Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1 (Download PDF reader), Washington State employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18th, 2021. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 Vaccination as part of the hire process. Requests for medical and religious exemptions will be considered. If you have questions, please contact Careers@ecy.wa.gov with “COVID-19 Vaccination” in the subject line.
Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
The Environmental Systems Support (ESS) Unit within the Information Technology Services Office (ITSO) at our Headquarters building in Lacey, WA is currently looking to fill a permanent Application Developer (journey level) position. ESS is a cross-functional team of 14 professionals dedicated to providing advanced software applications to support the agency’s scientists, engineers, inspectors, and policy makers. We work extremely closely with our internal and external customers to rapidly respond to their business needs, ensuring our solutions effectively contribute to Ecology’s mission.
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.
In this role, you will work in a supportive and professional environment with fantastic people who are passionate about the environment, understand the importance of work-life balance, and are focused on continual improvement and learning. You will contribute to diverse projects, working with varying customers using the Microsoft development stack and agile methodologies to tackle some of today’s most challenging and exciting IT fields, such as Big Data, mobile field data collection, telemetry, data quality assurance, data discovery and search, and integration of disparate data and analytics to create business intelligence. Your work will directly support the creation of new science and policy that is focused on making measurable improvements in Washington State’s environment.
We are looking for candidates who possess strong communication skills, domain knowledge, and experience working in a supportive team-oriented environment, as well as, autonomy when working individually on smaller projects. Applicants must have proven proficiency with software application development including; the modernization of legacy applications, utilization of Extract Transform and Load (ETL) processes, and building on Model View Controller (MVC) architecture. We would also like to see a strong knowledge of the business analysis skillset as it relates to software development.
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. Join a team that is highly effective and collaborative, with leadership who embrace the value of people.
Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:
- A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.
- An Infants at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns.
- Continuous growth and development opportunities.
- A wellness program that offers education, fitness classes, and an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
- Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) are core values central to Ecology’s work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.
Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.
Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.
Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology’s work.
Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement.
We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued.
During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding building occupancy, mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing.
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of October 14, 2021. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before October 13, 2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
What makes this role unique?
This position is funded by the Environmental Assessment Program (EAP), one of ten environmental programs in the Department of Ecology. EAP is charged with monitoring Washington’s environmental quality, focusing on marine water (Puget Sound and coastal waters), rivers and streams, groundwater, and marine and freshwater sediments, as well as providing scientific consulting to other Agency programs. EAP monitors for many types of pollutants including toxic contaminants in the environment and consumer products. EAP also runs a large environmental laboratory (Manchester Environmental Laboratory in Manchester, WA) and a laboratory accreditation office that accredits labs throughout the state.
What you’ll do:
- independently design, develop, maintain, and enhance complex environmental information management systems and applications supporting the Environmental Assessment Program, as well as, integrations with other internal and external data systems.
- Design, develop, implement, and manage various complex environmental data models and business objects.
- Independently gather end-user requirements and design complex computer systems to best meet business needs.
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of current technologies ensuring the ESS Unit has awareness and opportunity to implement best practices related to environmental data management and application development.
- Position-specific projects and responsibilities:
- Maintain and enhance EAP’s data management system for the Product Testing unit, which measures and reports toxins in consumer products being sold within the sate
- Work as part of the team that supports the Environmental Assessment Program’s (EAP) prioritized application development efforts. The currently prioritized Monitoring Program Automation (MPA) project roadmap represents the foundation for environmental monitoring planning, field execution, mobile data collection, and data management for the Freshwater Information Network (FIN). MPA is being developed in-house and is key to the Environmental Assessment Program’s scientific work. MPA allows users to plan field collection events, capture environmental data on mobile field forms with offline support (Progressive Web App), manage data, and efficiently make that information available to the public.
- Drive data analysis efforts by working collaboratively with power users and scientists to ensure environmental data are available and accurate to effectively turn data into information.
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, educational, volunteer and lived-experience. See below for how you may qualify.
Professional level experience includes, but not limited to, analyzing, designing, implementing, maintaining and/or programming software applications.
Four (4) years of professional level experience including, but not limited to, analyzing, designing, implementing, maintaining and/or programming software applications.
Two (2) years of professional experience gained in the last four (4) years in the professional level experience listed above and an associates degree in Computer Science, IT or closely related field OR completion of a two (2) year accredited vocational training program in IT or related program.
One (1) year professional experience gained in the last three (3) years in the professional level experience listed above and bachelor’s degree or higher in Computer Science, Information Technology (IT) or closely related program.
All experience and education combinations that meet the requirements for this position:
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
- Professional experience programming, modernizing, maintaining and/or support work for moderate risk, accessible web-based software applications, and databases.
- Professional experience documenting and transferring complex end-user requirements into technology solutions centered primarily on Microsoft technologies.
- Completion of a business analyst certification from a university or related business analyst certification.
- Two years of business analysis or business architecture experience on IT software projects that cross program boundaries.
- Ability and interest working collaboratively and communicating respectfully with a team composed of technical and business-oriented members.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.
Ecology seeks diverse applicants: We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
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- A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position
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Why work for Ecology?
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.
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 your health and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to life/work 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 *See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information
Student debt: how working for Ecology can help
The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.
Collective Bargaining: This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.
Equal Opportunity Employer: 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, military spouses 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.
Note: This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency. Once all the position(s) from the recruitment announcement are filled, the recruitment may only be used to fill additional open positions for the next sixty (60) days.