Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
If you enjoy working with a high performing team, constantly challenging yourself, and learning new things. If you enjoy staying busy, but like a variety of duties, we promise you won’t get bored. If you want to work in a place that truly values you and your ideas to improve processes and allow us to exceed our customer expectations, this job is for you.
In this role, you will work in a supportive and professional environment with fantastic people who are passionate about the environment, understand the importance of work-life balance, and are focused on continual improvement and learning. You will contribute to how our group manages our spatial data and work with our geographic information systems. You will also work on diverse projects using the Microsoft development stack and agile methodologies to tackle some of today’s most challenging and exciting IT systems.
Agency Mission: Ecology’s mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment and to promote the wise management of our air, land and water for the benefit of current and future generations.
Program Mission: The mission of the Water Resources Program is to support sustainable water resources management to meet the present & future water needs of people & the natural environment, in partnership with Washington’s communities.
During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. This position is eligible to telework up to 90% of the time. 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.
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of September 9, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before September 8, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
About the Department of Ecology
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.
Our commitment to DEIR
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.
What makes this role unique?
As a key member in the Water Resources Information Technology (WRIT) Unit, you will design, develop, maintain, and enhance applications for the Water Resources Program (WRP) focusing mainly on geographic information system technology. You will work with web maps and spatial databases, make our applications mobile, implement vitally important accessible features, and be part of a great team.
What you will do:
- Provide spatial database and web map development support in an agile work environment.
- Independently gather end-user requirements and design complex computer systems to best meet business needs.
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of current technologies ensuring the team has awareness and opportunity to implement best practices related to data management and application development.
- Work in close collaboration as a team to support all of our IT systems ensuring many opportunities for cross training.
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, educational and volunteer experience. See below for how you may qualify.
Option 1: Four (4) years of experience using Esri Arc GIS technology (ArcGIS Desktop and Server, ArcGIS Online and ArcSDE products). Experience includes, but not limited to, analyzing, designing, implementing, maintaining and/or programming information systems
Option 2: Associates degree in Computer Science, GIS Applied Science or closely related field; OR completion of a two (2) year accredited vocational training program in GIS programming, IT or related program and two (2) years of experience using Esri Arc GIS technology (ArcGIS Desktop and Server, ArcGIS Online and ArcSDE products). Experience includes, but not limited to, analyzing, designing, implementing, maintaining and/or programming information systems
Option 3: Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology (IT) or closely related field and one (1) year of experience using Esri Arc GIS technology (ArcGIS Desktop and Server, ArcGIS Online and ArcSDE products). Experience includes, but not limited to, analyzing, designing, implementing, maintaining and/or programming information systems
*Additional combinations of education or accredited vocational training, as listed above, can substitute for all but one (1) year of 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 in Geography, GIS, or environmental science.
- Knowledge of environmental and/or science based business areas.
- 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.