The Department of Ecology's priority during the Covid-19 health
crisis is to keep our staff, candidates, and the public safe. We
are still hiring and encourage you to apply to open positions. The
majority of our staff are currently working from home; we have
transitioned to a virtual recruitment process, to include web-based
Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
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. We invest in our employees
to create and sustain a working environment that encourages
innovation, creative leadership, effective resource management,
teamwork, professionalism and accountability. The culture at
Ecology is committed to making a difference. If this resonates with
you, you are someone we'd like to talk to.
The Department of Ecology's Information Technology Services
Office (ITSO) is currently looking for an IT professional to join
our team as an IT Azure/Cloud Administrator (IT Systems
Administrator Senior Specialist). This position will be located in
our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.
The IT Azure/Cloud Administrator role provides advanced
technical and administrative services for Ecology's investment in
Cloud Services, including Microsoft Azure. This position is the
primary technical lead overseeing the agency's Azure environment.
This role is responsible for monitoring, managing and advising ITSO
and ITSO customers on the migration to, utilization, health and
performance of the platform, establishing and documenting
governance, policies and procedures, and providing support and
training to delegated admins who will work with systems hosted
We are looking for someone who possesses excellent technical
skills and expertise in the operation and administration of
cloud-based infrastructures and services along with proven
technical troubleshooting skills. They must be a team player with
good communication and people skills, and work well with a diverse
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.
To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our
website at www.ecology.wa.gov and follow, like or visit us on
LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.
Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts
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
Program Mission: The Information Technology Services Office
(ITSO) is the central provider of strategic and tactical support
for the use of Information Technology (IT) within Ecology. The
mission of ITSO is to leverage technology solutions that support a
modern, mobile workforce to allow us to be more adaptive and
responsive to communities, customers, and employees.
Section Mission: Infrastructure and Operations (INO) section
delivers and operates the technologies and services that enable
Ecology staff to perform and improve their work and deliver
innovative services to the residents of the State of Washington.
INO extends the ITSO mission in the following ways:
Be responsible and accountable for the delivery and operation of
reliable technologies and services that make the everyday work of
Ecology staff easier. Our goal is to deliver an Exceptional
Improve our processes, increase our efficiency, and raise the
quality of our service.
Some of the key activities of the IT Azure/Cloud Administrator
Serves as the Agency's expert on the application and use of
Azure Cloud services.
Provides consultation and expertise to business customers,
architects and technical staff and managers in the selection of
features and integration of services with Ecology applications and
Advises and participates with IT Leadership in the identification
and development of Cloud platform strategies.
Collaborates with other state agencies, including WaTech, as well
as with PaaS and SaaS vendors and providers in establishing and
implementing administrative processes and procedures,
troubleshooting and diagnosing system and platform issues, and
setting, monitoring and analyzing performance baselines.
Installs, configures, administers, manages, supports and documents
Azure compute instances and services including, Azure Backup, Azure
Storage Monitor, snapshot, Azure Storage, VNet, Load Balancers and
Designs, documents, implements and troubleshoots cloud services
such as Azure Site Recovery, Active Directory Federation Services
(ADFS), Express Route, automation of deployment using PowerShell
Configures and troubleshoots Terminal Servers (RDS), Windows
Clustering, Network Load Balancing, Distributed File Systems,
Internal Public Key Infrastructure, PowerShell cmdlet design and
Coaches and supports other technicians in the conduct of
Maintenance & Operations duties with in the environment thru
mentoring, training, delegation of duties, and ensuring the
application of sound governance principles.
Responsible for documenting and configuring network and system
segmentation, security features, and permissions within the
Leads efforts to develop, implement and document administrative and
technical standards that support and guide the use and operation of
technologies and services within the cloud, including the current
and future Microsoft Azure system platform.
Manages and maintains all roles and user accounts assigned to these
Applies IT governance principles, including policy creation,
enforcement and auditing for all cloud infrastructure
Performs administrative tasks to manage capacity and usage, works
with business and technical users to advise and recommend
approaches to requests for new Azure services.
Monitors and manages Azure administrative accounts including
billing and capacity utilization to ensure service usage remains
within budget, and provides regular reports to IT Leadership on
usage and spending trends within the cloud services environments
Provides second and third level technical support for mission
critical agency Windows server environments including server
deployment, migrations, upgrades, patch management, application
support, virus remediation, E-discovery events, business
continuity, operational and disaster recovery.
Researches industry-wide trends and makes recommendations for
improvements increasing efficiencies in system performance on the
Ecology Enterprise Storage and Compute platforms.
Analyzes, troubleshoots and resolves very complex enterprise server
related issues such as major outages and mission-critical system
Configures server virtual machines for optimum cost, performance,
Backs up server virtual machines and potentially providing failover
This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial
screening will be May 7, 2021. In order to be considered for the
initial screening, please submit an application and all required
materials on or before May 6, 2021. The agency reserves the right
to make an appointment any time after the initial screening
A Bachelor's degree in Information Technology, Computer Science,
or highly related field
Three (3) years recent journey level professional experience in
one or more of the following IT disciplines: Azure administration,
Network administration, Server management
An Associate's degree or higher in Computer Science; Information
Technology OR completion of a two year accredited vocational
training program in information technology or related program;
Five (5) years recent journey level professional experience in
one or more of the following IT disciplines: Azure administration,
Network administration, Server management.
Seven (7) years recent journey level professional experience in
one or more of the following IT disciplines: Azure administration,
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) management, network
administration, server management.
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some
(or all) of the desired experience below.
Senior to expert level professional experience in one or more of
the following IT disciplines: Azure administration, Infrastructure
as a Service (IaaS) management, network administration, server
Senior or expert level experience consulting, designing,
programming, maintenance and/or supporting work for moderate or
large size organizations.
Microsoft Certified Azure Fundamentals AZ-900 Microsoft Azure
Administrator AZ-103 Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect AZ-301
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make
your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant
Why work for Ecology?
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 the
health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We
combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation
with a strong commitment to work/life 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, Combined Fund Drive,
Student debt and how working for Ecology can help
Employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan
Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on
your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly
payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time
for a qualifying employer. See
for more details.
See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more
Please complete the short on-line application, supplemental
questions and upload:
Your current chronological resume; A cover letter explaining how
you fit the requirements of the position; Three professional
references with current contact information.
A professional writing sample that you created. I.E. Process,
Proposal or Recommendation, or an original published paper or
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.
Please to do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary
depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.
It is in the candidate's best interest to submit all of the
documents requested above. Applications without these documents may
Department of 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.
If you are reading this announcement in print format, please
visit www.careers.wa.gov to access the online recruitment system.
Click on "Look for Jobs" and select Dept. of Ecology under the
"Department" search list. Click "Apply Search."
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or dismissal if employed.
This position is included in the Washington Federation of State
Employees (WFSE) union bargaining unit for the Department of
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)
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.