Opening Date/Time: Tue. 07/11/17 12:00 AM Pacific Time
Closing Date/Time: Tue. 08/01/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $4,399.00 – $5,770.00 Monthly
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, Washington
Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife


The Department of Fish and Wildlife has some of the most talented people in the natural resource field. We celebrate and value diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community, and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfilling the agency’s mission.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable recreational and commercial opportunities dependent on viable fish and wildlife populations. Each day, WDFW employees facilitate fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities for millions of residents and visitors. WDFW’s employees–field and laboratory biologists, geneticists, research scientists, hatchery professionals, policy experts, fully commissioned law enforcement officers, land stewards, lab technicians, property acquisition specialists, customer service representatives and others work throughout the state. WDFW employees protect and restore critical habitat, strive to facilitate species recovery when necessary, and manage hundreds of fish and wildlife species. WDFW employees maintain nearly a million acres of public wildlife lands. They interpret, apply and enforce state and federal laws and collaborate with stakeholders to protect fish and wildlife resources. Find out more about us and the important work we are a part of at

Information Technology Specialist 3
(Permanent, Full-time)
We are recruiting to fill one full-time permanent position within our Habitat Program, Fish Passage Division, located at the Washington State Natural Resources Building in Olympia, Thurston County, Washington. This Information Technology (IT) Specialist position serves as a technical expert on complex application development, business analysis, and database management.

This position is within the Habitat Program’s Fish Passage Division. As the Division’s IT Specialist, this position is responsible for the development and maintenance of databases (including the Fish Passage and Diversion Screening Inventory (FPDSI) database), the analysis and modeling of geospatial data, the development of tools and applications (including the Washington State Fish Passage Map Application and mobile data collection applications), the creation of products and reports, and general technical training and consultation.

This position provides technical leadership and support in all areas of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and natural resource data management within the Fish Passage Division. A key role for this position is to work with Fish Passage Division staff to assess data and reporting needs, then develop and implement solutions through the creation of applications and geospatial and database products.

Database management

  • Maintain, improve, and manage FPDSI database. The final product/outcome is a highly functional database that provides efficient access to end users and improved data accuracy.
  • Perform programming tasks to maintain the FPDSI database and solve problems.
  • Define data requirements and specifications for databases.
  • Develop and implement data QA/QC procedures, queries, and workflows to ensure all new data meets database standards.
  • Interpret, standardize, and normalize data from multiple sources.

Program development

  • Develop and maintain tools for electronic data collection and reporting. The final products include tools, applications, etc. that facilitate field data collection, data entry into the FPDSI database, and sharing of relational and spatial data with internal and external customers. The final outcomes include efficient and secure workflows and improved accuracy of data.
  • Design and code for the development of mobile apps and electronic forms
  • Create macros to automate tasks and add functionality to forms, reports, and controls.
  • Work with Division staff to understand business needs and provide recommendations on new database technologies and architecture.
  • Develop and implement electronic solutions to meet business needs.

Technical support and customer service

  • Provide technical support, consultation, and customer service to agency staff and external entities. The final products include database and geospatial products, cost estimates, formal recommendations, and user manuals for database products. The final outcomes include better-informed customers, clearly defined problem statements, the creation of new partnerships, and the strengthening of existing partnerships, through improved customer service.
  • Respond promptly to internal and external requests
  • Create products (tables, maps, etc.) for customers.
  • Provide training and consultation to end users (internal and external) so that they easily understand how to use the electronic products (databases, applications, etc.) and tools that are available to them.
  • Author and support the maintenance of metadata.

Analysis and reporting

  • Conduct data analysis and create report products. The final products/outcomes include professional-quality maps, tables, and figures derived from database summaries or analyses.
  • Query databases to retrieve requested information.
  • Conduct data modeling using GIS software and database management systems to analyze spatial and tabular data.
  • Incorporate natural resource data (Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR), bathymetry, geospatial models, etc.) to create geospatial products.
  • Create tables and figures for final reports.
Four years of information technology experience such as analyzing, designing, installing, programming, and/or maintaining computer software applications, hardware, telecommunications, or network infra-structure equipment or providing customer or technical support in information technology.

A valid Washington State or other State Driver’s License


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree involving major study in computer science, information technology, geography, natural resource science, or closely related field.
  • Understanding of software development process including writing code
  • Two years’ professional experience using relational databases and querying records using Structured Query Language (SQL).
  • Two years of professional experience designing, developing, maintaining, or troubleshooting software or applications.
  • Experience with a wide range of Environmental Systems Research Institute’s (ESRI) product line including ArcGIS ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online (AGOL), AGOL web maps, AppStudio, Maps for Office, Web AppBuilder, Survey123, etc.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills including the ability to communicate technical issues to a non-technical audience.
  • Experience in natural resource data management and analysis.
 Supplemental Information:
Working Conditions
Work is primarily indoors in an office environment with low noise levels and occasional field or offsite visits. The typical work schedule is 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, with occasional evening and weekend work and/or travel.  On occasion there may be field work with travel requirements (sometimes overnight) to help understand program goals. Typical office hazards include sharp edges on desks, unprotected corners on overhead cabinets, unsecured shelving and cabinets, and tripping hazards.

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington Association of Fish and Wildlife Professionals (WAFWP). As a condition of employment you must either join the union and pay union dues, or pay the Union a representational or other fee within 30 days of the date you are put into pay status.

How to Apply:
To apply for this position you MUST complete your profile at and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

  • A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (generic cover letter will not be accepted)
  • A current resume (please make it succinct)
  • Three professional references (personal references do not count as professional)

Please note:  Failure to follow the above application instructions will lead to disqualification. Please do not include any attachments other than the ones requested above. E-mailed documents will not be accepted after the closing of the recruitment or in lieu of attaching your documents to the online profile.

Upon submission of your online application, you will immediately receive a confirming e-mail.  You will then be notified via e-mail of your status during the process.  In addition to the e-mail notifications, you can check the status of your application at any time by visiting your online profile at  Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we ask your understanding and encourage you to use the online process and avoid calling for information.

Please note that initial screening will be solely based on the completeness of application materials submitted and the contents and completeness of the “work experience” section of your application in NeoGov. A resume will not substitute for the “work experience” section of the application. The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the supplemental questions. Responses not supported in your application may disqualify you from consideration for employment in this position. All information will be verified and documentation may be required.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife 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, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-2276 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (800) 833-6388.