Planner III (Hydrogeologist/Environmental Scientist), Bellingham Washington - Storm Water Jobs

Planner III (Hydrogeologist/Environmental Scientist)

Date Posted
Employer Name
Whatcom County
Sector Name
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level


Planner III (Hydrogeologist/Environmental Scientist)

Whatcom County

Bellingham, Washington

Whatcom County Public Works is seeking an experienced Hydrogeologist or Environmental Scientist to join the Natural Resources team. The successful candidate will provide professional expertise and technical assistance to the County administration, elected officials and community groups regarding local geologic, hydrologic, hydrogeologic, and contaminant problems. This position will primarily be involved in assisting with watershed planning activities including developing plans and projects to address water quantity, water quality, instream and out-of-stream water needs, and salmon habitat recovery through a local watershed planning process.

Diverse duties include:  

• Assisting with the development of water management plans including water supply plans, instream flow studies, water management plans, water quality improvement plans, and salmon recovery plans.  

• Soliciting and preparing contracts, and hiring and overseeing contractors and managing budgets.  

• Assisting in the development, maintenance, and implementation of a groundwater flow model using MODFLOW software.  

• Assisting with development and management of environmental monitoring programs for the Department and conducting specialized technical work related to the programs.  

• Working with citizen’s groups and elected officials, including making public presentations.  

• Providing technical review of hydrogeologic assessment reports for compliance with County development regulations.

 • Assisting with the development, management, and implementation of State instream flow rules.

 • Managing grants.

 • Managing and analyzing environmental data and making recommendations to control pollution sources.

 • Utilizing Geographic Information System (GIS) software to analyze data.

 • Evaluating impacts, and providing functional and technical assessment of proposed programs, projects or plans.

 • Reviewing County land use rules and ordinances for compatibility with state water, stormwater, ESA, shellfish protection, and other protection requirements. Evaluating effectiveness and enforcement of existing regulations. Working in collaboration to develop appropriate amendments or regulatory mechanisms.

Salary Range: $58,968 - $84,302 Annually


Requires a Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, environmental, or water resource management; environmental education; environmental or agricultural economics; fisheries; marine biology; ecology; wildlife management; hydrology; public administration; planning or a related field, AND 4 years of progressively responsible, paid, professional experience INCLUDING at least 3 years of professional experience in area of assignment within the last 5 years.

A Master’s degree in a related field can be substituted for up to six months of experience.

Must have a valid Licensed Geologist, Hydrogeologist, or Geotechnical Engineering certification in the State of Washington or obtain within eighteen months of employment. 

Intermediate skills with permit tracking software, presentation software, geographical positioning systems and geographic information systems is required.

Knowledge of and experience working with local and state governments and agencies is required.

Knowledge of ecological systems similar to Whatcom County is preferred.


Whatcom County offers a comprehensive benefits package with medical, dental and vision coverage for employees, spouses and eligible dependents.  Our benefits package also includes attractive paid leave provisions including vacation, sick leave and 12 paid holidays per year.  Employees participate in the Washington State Retirement System and may select from two deferred compensation programs.

BE PART OF OUR COMMUNITY! Whatcom County, Washington, is truly “Someplace Special.” Nestled along the Canadian border, beautifully positioned between the San Juan Islands and the Cascade mountain range, our scenic community is made up of approximately 212,000 people.  Seattle is 90 miles to the south and Vancouver, British Columbia, is 50 miles to the north.  According to Money Magazine, “Bellingham is the 5th best place to live in the West and the 24th best place in the nation to live.”  Citizens of Whatcom County enjoy the breathtaking scenic beauty of coastlines, Bellingham Bay, Mount Baker and many spectacular parks and lakes. National Geographic Adventurer magazine named Bellingham among the “Top 10 Adventure Towns in America”.  

Application Deadline: April 16, 2018, 4:30 pm Pacific time

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