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Environmental Specialist 3

Company Name:
Washington State Department of Ecology
_Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen_
The Department of Ecology's mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment, and promote the wise management of our air, land and water for current and future generations.
This means protecting both humans and the environment from pollution, restoring and preserving important ecosystems that sustain life, and finding ways to meet human needs without harming environmental resources and functions. Our everyday interaction with citizens, stakeholders, and the public is fundamental to achieving these results. We treat our customers as partners and collaborators, provide respectful and prompt service, explore creative solutions for the best results, and act with integrity. We maintain effective infrastructures and foster a workforce that is committed, productive and successful. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, teamwork, professionalism and accountability.
The citizens of Washington trust that the Department of Ecology supports and assists them in promoting the sustainable environmental and economic well-being of the state. That trust, coupled with our effectiveness, helps Ecology to continue to receive the support it needs to advance our environmental mission.
To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at .
_Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts_
Duties:
The Environmental Assessment Program (EAP) provides a range of scientific, monitoring, laboratory, and quality assurance services.
The program's Directed Studies Unit in Lacey, WA is looking to fill an Environmental Specialist 3 position. This position serves as a staff environmental specialist performing one or more of the following functions independently with little direction and supervision:performs, coordinates, implements and evaluates scientific analyses, plans or services involving office or field projects; conducts surveys, analyses and records field conditions; project administration and environmental technical assistance for grants/contracts/loans; gathers and analyzes information to develop recommendations and make decisions in conducting water quality monitoring projects in Western Washington.
Some of the duties include:
Plans, develops, researches, and conducts or oversees TMDL technical data collection and analyzes, evaluates, and interprets data; analyzes and/or interprets information requirements and coordinates information gathering for a team or other assignment outside of a team; writes QAPPs, reports and reviews draft reports.
Conducts water quality monitoring projects using appropriate scientific knowledge, including project scoping, monitoring plan design (including setting project objectives) and field work.
Independently performs environmental monitoring/sampling and provides guidance for surveys, field studies or other special data gathering activities.
Uses scientific knowledge to determine database/inventory requirements and may design and/or developdatabases/inventories to be utilized in support of technical projects.
Ensures project data is accurately entered into the agency data repository.
Serves as the senior field investigator for the unit.
Reviews quality assurance project plans and other reports prepared by consultants, conservation districts, tribes, counties, and others for accuracy, completeness, and consistency with agency objectives.
Qualifications:
Required Qualifications
A Bachelor of Science degree involving a major study in environmental, physical, natural sciences, or other closely related field AND two years of professional level experience in environmental studies/analysis.
A Master of Science degree in one of the above fields will substitute for one year of the required experience.
OR
A Ph.D. in one of the above fields.
Desirable Qualifications
Coursework in environmental science/engineering, natural sciences, 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.
Job Title: Environmental Specialist 3
Opening Date/Time: Tue. 12/23/14 12:00 AM Pacific Time
Closing Date/Time: Sun. 01/04/15 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $3,293.00 - $4,322.00 Monthly $39,516.00 - $51,864.00 Annually
Job Type: Full Time - Permanent
Location: Thurston County - Lacey, Washington
Department: Dept. of Ecology

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