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Application Developer (Information Technology Specialist 4) (In-Training)

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
March 21, 2018
Washington State Department of Ecology
Lacey, Washington
Years of Experiences
1 - 3
3 - 5
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level
Associate Degree
$58,284.00 - $76,464.00 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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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 Air Quality Program's (AQP) goal is to safeguard public health and protect Washington's environment by developing and maintaining environmental data systems, which support informed decision-making to assist in preventing and reducing air pollution.  

The Air Quality program's IT and Telemetry Unit in the Technical Services Section in Lacey, WA is looking for a senior-level application Software Developer/Programmer (Information Technology Specialist 4 In-Training). In order to broaden the candidate pool, this recruitment is open at the in-training level for job seekers that qualify at the Information Technology specialist 3 level. The IT and telemetry Unit encourages fully qualified Information Technology Specialist 4 with the latest technology skills to apply. For more information, please read the qualifications below.

We are looking for candidates who possess strong communication skills, have proven computer application development skills, and have good collaboration skills.

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 TwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

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

The Mission of the Department of Ecology is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment for current and future generations.

The Air Quality Program's (AQP) mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance the air quality of Washington to safeguard public health and the environment, and support high quality of life for current and future citizens.

This senior-level application developer position is responsible for providing application support through all stages of the application lifecycle using advanced technical knowledge. This position has considerable discretion to evaluate complex technology tasks such as defining user requirements, analyzing, programing, and software design. In addition, maintaining application interfaces, insuring quality assurance and user accessibility requirements are meet. 
Other duties include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Develop, implement and enhance medium to large-scale application components and web services, creating re-usable code in C# MVC.Net programming language.

  • Software maintenance, testing and enhancements to existing applications and other information systems.

  • Consult with business staff to assess and determine software design requirements, specifications or enhancements for complex applications.

  • Conduct and facilitate business requirement meetings with users and stakeholders.

  • Recommend software upgrades for existing applications and systems.

  • Create complex stored procedures to access data across multiple databases with data modification.

  • Create and implement complex applications using the following technology: MS-SQL (Structured Query Language), Microsoft Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server, Extensible Markup Language (XML), Microsoft SQL Server and MS-SQL Reporting Services.

  • Develop software test plans and conduct User Acceptance Testing.

  • Debug and determine the cause of system failure and fix issues promptly.

  • Data analysis and modeling.

  • Develop prototypes.


PLEASE NOTE: This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be April 2, 2018. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before April 1, 2018. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
To broaden the candidate pool, we will consider candidates that qualify at the IT Specialist 3 and 4 levels. Please read the qualifications section below to learn more about this exciting career growth and in-training opportunity.




The goal class for this position is an IT Specialist 4 (ITS 4). We will consider applicants who meet the requirements for the ITS 3 and 4 levels. If the finalist meets the requirements for the ITS 3 level then they will be hired in at that level and will be placed into a training program to become an ITS 4 within a specified period of time.
Required Qualifications:

At the IT Specialist 3 Level: Pay Range 58 – ($4399-$5770) Monthly

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


Two (2) years of recent professional level experience in computer application development and maintenance of small to medium scale systems.

A Bachelor's degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, or related field may substitute for all of the above except one year of the required experience.


Four (4) years of recent professional experience in computer application development and maintenance.  Experience includes but is not limited to analyzing, designing, implementing, maintaining and/or programming small to medium scale software applications.
At the IT Specialist 4 Level: Pay Range 62 – ($4857-$6372) Monthly

An Associate's degree or higher in Computer Science, Information Technology, Software Engineering or Programing OR completion of a two year accredited vocational training program in Computer Science Information Technology, Software Engineering or Programming or related program.


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


Four years recent professional experience in computer application development and maintenance. Experience includes but not limited to analyzing, designing, implementing, maintaining and/or programming medium to large scale software applications.

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 two (2) of the four (4) years of experience should be within the last four (4) years.

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

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

More information about the Student Loans and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program:

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.


Supplemental Information


Application Instructions

Please complete the applicant profile when applying for 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 Chuck Pierce at: Please do not contact Chuck 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. All employees covered by the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the WFSE will, as a condition of employment, either become members of the WFSE and pay membership dues or, as non-members, pay a representation fee as described in the CBA, no later than the 30th day following the effective date of this CBA or the beginning of their employment.

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.