Washington State Sand and Gravel NPDES Permit Manager (Hydrogeologist 2) (In-Training) in Lacey, Washington


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The Water Quality Program is currently looking to fill a Sand & Gravel NPDES Permit Manager (Hydrogeologist 2) (In-Training) position. This position will be located in our Southwest Regional Office (SWRO) in Lacey, WA.

The Sand & Gravel NPDES Permit Manager performs work under the technical direction of an Environmental Engineer 5. This position has the responsibility for comprehensive permit management of sand and gravel discharge permits in assigned watersheds and / or counties of the Southwest Region. Duties include conducting technical groundwater impact evaluations for the assigned geographic area (Pierce, Thurston, Grays Harbor, Mason, and Lewis Counties), and as a facility manager, administering state and federal water pollution laws, regulations, and permit programs for all assigned industrial facilities. Over 150 permits are currently administered.

We are looking for applicants who are self-motivated, detail oriented, possess strong time management skills, and are able to understand, translate and communicate technical information to a diverse audience.

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 Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.

To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at www.ecy.wa.gov.

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The mission of the Water Quality Program is to protect and restore Washington's waters 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.

Some of the key work activities of the Sand & Gravel NPDES Permit Manager positionat the *Hydrogeologist 2 level *include:

Sand & Gravel Permit Compliance, Technical Assistance and Administration:

  • Determines hydrogeologic characteristics of permit sites and drainage basins.
  • Provides professional implementation and enforcement of state laws and regulations.
  • Assists and advises enforcement officer and supervisor on regulatory matters for those permittees out of compliance.
  • Provides professional hydrologic review and analysis of water quality problems and data related to facility compliance with the Sand & Gravel Permit.
  • Conducts scheduled and unplanned technical assistance site visits and compliance inspections for permitted and unpermitted facilities.
  • Compliance status is documented in written technical assistance summary or inspection reports.
  • Conducts technical geologic and/or hydrogeolic analysis.
  • Determines groundwater flow direction and velocity, storage, recharge, and discharge.
  • Reviews erosion control plans and other documents to determine compliance and acceptability.
  • Conducts analysis and prepares written comments to recommend approve, conditionally approve, or reject permit submitted reports or other documents.

Sand & Gravel Permit Action:

  • Reviews Sand and Gravel facility permit applications for coverage, notice of termination (NOT), and related documents to ensure they are accurate and complete.
  • Identifies and notifies unpermitted sites of obligation to apply for and obtain coverage under permit.
  • Provides professional hydrogeologic review and analysis of water quality problems at permitted Sand and Gravel facilities.
  • Serves as a technical witness to the pollution control hearings board or court of jurisdiction during permit appeals and other litigation.
  • Issues warning tickets in the field to resolve minor permit compliance problems.
  • May be delegated to issue Penalty tickets in the field to resolve ongoing permit compliance problems.

Program Support and Professional Services:

  • Meets industrial facility representatives or consultants to discuss permit and compliance issues.
  • Represents Ecology as staff hydrogeologist and technical lead in all discussions involving permit requirements, compliance, and regulatory interpretation.

This position will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be July 22, 2016. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before July 21, 2016. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

To broaden the candidate pool, we will consider candidates that qualify at the Hydrogeologist 1 and 2 levels. Please read the qualifications section below to learn more about this exciting career growth and in-training opportunity.


Required Qualifications:

At the Hydrogeologist 1 Level: Pay Range 52 ($3721 - $4879) Monthly

A Bachelor's degree involving major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology or closely allied field AND one year of professional experience as a hydrogeologist, hydrologist, geologist or closely allied profession or one year as a Hydrogeologist Trainee.

A Master's degree with major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology or closely allied profession will substitute for the one year of experience.

At the Hydrogeologist 2 Level: Pay Range 58 ($4313 - $5657) Monthly (GOAL CLASSIFICATION)

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

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to understand and implement state and federal water pollution laws and regulations, permit programs, and policies.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate through writing, speaking, and listening.
  • Demonstrated ability to review and comment on complex technical documents and issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex technical issues to the public.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

Must have a valid Driver's License.

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

In order to be considered, applicants MUST attach the following documents as an attachment to their application:

  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required/desired 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 Steve Eberl at: steve.eberl@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Steve Eberl 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. All employees covered by the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the WFSE will, as a condition of employment, either become members of the WFSE and pay membership dues or, as non-members, pay a representation fee as described in the CBA, no later than the 30th day following the effective date of this CBA or the beginning of their employment.

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.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-WQ0413-07385

Department: Dept. of Ecology

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $51,756.00 - $67,884.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA