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March 14, 2019
Cowlitz County - Castle Rock, Washington
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Accounts Payable Specialist ? Castle Rock
Recruitment #2019-03-5255

Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?

This position is the accounts payable specialist for Pacific Cascade Region. This position performs independent financial review and analysis of incoming region expenditure documentation in the finance unit. This position is responsible for independently Interpreting and applying Collective Bargaining Agreement rules, Washington Administrative Code, Civil Service Rules. SAAM, and OFM guidelines to the processing of accounts payable. Independently processes data for region expenditures and reviews reports from financial systems to ensure correct Accounts Payable program coding standards are maintained. Prepares and maintains fiscal records while compiling and ensure the accuracy of reports. Collaborates with supervisor and coordinates the distribution of payables to Fiscal staff for processing dependent on work load. Assists with additional Fiscal tasks as assigned by supervisor. This position frequently interacts with contractors, vendors, DNR region and division staff at all levels and other federal and state agency personnel.

Why work for DNR?

Our Values

At DNR, we value public service, innovation and creative problem solving, safety and well-being, and leadership and teamwork.

Our Why

At DNR you'll support the vision of a sustainable future by using your skills to protect and manage the state's natural resources for both current and future generations. As a DNR employee, you'll work with the public's interest in mind as we manage more than 5 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands. But managing lands is only half of our story. We also protect other public resources such as fish, wildlife, water, and provide public access to outdoor recreation. Two of our largest and most important state-wide resource protection responsibilities are fire prevention and suppression, and overseeing forest practices.

We are nearly 1,500 employees strong and dedicated to making DNR a great place to work. Our mission is to serve Washington's lands and communities; build strong and healthy rural communities; enhance forest health and wildfire management; strengthen the health and resilience of our lands and waters; and increase public engagement and commitment to our public lands and resources. In partnership with citizens and governments, we provide innovative leadership and expertise to ensure environmental protection, public safety, perpetual funding for schools and communities, and a rich quality of life. At DNR we approach our work through the lens of making Washington a better place environmentally, economically and socially for current and future generations.

The Location

One of the world's most scenic places, Washington State offers breathtaking discoveries for people who love natural beauty and outdoor recreation, from the Pacific Coast shores to the rugged Cascade Mountains to the rolling hills of thePalouse. Your office will be located inCastle Rock.

What makes DNR a great place to work?

  • Transitioning to a modern work environment
  • Mobile work
  • Infants at work program
  • Commitment to organizational health and wellness
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council
  • Leadership that empowers and supports employees
  • Work/life balance
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Educational aid and career development stipends
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Eligibility
  • Opportunities to participate in wildland fire suppression assignments
  • Opportunities to stretch your professional skills
  • A comprehensive benefit package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave and vacation days. Visit more information.
Why do people choose to workfor DNR?

"I enjoy the clients I support and there are a ton of smart, fun, passionate people in this agency that I have the privilege of interacting with and learning from. DNR is a great place because of the people who are here. They are passionate, hard-working, loyal, intelligent, kind, and FUN! The aspects of the agency that speak to me are how diverse the work is that we do; from forests to grass lands, from mountain tops to under water, the composition of the agency made up by various different responsibilities makes it so interesting."

"I am committed to this agency's purpose, the Washington Geological Survey is an amazing place full of innovative, creative, and open-minded people, and I get great satisfaction from serving Washington's residents. I love it here because this place loves me. I like how I am made to feel valued, appreciated, and I feel that my skills are constantly being broadened. I am generally my only limitation."

"The idea of managing the resources in perpetuity really speaks to me. I like that the work DNR does tries to strike a balance between business and conservation and that I don't have to compromise one for the other because I am expected to do both. We are expected to be good stewards of the resources and the decisions we make mean perpetuity."

Who are we looking for?

Required Qualifications:

The right candidate is:

  • Punctual and has regular work attendance.
  • Giving and accepting of constructive feedback.
  • Effective at communication with both oral and written communication (active listening and questioning). Able to present ideas effectively to diverse individuals and groups.
  • Timely and meets productivity standards, deadlines and work schedules.
  • Reliable and achieves excellent results with little need for oversight.
  • Responsible in keeping supervisor and co-workers informed and promotes cooperation between staff and stakeholders.
  • Providing superior customer service through accuracy, availability, partnership and education.

The right candidate has:

  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of hire.
  • At least one year equivalent clerical or fiscal experience required.
  • Experience with basic computer applications (such as Microsoft Outlook and Excel); typing speed of 40 wpm.
  • Knowledge of and ability to research, interpret and explain OFM requirements, WACs, Revised Codes of Washington (RCWs), Collective Bargaining Agreements, agency policy and procedures, fiscal controls and other applicable regulations.
  • Organizational and time management skills to meet many competing deadlines and priorities.
  • Fiscal Accountability, responsibly and accurately handles the public's money when processing financial transactions and/or committing fiscal resources. Consistently follows applicable fiscal guidelines, regulations, principles and standards.
  • Recordkeeping, consistently and accurately documents information or updates records so that they reflect the most current information and form a complete and understandable account of changes, decisions, activity and work performed.
  • Ability to perform accurate work using knowledge of general math and accounting principles.
  • Ability to learn and use specific fiscal and payroll computer applications and upgrades as necessary.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Department of Natural Resources or OFM financial policies and procedures.
  • Experience using SAP software such as NaturE or HRMS.
  • Demonstrated aptitude to learn business computer software systems.
  • Experience with government fiscal operations.
  • Experience compiling financial analysis reports.
  • Experience with providing superior customer service.
  • Ability to set priorities to meet work deadlines and produce results.
  • Fifteen quarter hours or ten semester hours of college-level accounting or bookkeeping.
  • Two years of full-time experience as a Fiscal Technician, or equivalent, Including experience using accounting-related software; an Associate of Arts Degree, or equivalent, in accounting or business may substitute for one year of required experience.


  • To be considered you must apply online on the APPLY button above)
  • You must complete the entire online application to be considered for the position.
  • You must attach the following:
    • A letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile, required and desired position qualifications, and special position requirements.
    • A resumeincluding the names of three to five professional references
  • Carefully review your application materials before submitting.If you fail to submit the required documents or complete the entire online application, you may no longer be considered for the position by the supervisor.
  • Application Status? once you submit your online application, you can check your status by logging into your account. Finalists for the position will be contacted by the hiring managers directly.

    Questions? Please contact Jessica Richat 360-575-5018, [email protected] or e-mail us [email protected].

    Washington State Department of Natural Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities in a fair and impartial manner for all persons without regard to age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, creed, color, national origin, religion, pregnancy/parental status, genetic information, military status, political affiliation, criminal history or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained service animal by a person with a disability. Persons with a disability who need assistance during the screening process or those needing this announcement in an alternative format may contact DNR Recruiting staff (360) 902-1350 or (360) 902-1128. DNR may be contacted using the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) by dialing 711.

    More than Just a Paycheck!
    Employee benefits are not just about the kind of services you get, they are also about how much you may have to pay out of pocket. Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.

    We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career and that your priority is making sure that you and your family will maintain health and financial security. That's why choice is a key component of our benefits package. We have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits that you can mix and match to meet your current and future needs.

    Read about our benefits:
    The following information describes typical benefits available for full-time employees who are expected to work more than six months.Actual benefits may vary byappointment type or be prorated forother than full-time work. Check with the agency human resource office for specific benefit information.
    Insurance Benefits
    Employees and families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance. There are multiple medical plans with affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout the state. Staff are eligible to enroll each year in a medical flexible spending account which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care expenses. Employees are also covered by basic life and long term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional coverage amounts. To view premium rates, coverage choice in your area and how to enroll, please visit the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) website.
    Retirement and Deferred Compensation
    State Employees are members of the Washington Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS). New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs. For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems' web site.
    Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP). This is a supplemental retirement savings program (similar to an IRA) that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options.

    Vacation (Annual Leave)
    You begin accruing vacation starting your first month of employment. Since we value your loyalty, the amount of vacation you can accrue increases the longer you work with us. Washington State supports members of the armed forces with 21 days paid military leave per year. Vacation accrues for full-time employees per WAC 357-31-165.


    Full-time employees are entitled to eleven* paid holidays:

    New Year's Day
    January 1
    Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday
    Third Monday in January
    Presidents' Day
    Third Monday in February
    Memorial Day
    Last Monday in May
    Independence Day
    July 4
    Labor Day
    First Monday in September
    Veterans' Day
    November 11
    Thanksgiving Day
    Fourth Thursday in November & Friday after
    Christmas Day
    December 25
    Personal Holiday
    Employee's selection each calendar year

    *Employees who are members of certain Unions are entitled to an additional personal leave day of their choice.Please refer to specific Collective Bargaining Agreements for more information.

    Social Security
    All state employees are covered by the federal Social Security and Medicare systems. The state and the employee pay an equal amount into the system.
    Sick Leave
    Full-time employees earn eight hours of sick leave per month. Paid sick leave may be used for reasons included in WAC 357-31-130.
    Please visit the State HR Website for more detailed information.
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    Will you be at least 18 years of age at the time of hire?

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    Do you have at least one year equivalent clerical or fiscal experience required?

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    Do you have experience with basic computer applications (such as Microsoft Outlook and Excel); and typing speed of 40 wpm or greater?

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    • No
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