Sep 11, 2020

IT Application Developer

  • State of Washington
  • Lacey, WA, USA

Job Description


The Department of Ecology's priority during the Covid-19 health crisis is to keep our staff, candidates, and the public safe. We are still hiring and encourage you to apply to open positions. The majority of our staff are currently working from home; we have transitioned to a virtual recruitment process, to include web-based interviews. 

The salary listed above includes the scheduled 3% general salary increase effective 7/1/2020.

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 invested in making a difference. Apply if you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, has leadership the embraces the value of people, and believes in the fun factor.
The Hazardous Waste & Toxics Reduction Program is looking to fill an IT Application Developer (Journey Level) position. This position is located in our Headquarters office in Lacey, Washington.
This IT Application Developer position is responsible for medium to large-scale, statewide, highly complex information systems that are used by agency staff, management, and external customers. As part of a team, this position performs analysis, system design, installation, maintenance, programming, quality assurance, troubleshooting, problem resolution, and consulting tasks for complex technical applications and databases.
We need someone who has excellent people skills as they need to be able to work directly with staff to determine requirements for data systems and have ongoing communication to make sure the data systems are working correctly.

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 LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.
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 mission of the Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction (HWTR) Program is to foster sustainability, prevent pollution, and ensure safe waste management of the millions of pounds of hazardous substances used and disposed of each year by businesses and households in Washington State. Over the longer term, we work with businesses and governments to achieve a system where waste is viewed as inefficient, and most wastes and unnecessary use of toxic substances have been eliminated.

What you will do in this position:

This software developer provides leadership in the areas of application design and programming for the development of complex environmental systems. These systems are used by Ecology staff, management, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Washington businesses, and the public. You will:

Support and maintain existing Hazardous Waste information systems in a secure and reliable manner. Consult with business leads to analyze needs and problems. Set up sessions with them to understand requirements. Know the questions to ask, define the problem, determine needs, and solve problems. Design applications based on business needs and recommend software solutions. Use knowledge of technology to analyze and translate business needs (requirements) so those requirements can be accurately incorporated into IT systems to the satisfaction of the users, thus allowing them to accomplish the work of protecting Washington's environment. Develop applications that applications that meet security and accessibility standards so Ecology applications are consistent and more easily maintained. Be a technical advisor ensuring system integration and simplifying software to reduce long-term maintenance costs. Lead User Acceptance Test (UAT) sessions to ensure applications meet end-user requirements. Review the coding by other programmers to ensure systems are consistent and more easily maintained. Collaborate with Ecology's Information Technology Services Office (ITSO) and software developers in other programs to cultivate agency-level development standards and best practices.  
Why join the team?

Join a small, fun, collaborative team to solve problems together. Work alongside business teams in a direct line of communication that allows for fast turnaround and quick solutions. Be part of a team with a forward-looking approach in technology development. Work in a stable environment on applications that help protect, preserve, and enhance Washington's environment for current and future generations.

Enjoy a positive work-life balance with an employer who values your personal time and allows flexibility to get the work done.

What we are looking for:
A well-rounded developer. Experience working in a supportive, team-oriented environment. Collaborative approach. Ability to quickly access a situation and make a decision Someone who can see the bigger picture of our applications and who uses them. Mentorship skills. Application testing skills. Someone with four years of experience in ASP.NET, SQL, TFS/Azure DevOps. Someone with two years of experience in JavaScript and/or JQuery. Experience with MVC preferred but not required. Someone with excellent people skills. Able to work with and communicate with a diverse audience.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before April 20, 2020. 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; Information Technology OR completion of a two year accredited vocational training program in information technology or related program


Two years recent senior level professional experience in computer application development, information systems architecture, and maintenance of large-scale projects and/or major organization-wide systems.


Four years recent senior to expert level professional experience in computer application development and maintenance. Experience includes but not limited to analyzing, designing, implementing, maintaining and/or programming large-scale and/or organization-wide information systems.

NOTE: This must include professional experience consulting, designing, programming, maintenance and/or support work for high risk software applications and databases. 

Desired Qualifications:  

A Bachelor's degree with focus on programming/ software engineering. Four years of information technology experience programming web-based software applications or developing information systems architecture using Microsoft development technologies such as C#/ASP.Net, SQL Server, and HTML5/JavaScript for mobile applications. At least three of the four years of experience should be within the last 4 years. 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 for more details.

*See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information

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