Administrative Assistant 3- Lacey, WA

Employer: State of Washington Dept. of Ecology

Job Description:
The Environmental Assessment Program (EAP) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill an Administrative Assistant 3 position. This position is located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

In this role you will provide senior level administrative duties, You will work with little to no supervision on most assigned tasks, take initiative and lead on projects and duties. You will gain exposure to the senior level management (XPMT) staff within the program. This will allow you to develop relationships and gain trust with the Supervisors/Managers.

Agency Mission: Ecology's mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment and to promote the wise management of our air, land and water for the benefit of current and future generations.

Program Mission: The Environmental Assessment Program provides a range of scientific, monitoring, laboratory, and quality assurance services. Its mission is to measure and assess environmental conditions in Washington State.

Our monitoring programs, scientific studies, and models are designed to measure and evaluate marine, ground, and freshwater quality; stream flow; aquatic habitat; and contaminants in sediments, marine benthic communities, and fish tissue across the state. We use data to evaluate threats ranging from conventional pollutants, such as bacteria, nutrients, and temperature, to toxic contaminants and invasive aquatic plants. We also conduct science around consumer products.

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 embrace the value of people.

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.
- A wellness program that offers education, fitness classes, and an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
- Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.

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.

During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. This position is expected to work in the office up to 3 days a week. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding building occupancy, mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing.

Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of December 22, 2021. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before December 21, 2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


What makes this role unique?
In this role, you learn more about the science of the Environmental Assessment Program and will work with staff both remotely and in-person. You will have an opportunity to create and improve internal processes and procedures as seen fit within the Agency guidelines. This role affords you the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience to help prepare you to grow into an executive administrative assistant role. This training and experience is gained during leave and when extra assistance is needed.

What you will do:
- Direct Administrative Support to Section Managers and Supervisors
- HR paperwork Liaison
- Outlook - Scheduling & attending calls/meetings & calendaring.
- E-Time (time cards)
- Assist with Event planning, both in-person (if approved) and virtual (Teams, Zoom, WebEx)
- SharePoint contributor for the Program
- Contact for all program communications (Calendaring & weekly emails)
- Serving as a back up to the Purchasing Tech & Forms and records Analyst (records retention/Public Disclosure)

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

Four (4) years of combined experience and/or education:
Experience: progressively responsible experience in office/clerical, secretarial, bookkeeping, accounting, or general administrative work.
A High School Diploma or GED


College level coursework involving a major study in business administration, public administration or closely allied field may substitute year-for-year for experience.

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

Possible Combinations
College credit hours or degree
Years of required experience – as listed above

Combination 1
High School Diploma or equivalent.
4 years of experience

Combination 2
30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits.
3 years of experience

Combination 3
60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree).
2 years of experience

Combination 4
90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits.
1 year of experience

Combination 5
A Bachelor's Degree
0 years of experience

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.

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.

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Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: and we will be happy to assist.
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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.
- Three professional references from current and/or previous employers.

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 (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.

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 Tara-Lyn Poole at: Please do not contact Tara-Lyn 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.

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 *See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information

Student debt: how working for Ecology can help
The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See for more details.

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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.

Contact Person:
Location: Lacey, WA
Application Method: Online:
Base Pay: $37,728 - $48,996/ YR

Posted on December 15, 2021

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