters support beneficial uses including recreational and business activities, supplies for clean drinking water, and the protection of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and public health.
This team includes professional permit writers and a 401-certification coordinator who enjoy collaborating with one another to protect water quality through permitting. They aim to provide solid customer service and technical assistance to the regulated community, the public, and other stakeholders. Please visit our General Permits web page.
In this role, you will support the Water Quality program’s mission and represent the Program as a hydrogeologist by performing hydrogeological duties related to the development and implementation of general permits to prevent water pollution. You will also provide professional technical hydrogeological support/assistance, advice, and guidance to Ecology staff and management, the regulated community, their consultants, and the general public, including technical review of reports, permit-required reports, and detailed plans for water quality permits. Additionally, you will develop and implement two statewide general permits (the Sand and Gravel general permit and the Vessel Deconstruction general permit), guidance, and regulations for wastewater and stormwater discharges.
What you will do:
- Serve as a project hydrogeologist with a focus on the Sand and Gravel General Permit and Vessel Deconstruction Permit.
- Integrate and coordinate requirements from the federal and state water pollution laws and regulations into general permits and provide technical, regulatory, and logistical support to general permit writing team members as needed.
- Analyze and interpret the Revised Code of Washington (RCWs), Washington Administrative Code (WACs), internal policies, technical manuals, procedures, and guidance documents related to general permits.
- Participate in and lead stakeholder and internal work group meetings with a focus on collaboration, communication, and consistency.
- Develop language for permits and fact sheets based on state and federal requirements, in consultation with the headquarter and regional Water Quality Program senior environmental engineers on engineering-related work.
- Serve as chair of the implementation team, facilitate meetings, develop best practices, and support regional staff with a focus on implementing the permit conditions.
- Collaborate with HQ and regional staff on enforcement, permit implementation, and technical assistance.
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, educational and volunteer experience. See below for how you may qualify.
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 at the Hydrogeologist 2 level, higher or equivalent.
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 at the Hydrogeologist 2 level, higher or equivalent.
A Ph.D. degree will substitute for three years of experience if major research was in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field.
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
- This position requires the possession of a valid Washington State geologist license, and a hydrogeologist specialty license makes an applicant even more competitive*.
- Must possess and maintain a valid State's Driver’s License.
* NOTE: Individuals are responsible for ensuring they meet licensing requirements for the State of Washington within the first six months of employment. 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.
NOTE: Must possess or become a Licensed Hydrogeologist in the State of Washington within 6 months after hiring.
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
- Environmental regulatory experience
- Technical writing experience
- Collaboration and team building experience and abilities
- Hydrogeologist specialty license
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.
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.
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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 and how your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience prepare you for the work.
- A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position.
- Three professional references.
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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.
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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 (Download PDF reader), 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.
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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.