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Payroll Specialist I or II

Thurston PUD

About Thurston PUD:

Established in 1938, Thurston PUD is a special-purpose district that is a RCW 54 public utility district municipal corporation located in Lacey, WA. We currently own and operate 277 water systems, serving over 9,632 families, businesses, schools, and parks. Thurston PUD provides water planning and utility services to the citizens of Thurston County, and also own and operate water systems in Pierce and Lewis counties, one water system in King County, and a few water systems in Grays Harbor and Kitsap

counties. The PUD is governed by three Commissioners, elected by the voters of Thurston County and elected to serve for 6 years. The Commissioners represent the three PUD Commission districts in Thurston County. The District currently employs 28 employees.


The District offers a highly competitive and comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, group term life insurance, long-term disability coverage, State of Washington PERS 401(a) retirement plan participation, deferred compensation plans, a monthly commute trip reduction incentive, a clothing allowance, paid time off and holiday pay, potentially flexible and/or hybrid working conditions.



Public Utility District No. 1 of Thurston County (Thurston PUD) is actively recruiting for one (1) full-time Payroll Specialist I or Payroll Specialist II position. This is a permanent, full-time, FLSA exempt (not overtime eligible) position. This position is a junior to a senior level and job title that will depend on experience. Ideally, we are looking for a candidate that has experience and/or qualifications that fit those of a Payroll Specialist I or Payroll Specialist II. We want the successful candidate to grow into the position to fit the unique needs of our water utility. As a Payroll Specialist I or Payroll Specialist II, you will work under the direction of the Finance and Customer Service Manager (FCSM), or the Assistant General Manager (AGM), and will routinely perform a variety of technical accounting and administrative support work such as payroll, contract and asset tracking maintenance, grant accounting, bank reconciliations, amortization and depreciation schedules, accounts payable, accounts receivable, account reconciliations and internal audits in accordance with set guidelines.


You will also prepare and/or assist in the preparation of reports and spreadsheets as required. Annually, you will have an opportunity to assist in budget preparation and comprehensive financial reports, and provide support during the State Auditor Office audit of the District’s financial records.



If you see yourself working in a close-knit organization with opportunities to learn different facets of our water utility along with competitive pay rates, desirable benefits package, career advancement and training opportunities we encourage you to apply. To be considered for this position, please visit our website at for an employment application including supplemental questions and submit a letter of interest, resume and references. Please email your completed application packet to or mail them to:


Thurston PUD

Human Resources

1230 Ruddell Road SE

Lacey, WA 98503


You can also drop applications off to the address listed above.


All application materials must be received by Friday, July 30, 2021 to be considered during the first review of applicants.


For questions or other information related to this recruitment, please contact Finance and Customer Service Manager TaSeana Tartt at (360) 357-8783 x111. Prior to employment, a criminal history background check and reference checks will be conducted on the top candidates. The District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and maintains policies for a drug-free and smoke-free work environment.

Posted 7/29/21