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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
The Water Quality Program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Water Quality Monitoring Data Analysis Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) position.
We are looking for applicants who possess water quality monitoring and data analysis skills, the ability to design studies to study water quality problems, and the ability to engage with stakeholders on the results of their projects.
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.
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.
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.
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 not currently required to work in the office on a regular basis. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing. Looking ahead, Ecology has recently updated the agency policies on telework and flexible and compressed work schedules. Applicants with questions about position location options, telework, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in “other information.”
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of May 31, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before May 30, 2022. . The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
What you will do:
This position is the Southwest Regional Water Quality Program senior environmental section specialist on water quality monitoring, scientific field studies, and data analysis. In this role, you will:
- Conduct environmental assessments to understand which water bodies are being successfully improved, and which will still need additional cleanup work.
- Serve as the section’s technical resource for water quality monitoring of TMDL efforts. Use knowledge of the practices, methods, and techniques of environmental sampling, testing, data gathering, basic research, and field investigations to provide technical assistance and recommendations to TMDL staff.
- Conduct all aspects of project administration on TMDL-related water quality monitoring projects. Provide environmental technical assistance on high-priority environmental issues requiring technical expertise such as monitoring and data analysis.
- Conduct special regional scientific field studies consisting of sampling, data gathering, field investigations, field surveys, data analysis, and report writing in order to understand the effectiveness of TMDL implementation and guide future water quality improvement efforts.
- Teach, train, and mentor Ecology and local government staff on proper water quality monitoring techniques.
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.
Nine (9) years of combined experience and/ or education. One year of the required experience must include collecting and analyzing field data for water quality studies.
- Education: Involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.
- Experience: In environmental analysis or control or environmental planning.
Experience may include a combination of the following:
- Experience designing water quality monitoring studies, conducting scientific field studies, and analyzing water quality data.
- Experience presenting water quality data and building relationships with stakeholders.
- A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.
- Five (5) years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning, which must include one year of experience collecting and analyzing field data for water quality studies. Experience may include a combination as describe in Option 1.
- A Master’s degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.
- Three (3) years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning, which must include one year of experience collecting and analyzing field data for water quality studies. Experience may include a combination as describe in Option 1.
- A PhD degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field.
- Two (2) years of professional-level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning, which must include one year of experience collecting and analyzing field data for water quality studies. Experience may include a combination as describe in Option 1.
- Two (2) years of experience as an Environmental Specialist 3 at the Department of Ecology which must include one year of experience collecting and analyzing field data for water quality studies.
All experience and education combinations that meet the requirements for this position:
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
- Must have a valid Driver’s License.
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.
- 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.
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.
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:
Student debt: how working for Ecology can help
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.