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 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill a full-time permanent Fish and Wildlife Biologist 2 position working for the Habitat Program Water Science Division. The duty station is the Region 3 District Office, Pasco WA.
This position works under the general supervision of an Environmental Planner providing field, technical and administrative support for the Habitat's Water Science team. The primary task for this position is to provide sound qualitative scientific recommendations, including support to the Department of Ecology and the Office of the Columbia River.
Provide the needed field, technical, and administrative support to the Water Science Team Flow Restoration Biologist and the Trust Water Monitoring Biologist. Selects standardized statistical and research procedures; evaluates and analyzes collected data; formulates conclusions and writes summaries; drafts technical report sections for review by supervisory biologists: Measure stream flows. Provide analysis and assessment of fish life benefits of current, historical, and potential future flow regimes and provide documentation. Sample fish for biological response to flow restoration efforts or to determine the biological and hydrological need for flow restoration. Prioritize in-stream flow restoration using Endangered Species Act (ESA) criteria, WDFW Threatened or Endangered or sensitive fish species criteria, or critical habitat needs. Assist in PHABSIM (physical habitat simulation) model field sampling. Conduct and evaluate in-stream flow and physical stream measurements of state trust water rights acquired within ESA critical watersheds for flow and biological benefits, including geomorphological response. Coordinate with other WDFW divisions and programs. Provide technical assistance for water projects to achieve flow restoration that is beneficial to fish. Provide technical consultation to agency personnel. Data analysis, public presentations on in-stream flow science, represent Water Science Team at technical forums and meetings, represent the Water Science Team at in-stream flow and trust water monitoring committee meetings, and assist the WDFW Wildlife and Lands Program Water Rights Manager. Integrate water rights and trust water right data with fish data to document effectiveness of flow restoration: Trust water transactions are tracked by identifying water right holder, location, primary and secondary reach lengths, and lease or purchase or donation information. Use GIS technology as a reporting tool and a tool that enables WDFW data bases to integrate into other water managers’ data bases. Assist WDFW staff with in-stream flow science model development. Organizes and conducts research and management projects to determine strategy and effectiveness of in-stream flow science. Collect field data, help enter and analyze data, and participate in Water Science Team discussions that relate to the development of in-stream flow science. Perform necessary field work during a regional or statewide drought, provide technical data, and help coordinate drought management activities with state and regional drought managers statewide, including WDFW and Ecology staff. Assist drought management projects Administrative responsibilities, report writing, response to public requests for information, and training for policy compliance, technical and professional development.
REQUIRED COMPETENCIES: Independently prioritize, plan, coordinate and implement all work in assigned area of responsibility; Knowledge of Pacific Northwest fish and wildlife, their habitats and life histories; Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally; Demonstrated knowledge and working experience in habitat restoration, protection, conservation and restoration methods, techniques and strategies; Working knowledge of fish and wildlife inventory and/or habitat assessment techniques; Demonstrated ability to effectively work with the public, tribes and other government entities on difficult or sensitive environmental issues; General knowledge of state and federal environmental rules and regulations in Washington State; Ability to use ARCGIS or other similar programs; Ability to effectively negotiate agreements as a representative of the agency; ability to mediate/resolve conflicts involving difficult or sensitive issues; Ability to deliver responsive and professional customer service to applicants, citizens, stakeholders, local governments, tribes, and state and federal agencies. Preferred/Desired Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science, or environmental science AND one year of professional experience in fish management or fish research, wildlife management or wildlife research, or habitat management or habitat research. Twelve semesters or eighteen-quarter hours of fisheries course work is preferred. OR A Master’s degree in the applicable science will substitute for the required experience. OR One year as a Fish & Wildlife Biologist 1. Equivalent education/experience Must be willing to work long hours in remote mountain, on large rivers, along small streams, or in shrub steppe terrain. Incumbent must have knowledge of salmonid life history for all Northwest salmon species. Knowledge of other resident fish and shellfish species is desirable.
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply for this position you will need to complete your profile at www.careers.wa.gov and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:
List of three professional references
Cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (generic cover letters will not be accepted) Please note that failure to follow application instructions will lead to disqualification. If you have questions about the process, or need assistance, please contact the recruiter listed below before the posting closes.
If you have questions about this recruitment, you may contact the HR Office at (360) 902-2280. 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 identify 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 Telecommunications Devise for the Deaf (TDD) at (800) 833-6388.
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