PCB Monitoring Field Scientist (Natural Resource Scientist 2)

State Of Washington Olympia , WA 98504

Posted 1 week 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 Program(EAP)within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a PCB Monitoring Field Scientist (Natural Resource Scientist 2) position. This position is locatedin our

Headquarters Office inLacey, WA.

This is an exciting opportunity to work on a team of passionate scientists, leading statewide freshwater studies to identify, characterize, and assess toxics in the environment. In this role, you will lead small projects and provide field support for key projects in the unit. Field work occurs statewide via vehicle, boat, kayak, waders, and from shorelines and utilizes various monitoring methodologies including, but not limited to: electrofishing, Van veen grabs, sediment coring, rod and reel, seine nets, biofilms, invertebrate collection, semi permeable membrane devices, and composite samplers.

This position is located within 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 and source identification and environmental forensics studies for toxics 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 eligible for telecommuting (when not in the field) with occasional mandatory in office meetings per supervisor request.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 4, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before March 3, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

What makes this role unique?

In this role, you will use your excellent communication and strong time management skills to successfully find a balance between field work assistance and leading toxics projects (with support and approval of your supervisor). You will travel long distances statewide in a car, van, or pickup truck, and work in rugged and sometimes remote field locations under adverse weather conditions for consecutive days at a time.

What you will do:

  • Oversee field monitoring for toxics studies. This includes preparation and use of specialized scientific equipment, instrument calibration, collection and preparation of environmental samples (water, sediment, and tissue), and stream flow measurements. These operations may involve the use of specialized boats.

  • Prepare quality assurance project plans (QAPPs), and standard operating procedures (SOPs), scientific reports, and technical memos.

  • Perform data reduction, analysis, and entry of project data into Ecology's Environmental Information Management System (EIM).

  • Conduct statistical analysis and quality assurance review of environmental data.

  • Uses various software programs for data analysis, mapping, and report preparation.

  • Assist other scientist in the Toxics Studies Unit by providing field and office support for other environmental studies.

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 a major study in a natural, environmental or physical science, or one of the natural sciences, fisheries science, or other closely allied field AND Three years of professional research workexperience which includes environmental sampling of surface water, sediment, fish tissue, or other matrices.

Option 2:A Master's degree with a major study in a natural, environmental or physical science, or one of the natural sciences, fisheries science, or other closely allied field AND One year of professional research workexperience which includes environmental sampling of surface water, sediment, fish tissue, or other matrices.

Option 3:A Ph.D. with a major study in a natural, environmental or physical science, or one of the natural sciences, fisheries science, or other closely allied field.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

Must possess a valid driver's license.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in maintaining and trouble-shooting environmental sampling equipment.

  • Experience collecting environmental samples of water, sediment, or fish tissue for contaminant analysis.

  • Experience analyzing data and writing technical reports.

  • Experience in leading and mentoring senior level technical staff.

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 Medlin at: James.Medlin@ecy.wa.gov.Please do not contact Jamesto 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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