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GIS Mapper / Water Rights Analyst (Environmental Specialist 2)

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
August 06, 2019
Washington State Department of Ecology
Union Gap, WA
Years of Experiences
1 - 3
Career Level
Entry Level
Education Level
Bachelor's Degree
$41,184.00 - $53,904.00 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. If you want to join a highly effective, collaborative team in exciting work dedicated to managing a sustainable water supply in Central Washington, this may be the position for you.

The Water Resources (WR) program is currently looking to fill a GIS Mapper / Water Rights Analyst (Environmental Specialist 2) position. This position will be located in our Central Regional Office (CRO) in Union Gap, WA.

The GIS Mapper / Water Rights Analyst position works closely with other senior staff in the Water Resources Program (WRP) to develop and maintain water rights and water data needed to manage water rights and to provide public access to water rights information. This includes the research of, acquisition, assembly and analysis of water rights and related records. This position is also responsible for developing and maintaining spatial water right and water use information within a geographic information system (GIS) and other agency database systems.

Someone who is self-motivated, detail oriented, have the ability to make practical decisions and are able to understand complex property descriptions and map them into a Geographical Information System use ArcGIS Tools.

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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The mission of the Water Resources  (WR) program is to manage water resources to meet the current and future needs of the natural environment and Washington's communities.

The GIS Mapper / Water Rights Analyst position performs the following:

Under the general supervision of the Unit Section Manager and with the guidance of the designated senior WRP staff, this position researches, analyzes and compiles water rights records, water use and other pertinent information into a Geographic Information System (GIS) and other agency database systems. The positions work cooperatively with other state, federal, tribal and local government staff to obtain and share data.

The position is assigned the following areas of responsibility:

  • Water rights analysis.

  • Water rights mapping.

  • Preparing spatial maps.

  • Database management.

  • Field investigations.

  • Customer service.

This position is a good entry level position that will gain someone valuable experience in working in environmental GIS management and an introduction to the area of Water Resources Management. Our team takes our work seriously and we have fun doing it.

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

Please do not include any prior financial information on your application materials


Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree, which includes college level Geographic Information Systems (GIS) course work. The Bachelor's degree must include a major study in environmental, physical or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other closely allied field.

One (1) year of professional level experience in using the following ArcGIS tools:
ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcToolbox; layers, data frames and maps; layer symbology in ArcMap; labeling features; table manipulation; creating graphs and reports; working with georeferenced data; creating maps in ArcMap and using editing tools in GIS to create or change geographic data.

Desired Qualifications:

Some knowledge of Washington State Water Code and experience with field assessment.
Course work including use of GIS database and other spreadsheet programs.  Ability to perform spatial analysis; manage geographic data; perform geocoding; display points and lines from event tables; convert data from other formats; edit spatial and attribute data; create and use metadata; and produce quality maps and reports.
Ability to accept responsibility for project activities, work effectively with governmental officials and local interest groups, and communicate effectively.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

Must obtain and maintain a valid driver license.

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.
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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.

  • Please do not include any prior compensation in your application materials.

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 Scott Turner at: Please do not contact Scott 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.