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IT Application Developer 

Olympia, WA Department of Natural Resources

IT Application Developer – Journey
Recruitment #2022-5-6817
Full-time, Permanent, Represented position.

The IT Team of the Forest Practices Division is seeking a programmer/analyst who will use their programming skills to create software tools for DNR staff to use to get their jobs done more efficiently and for landowners to easily interact with state government in order to meet their needs. The Forest Practices Program guides management of timber harvest and other forest practices on about 12 million acres of private and state forests within Washington.

DNR Forest Practices Program field staff are responsible for reviewing proposed forest practices activities so they need accurate data to help them make decisions and easy to use tools to document and communicate those decisions. The landowners of Washington State who wish to conduct forest practices activities also need tools to efficiently document their proposed activities. Working with DNR staff, stakeholders and landowners, this position helps to create those tools. This position also uses their knowledge of scripting to answer complex questions regarding proposed Forest Practices rule changes or changes in law.

Detail oriented project work and consultation
Collaboration and problem solving
Creating and maintaining respectful working relationships
Coaching others
Creativity and innovations
Planning future application architecture so that tools can be easily integrated
Detail oriented without losing site of the big picture

Required Qualifications:
A Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, information systems or related field. May substitute seven years of experience creating custom software applications using industry standard principles and best practices for education.
Four years of experience building custom applications with ArcGIS, ArcGIS Server, Geo-processing, and ArcSDE using at least one programming language such as Python, C#, JavaScript, etc.
Four years of experience working with an RDMS such as Oracle, SQL, Postgres, etc.
DNR Core Competencies: Personal Accountability, Value Others, Compassionate Communication, Inspire Others, Commitment to Excellence
Requires minimal amount of travel from Olympia to one of the six regions of the state or to meeting locations within Olympia or adjacent cities/towns. Overnight travel is required in this position when visiting some region offices and field due to long travel distances.
Employees of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. This position is based in an office/fieldwork setting and requires in-person attendance/interactions with no option for full-time telework. Please note that any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing verification of your vaccine status. No start date will be approved until you verify your status.

Desired Qualifications:
Applied knowledge of ESRI mobile data collection platforms: Collector, Survey123, ArcPad, etc.
Four years of experience in the use of ESRI ArcGIS Desktop software.
Applied knowledge of ESRI web platforms: AGOL, Server, Portal, AppBuilder, JavaScript API, Story Maps, etc.

About the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
At DNR we approach our work through the lens of making Washington a better place environmentally and are dedicated to serving Washington’s lands and communities through diversity, equity and inclusion. With nearly 1,500 employees in locations throughout Washington, we manage and protect more than 5 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands.
Our Vision – Our actions ensure a future where Washington’s lands, waters, and communities thrive.
Our Mission – Manage, sustain, and protect the health and productivity of Washington’s lands and waters to meet the needs of present and future generations.
Our Core Values:
Safety and Well-Being —Our top priority is the safety of the public and our employees.
Public Service —We value and respect the public we serve, and we value and respect the people of the Department of Natural Resources who step up to serve.
Innovation and Creative Problem-Solving — We solve our state’s most pressing challenges through innovative thinking, dedication, and bold and creative vision.
Leadership and Teamwork —We are committed to building leaders at all levels and building teams for success.

DNR provides excellent benefits, a few of those include:
Commitment to organizational health and wellness
Work/life balance
DNR Employee Resource Groups (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, Women’s Employee Resource Group, Veterans Employee Resource Group, etc.)
Statewide Employee Business Resource Groups, visit here to learn more
Leadership that empowers and supports employees
Professional development opportunities
Educational and career development aid
Public Service Loan Forgiveness Eligibility
Opportunities to participate in wildland fire suppression assignments
A comprehensive benefit package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave and vacation days. Visit for more information.

Application Requirements:
To be considered you must apply online at You must complete the entire online application to be considered for the position.
Attach a letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile and the position required, desired and special requirements.
Attach a resume describing your experience and qualifications.
Provide three to five professional references – you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include with resume.
Complete all supplemental questions.

Questions?  Please contact Dave Wischer at, 360-902-1426 or e-mail us at

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