Legislative and Research Fellow (Administrative Intern 3)

Legislative and Research Fellow (Administrative Intern 3)

$14.57 – $17.15 Hourly
Thurston County – Lacey, WA
Job Type
Part Time – Non-Permanent
Dept. of Ecology
Job Number
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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
The Department of Ecology has an exciting internship opportunity in our Water Quality Program in Lacey, WA for a student or recent grad looking to gain experience working on legislative research and policy analysis.

This Legislative and Research Fellow will provide coordination and research support to a team of staff who analyze legislative bills to assess their impact on the Water Quality Program and related projects and initiatives.

We are looking for applicants who demonstrate excellent attention to detail and have experience with legislative research and policy analysis.

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at www.ecy.wa.gov and check us out on TwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

Local efforts… Diverse people… Statewide impacts



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This position will provide coordination and research support for the Water Quality Deputy Program Manager and the Senior Program Planner on legislative proposals. This will include:

  • Researching current law, administrative code, agency policy, and procedures to better understand program operations.
  • Researching legislative proposals (bills) to assess their impact on the Water Quality Program and related initiatives and projects.
  • Working with the Program Planner to coordinate legislative analysis with technical experts and legislative team to ensure materials are accurate and posted in a timely manner.
  • Supporting the Administrative Assistant to track meetings with members of the Washington State House and Senate, as well as legislative staff members to comply with the agency’s new Public Disclosure Commission procedures.
  • Reviewing documents such as fiscal notes, bill analyses, program letters, and emails for grammatical and formatting errors.
  • Providing research support and policy analysis regarding new and emerging issues, and draft new program policies for the Program Manager’s section, if needed.


This is a part time position (up to 32 hours per week) that is set to last for up to 6 months.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be December 5, 2017. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before December 4, 2017. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.



Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university AND at least one quarter or one semester of graduate work


Equivalent education/experience.

Desired Qualifications:

Experience with policy or legal analysis, or working in a legislative capacity (either state or federal)

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment

Must obtain and maintain a valid Driver’s License

Supplemental Information
Application Instructions:

In order to be considered, applicants MUST include the three following documents as attachments to their application:

  • A one-page cover letter describing why you are interested in this position
  • A resume describing your relevant education and/or experience
  • One writing sample up to 3 pages long

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 www.careers.wa.gov 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 careers@ecy.wa.gov. 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 Eli Levitt at: Eli.Levitt@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Eli 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. All employees covered by the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the WFSE will, as a condition of employment, either become members of the WFSE and pay membership dues or, as non-members, pay a representation fee as described in the CBA, no later than the 30th day following the effective date of this CBA or the beginning of their employment.

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.

More than Just a Paycheck!
Employee benefits are not just about the kind of services you get, they are also about how much you may have to pay out of pocket. Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.

We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career and that your priority is making sure that you and your family will maintain health and financial security. That’s why choice is a key component of our benefits package. We have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits that you can mix and match to meet your current and future needs.

Read about our benefits:
The following information describes typical benefits available for full-time employees who are expected to work more than six months. Actual benefits may vary by appointment type or be prorated for other than full-time work. Check with the agency human resource office for specific benefit information.
Insurance Benefits
Employees and families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance.  There are multiple medical plans with affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout the state.  Staff are eligible to enroll each year in a medical flexible spending account which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care expenses.  Employees are also covered by basic life and long term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional coverage amounts.  To view premium rates, coverage choice in your area and how to enroll, please visit the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) website.
Retirement and Deferred Compensation
State Employees are members of the Washington Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS).  New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs.  For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems‘ web site.
Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP).  This is a supplemental retirement savings program (similar to an IRA) that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options.
Vacation (Annual Leave)
You begin accruing vacation starting your first month of employment. Since we value your loyalty, the amount of vacation you can accrue increases the longer you work with us. Washington State supports members of the armed forces with 21 days paid military leave per year. Vacation accrues for full-time employees per WAC 357-31-165.


Full-time employees are entitled to eleven* paid holidays:

New Year’s Day
January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday
Third Monday in January
Presidents’ Day
Third Monday in February
Memorial Day
Last Monday in May
Independence Day
July 4
Labor Day
First Monday in September
Veterans’ Day
November 11
Thanksgiving Day
Fourth Thursday in November & Friday after
Christmas Day
December 25
Personal Holiday
Employee’s selection each calendar year

*Employees who are members of certain Unions are entitled to an additional personal leave day of their choice. Please refer to specific Collective Bargaining Agreements for more information.

Social Security
All state employees are covered by the federal Social Security and Medicare systems. The state and the employee pay an equal amount into the system.
Sick Leave
Full-time employees earn eight hours of sick leave per month. Paid sick leave may be used for reasons included in WAC 357-31-130.
Please visit the State HR Website for more detailed information.
How did you first learn about this job posting?

  • Community Based Organization
  • Community / Technical College
  • Ecology Employee
  • Ecology Recruiter
  • Ecology Jobs Page
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Job Board
  • Job Fair
  • Other State Agency
  • Other Website
  • Professional Association
  • Twitter
  • University Job Board
  • WorkSource
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Do you have at least 1 quarter or 1 semester of graduate level coursework?

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If you do not have 1 quarter or 1 semester of graduate level coursework, do you have the equivalent to 3 months of full time experience working in a legislative capacity?

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If you answered yes to the above question, please provide additional information to support your response. The following information is needed: position title(s), specific duties, and periods of employment. Make sure your response specifically addresses the qualification above. An incomplete answer, including “please see resume” may remove you from further consideration. If you answered no, please type NA.
Describe your experience with policy or legal analysis, and/or working in a legislative capacity. If you do not have this experience, please type NA.
Do you have experience in the research and analysis of policy, law, or environmental programs?

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Do you have experience working with legislative bodies (e.g. state representatives and senators or US Congress)? If so, please describe the experience and your role (dates involved, role you played, organization you worked with/for, type of legislation worked on (e.g. health care, environment, health, etc).
Can you obtain and maintain a valid Driver’s License?

  • Yes
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