Marine Monitoring Field Technician, WA Dpt. of Ecology (Lacey, WA)

Salary: $40,152.00 – $52,536.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Department: Dept. of Ecology
Job Number: 2019-EAP4390-06282
Closing: 7/17/2019 11:59 PM Pacific

Apply/Full Position Description (close 7/17/19)


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 Environmental Assessment Program (EAP) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Marine Monitoring Field Technician (Natural Resource Scientist 1) position. This position is located at our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA but conducts work statewide.

This position is responsible for conducting the marine water quality monitoring program under technical direction of the Marine Field Program Lead. Responsibilities include conducting field surveys, laboratory sample analyses, data analysis, data review, and supporting annual condition reports. This position is also responsible for training staff in marine field surveys and in laboratory sample processing. The data collected is used to determine the status and trends of marine water quality in Washington state.

We are looking for applicants who have excellent attention to technical detail, possess the abilities to work independently and take initiative, possess the ability to quickly assess a situation to make a well-informed decision, are flexible, and are team-oriented.

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.

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The Environmental Assessment Program provides a range of scientific, monitoring, laboratory, and quality assurance services. Its mission is to measure, assess, and communicate environmental conditions in Washington State.

Some of the key work activities of the Marine Monitoring Field Technician position include:

Implements the marine waters monitoring program under technical supervision. Performs natural resource science research to meet the specific objective of determining the current status of marine water quality in Puget Sound and the coastal estuaries, using conventional techniques.

Tasks include:

  • Conducting monitoring surveys by boat and seaplane. Includes oceanographic sampling gear preparation and use, instrument calibration (CTD and other electronic sensors), and collection and processing of water samples.
  • Uses professional judgment and experience, in consultation with information on weather and sea conditions, to make daily decisions on field operations.
  • Leads nutrient data quality review.  Includes responsibilities of tracking and reporting laboratory performance.
  • Reviews CTD data for monthly data review.
  • Writes standard operating procedures. Reviews and edits quality assurance project plans (QAPPs) and scientific reports.
  • Uses software programs and databases for data management, analysis, mapping, and report preparation.
  • Occasionally participates in outreach events and creates entries for “Eyes Over Puget Sound” monthly publication.

Laboratory tasks include:

  • Assists in the maintenance of all the laboratory sensors, conducting calibrations, and tracking instrument performance.
  • Keeps the lab in good working order, assigns the monthly lab cleaning schedule, and manages lab supply inventory and reagent preparation.
  • Conducts in lab bench top fluorometer performance checks and performs annual fluorometer calibration.
  • Processes and analyzes chlorophyll and dissolved oxygen samples.


Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s of science degree with a major study in marine ecology, marine science, oceanography, or other closely allied marine science field and two (2) years of professional work experience in marine ecology, marine science, or oceanography.

A Master’s or Ph.D. degree will substitute for all of the required experience, provided the field of major study was in the specific specialty.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience conducting field sampling from a boat and seaplane under a variety of conditions.
  • Experience operating and calibrating a CTD and auxiliary sensors.
  • Experience with spreadsheets, database software, and Geographic Information System (GIS).
  • Experience with R statistical software.