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Position: Hydrogeologist 3
Description: The Hydrogeologist 3 position provides hydrogeologic analysis and technical assistance to internal water rights permitting and watermaster staff, and external watershed planning and water management groups. Supports cross program and other Ecology initiatives of the Regional Director and Regional Water Program Management Teams as directed by the Technical Unit Supervisor. Assumes responsibility for the management of regional water supply data gathering system. Independently plans, develops, directs, conducts, and/or oversees professional hydrogeological investigations as directed by the Technical Unit Supervisor.
Company: Washinton State Department of Ecology
Closes: 25 January 2017
- As professional hydrogeologist, works with the Section Manager and Technical Unit supervisor to acquire, assemble, and analyze data in support of Water rights decision making using professional level techniques and analysis.
- Develops and prepares expert testimony for presentation before the Pollution Control Hearings Board and Superior Court.
- Appears and testifies as an expert witness in administrative court hearings involving water right conflicts and appeals of decisions rendered.
- Works closely with the Assistant Attorney Generals in preparation of testimony for hearing in support of water rights decisions and in resolution of disputes through settlement negotiations requiring mitigation.
- Provides professional level technical assistance to local water management groups and inter-program workgroups, independently providing water resources technical expertise and guidance for planning and salmon recovery efforts.
- Provides hydrogeologic expertise on regional geological and hydrogeological assessments, including water budgets (recharge, evapotranspiration, etc.) the relationship between ground and surface water (hydraulic continuity and conjunctive management), the connection between water quality and quantity, instream flows and ground and surface water analytical and numerical modeling.
- Prepares plans and presents hydrogeological theories to educated planning groups with respect to water quantity related elements of watershed assessments.
- Participates in local and interstate water planning group technical committees and in the development of hydrogeologic assessments and plans, including preparing requests for proposals and reviewing consultant's proposals and draft and final reports.
- Assists Ecology staff and management as necessary with other hydrogeologic and water quantity issues that arise.
- Plans, implements, and provides direction in the collection of data on a depth to ground water, well, yields, and extent of ground water contamination, for regional monitoring well networks to determine ground water supply, mining of ground water, storage, artificial recharge, or contaminant migration.
- Prepares hydrographs as appropriate and evaluates the technical adequacy of ground water monitoring networks.
- Interprets data for trend forecasting water level changes for ground water availability studies, effects of ground water withdrawals on surface water, and water resource inventories performed by the water resources program.
- Analyzes professional reports and publications to ensure up to date ground water availability information is provided in making water right decisions.
- Prepares and presents hydrogeologic information on water resource related activities to other state, federal and local governmental entities, citizen groups, consultants, and the general public.
- Serves a professional technical advisor on committees created to develop policies, rules, and proposed legislation concerning water resources management.