Collaboration in Civic Spheres

WA state jobs database lists 500-plus open positions

by Matt Rosenberg January 25th, 2013

Maybe you’d like to be the new media director for Washington’s new Governor Jay Inslee. Or his speechwriter, a state tolling auditor, or to serve on the Helitack crew fighting forest fires out of Ellensburg. Riding in whirlybirds rattle you? Maybe you can drive the Helitack fuel support truck instead. These are just a few of the 629 openings listed now in a state of Washington public database which can be searched by job type, salary level, job location, or employing agency or office. Several dozen of the listed jobs are actually to be internal transfers.

If you’re an under-employed ex-journalist and fancy yourself expert on public education, the Washington Student Achievement Council is looking for a communications director at $80,000 to $95,000 per year. But beware – like some other state positions, especially communications posts – it’s “exempt” from civil service hiring regulations. So getting hired is as much about who you know as how qualified you are.

A wide range of other state jobs are available in fields including nursing, corrections, social services, information technology, human resources, administration, epidemiology, and law. The state needs mechanics, psychiatrists, psychologists and a good man or woman to pull dents from Washington State Patrol vehicles. Maybe you see yourself as a gambling special agent in training or an auditor trainee.

From careers.wa.gov just click on “Look For Jobs” to get to the Washington state government jobs customizable search tool.

Happy hunting.


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