Gambling Special Agent

State of Washington Gambling Commission - Pierce County, WA3.4

Full-time | Commission

** Please note that the current salary listed does not reflect the Legislative approved 3% general wage increase effective July 1, 2019 **

The Washington State Gambling Commission (WSGC) is seeking qualified candidates to fill two (2) full time Special Agent positions within the Tribal Gaming Unit's South District. Special Agents are limited jurisdiction law enforcement officers and are exempt from state civil service rules.

Agents assigned to the Tribal Gaming Unit are based throughout the state and partner with Tribal representatives. Agents work cooperatively with each Tribe's Tribal Gaming Agency to monitor Class III (Nevada/casino style) Tribal gaming activities, conduct criminal investigations, and ensure compact compliance. Agents also provide training to regulators from within the state and across the country. This position will be home-based in the South District (applicants will need to live in South King, Pierce, Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor or Kitsap County).

As a Washington State law enforcement officer, Special Agents are required to complete a basic law enforcement academy. If you do not currently hold a law enforcement certification, you will have the opportunity to attend Basic Law Enforcement Academy through the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center.

Special Agent starting salary ranges from $53,508 - $60,528 annually, depending upon your education and experience, with steady increases up to a maximum of $75,648 annually.

Who We Are

The Washington State Gambling Commission is a state accredited, limited-jurisdiction law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect the public by ensuring that gambling is legal and honest. We are the second oldest gambling agency in the country and the only statewide agency that licenses and regulates an estimated $3.5 billion gambling industry comprised of Tribal, commercial, and nonprofit businesses.

Why join our team?

When asked to provide a few words to describe our agency, our employees used these:

  • Flexible * Supportive * Family Oriented * Variety * Teamwork
  • Fun * Unique * Collaborative * Professional * Work-life Balance
  • Strong Sense of Community * People First * Opportunities to learn
Our employees are our most important asset and we are looking for highly talented individuals to join our team. We offer:

  • Interesting and challenging work, including a wide range of criminal and administrative investigations, regulatory field work, and working with local and state agencies;
  • Paid law enforcement training and tuition reimbursement programs;
  • Flexible work schedules, 160 hours within a 28-day work period;
  • A working environment that supports diversity;
  • Agency furnished equipment, including a take home vehicle and firearm;
Of course, we offer EXCELLENT employment benefits including medical and dental, life insurance, paid leave, and several retirement options.

Our core values of Integrity, Professionalism, Respect and Diversity are integrated in all aspects of every position. We are a tightknit agency of 119 employees when fully staffed. If you are interested in working in an environment where employees matter, are recognized for their contributions, and wish to make a difference, this may be the Agency for you!

To learn more about our agency, we invite you to visit our website at

Special Agents in the Tribal Gaming Unit enforce gambling laws and the regulations of tribal-state compacts through onsite visits to tribal casinos throughout the state.

Work as partners with Tribal Gaming Agencies from tribal casinos to determine compliance with applicable laws and tribal-state compacts.
Perform in-depth financial record inspections and investigations.
Review and evaluate record keeping and internal control systems established by tribal casinos to determine compliance.
Conduct criminal and administrative investigations.
Participate on special projects related to New Agent Training and the Tribal Lottery System (TLS).
Required Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree involving major study in criminal justice, accounting or finance, public or business administration, computer science or closely related field, OR
Four or more years of related experience in business, auditing, accounting, law enforcement, regulatory, fraud, or investigations. OR
Associates degree involving study in criminal justice, accounting or finance, public or business administration, or closely related field, AND a minimum of two years related experience in business, auditing, accounting, law enforcement, regulatory, fraud or investigations.
The core competencies for all Gambling Commission employees are Communication, Relationship Building and Influence, Customer Focus, Ethics and Integrity, Diversity, Accountability, and Initiative.
Gambling Special Agents must also have the following competencies: Analysis and Judgment, Adaptability and Flexibility, and Tact and Diplomacy.

Required Competencies

We will be looking for evidence of the below in your application materials and as you proceed through the hiring process:
Superior oral and written communication skills
Relationship building and influence
Customer Focus
Ethics and integrity
Analysis & Judgment
Adaptability & Flexibility
Tact and diplomacy
We may give preference to the candidates with the following qualifications:
A graduate of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission's Basic Law Enforcement Academy or equivalent.
Information technology experience working on or with computerized network systems. A+, Network+ and/or Security+ certifications.
Licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Previous work experience in a regulatory, investigative or law enforcement unit.
Supplemental Information

We recommend you carefully review your application before submitting.
The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of the "Work Experience" section of your application in; the completeness of the application material submitted; and the responses to the supplemental questionnaire.
A resume will NOT substitute for completing the "Work Experience" section of your application.
Include in your application a minimum of three professional reference with current telephone numbers.
  • All information may be verified and documentation may be required.
The act of submitting application material is considered affirmation that the information provided is complete and truthful. If materials are submitted electronically, applicants do not need to sign the application.

We will conduct a background check, psychological and polygraph exams, medical examination and drug screening prior to any new Agent appointment into the Washington State Gambling Commission.

Conditions of Employment

A Gambling Special Agent is a commissioned law enforcement officer of the state of Washington and must have the highest level of integrity and ethical conduct. Gambling Special Agents must meet ALL of the following conditions of employment:
Be a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident
Possess a driver's license valid in Washington State and be able to drive a motor vehicle
Have no felony convictions
Have no misdemeanor convictions related to controlled substances, theft, moral turpitude, fraud, larceny, or crimes of violence within the last five years
Have no convictions for any crime associated with domestic violence
Have no DUI convictions within the last three years, or a substantial accumulation of driving violations which indicates a disregard for rules and regulations
Not use or possess illegal narcotics or controlled substances:
Drug Free – No use of any drugs within the three year period immediately preceding appointment
Marijuana – No use within the three year period immediately preceding appointment and use limited to experimentation
Amphetamines, Cocaine, and Opiates – No use within the five year period immediately preceding appointment and use limited to experimentation
Hallucinogens – No use within the ten year period immediately preceding appointment and use limited to experimentation
Refrain from excessive alcohol consumption
Adhere to agency policy of prohibiting employees from serving as officers or managers of any corporation or organization that conducts a lottery or gambling activity, including tribal gambling activities. Employees may not gamble in tribal gambling activities or any gambling licensed activities.
Be willing to undergo and able to pass an extensive background investigation, which includes a criminal records check, credit check, drug screening, and fingerprinting
Be willing to undergo a post offer polygraph examination, psychological evaluation, medical examination and drug screen
Be willing to accept assignments that may include occasional overnight travel, work in the evenings, on weekends and holidays

For agents assigned to any unit, the following additional conditions of employment apply:
Be able to legally acquire and possess firearms and ammunition
Be willing and able to make an arrest and handle suspected violators
Be willing and able to carry and use a firearm in a safe and appropriate manner, and maintain firearm qualification standards
Successfully complete the Gambling Commission's Use of Force training program within the first 45 days of employment
Pass a pre-hire Physical Ability Test (Download PDF reader) *
Successfully complete the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Basic Law Enforcement Academy (CJTC BLEA) within the first 18 months of employment*

  • Note: The requirement for the Washington State CJTC BLEA must be met either prior to employment or within 18 months after beginning employment. If commissioned before employment, applicant must not have had a break in law enforcement employment for more than two years at the time of appointment. Applicants requesting equivalency based upon attaining basic law enforcement certification through another state's academy will be reviewed by the Washington State CJTC. Upon approval, the applicant will be required to successfully complete the Equivalency Academy within 18 months. Reserve academies will not substitute for either above.
Physical Ability Testing (PAT) - All Gambling Special Agent applicants are required to take and pass the PAT unless you hold a current commissioned law enforcement certification.


In addition to the benefits listed on the "Benefits" tab, Gambling Special Agents have the following benefits:
Agency furnished equipment, including firearm and take home vehicle.
Flexible work schedule of 160 hours within a 28-day work period.
Paid law enforcement training and broad developmental opportunities, including a tuition reimbursement program.

A completed online application that includes at least three professional references (
A completed Supplemental Questionnaire
A copy of your Certification of Completion if you have successfully completed the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission 720 hour Basic Law Enforcement Academy or its equivalent.
An unofficial transcript if you have graduated with a degree.

Application Review Process:
Review for required qualifications
Invitations to Physical Ability Test (PAT). Testing will be conducted on June 29, 2019 in Tumwater
Hiring manager application review
Invitation to participate in selection processes that may include interviews, written tests, or other practical exams. First round of interviews will be conducted on June 26th. Second round of interviews will be conducted on July 25th.
Reference and Background Check
Polygraph, Psychological examination, medical examination and Drug Testing

Note to Applicant:
The Washington State Gambling Commission is an equal opportunity employer. Individuals with disabilities needing assistance in the application process or needing this job announcement in an alternative format should provide contact information via email to . For the deaf or hard of hearing contact us via the Washington State Telecommunication Relay Services (TTY) for the deaf at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

For questions regarding this recruitment announcement, email us at or call (360) 486-3459.