Job Detail

Organization: Department of Natural Resources WA State
Title: GIS Application Developer - Journey
Location: Olympia, WA, United States

Posted: 2022-05-13
Application Deadline: 2022-05-31

Position Description:

GIS Application Developer - Journey
Recruitment #2022-5-6014
Full-time, Permanent, Represented position
Location: Olympia, WA.

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?
Do you want to have a part in helping to manage, sustain, and protect the health and productivity of Washington’s lands and waters to meet the needs of present and future generations? If so, join the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) IT Division as a GIS Administrator. We’re seeking an excellent communicator with a strong customer service skills to join us in supporting our vibrant and diverse agency in its mission, to work as part of a cohesive team, and to uphold a professional and positive demeanor while working under tight deadlines as priorities shift.

This position is an expert GIS developer which designs, develops, test, implements, maintains and supports mission critical business functions and custom geospatial and mobile applications for the agency. This position provides guidance, consultation, and training to other developers, team members, or customers, on software development disciplines and methodologies that comply with the agency software development standards. This position performs highly complex spatial data analyses which requires a high level of expertise with the ESRI-ArcGIS software development platform and problem solving ability. This position responds to and resolves highly complex customer complaints and problems relating to all aspects of GIS, programming and system issues. This position applies empirical based analytical processes and research to the planning, design and implement IT systems to meet the business requirements of customer organizations. Gathers and compiles requirements from business stakeholders and industry subject matter experts, then translate those requirements and function specifications, into technical requirements, functional specifications and other design documents for technical compliance against business requirements.

The GIS Application Developer works with other technology professionals to develop technology
solutions for current and future agency business needs. This position works independently with
agency customer areas and to understand customer business needs and develop specific
solutions. Interfaces with other ITD teams for development of support policies and procedures.
This position applies knowledge of Information Technologies principles, methods and techniques to
diagnose and resolve highly complex customer complaints and GIS problems and system issues to
ensure continuous service. This position researches, develops, modifies test, installs, deploys,
maintains, supports and documents for new, upgraded or existing enterprise software and

Designs, develops, test, implements, maintains and supports mission critical business
functions and custom geospatial applications for the agency.
Designs, develops, tests, implements, maintains and supports custom GIS Applications
using C#, JavaScript, Python, Model Builder, XML, SQL statements and other development
Gathers and refines system requirements from customers; performs data and process
analysis and designs technical specifications.
Implements highly complex designs by developing software components according to
product specifications; many times working with vendor development staff on new industry
Develop test criteria and control data for application testing and evaluates the results of
testing and make recommendations.
Integrates GIS software applications with the computing and networking environment.
Builds prototype applications to demonstrate the benefits of new applications and versions of
Document application source code and system process flows as they are written.
Provides custom business web and enterprise applications which adhering to industries and
agency standards and best practices.
Provides expert level guidance, consultation, and training to other developers, team
members, or customers, on software development disciplines and methodologies that
comply with the agency software standards.
Determines best practices for implementing GIS software and hardware.
Generates quality standards and maintains overall integrity of the applications and
Develops and documents standards that promote efficient and maintainable software.
Develops and implements new procedures, or process changes/improvements to ITD and
other agency management.
Provides the guidance and framework to ensure that the agency’s applications adhere to
industry standards and met best practices and ensure the code is maintainable and
Provide resolution to highly complex customer complaints and problems relating to all
aspects of GIS, database, programming and system issues.
Diagnose problems and evaluates enhancement requests from users, analyzes design
alternatives, and recommends the effective approach and solutions.
Work with Infrastructure/Operation teams to build and verify development, QA, and
production environments for GIS applications including overseeing the installation,
configuration, testing, and troubleshooting of complex ESRI GIS software components and
other supporting software used agency-wide.
Benchmark the performance of software components in existing applications and
recommends alternative approaches for poorly performing functions.
Support, maintain and enhance existing software applications.
Resolves complex spatial and tabular issues and problems including: accessing data,
debugging, and determining the best approach for particular tasks.
Perform specialized consulting to GIS users and discrete GIS user groups on the best use of
GIS tools.
Enhance productivity and facilitates access to GIS functionality and data to meet specific
needs of GIS users.
Troubleshoot and resolve problems that occur in the GIS application environment.
Successful and timely resolution of highly complex architectural and application incidents
and other issues.
Provide expert systems analysis, enhancement, and maintenance support for DNR's
enterprise GIS software and applications.
Design, modify, test, install, deploy, maintain, support and document new, upgraded or
existing enterprise GIS software and applications for the Agency.
Develop enterprise GIS data services in a web format
Test to address impacts of data, system and software reliability.
Evaluate software quality and usability with performance and testing software
Builds and enforces organization standards for any update to software configuration code.
Leads and directs ESRI and other vendors’ technical staff for Agency-wide implementation
of systems and software upgrades
Provide stable, maintainable and scalable enterprise GIS applications to support DNR’s
internal and external customers across the state.

Required Qualifications:
A Bachelor of Science degree in computer science, information systems, science or related
fields. May substitute 7 years of experience for education.
Four years recent experience designing, programming, and deploying Geographic
Information Systems applications.
Four years recent professional level working experience building custom applications with
ArcGIS, ArcGIS Server, Geo-processing, ArcSDE, Java Script, Python, SQL, and Standard
Desktop Software.
Experience trouble shooting all type of technical issues and providing support on GIS
application, system, ESRI software and supporting tools including tools such as products as
Windows Event Viewer, Charles, Fiddler or other related products.
Knowledge and experience in all systems development life cycle stages.
DNR Core Competencies:
Personal Accountability
Value Others
Compassionate Communication
Inspire Others
Commitment to Excellence
Our ideal candidate will also have the qualifications listed below:
Competency with version control software such as SVN.
Competency with scheduling batch software.

About the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Our mission is to manage, sustain, and protect the health and productivity of Washington’s lands
and waters to meet the needs economically and socially for current and future generations. 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

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
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.

Additional Information:
This recruitment may be extended and may also be used to fill future similar vacancies for up to
sixty (60) days.
Veterans wishing to claim Veteran’s preference please attach a copy of your DD-214, NGB-22 or
other verification of military service. Please black out your social security number prior to attaching.
We thank you and are grateful for your service!
The Department of Natural Resources 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 during the screening process or this announcement in an
alternative format may contact DNR Recruiting staff at (360) 522-2500 or (360) 522-0143 or by
email at [email protected] Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation
are encouraged to contact the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) at 1-
800-833-6388 or

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Questions? Please contact Bradley Montgomery at 707-490-6081, [email protected] or e-mail us at [email protected]

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