PBT Monitoring Field Lead (Natural Resource Scientist 2)


: $80,190.00 - $123,810.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Scientific Research

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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

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. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, has leadership that embraces the value of people, and believes in the fun factor, Ecology is a good fit.
The Environmental Assessment Program (EAP) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a permanent, full-time PBT Monitoring Field Lead (Natural Resource Scientist 2) position. This position is located in our Headquarters Building (HQ) in Lacey, WA.
The PBT Monitoring Field Lead position is responsible for leading field operations as part of a statewide monitoring program in the collection of the data which is used to support chemical action plans designed to reduce and eliminate persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals in the environment and inform other pollution control actions within Washington State.
As an agency, we invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism, and accountability.
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.

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The Environmental Assessment Program provides a range of scientific, monitoring, laboratory, and quality assurance services. Its mission is to measure, assess, and communicate environmental conditions in Washington State.
Under the administrative supervision of the TSU Supervisor, and in consultation with the PBT Monitoring Program lead (NRS 3), this position's responsibilities include:Defining the nature of research necessary to meet specific and limited objectives, which are identified through consultation with agency management, related to environmental toxics monitoring of PBT chemicals within Washington State.
Performing natural resource research, requiring the use of conventional techniques and compiling available scientific literature and data, including conducting surveys and analyzing and recording field data conditions, in order to better define/describe the occurrence, distribution, and temporal trends of PBT chemicals within the environment.
Preparing quality assurance project plans (QAPPs) and scientific reports.
Leading field operations including scheduling field work; gear preparation and use; instrument calibration; collection and preparation of environmental samples (water, wastewater treatment plant effluent, sediment, fish tissue, and others), which often require the use of specialized boats; and, overseeing sample shipment to laboratories.
Coordinating scientific collector permit applications and reporting requirements for the PBT program.
Conducting statistical analysis and quality assurance review of environmental data.
Using various software programs, such as ArcView GIS, Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel, and statistical software packages for data analysis and mapping, and report preparation.

Performing data management, coordination and safety tasks, which include:Performs data reduction, analysis, and entry of project data into Ecology's Environmental Information Management System (EIM).
Assists with development of protocols and procedures for conducting aforementioned duties.
Participates in unit, section, and program committees and meetings as appropriate.

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QualificationsRequired Qualifications:

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
Three (3) years of professional research work experience in environmental surface water, and/or sediment and fish tissue monitoring.
A Master's degree will substitute for two (2) years of the required years of experience and a Ph.D. degree will substitute for all of the required experience, provided the field of major study was in the specific specialty.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.
Why work for Ecology?
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 the health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to work/life 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
Student debt and how working for Ecology can help
Employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See for more details.

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Supplemental Information
Application Instructions:
Please include the following documents as an attachment to your application:
A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.
A resume outlining your professional experience.
Please to do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.
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) ###-####.
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) ###-#### or e-mail ...@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 Jim Medlin at:
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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.
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) ###-####. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-###-####.
Associated topics: agriculture, air, air monitoring, bioassay, ecological, environmental, farm, ocean, sustainable, wetlands * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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