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AGRICULTURE – A Cornerstone of Washington’s Economy


The Washington State Department of Agriculture has been serving the state for more than 100 years. Through service, regulation, and advocacy, we keep agriculture viable and vital in Washington State, while protecting consumers, public health, and the environment. We work extensively with farmers and ranchers, but our responsibilities – from ensuring food safety to environmental protection – touch the lives of millions of people locally, nationally, and abroad.

The agency includes 780 employees approximately and grows close to 1,000 employees at the peak of seasonal work. To learn more and view additional openings, please visit our Employment Page.

We are hiring a Pesticide Compliance Business Analyst (MA3) to join our team!

The Pesticide Management Division (PMDprotects the public interest, health, and welfare of the people of the state of Washington by providing efficient and effective services for the regulation of pesticides and fertilizers. 

The Pesticide Compliance Business Analyst position directly supports the mission of the Division and the State of Washington by providing expertise in analyzing management and business issues and providing consultation and coordination of program and database functions, records and strategic planning and process change implementation. This position conducts research and formulates recommendations based on program initiatives and federal mandates directly related to program planning, providing direct support to the Pesticide Management Division Coordinator, statewide Pesticide Compliance Team (Field Staff and Area Managers, Quality Assurance & Training Coordinator, Case Review Officer, and Program Manager.) 

In addition, this position also has a lead role in maintaining the KRS enforcement database, recordkeeping forms, and the Pesticide Sensitive Registry (overseeing updates and coordinating annual notifications, renewals) and assisting the PMD Division Coordinator with division-wide and agency initiatives and maintenance of division webpages.

 Why join WSDA?

 The Department of Agriculture offers:

  • 12 Paid Holidays, Leave & Vacation
  • A great total compensation and benefits package
  • Meaningful work for the State of Washington
  • Supported growth and development opportunities
  • A healthy work/life balance, which may include flexible work schedules, teleworking, and an Infants in the Workplace Program
For more information about the Washington State Department of Agriculture, visit us at


This position is responsible for helping to meet the established goals and objectives, and associated tasks of daily work requirements, which may range from basic support functions, such as ensuring office coverage and mail distribution, to specialized, complex interdisciplinary projects for the division management team, including analyses for varying and on-going management issues and problems, strategic and long-range planning activities, and federal reporting. Additional tasks or projects may be assigned by the Compliance Program Manager, Case Review Officer, Area Supervisors, Division Coordinator, or the Assistant Director, including prioritization of work from the Division Coordinator, such as agency initiatives, division reports and time-sensitive projects.


This position also interacts with the division stakeholders (including federal and state counterparts including the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other state and local government regulatory agencies, agency and division administrative staff, and field staff.

  • Compiles and finalizes Compliance KRS data, and other program data for EPA Cooperative Agreement and related data and reports annually.
  • Assures accuracy of budget, work reports, narratives, spreadsheets, and other reports required by EPA to maintain federal grant funding across the division programs and the Director’s Office.
  • Oversees completion, coordination, and timely submittal to Division Coordinator of program meeting information, paperwork, reports, case, and fiscal data related to EPA Region 10 FIFRA federal grants of the program.
  • Enters all federal grant information related to Federal Cooperative Agreement into or other EPA provided database as needed.
  • Tracks expenditures and reconciles state and federal program budgets.


Who should apply?

Professionals with:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, law, public health, health administration, or a related field AND three (3) years of experience conducting research and analyzing policies, laws, rules, or regulations OR comparable combination of graduate-level education and experience, dealing with customer inquiries, complaints or problems. 
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a valid driver’s license.

Note: Comparable combination of education/experience may substitute year for year for higher education.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Two (2) or more years of experience conducting research and analyzing policies, laws, rules, or regulations.
  • Knowledge of agriculture terminology, diseases, and common practices.
  • Knowledge and experience researching, interpreting, and applying RCW’s, WAC’s and policies and advanced knowledge of data systems and functions.
  • Demonstrated leadership and change management experience.
  •  Ability to read, write, speak, and understand English and Spanish including the primary dialect of the audience.
  • Have a current notary seal or the ability and willingness to obtain one.

Supplemental Information

How to apply:


You must complete your profile and answer the supplemental questions. In addition to completing the online application, and supplemental questions applicants must attach the following documents to their profile to be considered for this position:


· Current resume detailing experience and education

· A cover letter describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position.

· Three professional references 


By submitting these materials, you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed.


Applications with comments “see attachments” will be considered incomplete.


If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing, or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or email


Should you have any questions regarding this position or the online application, contact the Human Resource Office at


Prior to a new appointment into the Department of Agriculture, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.


The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All information may be verified, and documentation may be required. Applications received via e-mail will not be accepted in lieu of applying through the state’s on-line recruitment system.


The Human Resources Division may use referrals from this recruitment to help fill future similar vacancies for up to six months.




Pursuant to Washington State Governor Inslee’s Proclamation on August 9, 2021, all employees who work for the Washington State Department of Agriculture must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18, 2021. Proof of fully vaccinated status against COVID-19 must be shown to WSDA’s human resource office prior to employment.


Veteran’s Preference: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and wish to claim Veteran’s Preference MUST attach a copy of their DD214, or other verification of military service. Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers. For additional information on Veteran’s Preference and guidance on how to determine if you are eligible, click here.


Military Spouse Preference: To take advantage of military spouse preference, you will have an opportunity to identify your status in the questionnaire. We thank you and are grateful for your service!


The Department of Agriculture celebrates our differences, and we are committed to a workplace that supports equal opportunity employment and inclusion regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We will also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws.


Persons with a disability, who need assistance with their application or need this announcement in an alternative format, may call 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.