Members: Geologist Licensing Board

Interested in serving on the Geologist Licensing Board?

The board is currently accepting applications for a licensee member. To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a Washington resident,
  • Have 10 years practicing geology, with 5 of those years being recent.
  • Applicants with an engineering geologist license will be given priority.

If you’re interested:

  • Send a letter of interest,
  • resume, and
  • 3 references by email: adryden@dol.wa.gov.
  • For questions, email or call 360.664.1567.

What does the board do?

  • Examines and license geologists within WA.
  • Investigates violations of state regulations related to the practice of geology.
  • Recommends rules and regulations for administering licensing and regulatory laws.

Who’s on the board?

There are 7 members, all are WA residents:

  • 5 licensed geologists, 2 must be licensed in a specialty of geology (Engineering Geologist, Hydrogeologist).
  • 1 from the general public with no family or business connection with the practice of geology.
  • Department of Natural Resources’ Supervisor of Geology (ex-officio member).

What are the responsibilities of board members?

  • Provide professional knowledge to improve services to geologists and the public.
  • Attend all board meetings. They usually meet 4 times a year. Meeting dates, times, and locations are decided by the board and administrative staff.
  • Spend about 8 hours a month on board business.

How are board members appointed?

They’re appointed by the Department of Licensing Director. Members serve 4 years, which are staggered so no more than 2 appointments are made in a calendar year.

See RCW 18.220.030: Geologist Licensing Board.

Are board members paid?

Yes, $50/day for attending meetings and board business done outside of meetings. Also, reimbursed for certain expenses related to traveling to and from board meetings.

Board members

  • Brian Beaman, Hydrogeologist/Engineering Geologist — Chair
    Carnation, WA 98014
    Term expires May 1, 2017
  • Robert Mitchell, Hydrogeologist — Vice Chair
    Bellingham, WA 99225
    Term expires May 1, 2018
  • William T. Laprade, Engineering Geologist — Secretary
    Seattle WA 98103
    Term expires May 1, 2015
  • William D. Ernst, Geologist
    Lakewood, WA 98496-3184
    Term expires May 1, 2016
  • Dave Norman, State Geologist/Engineering Geologist/Hydrogeologist
    Olympia, WA 98504-7007
    Term: Ex-officio
  • Gene St. Godard, Hydrogeologist
    Spokane WA 99228
    Term expires May 1, 2016
  • Sandy Letzing, Public Member
    Wenatchee, WA 98801
    Term expires May 1, 2018

Contact a board member

To contact board members, email: geologist@dol.wa.gov.

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