Washington State LCB Enforcement Officer 1 (in-training) in Washington


WSLCB VISION Safe communities for Washington State

Note: **When applying for these positions, you are entering your name into a candidate pool to fill vacancies in all statewide locations.

*Please read the entire announcement for important information regarding the Physical Agility Test (PAT) and interview process. *

Who we are The mission of the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) is to promote public safety and trust through fair administration and enforcement of liquor, tobacco and marijuana laws. At the LCB we pride ourselves on creating the "wow" factor in everything we do. We search for people who demonstrate a strong work ethic, excellence in customer service, partnering and teamwork, and quality performance. We strive to be a great place to work by fostering a safe, open, inclusive and healthy work environment. We want to ensure that our organization is as diverse and inclusive as our great State of Washington. We want to create a culture that fosters excellence in customer service, open and honest communication, transparency and accountability, data driven decisions, and business initiated process improvement.

Your opportunity at a gl*ance* The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board's Enforcement and Education division is accepting applications for LCB Enforcement Officer 1's (LEO1) In-Training. The Enforcement and Education Division is headquartered in Olympia and has four regional offices in Tacoma, Seattle, Mount Vernon and Spokane.

These positions begin as entry level LCB Enforcement Officer 1 and must successfully complete the 720 hour Basic Law Enforcement training and the Field Training Officer program. Upon completion of the programs, LEO1's will be promoted to the LCB Enforcement Officer 2 (LEO2) level.

The Enforcement Division works with approximately 13,000 liquor and cannabis licensees and their employees by providing education and counseling on liquor & cannabis licensing laws and regulations. LCB Enforcement Officers inspect premises, investigate complaints, and conduct compliance checks. At times they may take administrative and criminal action against licensees, employees, and the public who violate state liquor, tobacco and cannabis laws.

The Enforcement and Education division serves to protect the public by ensuring legal acquisition and responsible use of alcohol, cannabis and tobacco. The division's employees carry out their duties with the highest standards of personal and professional ethics based on honesty, integrity and trust. Every individual who comes in contact with a division employee is to be treated with the highest level of courtesy and respect.


Under a limited law enforcement commission, LCB Enforcement Officers enforce state liquor, tobacco, and marijuana laws and regulations through citations, arrests, and administrative actions applicable to retailers, non-retailers, liquor, tobacco, and marijuana employees, and underage violators within an assigned geographic area. The area may include about 250 or more liquor licensed businesses and about 150 or more tobacco licensees. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Under close supervision and based on complaints, inspections, and strategic goals / plans, conduct checks including preparing and completing comprehensive reports, data entry tracking into the Electronic Notebook, and evidence preservation utilizing chain of custody methods.
  • Organize and conducts random, unannounced inspections of licensed liquor, tobacco, and marijuana establishments to check for compliance with state laws and provides technical assistance as necessary.
  • Respond to Department of Health referrals and take appropriate enforcement action.
  • Work with federal agencies in conducting contraband/counterfeit cigarette cases.
  • Officer is expected to work a minimum of 20 night and weekend hours, during a 160 hour work cycle, as required depending on assigned or on-going activities and investigations, or assignment from division management or supervisor.
  • Under close supervision, schedules and conducts random and targeted liquor, tobacco, and marijuana compliance checks, utilizing under-aged investigative aides. Issues administrative or criminal enforcement actions. Completes comprehensive reports, and evidence preservation utilizing chain of custody methods.
  • Handles and is accountable for investigative funds.
  • Under close supervision, schedule and conduct field work involving premise inspections as needed for complaint investigations on liquor, tobacco, and marijuana violations. Identify any liquor, tobacco, and marijuana violations and take appropriate administrative or criminal enforcement actions.
  • Under the direction of the Field Training Officer, provides education and training to retail licensees and their employees regarding responsible liquor, tobacco, and marijuana sales. Work with licensees regarding DUI stats and over service classes.
  • Completes all annual inspections of licensed premises within your assigned area once per year.
  • Attends to administrative duties, such as training, and testifying in court or at administrative hearings. Attends meetings and committee assignments.



  • Possess a high school diploma or GED.
  • Must be 21 years old and possess a valid Washington State Driver's License.
  • Must be a US Citizen.
  • Must be able to speak and write in English, present information to individuals or in a group setting in a manner that is clear and easily understood.
  • No felony or domestic violence convictions.
  • No use or possession of illegal narcotics or controlled substances within the past five years.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with irate or intoxicated people.
  • Have the physical ability to:
  • Employ the senses of sight (both day and night), touch, smell, and hear while performing various job requirements.
  • Lift and carry up to 50 lbs when inspecting premises or processing evidence.
  • Respond to physical attack with the ability to escape or summon aid.
  • Inspect multi-level buildings.
  • Administer first aid including Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and properly dispose of equipment or supplies possibly tainted by blood/air borne pathogens.
  • Respond to verbal and written directions.
  • Apply reasoning skills when confronted with the need to make discretionary decisions within the state law and policies of the Enforcement Division and Liquor Control Board.
  • Willingness and ability to arrest and handle suspected violators.
  • Work days, nights, weekends, and holidays.

Agency Required Core Competencies:

Accountability: Accept personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness necessary to achieve excellent results. With little oversight; develop innovative solutions to a variety of issues. Make timely decisions although faced with limited data or resources. Accept own role when expectations are not met, and respond quickly to resolve issues with others.

Communication: Convey clear, timely, persuasive messages that positively influence the thought and actions of others.

Serving Customers: Build and maintain internal and external customer satisfaction with the products and services offered by the Liquor Control Board, develop innovative ideas that provide solutions to our customers' challenges.

Build and Maintain Relationships: Earn the trust, respect, and confidence of coworkers and customers through consistent honesty and professionalism in all interactions. Build and maintain working relationships characterized by mutual acceptance and cooperation. Contribute to an environment that honors diversity, and uses diverse perspectives to meet the agency's mission and goals.

Lean/Process Improvement Culture: Have the ability to work in a continuous process improvement environment continually seeking ways to eliminate waste and improve quality

Safety: Understand and follow applicable laws, regulations, and other standards to establish and/or maintain a safe work environment. Carefully organize your personal workspace to minimize the likelihood of accidents. Report all injuries, accidents or hazards to your supervisor immediately.

IMPORTANT:* To qualify for an interview, you must pass the Physical Agility Test (PAT) which is:*

  • Sprint: 300 meters in 64 seconds
  • Push-ups: 28 repetitions
  • Sit-ups: 34 in 60 seconds
  • Run: 1.5 miles in 14:02 minutes
  • If you have previously tested, your PAT results are valid for 6 months.

*Special Requirements/The following must be completed within one year of hire:*

  • Successfully complete 720 hours of basic law enforcement training from certified academy. For more information please visit https://fortress.wa.gov/cjtc/www/
  • Successfully complete the on-the-job training per the Field Training Officer guide.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be 21 years old and possess and maintain a valid Washington State Driver's License upon appointment.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States of America at the time of application entry.
  • Must undergo background investigations, including a polygraph test, psychological testing and pre-employment drug/alcohol test, these are required due to the nature and security requirements of the job. Applicants will be required to complete a background questionnaire and fingerprint cards and sign an authorization to release information prior to being interviewed. Applicants will not have access to any background investigative materials and files. Background investigations are part of the pre-employment selection process and are not a commitment to employment.
  • Untruthful responses or prior drug possession WILL disqualify you from further consideration.
  • "Possession" is defined as illegal control, touching, uses of in any fashion, holding, selling, or trafficking (transportation for sale) any illegal (non-prescribed) drug. Possession as part of Law Enforcement duties, such as transportation and confiscation, will not disqualify and is not considered illegal possession.
  • No possession of marijuana/hashish within the last three years.
  • No possession of other illegal drugs within the last ten years.
  • No possession of marijuana/hashish over 15 times, regardless of the time frame. No possession within the last five years.
  • No injection of amphetamines or methamphetamines.
  • No possession of hallucinogenic drugs (LSD, PCP, hallucinogenic mushrooms, etc.) over three times. No possession within the last ten years.
  • No possession of non-prescribed opiates or narcotics (heroin, morphine, etc.).
  • No possession of cocaine over three times. No possession within the last ten years.
  • No possession of non-prescribed drugs after submitting an application with ANY law enforcement agency within the last five years.
  • No possession of non-prescribed drugs while employed or after having been employed by a law enforcement agency, regardless of the time frame.
  • No possession of anabolic steroids within the last two years.

Any of the following activities will result in the rejection of your application:

  • Any attempt at deception or falsification, either written or spoken, regarding any matter during any phase of this selection process.
  • Any Felony or Domestic Violence convictions.
  • Unfavorable work history involving any of the following areas: poor performance; poor attendance; a number of disciplinary actions with cause; or insubordination.
  • An inability to relate to, communicate with, and/or get along with others.
  • Resignation from any position in order to avoid dismissal for cause.
  • Termination from another law enforcement agency for cause.
  • Extensive moving traffic violations. Supplemental Information


*IMPORTANT: *To be considered for this position, you must include the following, failure to do so WILL result in your application being disqualified:

  1. A completed on-line application (available at www.careers.wa.gov); and

  2. A resume and letter of interest (document must be attached during the on-line application process).

*A resume will not substitute for completing the "work experience" section of the application.

Next Steps:

  • Candidate applications accepted will move forward to the Physical Agility Test (PAT) which is scheduled on Saturday, November 5, 2016 in Olympia.
  • Candidates who pass the PAT will be scheduled for interviews on Sunday, November 6,2016* at LCB Headquarters in Olympia*.


  • Prior to any new employment into the WSLCB Enforcement and Education Division, a background check, including criminal history record, will be conducted as well as a pre-employment drug/alcohol test.
  • Background investigations, including a polygraph test and extensive psychological testing, are required due to the nature and security of job requirements.

Other Applicants for employment with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board should also be aware of RCW 66.08.080, which states in part: "No employee of the board shall have any interest, directly or indirectly, in the manufacture of liquor sold under this title, or derive any profit or remuneration from the sale of liquor, other than the salary of wages payable to him in respect of his office or position, and shall receive no gratuity from any person in connection with such business.

RCW 69.50.351, no member of the state liquor and cannabis board and no employee of the state liquor and cannabis board shall have any interest, directly or indirectly, in the producing, processing, or sale of marijuana, useable marijuana, or marijuana-infused products, or derive any profit or remuneration from the sale of marijuana, useable marijuana, or marijuana-infused products other than the salary or wages payable to him or her in respect of his or her office or position, and shall receive no gratuity from any person in connection with the business.

As a condition of employment, the candidate accepting this position will be required to comply with the Union Security clause contained in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the State of Washington and the union. This means that, as a condition of employment the candidate 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.

WSLCB is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, honorably discharged veteran, veteran status, genetic information, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability.

For questions about this recruitment, or to request reasonable accommodation in the application process, please email randal.shultz@lcb.wa.gov or call (360) 664.1636. For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-10028

Department: Liquor and Cannabis Board

Closing: 10/30/2016 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: $50,496.00 - $60,012.00 Annually

Location: Multiple Locations Statewide, WA