Safe communities for Washington State
Promote public safety and trust through fair administration and
enforcement of liquor, tobacco, cannabis and vapor laws.
Note: When applying for these positions, you are entering your
name into a candidate pool to fill vacancies in all statewide
Please read the ENTIRE announcement for important information
regarding the interview and application process.
Who we are
The mission of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board
(WSLCB) is to promote public safety and trust through fair
administration and enforcement of liquor, cannabis, tobacco, and
vapor laws. At the WSLCB we pride ourselves on creating the "wow"
factor in everything we do. We search for people who demonstrate a
strong work ethic, excellence in customer service, partnering and
teamwork, and quality performance. We strive to be a great place to
work by fostering a safe, open, inclusive and healthy work
environment. We want to ensure that our organization is as diverse
and inclusive as our great State of Washington.
We want to create a culture that fosters excellence in customer
service, open and honest communication, transparency and
accountability, data driven decisions, and business initiated
Your opportunity at a glance
The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is
accepting applications for permanent LCB Enforcement Officer 2's
(LEO2). The Enforcement and Education Division is headquartered in
Olympia and has four regional offices in Tacoma, Federal
Way, Mount Vernon, and Spokane.
These positions begin as entry level LCB Enforcement Officer 1
and must successfully complete the 720 hour Basic Law Enforcement
training and the Field Training Officer program. Upon completion of
the programs, LEO1's will be promoted to the LCB Enforcement
Officer 2 (LEO2) level.
The Enforcement Division works with approximately 13,000
liquor and cannabis licensees and their employees by providing
education and counseling on liquor & cannabis licensing laws and
regulations. LCB Enforcement Officers inspect premises, investigate
complaints, and conduct compliance checks. At times they may take
administrative and criminal action against licensees, employees,
and the public who violate state liquor, tobacco and
The WSLCB Enforcement and Education division is committed to
integrity, honesty, dedication, a commitment to serve, and public
trust. Officers are responsible for enforcing state liquor,
cannabis, tobacco and vapor product laws and regulation to promote
public safety, while providing education to licensees, communities,
and local law enforcement agencies. WSLCB Law Enforcement Officers
carry out their duties with the highest standards of personal and
professional ethics. To learn more about the Enforcement and
Education division, click here or follow us on our WSLCB YouTube
WSLCB provides a modern work environment and excellent benefits
- Training and career development programs
- Tuition reimbursement
- Flexible work schedules
- Telecommuting opportunities
- Generous wellness program
- Onsite exercise facility (Olympia only)
- Active and engaging diversity program
- Infant at Work program.
- Organization's commitment to your personal health and
- Work/life balance.
- Free parking
- A comprehensive benefits package.
Under a limited law enforcement commission, LCB Enforcement
Officers enforce state liquor, tobacco, and cannabis laws and
regulations through citations, arrests, and administrative actions
applicable to retailers, non-retailers, liquor, tobacco, and
cannabis employees, and underage violators within an assigned
geographic area. The area may include about 250 or more liquor
licensed businesses and about 150 or more tobacco licensees.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
- Under close supervision and based on complaints, inspections,
and strategic goals / plans, conduct checks including preparing and
completing comprehensive reports, data entry tracking into the
Electronic Notebook, and evidence preservation utilizing chain of
- Organize and conduct random, unannounced inspections of
licensed liquor, tobacco, and cannabis establishments to check for
compliance with state laws and provides technical assistance as
- Respond to Department of Health referrals and take appropriate
- Work with federal agencies in conducting contraband/counterfeit
- Officer is expected to work a minimum of 20 night and weekend
hours, during a 160 hour work cycle, as required depending on
assigned or on-going activities and investigations, or assignment
from division management or supervisor.
- Under close supervision, schedules and conducts random and
targeted liquor, tobacco, and cannabis compliance checks, utilizing
under-aged investigative aides. Issues administrative or criminal
enforcement actions. Completes comprehensive reports, and evidence
preservation utilizing chain of custody methods.
- Handles and is accountable for investigative funds.
- Under close supervision, schedule and conduct field work
involving premise inspections as needed for complaint
investigations on liquor, tobacco, and marijuana violations.
Identify any liquor, tobacco, and cannabis violations and take
appropriate administrative or criminal enforcement actions.
- Under the direction of the Field Training Officer, provides
education and training to retail licensees and their employees
regarding responsible liquor, tobacco, and cannabis sales. Work
with licensees regarding DUI stats and over service classes.
- Completes all annual inspections of licensed premises within
your assigned area once per year.
- Attends to administrative duties, such as training, and
testifying in court or at administrative hearings. Attends meetings
and committee assignments.
- Possess a high school diploma or GED.
- Must be 20 1/2 years old or older (at time of application)
- Must be a Washington State resident and possess a valid
Washington State Driver's License upon appointment.
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident of the
United States of America.
- Must be able to speak and write in English, present information
to individuals or in a group setting in a manner that is clear and
Special Requirements - The following must be completed within
one year of hire:
- Successfully complete 720 hours of basic law enforcement
training from certified academy. For more information please visit
- Successfully complete the on-the-job training per the Field
Training Officer guide.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
- Must be 21 years old upon appointment.
- Applicants will be required to complete a background
questionnaire and fingerprint cards and sign an authorization to
release information prior to being interviewed. Applicants will not
have access to any background investigative materials and files.
Background investigations are part of the pre-employment selection
process and are not a commitment to employment.
- Must undergo background investigations, including a polygraph
exam, psychological testing, medical exam, and drug and alcohol
tests. These are required due to the nature and security
requirements of the job.
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT POSITIONS
- No use or possession of illegal narcotics or controlled
substances within the past five years.
- No illegal possession of cannabis/hashish within the last three
- No possession of cannabis/hashish over 15 times, regardless of
the time frame.
- No possession of other illegal drugs within the last ten
- No possession of amphetamines or methamphetamines (such as
speed, Ritalin, crank, crystal, ice, etc.), within the last ten
years or over three times.
- No possession of hallucinogenic drugs (LSD, PCP, hallucinogenic
mushrooms, etc.) over three times OR within the last ten
- No possession of non-prescribed opiates or narcotics (heroin,
morphine, etc.) over three times OR within the last ten years.
- No possession of cocaine over three times OR within the last
- No possession of non-prescribed drugs or use of any
prescription drugs that were not prescribed to you at any time
after submitting an application with ANY law enforcement agency
within the last five years.
- No possession or use of any prescription drugs that were not
prescribed to you while employed or after having been employed by a
law enforcement agency, regardless of the time frame.
- No possession of anabolic steroids within the last two
"Possession" is defined as illegal control, touching, uses of in
any fashion, holding, selling, or trafficking (transportation for
sale) any illegal (non-prescribed) drug. Possession as part of Law
Enforcement duties, such as transportation and confiscation, will
not disqualify and is not considered illegal possession.
THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES WILL RESULT IN THE REJECTION OF YOUR
- Any attempt at deception or falsification, either written or
spoken, regarding any matter during any phase of this selection
- Any Felony or Domestic Violence convictions.
The following will be taken under consideration and may or may
not result in the rejection of your application:
- Untruthful responses or prior drug possession.
- Unfavorable work history involving any of the following areas:
poor performance; poor attendance; a number of disciplinary actions
with cause; or insubordination.
- Resignation from any position in order to avoid dismissal for
- Termination from another law enforcement agency for cause.
- Extensive moving traffic violations.
In addition to the qualifications stated above, successful
candidates must also possess the ability to:
- Effectively communicate with irate or intoxicated people.
- Employ the senses of sight (both day and night), touch, smell,
and hearing while performing various job requirements.
- Lift and carry up to 50 lbs when inspecting premises or
- Respond to physical attack with the ability to escape or summon
- Inspect multi-level buildings.
- Administer first aid, including Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
and properly dispose of equipment or supplies possibly tainted by
blood/air borne pathogens.
- Respond to verbal and written directions.
- Apply reasoning skills when confronted with the need to make
discretionary decisions within the state law and policies of the
Enforcement Division and Liquor Control Board.
- Willingness and ability to arrest and handle suspected
- Stand and walk for extensive periods of time.
- Visit liquor establishments where conditions are often crowded,
boisterous, and hostile.
- Remain calm and ability to deescalate situations when people
are upset, angry, hostile, under the influence of alcohol or drugs,
- Drive or sit in a car for long periods of time.
- Work weekends, holidays, nights, overtime, and on call.
- Work alone for long periods of time.
- Work remotely using a computer laptop system that tracks
- Wear a ballistic vest and other safety equipment in all weather
- Maintain equipment, such as a motor vehicle, firearm, video
camera, projector, computer, cell phone, portable radio etc.
HOW TO APPLY
The hiring process begins at Public Safety Testing. To begin the
application process, you must first apply online through the Public
Safety Testing website.
Do not apply directly to careers.wa.gov until you are directed
to do so.
The WSLCB hiring process will consist of the following five
Step 1. Apply online to the Public Safety Testing
Step 2. Complete the Written test conducted by Public Safety
Step 3. Physical Abilities Testing (PAT) scheduled with
Public Safety Testing.
Step 4. Complete an online application through
Step 5. Attend a Panel interview
Step 6. Pass a Background Investigation
Step 7. Pass a Polygraph exam, Psychological Exam, Medical
Exam, Drug test.
All Step 1 applicants will need to complete the Personal History
Statement (PHS) immediately after completing your initial tests.
Once you have completed your initial tests and PHS through
Public Safety Testing, your name, score, and applicant profile will
be reviewed by WSLCB.
Following the completion of your PHS, the next step in the
process is completing an online application through careers.wa.gov.
At this step, you will be directed when to complete and submit your
online application via careers.wa.gov.
STEP 2 Instructions: Once you are directed to do so, you must
submit the following through careers.wa.gov website, failure to do
so will result in your application not considered.
- Completed online application and supplemental
- Current resume.
- Cover letter detailing your experience and why you are
interested in working for WSLCB
After successful completion of the hiring process, the candidate
will begin twelve (12) months of probationary status. At that time,
officers will be required to complete the 720-hour Basic Law
Enforcement Academy and the Field Training.
Applicants for employment with the Washington State Liquor and
Cannabis Board should also be aware of RCW 66.08.080, which states
in part: "No employee of the board shall have any interest,
directly or indirectly, in the manufacture of liquor sold under
this title, or derive any profit or remuneration from the sale of
liquor, other than the salary or wages payable to him in respect of
his office or position, and shall receive no gratuity from any
person in connection with such business."
RCW 69.50.351, no member of the state liquor and cannabis board
and no employee of the state liquor and cannabis board
shall have any interest, directly or indirectly, in the producing,
processing, or sale of marijuana, useable marijuana, or
marijuana-infused products, or derive any profit or remuneration
from the sale of marijuana, useable marijuana, or marijuana-infused
products other than the salary or wages payable to him or her in
respect of his or her office or position, and shall receive no
gratuity from any person in connection with the business
This position is included in a bargaining unit represented by
the Washington Federation of State Employees (WSFE).
WSLCB is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate
on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital
status, sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age,
honorably discharged veteran, veteran status, genetic information,
or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or
the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a
For questions about this recruitment, or to request reasonable
accommodation in the application process, please email
email@example.com or call (360) 664.1636. For TTY service, please
call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.