The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is dedicated to protecting native fish and wildlife, and providing sustainable fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities for millions of residents and visitors. Working throughout the state, WDFW’s employees–field biologists, enforcement officers, land stewards, lab technicians, customer service representatives and others—manage hundreds of fish and wildlife species, maintain nearly a million acres of public wildlife lands, provide opportunities for recreational and commercial fishing, wildlife viewing and hunting, protect and restore habitat and enforce laws that protect fish and wildlife resources.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill two full time non-permanent Biologist 1 seasonal positions located in the Habitat Program, Region 6. The duty station is in the Natural Resources Building, Olympia, Thurston County.
These seasonal (non-permanent) positions support field research investigating the effectiveness of riparian buffers along non-fish bearing streams in western Washington. These positions will act as the field leads for field work. Each position will be responsible for the daily oversight of field crews, assignment of specific field tasks, and for ensuring that work is completed at study sites on a weekly basis. These positions will track data collection progress, download and manage data in the office, and report progress to a supervisor on a weekly basis,
The position duration is approximately 4.5 months with an anticipated start date of February 11, 2013 to June 30, 2013. The workweek will be Monday through Thursday, 7 AM to approximately 5:30 PM (with a ½ hour lunch). While the duty station is in Olympia, fieldwork occurs throughout western Washington and employees can expect to spend approximately 95% of their time in the field.
Conducts stream characterization surveys, assessments of large woody debris loading and/or vegetation surveys. Organizes, cares and maintains equipment. Drives on logging roads and navigates complex undeveloped road networks. Hikes off-trail through sometimes dense vegetation up and down steep slopes and through harvested areas. Installs sampling transects and permanent plot markers. Collects data with field data forms, hand held computers, geographic positioning systems and digital cameras. Downloads, enters, manages, and summarizes data in the form of track logs, maps, spreadsheets, photographs, and written summaries. Supervises field staff in crews of 4 to 6 individuals. Assigns tasks to field teams. Camps or stays in provided housing near study sites throughout the work week.
Education: A Bachelor’s degree in wildlife management, wildlife biology, natural resource science, environmental science, or related field; or equivalent in education/experience.
Experience*: A minimum of one year of professional experience conducting field-related wildlife research.
Licenses: Valid Washington State or other state Drivers License
Competencies: Knowledge, experience, and/or fluency with: principles and procedures of biological research, standard laboratory and field methods; statistical techniques; population measurement techniques; fish, wildlife, and habitat ecology; motor vehicle operation; collecting data according to established protocols; acute attention to details; and experience with Microsoft Word and Excel and familiarity within Windows driven computer programs.
Ability to: think critically; collect, record, compile, and summarize data; perform work in a safe manner; work independently and as part of a team; accept supervision; speak and write effectively; follow prescribed protocols and procedures; conduct field surveys; operate field equipment (e.g. geographic positioning system, digital camera, hand held PDA) to collect and download data; operate computers and use applicable software including Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, Excel), geographic information systems, emails; follow oral and written direction; make independent judgments in the field; communicate with and effectively lead a field crew; develop and maintain positive, productive, respectful working relationships with coworkers and collaborators; partner with field crew staff and supervisor to identify and resolve complex or sensitive issues; perform a variety of outdoor work in inclement weather; tolerance for difficult field conditions including work in recent clear cuts; camp and be away from town 4 days and 3 nights at a time; and navigate and drive on logging roads.
Two years professional experience conducting field research, preferably in the Pacific Northwest, familiarity with headwater stream systems and sampling protocols, familiarity with tree and understory species commonly encountered throughout Pacific Northwest forestlands.
Experience leading / supervising subordinate staff in a field setting.
Familiarity with the use of handheld PDAs or other device for collecting data in the field.
Familiarity with methods of successfully downloading data from handheld devices to Microsoft Access database while ensuring complete transfer of data and conducting quality control to assure data integrity, and managing data in an Access database.
Experience is based on full time equivalency (i.e., 40 or more hours/week). Part time work is prorated (e.g., 20 hours/week for 6 years = 3 years of experience). Do not count experience that was a part of your educational requirements.
- College course work involving major study in biology, zoology, fisheries, chemistry, natural sciences, or closely allied field will substitute, year for year, for experience, provided course work includes at least six semester or nine quarter hours of natural science classes.
The working environment is primarily composed of field work but involves a minimal amount field preparation and data management in the office. During the field season (April-June) the crew leader can anticipate spending 90-95% of the time in the field or preparing to go in the field. While in the field, hiking off-trail through dense vegetation and up and down steep slopes will be required. Employees may at times be required to carry a heavy pack (< 40 pounds) and haul awkward equipment (e.g. rebar). Field work requires that some time be spent on hands and knees in the stream, and walking or crawling through dense understory and woody debris. These positions are physically demanding and require carrying field gear in frequently rough and steep terrain for moderate distances, often during inclement weather. At study sites employees are expected to work both independently and in teams. Employees must be comfortable navigating throughout managed landscapes on foot and in some study sites that have been recently harvested, over downed trees and wood and up streams that may be slippery. Employees must be comfortable navigating and driving on logging roads.
Work will require travel to and among sites in the study region (much of western Washington), and over-night camping or stays in provided housing generally three nights a week during the field season (April-June). Tents, kitchen supplies, and a food stipend are provided when camping.
This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Washington Association of Fish and Wildlife Professionals (WAFWP). As a condition of employment you 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.
To apply for this position you MUST complete your profile at www.careers.wa.gov and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:
A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (generic cover letter will not be accepted)
A current resume (please make it succinct)
Three professional references (personal references do not count as professional)
Please note: Failure to follow the above application instructions will lead to disqualification. E-mailed documents will not be accepted in lieu of attaching your documents to the online profile.
Upon submission of your online application, you will immediately receive a confirming e-mail. You will then be notified via e-mail of your status during the process. In addition to the e-mail notifications, you can check the status of your application at any time by visiting your online profile at www.careers.wa.gov . Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we ask your understanding and encourage you to use the online process and avoid calling for information.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-2276 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (800) 833-6388.
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