Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
The ITSO Geographic Information Systems (GIS) unit is specifically tasked with the mission to provide valuable geospatial solutions, data, and support to staff and citizens to realized Ecology’s mission. In this role, you will work in a supportive and professional environment with fantastic people who are passionate about the environment and GIS, understand the importance of work-life balance, and are focused on continual improvement and learning. You will be working with our National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) team to update Washington’s water data and integrate it into our hydrography dataset. Your work will directly support science and planning that is focused on making measurable improvements in the environment of the State of Washington.
Please Note: These are project positions that are funded until June 30, 2024.
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. Join a team that is highly effective and collaborative, with leadership that embraces the value of people.
Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:
- A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.
- An Infants at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns.
- Continuous growth and development opportunities.
- A wellness program that offers education, fitness classes, and an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
- Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) are core values central to Ecology’s work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.
Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.
Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.
Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology’s work.
Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement.
We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued.
During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. These positions are not currently required to work in the office on a regular basis. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing. Looking ahead, Ecology has recently updated the agency policies on telework and flexible and compressed work schedules. Applicants with questions about position location options, telework, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in “other information.”
Application Timeline: These positions will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of June 8, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before June 7, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
What makes this role unique?
You will serve as a Data Editor/Analyst that is capable of working independently, paying attention to detail, and using analytical skills to compare datasets and suggest best path forward in the development and maintenance of the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) for Washington State.
What you will do:
- Utilize imagery, LiDAR, and other GIS datasets to interpret hydrographic features.
- Create and edit geospatial datasets and associated tabular data.
- Utilize editing tools available to add, edit, delete hydrography features and attribute data.
- Using in-depth knowledge of National Hydrography Dataset schema and integration capabilities, assist with and guide stakeholders on using NHD and relating ancillary attributes.
- Perform spatial analysis on NHD projects for agency and external clients requiring working knowledge of ArcGIS software, GIS database fundamentals, spatial data concepts of accuracy, coordinate reference system, and map scale.
- Design and document data models that accurately reflect and support functional business processes.
- Collaborate with NHD team to develop quality assurance procedures and production integration processes.
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment and educational experience. See below for how you may qualify.
Two (2) years’ experience, within the last five (5) years, using ArcGIS technology (Arc GIS Desktop, Arc GIS Server, ArcInfo or ArcSDE products), including experience in SQL programming or database report development. Experience includes but not limited to independently analyzing, designing, implementing and maintaining databases.
Associates degree in Computer Science, Information Technology (IT), Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM), or closely related field or completion of a two (2) year accredited vocational training program in IT, Environmental Science (*with GIS emphasis) or related program.
Please Note: Additional combinations of education or accredited vocational training, as listed above, can substitute year for year for experience.
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
- A Bachelor’s degree with focus on environmental science, including chemistry; relational database design; or data analytics.
- Knowledge of environmental and/or science-based business areas.
- One year of professional experience designing and producing cartographic products.
- Knowledge of hydrographic science principle.
- Demonstrated initiative to improve skills through training or other learning opportunities.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.
Ecology seeks diverse applicants: We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
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It’s in the applicant’s best interest to submit all of the documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be declined.
- A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position.
- A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position.
- Three professional references.
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Additional Application Instructions for Current Ecology Employees:
Please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources.
The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed.
Why work for Ecology?
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.
Joining Ecology means becoming a part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington State’s environment. A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our state, while keeping your health and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to life/work balance.
Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:
Student debt: how working for Ecology can help
Collective Bargaining: This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.
Equal Opportunity Employer: The Washington State Department of Ecology 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 in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
Note: This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency. Once all the position(s) from the recruitment announcement are filled, the recruitment may only be used to fill additional open positions for the next sixty (60) days.