Human Resource Consultant 1

  • Washington State Department of Ecology
  • Lacey, WA
  • Jun 17, 2022
Full time HR Marketing Communications Entry Level Human Resources

Job Description

Please Note: The pay listed above includes the 3.25% pay increase that will go into effect on July 1, 2022. 

Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.2, Washington State employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination as part of the hiring process, prior to their start date. Requests for medical and religious exemptions will be considered. If you have questions, please contact with “COVID-19 vaccination” in the subject line.   

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Department of Ecology in Lacey, WA has an exciting opportunity for someone starting their career in Human Resources.

Are you interested in using your creative and collaborative problem-solving skills to serve the State of Washington as a Human Resource Consultant 1 on our Recruiting and Diversity Team? You’ll be part of our high-functioning Recruiting and Diversity Team, with exposure to multiple HR disciplines. You’ll learn about the work we do here at Ecology, help us achieve our team goals, and work on projects that will provide you with opportunities to continue learning and growing within the HR field.

The mission of the Human Resources Office (HRO) is to develop successful employees, promote healthy and productive relationships, ensure safe work environments, and recruit great talent to achieve Ecology's mission.

Please Note: This is a non-permanent position that is expected to end June 30, 2023.

During Stay Home, Stay Healthy, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. Ecology is maintaining less than maximum building occupancy, and requiring masks, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing.  

Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of June 27, 2022. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before June 26, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

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 embraces 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.

Our commitment to DEIR

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.   



The Human Resource Consultant 1 position is a great opportunity to:

  • Learn about Human Resources in the state system. 
  • Gain exposure to the state’s Online Recruiting System.
  • Participate in cross-functional HR meetings. 
  • Contribute your talent in service of the public.
  • Help us grow our diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) efforts.

What will you do?

You’ll contribute to our agency’s mission and to the Human Resources Office by providing entry level human resource recruitment services in order to ensure continuous operations and excellent customer service levels.

This includes:

  • Posting all open positions to a minimum of 8 external recruitment sources.
  • Consulting with Hiring Managers on where to post job announcements.
  • Working with the recruiting team to update our SharePoint log of recruiting sources in order to improve the search function so that hiring managers can find and request specific outreach sources for their positions.
  • Working with the Recruiting and Diversity team to integrate Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect (DEIR) principles into each specialty area.
  • Closing out filled positions in our Online Recruiting System and on other external websites. 
  • Meeting weekly with the Recruiting Team to discuss open positions.
  • Assisting with recruiting and retention projects, as needed.


Required Qualifications

Four (4) years of experience and/or education.

Experience: in Human Resources or related field. 

May include a combination of the following:

  • Responding to inquiries from employees and members of the public; assessing needs, identifying and evaluating options, and recommending courses of action.
  • Receiving, reviewing, and responding to and/or assisting in resolving customer inquiries.
  • Providing benefits information to employees and retirees; enrolls employees in retirement and insurance programs.
  • Composing correspondence; maintaining records and statistics; analyzing and compiling data and information for reports; preparing narrative or statistical reports.
  • Developing and/or assisting in the development and presentation of training materials. 
  • Conducting surveys of other employers’ practices such as wages, benefits, human resource policies and programs, and participating in implementing revisions to human resource programs.
  • Supervising or directing the work of support staff.

Education: With a major study in business, human resources, social or organizational behavioral sciences, or related field.

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

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

Combination 1 | No college credit hours or degree | 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 or above | 0 years of experience


 Supplemental Information:

Need an Accommodation in the application and/or screening process or this job announcement in an alternative format?

  • Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: and we will be happy to assist.
  • If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can reach the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
  • If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail careers@ecy.wa.govPlease do not send an email to this address to follow-up on the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.
  • If you are reading this announcement in print format, please enter the following URL to your search engine to apply:   


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.

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 Lisa Knutson-Sealey at:  Please do not contact Lisa to inquire about the status of your application.
To request the full position description: 
Email your request to: careers@ecy.wa.govPut in the subject line of the email: Request for a copy of the position description for #T118. 

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 ForgivenessTuition Waiver,  Long Term Disability & Life InsuranceDeferred Compensation ProgramsDependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA)Employee Assistance ProgramCommute Trip Reduction IncentivesCombined Fund DriveSmartHealth 
*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.

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at and follow, like or visit us on LinkedInTwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

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 an 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. 



Marketing Communications, General-Other: Human Resources, Recruiting-Sourcing



$44,796.00 - $58,692.00 Annually

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