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IT System Administration – Journey | Information Technology Services Office (ITSO) | Thurston County – Lacey, WA

Salary: $80,064.00 – $107,676.00 Annually 

Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA 

Job Type: Full Time – Permanent 

Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid 

Job Number: 2023-ITSO3700-06728 

Department: Dept. of Ecology 

Division: Information Technology Services 

Opening Date: 05/19/2023 

Closing Date: Continuous 

Salary Information: The high end of the salary range, Step M is typically a longevity step 

The Information Technology Services Office (ITSO) within the Department of  Ecology is looking to fill an IT System Administration – Journey position. This  position is located in our Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA. Upon hire, you must  live within a commutable distance from the duty station. 

As a journey level system administrator within the Infrastructure and Operations  section of the Information Technology Services Office, you will contribute  significantly to maintaining the resilience, availability, and reliable operation of a  diverse technical environment that supports an array of IT and business systems  and services. Furthermore, you will assist in supporting the infrastructure needs of  the entire agency across multiple sites throughout the state, including a large  application development environment encompassing development, testing, and  production operations. Ideal candidates will have experience working within  technical teams to achieve objectives and the ability to engage and collaborate with  other technical staff and key agency stakeholders. This important role calls for a  resourceful, innovative individual. The systems and services you will assist in  supporting are crucial for the daily operations of over 2000 employees based in 10  locations statewide. 

Agency Mission: Ecology’s mission is to protect, preserve and enhance  Washington’s environment 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. 

Tele-work options for this position: This position will be eligible for up to a 90%  tele-work schedule. Applicants with questions about position location options, tele work, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the  contact person listed below in “other information.” Schedules are dependent upon  position needs and are subject to change. 

Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, we will review  applications on June 02, 2023. In order to be considered, please submit an  application on or before June 01, 2023. If your application isn’t received by this date, it may not be considered. The agency reserves the right to make a Hire any time  after the initial screening date. 

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 *Click here for more information 

About the Department of Ecology 

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 that embraces the value of people. To learn more, check out our Strategic Plan.  

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.  
  • Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work. 

Our commitment to DEIR 

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. 


What makes this role unique? 

As a Web Server Administrator, you will contribute to the maintenance and upkeep  of systems integral to the agency’s public website and all enterprise applications  developed by Ecology staff. This role involves working in concert with administrative  and development teams within the agency to address, analyze, and remedy usability  and technical issues. As a key participant in the agency’s DevOps team, you will  work with software developers to deploy and operate agency DevOps systems,  contribute to the automation and streamlining of the agency’s operations and  processes through these systems, and assist in the creation and maintenance of  deployment tools using PowerShell. You will also help with monitoring tasks and aid  in resolving technical issues in the agency’s development, test, and production  environments. 

What you will do:

  • Assist in the Web Administration and DevOps Engineering tasks under the  guidance of senior team members. 
  • As part of the web administration team, you will be involved in implementing  application server architecture, and maintaining the agency’s enterprise  application server infrastructure. 
  • Offer technical support for Ecology’s enterprise software applications and  automated deployment services under the supervision of a senior team  member. 
  • Contribute to project planning for the upgrade and expansion of web,  application, and DevOps infrastructure projects. 
  • Assist in deploying agency-developed applications using DevOps processes  and principles. 
  • Work on the resolution of technical issues related to the continuous  integration (CI) / continuous development (CD) process using Azure DevOps,  with senior oversight. 
  • Support in maintaining agency source control solution(s) using Azure  DevOps and GitHub. 
  • Help create, author, and maintain build/deploy scripts using technologies  such as Microsoft Visual Studio Code, Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft SQL  Management Studio, and PowerShell. 
  • Contribute to the maintenance and optimization of agency Software  Development Life Cycle (SDLC) implementation in alignment with Agile  principles and values. 
  • Collaborate with all parts of the agency business stakeholders on technology  needs and leverage enterprise web and application infrastructure to meet  strategic objectives, as directed by senior staff. 
  • Learn from and collaborate with other System Administrators, Software  Developers, and DevOps Engineers in System Administration and DevOps  technology best practices and standards. 


Required Qualifications: 

Years of required experience indicated below are full-time equivalent years. Full time equivalent experience means that any experience where working hours were  less than 40 hours per week will be prorated in order to meet the equivalency of full time. We would calculate this by looking at the total hours worked per week, divide  this by 40, and then multiply by the total number of months worked. Examples of the  proration calculations are: 

  • 30 hours worked per week for 20 months: (30/40) x 20 months = 15 months  full-time equivalent 
  • 20 hours worked per week for 12 months: (20/40) x 12 months = 6 months  full-time equivalent

Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through  various combinations of formal professional employment, education, and volunteer  experience. See below for how you may qualify. 

Option 1: Five (5) years of experience, within the last seven (7) years, in one or  more of the following IT disciplines: IT consultation, systems development, systems  analysis, IT project management, server management, virtualization, server storage,  system administration, or converged compute, networking and storage. 

Option 2: An Associate’s degree with a major study in Computer Science,  Information Technology (IT), Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics  (STEM), or closely related field AND three (3) years of experience as listed above. 

Option 3: A Bachelor’s degree with a major study in Computer Science, Information  Technology (IT), Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM), or  closely related field AND one (1) year of experience as listed above. 

*Additional combinations of education or accredited vocational training, as listed  above, can substitute for all but one (1) year of experience. 

*Completion of MCSE, MCE, Server+, or related certifications will qualify for one (1)  year of required experience above. 

All experience and education combinations that meet the requirements for this  position: 

Possible  Combinations College credit hours or degree – as listed above. Years of required experience – as listed above.
Combination 1  No college credit hours or degree.  5 years of experience.
Combination 2  30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits OR Completion of MCSE, MCE, Server+, or related certifications. 4 years of experience.
Combination 3  60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA  degree) OR completion of a two (2) year  accredited vocational training program in IT or  related program. 3 years of experience.
Combination 4  90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits.  2 years of experience.
Combination 5  A Bachelor’s Degree or higher.  1 year of experience.

Desired Qualifications: 

We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the  desired experience below.

  • A Bachelor’s degree with focus on computer science, or project management, or database administration. At least two of the four years of  experience should be within the last 4 years.
  • Professional level experience consulting, designing, programming,  maintenance and/or supporting work for moderate or large size organization. MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure Certification, MCSE: Server  Infrastructure, or VCP: VMware certified professional. 

Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application  more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool. 

Supplemental Information 

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. 

Need an Accommodation in the application and/or screening process or this job  announcement in an alternative format? 

  • Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: and we will be  happy to assist. 
  • If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can reach the Washington Relay  Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.  
  • If you need assistance applying for this job, please email Please do not send an email to this address to  follow-up on the status of your application. You can view the latest status of  your application on your profile’s main page.
  • If you are reading this announcement in print format, please enter the  following URL to your search engine to apply: us/Get-to-know-us/Jobs-at-Ecology.  

Application Instructions: 

It’s in the applicant’s best interest to submit all of the documents listed below.  Applications without these documents may be declined. 

  • A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position. 
  • A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates  to the minimum qualifications of this position.
  • A list of three professional references. 

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications  or rules of promotion, if applicable.  

For Your Privacy: 

When attaching documents to your application (such as Resume, Cover Letter,  Transcripts, DD-214, etc.): 

  • Please be sure to remove private information such as your social security  number, date of birth, etc.  
  • Do not attach documents that are password-protected, as these documents  may not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when  downloaded.  

Per Governor Inslee’s Directive 22-13.1, state employees must be fully vaccinated  effective November 4, 2022. Providing proof of being fully vaccinated is a condition  of employment and your vaccine status will be verified prior to starting work. Being fully vaccinated means two weeks after you have received the second dose in a two dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine authorized  for emergency use, licensed or otherwise authorized or approved by the U.S. Food  and Drug Administration or listed for emergency use or otherwise approved by the  World Health Organization. If you have questions, please contact with “COVID-19 vaccination” in the subject line.  

Additional Application Instructions for Current 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. 

Application Attestation:  

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.  

Other Information:

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Russell  Vanek at Please do not contact Russell to inquire  about the status of your application. 

To request the full position description: email 

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. 

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.  

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.

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