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Environmental Specialist 1

State of Washington

Lacey ,  Washington

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 TWO Environmental Specialist 1 positions. The positions will begin June 16th and will end October 30, 2017. The positions will be based out of our Headquarters office in Lacey, WA.

The Environmental Specialist 1 positions assist in performing, coordinating, implementing and evaluating scientific analysis; plan and conduct routine field projects; assist with conducting surveys, analyze and record field conditions, assist with project administration, gather and analyze probabilistic sampling information which is used to develop recommendations and make decisions regarding landscape level assessment of aquatic resources statewide.

We are looking for applicants who possess the ability to appropriately manage stressful situations, work well both individually and in a crew setting, communicate effectively with colleagues and members of the public, possess attention to detail, and follow through with tasks.

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.


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The Environmental Assessment Program provides a range of scientific, monitoring, laboratory, and quality assurance services. Its mission is to measure and assess environmental conditions in Washington State.

Some of the key work activities of the Environmental Specialist 1 positions include:

  • Under direct or close supervision: conducts routine data collection and analyzes, evaluates, and interprets data; analyzes and/or interprets information requirements and assists in the coordination of information gathering for a team or other assignment outside of a team; writes reports and/or reviews draft reports; conducts water quality monitoring projects using appropriate scientific knowledge field work and quality assurance.
  • Ensures project data is accurately entered into the agency data repository. Field-related work typically includes pre-calibrating, programming, installing, and removing remote-monitoring equipment; collecting water quality samples; and making field measurements.
  • Conducts water quality monitoring projects using established protocols or appropriate scientific knowledge, including project scoping, monitoring plan design (including assisting with setting project objectives), field work, quality assurance and on-going communication with the client and other stakeholders
  • Develops GIS projects and coverages for the data in Arcview; ensures project data is accurately entered into the agency data repository.
  • Assists with reviewing quality assurance management plans, SOPs, and other reports prepared by consultants, conservation districts, tribes, counties, and others for accuracy, completeness, and consistency with agency objectives.
  • Participates in unit, section, program, and agency committees and groups to make recommendations on improving protocols and procedures. Obtains training for maintaining and improving skills.
  • Assists with providing mentoring to less experienced staff. 
  • Obtains training for maintaining and improving skills.
  • Assists with procuring sampling permits from all appropriate entities.

Participates in the following WHM data management activities:

  • Data quality assurance reviews.
  • Conducts data analysis, including simple data preparation and manipulation; graph, chart, and map preparation in ACCESS, EXCEL, GIS, and other software.
  • Assists with formulating and justifying conclusions and recommendations sections of monitoring reports.

Please Note: The positions are temporary and will end by October 30, 2017.

Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor's of Science degree involving a major study in environmental, physical, natural sciences, or other closely related field.

Experience at or above the Environmental Technician level or equivalent will substitute, year for year, for education.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Coursework in Environmental Science/Engineering, Natural Sciences, Stream Ecology, Fisheries Biology, Chemistry, Forestry or related field would be advantageous.
  • Ability to conduct field work under a variety of conditions.
  • Experience collecting water samples and measuring streamflow is desired.
  • Ability to operate cars, vans and pickup trucks in various weather conditions and after dark.
  • Some experience with data analysis and data management.
  • Good communication and writing skills.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

  • Must possess a valid driver's license.

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