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Active Directory Administrator (IT Specialist 5)

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
May 08, 2019
Washington State Department of Ecology
Lacey, Washington
Years of Experiences
3 - 5
Career Level
Manager (Manager/Supervisor of Staff)
Education Level
Associate Degree
$66,888.00 - $87,792.00 Annually

About Washington State Department of Ecology

The Department of Ecology is Washington's environmental protection agency. Our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's land, air and water for current and future generations. We support environmental work throughout Washington. Nearly 70 percent of our budget is passed through to local communities to pay for projects that benefit the environment. We were founded in 1970 as the first agency in the nation dedicated to environmental protection.

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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen


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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. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, has leadership that embraces the value of people, and believes in the fun factor, Ecology is a good fit.

The Information Technology Services Office (ITSO) is currently looking to fill a Active Directory Administrator (IT Specialist 5) position. This position will be located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

The purpose of the Active Directory Administrator position is to create, implement, monitor, and control data access processes, architectures, and strategies that protect all of Ecology's data and information assets.  The position uses a blend of systems administration, security technology, and data management skills to keep Ecology's computing, data storage, and information assets safe and operational through the use of directory based identity services (Active Directory services). 

We are looking for applicants to provide leadership and direction, consult and advise, problem solve, and manage Ecology's agency-wide technology platforms. The ideal candidates will possess excellent people skills, with the ability to professionally and effectively communicate with a diverse audience ranging from IT Professionals to Agency Executive Leadership. Being comfortable working in a fast paced environment, have the ability to remain calm while quickly assessing an urgent situation, and the ability to make critical decisions.

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. Maybe you've seen some of our recent stories on LinkedInTwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at

Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts


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 Information Technology Services Office (ITSO) is the central provider of strategic and tactical support for the use of Information Technology (IT) within Ecology.  The mission of ITSO is to create and support useful technology services that adapt for the future and support Ecology's mission.

Section Mission: The Infrastructure and Operations (INO) section is focused on the planning, design, development, implementation, and maintenance of Ecology's agency-wide technology platforms that all applications and services operate on.  This section provides services to all staff in the areas of desktop technical support, Help Desk, wired and wireless networking, Regional Information Technology Services (RITS) for field site technology support, servers, storage, managed print services, and unified communications support and services. This position controls and manages the agency endpoint protection, operating system (OS) deployment, OS updates.

The Active Directory Administrator position is responsible for:

  • Includes FSMO roles, trusts, Kerberos KDCs, replication topology, etc.

  • Creation of all top-level OU hierarchies with LBL standard sub-OUs, groups, and appropriate security permissions. This includes adding the OU Admins to the Add Computers group, Group Policy Creator Owners group, and OU Admins mail list. It also includes setting appropriate permissions on the created objects and linking of default GPOs.

  • Use the domain admin account only for actions that require the privilege level of this account.

  • Monitoring changes to domain root and domain controllers OU to ensure unauthorized changes do not occur.

  • Day-to-day management of the domain controllers.

  • Monitoring connectivity, synchronization, replication, net logon, time services, FSMO roles, schema, NTDS database partitions, DNS settings, SRV records, and trust relationships.

  • Review DC event and security logs and take corrective actions.

  • Monitor and resolve security situations at all levels of the domain to ensure a stable and secure domain.

  • Domain Controller Management, Backups and restores on domain controllers

  • Full disaster recovery plan and practice recovery of DCs and core Directory objects

  • Policy monitoring and compliance.

  • Secure remote administration of the DCs and member servers managed by the Infrastructure Group.

  • Manage group policy at root of domain and for Domain Controllers OU.

  • Manage the root Users and the root Computers OUs.

  • Install and manage security reporting tools used to monitor changes to the Active Directory.

  • Coordinate and configure alarm distribution to OU Admins for OU-related events.

  • Understanding of TCP/IP, DNS, DHCP, and Local Area Networking.

  • Plan and manage all migrations and upgrades related to the AD or the DCs.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be May 21, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before May 20, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:

An Associate's degree or higher in Computer Science; Information Technology or related field OR completion of a two (2) year accredited vocational training program in information technology or related program.


Two (2) years recent senior level professional experience (full-time equivalent) in one or more of the following IT disciplines: consulting, systems development, systems analysis, database management, technical support troubleshooting, project management or server management.


Four (4) years of recent senior to expert level professional experience (full-time equivalent) in one or more of the following IT disciplines: consulting, systems development, systems analysis, database management, technical support troubleshooting, project management or server management.

Desired Qualifications:

  • MCP certification in Active Directory.

  • Four years of enterprise information technology experience working with Active Directory.


Why work for Ecology?

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 the health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to work/life balance.

Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:

Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s)Public Employees Retirement System (PERS),  Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan ForgivenessTuition Waiver,  Long Term Disability & Life InsuranceDeferred Compensation ProgramsDependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA)Employee Assistance ProgramCommute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader)Combined Fund DriveSmartHealth


Student debt and how working for Ecology can help
Employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See for more details.


*See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information


Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position.

In order to be considered, applicants MUST include the following documents as an attachment to their application:

  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.

  • A resume outlining your professional experience.

Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including "please see resume" may disqualify you from further consideration.

Department of 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.

If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit to access the online recruitment system. Click on "Look for Jobs" and select Dept. of Ecology under the "Department" search list. Click "Apply Search."

Other Information:

If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail Please do not send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.

If you have specific questions about the position, please email David Burling at:  Please do not contact David to inquire about the status of your application.

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.

This position is included in the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) union bargaining unit for the Department of Ecology.

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 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.