Freshwater Fish Contaminant Monitoring Lead (Natural Resource Scientist 3)

State Of Washington Olympia , WA 98504

Posted 1 month ago

Please Note: The pay listed above doesn't include the 3.25% pay increase that will go into effect on July 1, 2022.

Per Governor Inslee'sProclamation 21-14.2, Washington State employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination as part of the hiring process, prior to their start date. Requests for medical and religious exemptions will be considered. If you have questions, please contact

Careers@ecy.wa.govwith "COVID-19 vaccination" in the subject line.

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Environmental Assessment Programwithin the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Freshwater Fish Contaminant Monitoring Lead(Natural Resource Scientist 3) position. This position is locatedin our Headquarters Office inLacey, WA.

In this role, you work towards an Ecology priority of preventing and reducing toxic threats. You will be responsible for managing the Freshwater Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program (FFCMP). The FFCMP evaluates toxic contaminant levels in freshwater fish statewide and reports results annually. Primary components of the program include exploratory monitoring and trend monitoring. The data are used to evaluate the need for more detailed fish tissue surveys, 303(d) listings, and contaminant trends over time.

Your role will be inside Ecology's Environmental Assessment Program (EAP) under the Statewide Coordination Section (Toxics Studies Unit or TSU). EAP's mission is to measure, assess, and communicate environmental conditions in Washington. We work to improve the environment for current and future generations through innovative and excellent science and thriving partnerships. The Toxics Studies Unit conducts long term monitoring/assessment and environmental forensics studies for toxics and toxins across the state.

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.

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 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.

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.

During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery,employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need.This position is part of the modern work environment; there will be a combination of telework, fieldwork and in office work. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing.

Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of March 15, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before March 14, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

What makes this role unique?

This role will require excellent stakeholder coordination, project management, communication, and strong time management skills to successfully lead statewide fish monitoring and assessment projects. You will provide technical toxics monitoring support to internal Ecology programs and to regional stakeholders. Project monitoring will require traveling long distances statewide in a pickup truck with boat in tow, and working in rugged and sometimes remote field locations on inland waterbodies under adverse weather conditions for consecutive days at a time.

What you will do:

  • Define the FFCMP monitoring study, including writing project plans, selecting monitoring parameters, monitoring techniques, and defining study areas.

  • Lead and mentor other professional staff assigned to the project including training on appropriate technical methods, field and monitoring procedures, quality assurance procedures, and office procedures.

  • Prepare quality assurance project plans (QAPPs), standard operating procedures (SOPs), and scientific reports. Works closely with analytical laboratories to coordinate analysis of environmental samples including developing Request for Proposals for externally contracted analyses and work.

  • Conduct surveys, analyze and record conditions for collection of environmental samples for toxics chemical analysis.

  • Conduct statistical analysis and quality assurance review of environmental data. Use various software programs for data analysis (spreadsheets and statistics), and report preparation (word processing).

  • Write the draft and final technical reports. External experts typically review draft reports.

  • Defend scientific conclusions in legal setting, if the report's conclusions are challenged on their technical merit.

  • Communicate and present sampling results to partners, public, industry, and other agencies in an understandable manner.

  • Manage large datasets, assist with data reduction, and oversee entry of project data into Ecology's EIM System.

Required Qualifications:

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.

Option 1:

A Bachelor's degree with major study in fisheries, environmental science, chemistry, or other closely allied field.

AND

Four years-professional research work experience evaluating toxic chemicals in the environment.

Option 2:

A Master's degree with major study in fisheries, environmental science, chemistry, or other closely allied field.

AND

Two years-professional research work experience evaluating toxic chemicals in the environment.

Option 3:

A Ph.D. with a major study in evaluating toxic chemicals in the environment, or other closely allied field.

AND

One year of professional research work experience evaluating toxic chemicals in the environment.

Desired Qualifications:

We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.

  • Ability to develop and maintain project timelines

  • Experience designing and managing environmental studies

  • Experience leading a team, leading projects or supervising staff

  • Experience analyzing data and writing technical reports or publishing findings in scientific journals

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.

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 on 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.

  • Three professional references.

Please 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 (such as 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 James Medlen at: james.medlen@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact James 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.

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Freshwater Fish Contaminant Monitoring Lead (Natural Resource Scientist 3)

State Of Washington