Salem, OR, USA
he Oregon Water Resources Department (WRD) seeks to hire three full-time Senior Physical Hydrogeologists (Natural Resource Specialist 4). As a Senior Hydrogeologist you will design and execute a groundwater data collection program for one or more areas of the state and independently interpret that data to support the agency’s mission and core work. Your work will primarily focus on the Willamette, Umatilla, or Klamath and Southwest Coastal Basins (one hydrogeologist per basin), which currently face unique challenges and opportunities in water management. You will be a member of the Groundwater Hydrology Section within the Technical Services Division. Consider joining our team and advancing our mission to practice and promote responsible water management in Oregon!
What you will do:
As water scarcity and uncertainty increase, the State of Oregon must work with partners to find ways to address complex water management challenges. You will play a critical role in understanding the state’s groundwater resource, applying that understanding to the core functions of the Department, and communicating your expertise to a wide range of stakeholders. As an agency expert in groundwater hydrology, you will:
Design and execute a groundwater data collection program for one or more areas of the state.
Independently analyze quantitative hydrogeologic data.
Apply data and professional interpretations to support groundwater right transactions, the distribution and regulation of groundwater, and planning efforts to meet future groundwater needs.
Coordinate with technical staff in other local, state, and federal agencies to perform comprehensive groundwater basin evaluations.
Draft technical specifications for observation well installations and other contracting work related to groundwater data collection. Direct consultants and contractors in the field to execute this work.
Provide technical input to develop or amend administrative rules through the agency’s schedule for rulemaking, prepare for and testify in legal cases as an expert witness, and lead development and implementation of policies, projects, and programs.
Mentor early to mid-level groundwater staff.
Many of the duties and responsibilities of this position require the incumbent to apply hydrogeologic, geologic and other scientific principles constituting the public practice of geology. Therefore the successful candidate should be recognized by the Oregon State Board of Geologist Examiners as a Registered Geologist, or provide evidence of the ability to obtain registration within six months of hire.
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