State Metrologist – Olympia/Tumwater, WA

State of Washington Dept. of Agriculture invites applications for the position of: State Metrologist (Program Specialist 3)

SALARY: $3,721-$4,879

OPENING DATE: 11/21/2016

CLOSING DATE: Continuous, open until filled.


The Washington State Department of Agriculture serves the people of Washington by supporting the agricultural community and promoting consumer and environmental protection.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture serves the people of Washington by supporting the agricultural community and promoting consumer and environmental protection.

Here is your chance to join an organization that values its people just as much as the services we provide to the public. The Department of Agriculture is searching for a motivated, independent and meticulous Metrologist to singlehandedly run our Weights and Measures Lab located in Tumwater, WA.

The Olympia/Tumwater area is a diverse, affordable and safe community. Living and working in Thurston County offers unparalleled opportunities to pursue a rewarding career while living in a historically rich and vibrant area. We are ideally situated between the Northwest’s two largest cities, Seattle and Portland. If exploring Nature sounds better than the city, Washington is home to 9 different ecosystems and offers world-class hiking, fishing, skiing and sailing. You won’t need to travel far to have fun though! Olympia/Tumwater offers lush parks and trails, walkable neighborhoods, and exceptional dining, shopping and cultural experiences. Families and individuals will benefit from Olympia’s excellent schools, from elementary through college.

At Agriculture, we pride ourselves on a work-life balance. Not only will you be surrounded by an amazing community, you may actually have time off to enjoy it! With 11 paid holidays and 16+ hours of leave per month (Sick and Annual combined) we are confident you will be able to explore the natural beauty Washington has to offer. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of our enhanced benefits including Life Insurance, Long Term Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, and 100% employer paid Dental Coverage.

We value new ideas and innovation and pride ourselves on accuracy, consistency, and outstanding customer service. We are pioneers in technology and were one of the first labs to meet NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) recognition requirements and to conform to the certification requirements of the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program, an ISO 17025 equivalent program.

As an example of our commitment to growth and career development, we are willing to consider hiring an in-training status as well, dependent on qualifications. Applicants may qualify at either the in-training State Metrologist level, Pay Range 45, or at the fully qualified Program Specialist 3 level, Pay Range 53.


As the State Metrologist, you will be responsible for day to day operations of the lab including calibration of mass, volume, and other measurement standards or devices to ensure compliance with NIST and state legal requirements. You will be providing outstanding customer service to a wide range of customers- from regulatory officials to commercial operators. Your expertise will be utilized continuously as you provide expert advice to the Program Manager, inspection and administrative staff, service companies, the Washington State Patrol, and the regulated community. In addition to these duties, your natural interest in the field of metrology will shine as you actively participate in regional and national conferences, contribute to the development of national metrological standards, and consult with other state and private measurement laboratories.

  • Maintain the metrology laboratory, equipment, and measurement standards in excellent working order including performing preventative maintenance and minor repairs on laboratory equipment and test standards.
  • Provide excellent customer service including prompt and accurate billing, problem resolution, and advisement on current requirements, best maintenance practices and anticipated changes to technical/legal requirements.
  • Publish and maintain the laboratory’s standard operational procedures to comply with stringent accreditation and quality standards.
  • Calibrate measurement standards in compliance with NIST and state legal requirements.
  • Maintain NIST recognition and NVLAP accreditation status.
  • Participate and take a leadership role in regional and national metrology association activities.
  • Maintain the building in serviceable condition by coordinating with the building owner, program manager and agency staff including planning ahead for upgrades and facility changes

Required Qualifications:

  • Possess a high school, GED or equivalent education from an accredited institution.
  • Skills and ability to successfully complete the National Institute of Standards and Technology Fundamentals of metrology course, Mass Metrology Seminar and Volume Metrology Seminar.
  • The ability to work independently with little to no supervision. Skilled at planning, organizing, and coordinating various tasks and events in order to meet customer needs and laboratory accreditation requirements.
  • The ability to read, interpret, and apply complex regulations and technical requirements. Must be able to write complex reports involving highly technical verbal and quantitative information.
  • Operate and maintain sensitive laboratory balances, volume measurement standards and timing measurement devices.
  • Operate a forklift. Perform light maintenance on agency and customer owned equipment as well as work with a variety of mechanical electronic equipment.
  • Operate computers and other common office equipment including a 10 digit scientific calculator and Microsoft Excel version 2010 or newer.

Desired Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, statistics, engineering, chemistry, physics, or allied field.
  • Two years’ experience in calibrating mass and volume standards used for legal metrology.
  • Successfully completed National Institute of Standards and Technology Fundamentals of metrology course, Mass Metrology Seminar and Volume Metrology Seminar.
  • Experience installing, repairing, or calibrating scales, meters, and mass volume test standards.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be on December 4, 2016.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before December 3, 2016. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

Supplemental Information


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  3. Complete application and attach a cover letter that highlights how your education, skills, and abilities match what we are looking for.

Resumes are not required, but can be submitted if desired. Applications received via e-mail will not be accepted in lieu of applying through the state’s on-line recruitment system.

If you are unable to apply on-line, please contact Lyndsey Beaupre, Recruiter, at (360) 902-2020 or Please include your last name and the position title in the subject line of your email.

The State of Washington actively supports diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants who need assistance in the application process or who need this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-2020 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at 800-833-6388.