Information Technology Specialist


The Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill a full time Permanent position located in the Wildlife Program, Science Division. The duty station is the Natural Resources Building located in Olympia, Thurston County.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is dedicated to protecting native fish and wildlife, and providing sustainable fishing, hunting, and wildlife, viewing opportunities for millions of residents and visitors. Working throughout the state, WDFW’s employees: field biologists, enforcement officers, land stewards, lab technicians, customer service representatives and others – manage hundreds of fish and wildlife species, maintain nearly a million acres of public wildlife lands, provide opportunities for recreational and commercial fishing, wildlife viewing and hunting, protect and restore habitat and enforce laws that protect fish and wildlife resources. Find out more about us and the important work we are a part of at

This is an exciting opportunity to work in the Wildlife Science Division, providing data management and analytic expertise to support and provide best available science which is used to drive protection, preservation, management, or restoration of wildlife within Washington State. This position is located in the Wildlife Survey Data Management (WSDM) unit which is responsible for spatial and tabular database design, analysis, application development and scripting, data design consultation, and customer service and support.

This recruitment is to fill a full time permanent position within the WSDM unit. You will serve as an expert level regional data and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) support analyst on high risk/high impact, mission critical, agency-wide wildlife data systems projects and participate in design, development, and maintenance activities on WSDM databases and applications. You will be responsible for providing expert consultation and primary cartographic, analytical, and database design support for west-side regional data and GIS projects. If selected as the top candidate for this position, you will play an integral role in developing and maintaining tools which make use of the latest geospatial data technologies for biological-based desktop, internet, and mobile data collection.

It is in the candidate’s best interest to apply before February 11, 2013 when a first review of candidates will be completed. The Department of Fish and Wildlife reserves the right to fill and close this position without notice.

This position will be responsible for:

* Providing specialized data management and analytical (GIS and statistical) support to wildlife program biologists stationed in regional, district, and other offices.

* Designing, developing, and maintaining agency-wide spatial and tabular database and software applications to support Wildlife Survey Data Management (WSDM). Assisting regional personnel with desktop database development consistent with corporate data strategies.

* Performing technical analysis and consulting activities on high risk/high impact, mission critical projects to the agency.

* Serving as a project leader for wildlife data development and analysis.

* Evaluating new software and hardware products, documenting characteristics, and making recommendations.

* Developing standards, methods, policies, and procedures for management of Wildlife Program data systems.

* Providing programming and data modeling support for data system redesign and data outreach projects.

* Conducting user training and support of database and software applications.

* Traveling to west-side regional, district, and other offices for GIS/data support, to assess regional project needs, and to interact with clientele.

Required Qualifications:
A Bachelor’s degree including 9 semester or 15 quarter hours of computer science courses and four years of experience analyzing, designing, or programming computer systems applications or databases.


An Associate’s degree or completion of an accredited vocational training program in an information technology or related program and five years of experience analyzing, designing, or programming computer systems applications or databases.


One year as an Information Technology Applications Specialist 4 or equivalent.

Experience analyzing, designing, or programming computer systems applications or databases will substitute for education on the basis of one year of experience for two years of education. A Master’s degree will substitute for one year of experience except for the specified Information Technology Applications Specialist 4 requirement.


Washington Driver’s License or ability to obtain one.

Desired Qualifications:

* Demonstrated experience in relational database design and structured query language (SQL) including the use of Microsoft Access and SQL Server (minimum 5 years of experience)

* Expert knowledge of ArcGIS Desktop and personal, file-based, and enterprise geodatabases (minimum 5 years of experience).

* GIS application development and customization experience using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), Visual Basic .NET, C#, and/or ArcObjects (minimum 2 years of experience)

* Demonstrated experience developing geoprocessing scripts in Python using ArcPy and/or the geoprocessor (minimum 2 years of experience).

* Ability to present data in a user-friendly report.

* Master’s Degree in Quantitative Ecology, Computer Science, or Wildlife Biology with emphasis in GIS and Remote Sensing.

* Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

* Ability to conduct oral presentations to both technical and non-technical audiences including managers, technical experts, and the general public.

* Ability to work independently on multiple assignments and coordinate tasks and priorities with supervisor.

* Ability to maintain a high level of customer service during one-on-one and group consultation.

* Ability to be reliable and on time and to attend and actively participate in meetings.

* Work effectively in a team as a leader or member, think creatively and with innovation, and exercise good judgment.

* Experience with GPS field data collection and developing custom forms on mobile devices, data loggers, and/or phones.

* Experience with ArcGIS Server, map and feature services, web-based data entry and editing, and JavaScript.

* Experience with ecological and biological data sets and analyses

* Experience with SAS and/or R

* Experience with Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Full details and application can be found here:

For more details contact Michael dot Sanchez at

Olympia, Washington
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Human Resources