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IT Application Developer (Journey Level)

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
September 12, 2019
Washington State Department of Ecology
Lacey, WA
Years of Experiences
1 - 3
3 - 5
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level
Associate Degree, Bachelor's Degree
$71,700.00 - $94,068.00 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

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, then Ecology is a good fit.

The ITSO 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 (Journey Level) position.

The Application Developer position provides purchased computer application configuration, custom computer application development, and support services for complex, agency-wide applications, projects, databases, and data reporting solutions.  Ecology employees, executives, financial specialists, grant/loan managers, legislative liaisons, and human resources specialists rely upon the independent, skilled, and experienced services provided by the incumbent to acquire and manage state IT resources so that staff in Ecology's environmental Programs can concentrate on protecting Washington's environment.
We are looking for candidates who have computer application support experience, customer service skills, and possess strong communications 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.
To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at and follow, like or visit us on LinkedInTwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog

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




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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. 

Section Mission:  The Enterprise Business Technology Solutions (EBTS) Section is responsible for planning, design, development, implementation and maintenance of Ecology's agency-wide geospatial, environmental, financial and administrative applications and data systems.  EBTS is comprised of four (4) application development units.

Unit Mission:  The ITSO Financial and Administrative Systems Support (FASS) unit 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.

This specific position is located within ITSO FASS Unit.  This position supports the agency, ITSO, and FASS missions by effectively developing, implementing, configuring, and maintaining agency-wide systems that support Ecology's mission.
Some of the key work activities of the Application Developer position are:

  • Configures and maintains purchased Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications to meet the business customers' needs.

  • Develops and maintains custom computer applications and interfaces between computer applications.

  • Works with Grant managers and Fiscal staff to understand their business needs as they manage millions of dollars.

  • Works with the Ecology team of computer application specialists to meet diverse business needs.

  • Tracks customer support given, identifies common themes, and develops solutions to problems before the customers encounter them.

  • The position will add technical expertise to a mixed team of business and IT staff to support large, existing SaaS solutions and their interfaces.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be September 19, 2019.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before September 18, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
Please do not include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.




Required Qualifications:

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 recent professional experience in computer application development and maintenance of small to medium scale web-based applications.


Four (4) years recent professional experience in computer application development and maintenance.  Experience includes but not limited to independently analyzing, designing, implementing, maintaining and/or programming small to medium scale web-based applications, or configuring SaaS solutions.


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

  • A Bachelor's degree with focus on programming/software development or SaaS solutions.

  • Four (4) years of professional information technology experience programming web-based software applications using Microsoft development technologies such as C#/ASP.Net, SQL Server, and HTML5/Javascript for mobile applications.

  • Two (2) years professional experience configuring SaaS solutions, working closely with application end users.

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

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.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/Salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.

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 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.