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, Ecology is a good fit.
The 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 (Application Developer Entry) position. This position assists the Ecology application developers as they develop and maintain purchased and Ecology-developed custom applications.
We are looking for applicants who have shown the ability to learn new Information Technology tools, who have shown the ability to work with a diverse set of clients, and who strive for excellence in all they do.
We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism and accountability.
Local efforts… Diverse people… Statewide impacts
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 ITSO Financial and Administrative Systems Support (FASS) unit, part of the Enterprise Business Technology Section, provides computer application 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.
Some of the key work activities of the Application Developer position include:
- Consults with FASS Unit staff and other Ecology employees to analyze technology needs and problems. Analyzes and resolves problems involving multiple systems and integrates SaaS solutions with existing Ecology applications in order to wisely use Ecology IT resources.
- Supports management and higher level application developers by analyzing business requirements, designing solutions, configuring SaaS solutions, and writing programs in order to meet current and future business needs.
- Supports management and higher level application developers by communicating with the vendor who supplies the SaaS solutions to deliver the best outcomes for Ecology employees using the solution.
- Tracks, resolves, and documents application issues, bugs, and requested enhancements so applications continue to meet business needs so the users can meet Ecology’s goals.
- Coordinates with the Ecology solution-specific support teams to clearly communicate requirements and issues to Ecology management and vendor representatives.
- Develops in-depth knowledge of the business and participates in requirement gathering sessions. Learns the questions to ask, determines needs, defines problems, and solves problems to facilitate collection of business requirements.
- Translates business requirements into solution release candidates to accelerate development and ensure end-user requirements are met.
Please Note: This is a project position that is funded for two years from date of hire.
This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be December 14, 2020. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before December 13, 2020 The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
Two (2) years professional experience gained in the last four (4) years in computer application development and maintenance. Experience includes, but is not limited to, analyzing, designing, implementing, maintaining and/or programming software applications.
Associates degree or higher in Computer Science or Information Technology (IT) or closely related field OR completion of a two year accredited vocational training program in IT or related program
Education or accredited vocational training in IT or related program will substitute year for year for experience.
- A Bachelor’s degree with focus on programming, software development, or software engineering.
- Two (2) years of experience configuring SaaS or COTS software solutions.
- Professional experience programming, maintenance and/or support work for moderate risk software applications and databases.
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 Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth
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 https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.
*See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information
Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position.
In order to be considered, applicants MUST attach a resume, and cover letter that describes their interest in 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.
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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.