Hydropower dams in Washington State produce more energy than any other state in the nation. These dams can also pose challenges to the protection of water quality and aquatic life resources. This position is the Washington Department of Ecology’s water quality expert on improving the conditions of state waters affected by hydropower. This senior scientist position helps to solve water quality and habitat impacts related to hydropower dams in Washington State. Work with federal, public and private utilities as they work to attain state permitting and federal licensing requirements to reduce their impacts to water quality and aquatic resources in their rivers and reservoirs. This work includes consultation and collaboration with tribes, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and industry stakeholders to find solutions to complex water quality issues posed by hydropower dams.
The mission of the Water Quality Program is to protect and restore Washington's waters to sustain healthy watersheds and communities. Our work ensures that state waters support beneficial uses including recreational and business activities, supplies for clean drinking water, and the protection of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and public health.
Tele-work options for this position: This position will be eligible for up to an 80% tele-work schedule. Applicants with questions about position location options, tele-work, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in “other information.” Schedules are dependent upon position needs and are subject to change.
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About the Department of Ecology
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.
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.
What makes this role unique?
This position leads research on science-based technical solutions to water quality compliance issues facing the hydropower industry in Washington. This research helps establish regulatory policies to ensure dams attain environment compliance for federal licenses that are in place for 30 to 50 years. Compliance and research work also includes collaboration with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Corps of Engineers to resolve water quality challenges of the ten Washington federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers.
You will work throughout the state with four regional hydropower compliance managers to provide technical assistance, including investigation of predictive water quality models and evaluation of innovative hydropower industry proposals to meet surface water quality regulations and the goals of the federal Clean Water Act. This work provides a unique statewide perspective to developing science-based solutions to environment goals for fish and all aquatic life resources.
What you will do:
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.
A Bachelor’s degree with major study in a natural science.
Four years-professional research work experience with fresh water aquatic sciences (which may include the fields of natural resources, ecology, hydrology, or environmental engineering, provided the experience is related to fresh water aquatic sciences).
A Master’s degree will substitute for two years and a Ph.D. degree will substitute for all of the required experience, provided the field of major study was in the specific specialty.
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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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.
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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.
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