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GIS Analyst (IT Specialist 5)

IT/Software Development Jobs
Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
January 03, 2018
Washington State Department of Ecology
Lacey, WA
Years of Experiences
1 - 3
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level
Associate Degree, Bachelor's Degree
$64,296 - $84,384

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.

Contact name
Lisa Knutson-Sealey

Job description


The Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response program (SPPR) program within the Department of Ecology has a great opportunity for an experienced GIS analyst to fill an IT Specialist 5 position. This job provides critical support in the areas of ArcGIS, mapping and visualization products that are relied on by Ecology staff, key decision makers and the public to identify and analyze oil movement, resources at risk, and spill response equipment capability in Washington State.
If you're looking for a fast-paced, dynamic and fun job, then we encourage you to apply for our innovative team. Our team protects Washington's environment, public health and safety through a comprehensive spill prevention, preparedness, and response program.
We are a national leader in taking on high-profile, complex environmental issues affecting our entire state regarding oil spill risk. We respond to oil spills and environmental emergencies by relying on key information and analysis this position would provide. We're leveraging technology and innovative approaches in order to reduce oil spill risk. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism and accountability. 
This is an exciting and challenging position for a proven GIS expert and creative problem solver looking to join our team of professionals who serve the people of Washington.

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


The Spills Program's mission is to protect Washington's environment, public health, and safety through a comprehensive spill prevention, preparedness, and response program. The Spills Program's vision is to prevent, prepare for and respond aggressively to oil spills; to be our best for the State of Washington. Our goal in the Spills Program is "zero spills".

The Statewide Resources Section supports the Agency and Program missions in maintaining 24/7 response capability, aggressive response to oil and hazardous substance spills through service delivery of legislative and policy support , program and strategic planning, data and IT management, performance reporting, statewide training, investigation, enforcement, outreach and education, file management and time accounting activities. This position supports our mission by being the designated Spills Program Geographic Information System (GIS) expert, acting as the program expert to provide application architecture, development, implementation, and maintenance support for program-wide geographic and environmental data systems as well as contributing to agency-wide systems. 

Some of the key work activities of the IT Specialist 5 position are:

  • This position is the expert level GIS Lead for the Spills Program and is responsible for providing leadership in the planning, design and development, enhancement and daily operations of the program's GIS applications and databases. This includes the Geographic Response Plan (GRP) database and web application, the Coastal Atlas Spills Mapping application and the Spills Map for Responders.

  • Assimilates and analyzes disparate spatial and tabular information and provides results of analyses and cartographic products that are used by staff, management, first responders, communities and the legislature.

  • Provides end-user support for Spills Information systems.

  • Develops and maintains the program GIS layers for modeling oil spill contingency plan holder planning standard capabilities.

  • Share Point/Web Administrator for the Spills Program.

  • Consults with the Program Performance Coordinator on development of new metrics for the program performance measures.

This position is open until filled, with an initial screening on January 17, 2018. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before January 16, 2016. 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; GIS applied science OR completion of a two (2) year accredited vocational training program in GIS, programming, information technology or related program


Two (2) years recent senior level professional experience using Esri ArcGIS technology (ArcGIS Desktop and Server, ArcGIS Online and ArcSDE products).  Experience includes but not limited to analyzing, designing, implementing, maintaining and/or programming in large-scale and/or organization-wide information systems.


Four (4) years recent senior to expert level professional experience using Esri ArcGIS technology (ArcGIS Desktop and Server, ArcGIS Online and ArcSDE products). Experience includes but not limited to analyzing, designing, implementing, maintaining and/or programming in large scale and/or organization-wide GIS software applications and writing code and running scripts in Python. 

Desired Qualifications: 

  • A Bachelor's degree with a focus on geography/GIS, computer science, or a natural sciences field AND four (4) years of software development experience, including project management, application architecture, C# or comparable programming experience and database administration. At least three (3) of the four (4) years of experience should be within the last four (4) years.

  • Knowledge of environmental and/or science based business areas.

  • Familiarity with commonly accepted IT Industry standards and best practices.

  • Demonstrated initiative to improve skills through training or other learning opportunities.

  • The ability to distil end-user requirements into a technology solution which is centered primarily on Microsoft technologies. 

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

Please include the following documents as an attachment to your application:

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

  • A resume outlining your professional experience.

  • An unofficial copy of your college transcripts.

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

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 Rob Dengel at:  Please do not contact Rob to inquire about the status of your application.