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 (WA) resident,
  • Be a licensed geologist in the state of WA.

Note: Applicants with an engineering geologist license will be given priority.

If you’re interested, email the following to adryden@dol.wa.gov:

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.

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.

Member Role Term expires
Robert Mitchell Hydrogeologist – Chair May 1, 2018
Dave Norman State Geologist/Engineering Geologist/Hydrogeologist – Vice chair Ex-officio
William D. Ernst Geologist - Secretary May 1, 2016
Gene St. Godard Hydrogeologist May 1, 2016
Brian Beaman Hydrogeologist/Engineering Geologist May 1, 2017
Greg Wessel Engineering Geologist May 1, 2019
Sandy Letzing Public Member May 1, 2018

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).

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.

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