SPPR Program Modeling and Analysis Scientist (Natural Resource Scientist 3)

  • Washington State Department of Ecology
  • Washington
  • Feb 04, 2021
Full time Environmental Science - Engineering Research Water Quality Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater

Job Description

Multiple Locations - Western Washington, WA

Description     

SPPR Program Modeling and Analysis Scientist (Natural Resource Scientist 3) description image As our community responds to the public health emergency, the Department of Ecology's priority is to keep our staff, candidates and the public safe. We are experiencing some delays as we transition to a virtual recruitment process. Thank you for your patience and we will be in touch as soon as we are able. We encourage you to apply to open postings.  

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 Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response  (SPPR) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill an SPPR Program Modeling and Analysis Scientist (Natural Resource Scientist 3) position.

The location of this position is flexible between Headquarters (HQ) in Lacey, WA and the Northwest Regional Office (NWRO) currently in Bellevue, WA depending on where the successful candidate resides. Please note: the NWRO will be relocating to Shoreline, WA in the near future.

The SPPR Program Modeling and Analysis Scientist position will be part of a first of its kind team at Ecology responsible for qualitative and quantitative analysis of risks related to the transportation of oil by vessel, rail, and pipeline.
We are looking for applicants who:

  • Have a positive team attitude who excel at working on analysis/research teams;
  • Are interested in using data science to address environmental issues;
  • Can apply theories and develop concrete technical solutions;
  • Can solve complex research problems through a combination of logical and creative thinking.
  • Have the skills necessary to design and maintain scientifically credible analysis tools;
  • Have strong communications skills with the ability to synthesize complex information for a wide range of technical and non-technical audiences;
  • Are intellectually curious and enthusiastic about venturing into new and challenging areas of research;
  • Want to see their results impact real-world decisions and are looking to create a legacy of meaningful work.


This is an exciting opportunity with the Spills Program. Ecology is building a highly collaborative modeling and analysis team to perform new scientific research. The successful applicant will get to work with Ecology experts, and will interact with Program leadership, the maritime community, tribes, environmental organizations, government agencies, and the public. This position will join an existing team, including a maritime subject matter expert, an oil spill risk modeling expert, and an IT senior specialist.  
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.

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

 
Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts

Duties

Ecology's mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance Washington's environment, and promote the wise management of our air, land, and water. Ecology's goals are to prevent pollution, clean up pollution, and support sustainable communities and natural resources.
 
The Spills Program's mission is to protect Washington's environment, public health and safety through a comprehensive spill prevention, preparedness, and response program. The Spills Program's vision is to prevent, prepare for, and respond aggressively to oil spills; to be our best for the State of Washington. Our Spills goal is "zero spills".

The SPPR Program Modeling and Analysis Scientist position is the program's assistant risk assessment modeler, researcher, and data analyst, providing scientific support for qualitative and quantitative analysis of risks related to the transportation of oil by vessel, rail and pipeline.

Some of the key work activities of the SPPR Program Modeling and Analysis Scientist position include:  

  • Works with oil transportation risk assessment researchers and data analyst in support of modeling team's work to research, design, implement, maintain, and improve models and analytical tools to produce qualitative and quantitative assessments of oil spill risks and potential risk reduction strategies in Washington.  
  • Assists in developing advanced algorithms, performing statistical analysis, and building predictive analytics.
  • Participates in team discussions of quantitative analysis and computer modeling.
  • Interprets analysis results.
  • Maintains knowledge of advances in modeling and analysis of oil transportation risks, and the assessment of oil spill fate, effects, and behavior.
  • Assists with presenting research methods and findings through a variety of formats and venues, including internal and external meetings, written reports, peer-reviewed journals, and conference proceedings.
     

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The next screening will be March 2, 2021.  In order to be considered for the next screening, please submit an application on or before March 1, 2021.  The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
 
Please do not include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or 
As our community responds to the public health emergency, the Department of Ecology's priority is to keep our staff, candidates and the public safe. We are experiencing some delays as we transition to a virtual recruitment process. Thank you for your patience and we will be in touch as soon as we are able. We encourage you to apply to open postings.  

Qualifications
Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree with major study in a specialty related to quantitative analysis of natural resource topics, mathematics, statistics, operations research, or a similar or related field and four (4) years of professional research work experience in quantitative analysis and modeling.
 
OR
 
A Master's degree with major study in a specialty related to quantitative analysis of natural resource topics, mathematics, statistics, operations research, or a similar or related field and two (2) years of professional research work experience in quantitative analysis and modeling.
 
OR 
 
A Ph.D. with major study in a specialty related to quantitative analysis of natural resource topics, mathematics, statistics, operations research, or a similar or related field.
 
In addition to the above, demonstrate: 

  • Experience in research and data analysis in developing quantitative models and tools for complex systems.
  • Experience producing written reports and oral presentations of analysis findings and results to inform policy decisions and regulatory processes. 

Desired Qualifications:

  • A Master's degree or higher in with major study in a specialty related to quantitative analysis of natural resource topics, mathematics, statistics, operations research, or a similar or related field.
  • Experience working with maritime transportation data, including Automatic Identification System data, environmental data, and maritime casualty data.
  • Knowledge of oil spill fate and effect analysis, including the behavior of oil in the water column.
  • Experience working collaboratively with tribes and stakeholders, facilitating meetings, and presenting results. Highly skilled in building collaboration while working on issues involving a variety of perspectives and interests. 

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Sector

Government- State/Provincial

Salary

$61,224.00 - $80,292.00 Annually