State of Washington Classified Job Specification
In the Department of Ecology, under technical direction of a Hydrogeologist 2 or higher, serves as a hydrogeologist performing analyses and technical services on assigned office and field projects involving ground water, unsaturated zone, and/or surface water.
Provides professional assistance in hydrogeologic analyses requiring familiarity with the basic formulas, scientific methods, and general principles of hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, soils, chemistry, meteorology, and related subjects; field surveying and technical reporting;
Reviews, researches, and interprets pertinent literature, in-house files, and computer data bases for specific ground water quality, water supply, or water use projects within the State;
Reviews hydrogeologic and hydrologic data and information in reports prepared by others to assure that such information is accurate and complete;
Collects, records, evaluates, and reports background information and basic data;
Locates and/or maps hydrologic and geologic features, diversions, storage structures, and drainage areas using office and/or field interpretation techniques;
Performs field measurements and sample collection;
Specific field activities may include measuring and analyzing of water levels in wells, well pumping rate, stream flow, stream gage discharges, and elevations (leveling); collection and classification of water quality samples, surface soil or rock samples, and drill cuttings; other on-site field work for specific investigations;
Performs other work as required.
Knowledge and Abilities
Knowledge of: physical and natural sciences related to quantity, quality, development, and monitoring of ground water and surface water; principles and practices of hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, well and stream hydraulics, soils, geochemistry, meteorology, and related earth sciences; basic computer science; field surveying, mapping, instrumentation techniques, and technical writing.
Ability to: apply standard methods in determination of the following: ground water movement and storage, ground water recharge, discharge, presence, extent, and migration of contaminants; areal extent and thickness of geologic formations, hydraulic conductivities, boundary conditions, and other aquifer properties; stream flow characteristics, well construction, radial flow to a well, and well interference.
There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.
A Bachelor's degree involving major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology or closely allied field.
One year of professional experience as a hydrogeologist, hydrologist, geologist or closely allied professional or one year as a Hydrogeologist Trainee.
A Master's degree with major study in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, or closely allied field will substitute for the experience.
Class Specification History
New class: 5-15-92
New class code: (formerly 63581) effective July 1, 2007