Geospatial Application Developer – IT App Development Journey – Permanent – *14671-22

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Olympia, Washington

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $76,248.00 – $100,032.00 Annually
Deadline Dec 07, 2022
Required Experience 2 – 6 years
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Wildlife Program – Lands Division – GIS Section 
Olympia, Washington – Thurston County 

This recruitment is posted until December 7, 2022.  Application review will be ongoing, and therefore we encourage you to submit your application materials as soon as possible. The Hiring Manager reserves the right to close the posting at any time once a selection has been made.

As a leader in your field, you will be responsible for the design, development, and implementation of modern web and mobile applications for managing spatial datasets owned by the Wildlife Program! 

Bring your knowledge and innovation to this role, develop applications that can be implemented using various technologies such as JavaScript/TypeScript, Python, SQL, and other GIS solutions. 

With that in mind, 

This is an opportunity to employ your professional experience, up-to-date knowledge, creativity, and problem-solving skills in programming, data management, quality assurance and control, and process optimization to prepare robust and error free software solutions.

In this dynamic role you will independently identify the most efficient and effective application of GIS data and/or analysis tools and search for new and innovative ways to integrate information for consumption.

You thrive on building collaboration and teamwork you have exemplary interpersonal skills for developing and maintaining strong and effective business/stakeholder relationships.

We are seeking a candidate with demonstrated values matching those of WDFW: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).


Our Geospatial Application Developer, 

Design, develop, and implement modern web and mobile applications for managing and displaying spatial data: 

  • Build modern, responsive web applications using HTML, CSS, JS/TS and frontend frameworks.
  • Build mobile applications using commercial off-the shelf (COTS) solutions enabling staff to view and collect spatial data.
  • Maintain source code for the applications in an organized repository alongside continuous deployment pipelines for efficient deployments.
  • Use best practices for security and authentication.

Develop software libraries and Application Programming Interface (APIs) for interacting with existing and new spatial datasets: 

  • Develop suites of tools that allow users and applications to interact with authoritative datasets using repeatable, efficient workflows.
  • Build APIs that enable the interoperability of datasets both within and outside the GIS section.
  • Maintain source code for the software in an organized repository and perform automated tests and build utilities.

Support legacy spatial data management systems and applications: 

  • Maintain and modify existing codebases for applications such as the Private Lands Hunting System, Lands Information System, and legacy data management scripts.
  • Design, develop, and implement enhancements to existing systems when necessary.

Participate in technical analysis and system architecture design process: 

  • Coordinates with cross-program/division staff to address system and process dependencies.
  • Evaluates new and emerging technologies to further improve/enhance desktop, web, and mobile data capture, management, and visualization.


  • Work Setting, including hazards: 
    • Duties are performed in a (work/home) office setting – requires extensive computer use. 
  • Schedule:   
    • Typically, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Monday through Friday.   
    • Requires some flexibility in work schedule in order to perform IT system maintenance/testing activities or to respond to unforeseen system problems or outages.
  • Travel Requirements: 
    • Some travel is required to attend/participate in trainings, meetings, and professional conferences.
  • Tools and Equipment: 
    • Laptop or desktop, software, virtual server environments, mobile device (tablet or phone).
  • Customer Relations: 
    • Customer interaction and service delivery is integral to department success.  



Professional equivalent experience may substitute, year for year, for education requirement as long as that experience is in information technology and geographic information systems experience such as consulting, analyzing, designing, programming and/or maintaining complex spatial and tabular data systems, developing complex computer applications, managing and directing projects, providing customer or technical support in spatial data.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Information Technology, Computer Science, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Ecology, Geography, or a closely related field.


  • Five (5) years of information technology and geographic information systems experience such as consulting, analyzing, designing, programming and/or maintaining complex spatial and tabular data systems, developing complex computer applications, managing, and directing projects, providing customer or technical support in spatial data.

Demonstrated professional experience in: 

  • Programming and scripting (Python, JavaScript, TypeScript), relational database design, Structured Query Language (SQL), ArcGIS Pro, designing and managing services in ArcGIS Enterprise and ArcGIS Online, and application development using modern web frameworks.

Experience with: 

  • ArcGIS Enterprise, map, and feature (web) services, web-based data entry and editing, Python scripting, and ArcGIS REST API, JavaScript API, and Python API.
  • Developing custom web solutions (JavaScript, Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) and customizing data collection platforms.


  • Valid Driver’s License. 


  • Master’s Degree in Computer Science, Geography, Natural Resources or Wildlife Biology with emphasis in GIS and Remote Sensing or in a closely related field.


  • Using mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) units, and other data logging devices) for designing and deploying custom field survey data collection solutions.
  • Preparing and presenting highly technical information, concepts, or IT applications to both technical and non-technical audiences.

Knowledge of: 

  • Principles of computer programming logic, math, and computer science concepts as they relate to Information technology (IT) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) desktop and server environments.
  • Current IT/GIS technology and industry trends with respect to enterprise data management solutions (e.g., field data collection, RDBMS, interoperability, web services).
  • Principles of data modeling, relational database design and application development within enterprise data management system framework.
  • Best practices for software design, testing, implementation, and life cycle management practices.
  • Principles of version control and its most common implementations (locally instantiated Git, GitHub, DevOps).
  • Project management principles/practices.
  • Wildlife research methods and techniques that relate to collection and analysis of tabular and spatial data.
  • Best practices for superior IT customer service delivery to a wide audience of stakeholders (with variable IT/GIS subject matter expertise, skills and level of interest).


WDFW requires all employees to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment.  You will be required to provide proof of vaccination as part of the hiring process. Please do not upload your vaccination documentation with your application materials – your vaccination status will be verified by your supervisor before you will be allowed to work. Exemptions may be granted for religious or medical purposes.

Supplemental Information

Please note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification.

In order to successfully apply for this position, you MUST complete your profile at and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

  • A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (Generic cover letter will not be accepted).
  • A current resume. 
  • Three professional references. 


All new employees must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 Form) on their first day of work. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide documentation proving you are eligible to work in the United States. For a list of acceptable documents, please use the following link:


Learn about our agency and the perks of working for WDFW!

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has some of the most talented people in the natural resource field.  We celebrate and value diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community, and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfilling the agency’s mission. We value demonstrated skill in living WDFW values of Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).

WDFW 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.


This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE).  This recruitment may be used to fill positions in addition to those listed.  

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