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Application Developer (IT Specialist 5)

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Posted on
May 20, 2019
Washington State Department of Ecology
Lacey, WA
Years of Experiences
1 - 3
3 - 5
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level
Certification, Vocational, Some College Coursework Completed , Associate Degree, Bachelor's 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 Financial and Administrative Systems Support (FASS) unit within the Information Technology Services Office (ITSO) at our Headquarters building in Lacey, WA is currently looking to fill an Application Developer (IT Specialist 5) position. This position assists the various Ecology application development groups by providing accessibility programming guidance to application developers so that Ecology's digital applications are accessible and usable by everyone, including individuals with disabilities.
We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills and have the ability to communicate with a diverse audience. Someone who enjoys coaching and training others, has familiarity with remediation to meet accessibility standards.

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.
Unit Mission: The ITSO Financial and Administrative Systems Support (FASS) unit, part of the EBTS section, is specifically tasked with the mission to provide computer application architecture, requirements analysis, design, development, implementation, configuration, and maintenance support services for agency-wide applications in five main business functions:

  • Financial Services,

  • Administrative Services,

  • Executive office,

  • Legislative and Inter-Governmental Relations, and

  • Human Resources.

Some of the key work activities of the Application Developer position include:

  • Determines what needs to be modified to bring an application into accessibility compliance with WCAG 2.0, Level AA.

  • Provides programming guidance to developers to evaluate accessibility barriers and estimate fixes and remediation.

  • Become a champion for implementing accessibility compliance in our app development processes

  • Coaches and mentors other IT application developers on how to use automated accessibility software tools.

  • Coaches and mentors other IT application developers on how to manually test for accessibility.

  • Uses automated assessment tools as well as manual testing methods to determine what changes need to be done to application code to make it accessible.

  • Trains others how to use the accessibility tools and manual methods for accessibility.

  • Helps development teams assess and estimate remediation.

  • Develops a code library of accessible components and design patterns. 

  • Champions an environment where accessibility consideration are embedded into our development practices.

This position gets to diagnose what changes are needed with application code and the user experience to make it accessible, usable, and compliant with WCAG 2.0, Level AA. 

This position is challenging and interesting - discovering and diagnosing accessibility barriers to determine fixes. The successful candidate will experience satisfaction and pride in improving services so they can be accessed by everyone including individuals with disabilities. Making Ecology's applications compliant, accessible, and usable furthers the mission of Ecology and increases the number of people who can access and use our services. This position will allow the incumbent to become a leader within State Government for accessibility compliant application development and remediation practices.
The successful candidate for this position must understand code, application development, and interface issues – particularly for assistive technology. This includes understanding the WCAG 2.0 Level AA critical success criteria – such as keyboard access, focus, contrast, etc.

This position is located in the FASS Team but will be working with IT staff across the agency.This position will be working closely with the Accessibility Architect, the Solutions Architect, and an Application Developer. This person will be expected to participate in agency work groups related to accessibility with applications.

Please Note: This is a project position that is funded until June 30, 2021

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be May 31, 2019.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before May 30, 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 completion of a two (2) year accredited vocational training program in information technology or related program


Two (2) years of recent senior-level professional experience in computer application development and maintenance of large projects and/or major organization-wide systems.


Four (4) years of recent senior to expert-level professional experience in computer application development and maintenance. Experience includes but is not limited to analyzing, designing, implementing, maintaining and/or programming large scale and/or organization-wide information systems.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • A Bachelor's degree with a focus on programming/software development and/or engineering.

  • Four (4) years of information technology experience programming web-based software applications or developing information systems architecture using Microsoft development technologies such as C#/ASP.Net, SQL Server, and HTML5/JavaScript for mobile applications. At least three (3) of the four (4) years of experience should be within the last four (4) years.

  • 2 years of experience as QAJQC tester.

  • 1 year of experience in Accessibility testing and knowledge of toolset.

  • Knowledge of ADA, Section 508 refresh, WCAG 2.0 level AA, and W3C WAI ARIA.

  • Expert level knowledge of HTML accessibility techniques including JavaScript, AJAX, and ARIA.

  • Accessibility certification, Federal Trusted Tester, International Association of

  • Accessibility Professionals (IAAPl certification, Deque Web Specialist training.

  • Professional experience consulting, designing, programming, maintenance and/or support work for moderate risk software applications and databases.

  • Experience with manual keyboard testing techniques and code inspection.

  • Expertise testing with screen readers: JAWS (Windows), NVDA (Windows), VoiceOver (Mac OS, iOS).

  • Knowledge of a range of assistive technology.


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 attach a resume, and cover letter that describes their interest in this position.

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 Kevin Barbee at: Please do not contact Kevin 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.