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Developer (IT Specialist 4)

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Posted on
January 22, 2018
Washington State Department of Ecology
Lacey, WA
Years of Experiences
1 - 3
3 - 5
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level
Vocational, Associate Degree, Bachelor's Degree, Professional
$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 specialized Environmental Systems Support Unit within the Information Technology Services Office (ITSO) at our Headquarters building in Lacey, WA. is currently looking to fill a Developer (IT Specialist 4) position.  ESS (Environmental Systems Support) is a cross-functional team of 14 professionals who are dedicated to providing advanced software applications to support the agency's scientists, engineers, inspectors and policy makers. We work extremely close with our internal and external customers to rapidly respond to their business needs to ensure that the solutions we provide effectively contribute to Ecology achieving its mission.

In this role, you will work in a supportive and professional environment with fantastic people who are passionate about the environment and focused on continual improvement and learning. You will contribute to diverse projects, working with varying customers using the latest Microsoft development stack and agile methodologies to tackle some of today's most challenging and exciting IT fields, such as Big Data, mobile field data collection, telemetry, data quality assurance, data discovery and search, and integration of disparate data and analytics to create business intelligence.  Your work will directly support the creation of new science and policy that is focused on relating the work we, and our partners, do to measurable improvements in the environment of the State of Washington.

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

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

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 Environmental Systems Support (ESS) Unit is specifically tasked with the mission to provide application architecture, development, implementation, and maintenance support for environmental data systems used by many different stakeholders, including: Ecology headquarters' and regional staff for research, analysis, decision and policy-making; staff from Federal and State partner agencies for research and analysis; local municipalities, for reporting and analysis; the public, for reporting and informational purposes. The unit supports the work of these stakeholders, who may be required to report environmental data to Ecology or use ESS databases for reporting, research or analysis purposes, or interact electronically with Ecology to achieve a common goal of protecting, preserving, and restoring the environment through scientifically verified initiatives.
This position is funded by the Environmental Assessment Program (EAP), one of ten environmental programs in the Department of Ecology.  EAP is charged with monitoring Washington's environmental quality, focusing on marine water (Puget Sound and coastal waters) rivers and streams, groundwater and marine and freshwater sediments as well as providing scientific consulting to other Agency programs. EAP monitors for many types of pollutants including toxic contaminants. EAP also runs a large environmental laboratory (Manchester Environmental Laboratory in Manchester, WA) and a laboratory accreditation office that accredits labs throughout the state.

Some of the key work activities at the IT Specialist 4 level include:

  • As a senior-level Microsoft application developer in the Environmental System Support (ESS) Unit, independently designs, develops, tests, maintains, and enhances complex applications for the Environmental Assessment Program (EAP). Uses senior-level skills and experience to provide independent consultation and analysis on medium to large-scale projects that involve new technology, technical and organizational complexity, and integration of information systems and data.

  • Designs, implements, maintains and manages various complex environmental databases.

  • Independently gathers end-user requirements and designs complex computer systems to best meet business needs.

  • Keeps knowledge up to date with current technologies.

  • This position works alone on medium-to-large size applications, or in collaboration with a team of journey and expert level developers on larger applications.


Please Note: This is a project position that is scheduled to end two years from the date of hire.




The goal class for this position is an IT Specialist 4 (ITS4). We will consider applicants who meet the requirements for the ITS3 and 4 levels. If the finalist meets the requirements for either the ITS3 level then they will be hired in at that level and will be placed into a training program to become an ITS4 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 (2) year accredited vocational training program in information technology or related program


Two (2) years of recent professional experience in computer application development and maintenance of small to medium scale web-based applications.


A Bachelor's degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, or related field may substitute for all of the above except for one (1) 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 web-based applications.

At the IT Specialist 4 Level: Pay Range 62 – ($4857-$6372) Monthly

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 professional level experience in computer application development and maintenance of medium to large scale systems.


A Bachelor's degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, or related field may substitute for all of the above except for one (1) year of the required experience.


Four (4) years of recent professional experience in computer application development and maintenance. Experience includes but not limited to independently 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.

  • Professional experience transferring end-user requirements into technology solutions centered primarily on Microsoft technologies.


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 Justin Smith at:  Please do not contact Justin 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.