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Document Accessibility Assistant (Office Assistant 3)

Administrative/Clerical Jobs
Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
January 09, 2019
Washington State Department of Ecology
Lacey, Washington
Years of Experiences
< 1
1 - 3
Career Level
Entry Level
Education Level
High School or equivalent, Associate Degree
$28,872.00 - $37,260.00 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

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. 

Ecology's Water Quality Program is looking for a Document Accessibility Assistant (Office Assistant 3) in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

The Document Accessibility Assistant will be part of a small, dynamic and adaptable Communications & Outreach Unit that works to provide clear, accurate, and timely communications to explain the work the Water Quality Program does, why it matters, and the science behind it. This position will work to ensure that the program's documents are available in an accessible digital format for Ecology employees, the regulated community, and the public.

We are looking for applicants who enjoy working with teams, are highly-organized in their day-to-day work, and have the ability to take on a new project and run with it.

To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at, or check out our recent stories on TwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.


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


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

Program Mission: The mission of the Water Quality Program is to protect and restore Washington's waters to support healthy watersheds and communities. Our work ensures state waters can support beneficial uses including recreational and business activities, supplies for clean drinking water, and the protection of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and public health.

What will the Document Accessibility Assistant do?

  • Updates and modifies existing documents to meet digital accessibility standards, and works with program staff and management to prioritize documents for updating and modification.

  • Creates new templates and forms that are accessible and meet the needs of staff.

  • Assists staff with updating their own documents by helping them learn to use available tools and techniques, and troubleshooting accessibility issues that are not easily resolved.

Why join the team?

  • This is a unique opportunity to build your skills in with world of digital accessibility, a skill set that any organization needs. Your attention to detail and excellent technology skills will help us create documents that meet accessibility standards.

  • This position is part of a small, customer-service oriented team that is committed to supporting the largest program in Ecology with timely, effective communications and outreach. Our team is open to new ideas, and values evolving to meet the needs to our stakeholders. 


NOTE: This is a non-permanent position that is expected to end July 1, 2019.

This position will remain open until filled. The initial screening date will be January 16, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before January 15, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:

High school diploma or equivalent AND two years of clerical experience, which must include one year of experience in forms and/or records management.


An Associate's degree in business administration, accounting, communications, or related field.

Desired Qualifications:

  • High level of experience in Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint)

  • Experience with Adobe Acrobat and SharePoint

  • Demonstrated ability for attention to detail and strong organizational skills

Supplemental Information


Application Instructions:

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

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

  • A resume outlining your professional experience.

Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. Or, you may paste the text of your resume within the profile's resume text field.

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 at (360) 407-6186.

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 call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail Please do not call this number or 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 Colleen Keltz: ckel461@ECY.WA.GOV. Please do not contact Colleen 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 is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.  

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.


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