Washington State Budget Analyst 3 (With In-Training Options) in Olympia, Washington



* Permanent, Full-Time*


The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is dedicated to protecting native fish and wildlife, and providing sustainable fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities for millions of residents and visitors. Working throughout the state, WDFW's employees–field biologists, enforcement officers, land stewards, lab technicians, customer service representatives and others--manage hundreds of fish and wildlife species, maintain nearly a million acres of public wildlife lands, provide opportunities for recreational and commercial fishing, wildlife viewing and hunting, protect and restore habitat and enforce laws that protect fish and wildlife resources. Learn more about us at www.wdfw.wa.gov

The Central Budget Office provides the framework for all agency budget processes, plays the lead role in external budget discussions, and monitors the agency's operating budget status. The Budget Division is a part of the Technology and Financial Management portion of the Business Services Program. This Division is one of four program divisions that ensure operational effectiveness, generate and monitor revenue, and oversee the financial stability of the agency.

This recruitment is to fill one (1) full-time Budget Analyst 3 In-Training permanent position.

Budget Analyst 1 - $3,062-$4,005 Budget Analyst 2 - $3,541-$4,644 Budget Analyst 3 - $3,907-$5,126

Within the fast paced and dynamic Budget Office Division, this budget analyst position provides critical support to Senior Budget Analysts and the Budget Officer in developing, monitoring and maintaining the agency budget. This Budget Analyst 3 In-Training series provides mentoring and career development opportunities for candidates with limited budget experience. Candidates will be hired as a Budget Analyst 1 or 2, dependent on skills and experience. The successful candidate will have up to thirty-six (36) months to acquire and demonstrate proficiency in the following assigned work activities through on-the-job training to secure a Budget Analyst 3 position within WDFW.

This position reports to the Budget Officer within the Central Budget Office of the Technology and Financial Management Program and supports a broad array of agency budget and financial systems, including:

  • Using critical thinking, problem-solving and customer service to support the core agency budgeting systems of coding, spending plans, and fund balance projections.
  • Developing budget requests and coordinating the agency's fiscal notes
  • Budget data review, research and analysis
  • Training agency staff on budget policies and procedures This position is an entry level position and is a great opportunity to learn the skills necessary to support agency budget processes.


  • Verify that budgets are being developed for funding received through contracts.
  • Monitor agency coding to confirm that it accurately reflects accounting requirements, contract terms, program organizational information, and appropriate funding levels.
  • Support agency budget managers by uploading spending plans and spending plan adjustments to the Statewide Accounting and Financial Reporting System (AFRS).
  • Prepare routine budget status reports to assist agency managers with monitoring their budgets.
  • Utilize statewide reporting tools and spreadsheet functions to support Budget Office research and analysis.
  • In addition to the daily functions that support agency-wide budget management, this position will support the Budget Office in the major functions that are fulfilled in a state agency central budget office over the course of a biennium, which include the following activities:
  • Preparing agency staff cost projections;
  • Coordinating and supporting fiscal note preparation;
  • Supporting the production of the biennial and supplemental agency operating budget requests;
  • Supporting budget activity recasts;
  • Monitoring and projecting fund balances for agency-administered accounts; and
  • Distributing funding changes from enacted budgets to agency programs.


Working environment is a busy office setting. Varying degrees of activity occur in the common areas during working hours; most tasks will involve sitting at a desk and working on a computer. Incumbent must be able to work amid distraction.

This position normally works 8:00 am-5:00 pm, Monday-Friday, but may be required to occasionally work in excess of 40 hours per week to meet deadlines during peak periods, particularly during budget development and legislative sessions.


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), which contains a "union security" provision. This means that, as a condition of employment, you must either join the union and pay union dues, or pay the union a representational or other fee within 30 days of the date you are put into pay status.


Desirable Qualifications:

One (1) year experience in a Washington State Agency performing budgeting, accounting or program management related duties and a Bachelor's degree involving major study in business, public administration, accounting, economics, statistics or closely allied field.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Behaviors:

The incumbent will have thirty-six (36) months to complete the training plan and demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of basic budget development and legislative processes and practices, including the fiscal note process.
  • Use of state financial systems including AFRS, BASS: TALS, SPS, BDS, Enterprise Reporting (Fastrack), and Web Intelligence (AdHoc).
  • Ability to use Excel, Word, and financial software programs.
  • Skill in creating spreadsheets, importing data from other sources, and creating tables and graphs from spreadsheet data.
  • Ability to consistently follow applicable budget guidelines, WDFW policies, state and federal regulations, principles and standards.
  • Ability to practice collaborative problem solving, maintain open communication among staff, and allowing flexibility for creative and innovative input from others.
  • Ability to communicate complex budget issues orally and in writing to a variety of audiences and provide training and guidance on these issues.
  • Ability to prioritize workload to meet critical deadlines, and to work well independently and on teams.
  • Ability to work in a team environment, treating all team members and other customers with respect at all times.
  • Respectfully listens to the advice and ideas of others and make decisions that reflect well on the Department and the Budget Office.
  • Ability to be punctual with regular work performance and to use leave appropriately.
  • Ability to exhibit integrity and honesty and to maintain confidentiality.

Supplemental Information

*To apply for this position you MUST complete your profile at www.careers.wa.gov and attach the following in order to your profile before completing the online application: *

  • A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position and why you are interested in an in-training position with WDFW (generic cover letters will not be accepted).
  • A current resume (please make it succinct).
  • *Three (3) professional references (personal references do not count as professional references). *

Please do not include any attachments other than the ones requested above.

Please note: Failure to follow the above application instructions will result in disqualification. E-mailed documents will not be accepted in lieu of attaching your documents to the online profile.

Upon submission of your online application, you will immediately receive a confirming e-mail. You will then be notified via e-mail of your status during the process. In addition to the e-mail notifications, you can check the status of your application at any time by visiting your online profile at www.careers.wa.gov. Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we ask your understanding and encourage you to use the online process and avoid calling for information.

Please note that initial screening will be solely based on the completeness of application materials submitted and the contents and completeness of the "work experience" section of your application in NeoGov. A resume will not substitute for the "work experience" section of the application. The information provided in your application must support your answers in the supplemental questions and cover letter. Responses not supported in your application may disqualify you from consideration for employment in this position. All information will be verified and documentation may be required.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife 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, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-2276 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (800) 833-6388.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-10195

Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Closing: 10/26/2016 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $3,062.00 - $5,126.00 Monthly

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA