Career Opportunities at the Gambling Commission
Please carefully review the job announcement for the application and hiring process.
These may vary depending on the type of position you are applying for.
As a regulatory law enforcement agency, all of our employees are required to pass a background investigation, including a criminal records check. Gambling Special Agents are also required to pass a pre-hire Physical Fitness Ability Test, as well as a post-offer polygraph and psychological examination.
Gambling Special Agents (Exempt)
Special Agents are duly sworn law enforcement officers. Although they are exempt from civil service,
they have many of the same benefits as general service employees, including a generous insurance and leave package.
They also belong to PSERS, a Public Safety Employees Retirement System.
Most Special Agents are required to attend the Washington State Criminal Justice Basic Law Enforcement Academy. They have a flexible work schedule of 160 hours within 28-day work periods.
We employ Special Agents in the following units:
Licensing Unit – Agents assigned to this unit are based out of our Headquarters office in Lacey. Agents conduct pre-licensing financial investigations, financial reviews and source of funds investigations, criminal history investigations, post licensing investigations and charitable/nonprofit reviews and works in coordination with Tribal Gaming Agency licensing representatives. Work in this unit requires out-of-state and out-of-country travel.
Regulation Unit – Agents assigned to this unit are based throughout the state. Agents regulate licensed gambling and provide technical assistance to gambling operations, and work with numerous licensee groups and law enforcement agencies. Agents also investigate criminal cases for the prosecution of illegal gambling activities and gambling related crimes.
Criminal Enforcement Unit – Agents assigned to this unit are based throughout the state. Agents are responsible for investigating illegal gambling activities that occur at licensed and unlicensed facilities and individuals or organizations involved in crimes involving gambling or have a gambling nexus. Agents are also responsible for cybercrimes involving gambling or cybercrimes related to gambling. In addition, agents assist the Regulation Unit and the Tribal Gaming Unit with investigations and enforcement of gambling laws and gambling related crimes. Agents in this unit also assist local, state, federal and tribal law enforcement with criminal investigations involving gambling related crimes or crimes connected to gambling.
General Service Employment
Many of the Gambling Commission employees work in job classes that are not specific to the Gambling Commission. These include jobs such as office assistants, administrative assistants, fiscal analysts, and information technology specialists.
Washington Management Service
The Washington Management Service (WMS) is a personnel system designed specifically for management level
positions in Washington State government. The Gambling Commission has a small number of WMS positions.
The Washington State Gambling Commission vigorously pursues diversity in the workforce. We encourage women, racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and disabled and Vietnam-era veterans to apply. People with disabilities who need help with the application process may call the Human Resources Office at 360-486-3459 or 486-3614. If you need this application in an alternative format (such as Braille or audio) please call 360-486-3614 or 360-486-3637 (voice/TDD).