State Geological Survey
Washington Geological Survey
Contact Name
Kate Mickelson

Natural Resource Scientist 3 - Landslide Geologist
Recruitment #2022-11-7393
Full-time, Permanent, Represented position
Location: Natural Resources Building- Olympia, WA.

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?

Interested in geomorphology, landslides, and sharing the work you do? Want to work with an awesome team focused on creating a safer, more resilient society? The Washington Geological Survey is seeking a senior-level geologist with experience in landslides to join a talented team assessing landslide hazards across Washington State. This position is responsible for creating and updating landslide inventories, landslide emergency response, and conducting post-fire debris flow assessments as a part of our Wildfire-Associated Landslide Emergency Response Team. Telework from other locations in Washington will be considered, however, priority will be given to candidates willing to relocate to Olympia.



  • Identify and map landslides from lidar derivatives, orthoimagery, and field reconnaissance to populate a landslide inventory database in a GIS
  • Responsible for reviewing work of program staff for professional standards
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders at the city, county, state, tribal, and federal levels on projects

  • Participate in our Wildfire-Associated Landslide Emergency Response Team helping to conduct post-fire hazards assessments

  • Conduct reconnaissance evaluations following debris flows and collect rainfall data to better understand future events

  • Advise emergency managers, federal and tribal partners, stakeholders, and the public on landslides and post–fire geologic hazards

  • Participate in public outreach about landslide hazards, safety, and preparedness

  • Conduct emergency response as needed


Required Qualifications: 

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in an earth science field and five years of professional experience in geology assessing and identifying landslide hazards from remote sensing and field assessments. A Master of Science or PhD in an earth science field can substitute for 2 years of professional experience.
  • Experience in collecting, compiling, managing, and digitizing geospatial and tabular data in the interpretation of lidar and aerial imagery.
  • Outstanding proficiency in ArcGIS, demonstrated by experience and coursework
  • Demonstrable experience with public speaking
  • Geology license or sufficient experience and education to acquire a Washington geologist license within 6 months of hire and a Washington State Engineering Geologist License, obtained within three years of hire.
  • DNR Core Competencies: 
    • Personal Accountability 
    • Value Others 
    • Compassionate Communication 
    • Inspire Others 
    • Commitment to Excellence 
Working Conditions: 
  • Ability to work on rugged, uneven terrain or on water in all weather conditions. 
  • The incumbent in this position is required to travel with occasional overnignt stays.
  • This position requires driving as an essential function.  Essential means that driving is a fundamental, crucial part of this position and not a marginal function.  Employees who drive for state business, whether in a state or privately-owned vehicle, are required to possess a valid license as defined in policy PO02-006 and abide by all other driver responsibility requirements.
  • Employees of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. This position is based in an office/fieldwork setting and requires in-person attendance/interactions with no option for full-time telework. Please note that any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing verification of your vaccine status. No start date will be approved until you verify your status.
Desired Qualifications: 
  • A Master of Science or PhD in an earth science field and three years of professional experience in geology assessing and identifying landslide hazards from remote sensing and field assessments.
  • Experience in assessing post-fire hazards, including debris flows.

Supplemental Information

About the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). 
At DNR we approach our work through the lens of making Washington a better place environmentally and are dedicated to serving Washington’s lands and communities through diversity, equity and inclusion. With nearly 1,500 employees in locations throughout Washington, we manage and protect more than 5 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands.
Our Vision – Our actions ensure a future where Washington’s lands, waters, and communities thrive.
Our Mission – Manage, sustain, and protect the health and productivity of Washington’s lands and waters to meet the needs of present and future generations.
Our Core Values:

  • Safety and Well-Being —Our top priority is the safety of the public and our employees.
  • Public Service —We value and respect the public we serve, and we value and respect the people of the Department of Natural Resources who step up to serve.
  • Innovation and Creative Problem-Solving — We solve our state’s most pressing challenges through innovative thinking, dedication, and bold and creative vision.
  • Leadership and Teamwork —We are committed to building leaders at all levels and building teams for success.
DNR provides excellent benefits, a few of those include:
  • Commitment to organizational health and wellness
  • Work/life balance
  • DNR Employee Resource Groups (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, Women’s Employee Resource Group, Veterans Employee Resource Group, etc.)
  • Statewide Employee Business Resource Groups, visit here to learn more
  • Leadership that empowers and supports employees
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Educational and career development aid
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Eligibility
  • Opportunities to participate in wildland fire suppression assignments
  • A comprehensive benefit package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave and vacation days. Visit for more information.
Application Requirements:
  • To be considered you must apply online at (Click on the APPLY button above). You must complete the entire online application to be considered for the position. 
  • Attach a letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile and the position required, desired and special requirements. 
  • Attach a resume describing your experience and qualifications.
  • Provide three to five professional references – you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include with resume.
  • Complete all supplemental questions. 
  • Candidates selected for interviews will give a 20 minute presentation that highlights their landslide experience, field work experience and any other experience relevant to this position. Final candidates will need to be present for an additional in-person field interview.  Travel reimbursement for in-person field interview may be available. 
Additional Information:
This recruitment may be extended and may also be used to fill future similar vacancies for up to sixty (60) days.

Veterans wishing to claim Veteran’s preference please attach a copy of your DD-214, NGB-22 or other verification of military service. Please black out your social security number prior to attaching.  We thank you and are grateful for your service!

The Department of Natural Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans, military spouses or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.
Persons needing accommodation during the screening process or this announcement in an alternative format may contact DNR Recruiting staff at (360) 890-2149 or by email at  Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) at 1-800-833-6388 or
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Questions?  Please contact Kate Mickelson at  (360) 902-1488, or e-mail us at

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