Ocean acidification Senior Scientist (natural resource scientist 4)

Salary: $65,592.00 – $86,064.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA

Job Type: Full Time – Permanent

Department: Dept. of Ecology

Job Number: 2019-EAP4603-08878

Closing: Continuous


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) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill an Ocean Acidification Senior Scientist(Natural Resource Scientist 4) position. This position will be located at our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

The Ocean Acidification Senior Scientist position serves as the designated technical expert in the agency on ocean acidification science. 

We are seeking applicants who have excellent attention to technical details, possess the ability to work independently and take initiative, are flexible, team-oriented, and have the ability to communicate and work effectively with a diverse audience.

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.


The Environmental Assessment Program is the science branch of Ecology. We provide a range of scientific, monitoring, laboratory, and quality assurance services to support important natural resource management decisions in Washington. 

The Ocean Acidification Senior Scientist position is designated by the director as the senior scientist in the agency on ocean acidification science. Some of the key work activities include:

  • Coordinates implementation of ocean acidification science into environmental monitoring and modeling programs in the agency.
  • Collaborates with the ocean acidification science community on the west coast to evaluate conditions in the Salish Sea and coastal areas of Washington.
  • Communicates highly technical findings to a wide range of audiences including scientist, managers and the public for the purpose of informing policy decisions around ocean acidification.  

Interesting Aspects of this position:

  • This position is expected to lead ocean acidification science within Ecology. The position is responsible for guiding activities in our monitoring and modeling groups around ocean acidification and integrating the results of this work into other agency programs and external groups. 
  • Ocean acidification is a complex problem that is affected by many factors. This position will coordinate and promote cutting edge science to inform management decisions to around ocean acidification.
  • This position is a unique opportunity to collaborate with top scientists and engineers in the agency, region and west coast on ocean acidification science for the purpose of informing management decisions around ocean acidification.

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