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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. Find out more about us and the important work we are a part of at .



The Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill one full time, permanent, Fish & Wildlife Biologist 3, Wildlife Area Manager position located in the Wildlife Program, Region 2. The duty station is the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area, Loomis, WA.

This position is responsible for managing the Sinlahekin and associated Wildlife Areas consisting of more than 21,000 acres located in North Central Okanogan County. Diverse habitats include dry forest, shrub steppe, grass lands, riparian areas, broken terrain, cliffs, and farmlands managed for wildlife. The areas are managed for multiple fish & wildlife species management as well as fish and wildlife oriented recreational use, e.g., big game and upland bird hunting, fishing, bird watching, butterfly watching and wildflower viewing.


Principal objectives and activities of this position include:

· Implementing Wildlife Program goals associated with habitat restoration and public recreation;

· Management plan development and implementation for the Sinlahekin and Associated Wildlife Areas;

· Development and management of the operational budget and capital budget requests;

· Writes and submits weekly, monthly and annual reports;

· Conducts timber stand inventories and makes recommendations for timber management on the wildlife area;

· Manages noxious weeds and maintains weed control records;

· Monitors public use on the wildlife area and manages a network of digital car counters, ensuring access and recreational uses of the wildlife areas are consistent with wildlife and habitat goals;

· Repairs and maintains infrastructure, and maintains and operates small and large equipment;

· Supervising permanent, seasonal and volunteer staff.


This position requires a Bachelor's of Science degree or higher with a concentration in wildlife management, natural resource conservation, or conservation ecology/biology and five years of relevant experience, i.e. 5 years of land management and 5 years of supervising personnel in land management. A master’s or Ph.D. with an appropriate specialty may substitute for one year of the required experience.

The best qualified applicants will demonstrate competencies in the following areas:
  • A passion for their chosen field of work both past and future
  • Advanced knowledge of process-centered restoration and management of wildlife habitat
  • Working knowledge of irrigation, agricultural, range practices, botany and plant identification, wildlife identification including non-traditional species such as invertebrates.
  • Working knowledge of ecological principles and their application to habitat restoration and management
  • Working knowledge of farm equipment and its operation
  • Working knowledge of outdoor recreation management
  • Basic skills and experience in writing grants
  • Ability to supervise staff
  • Ability to manage budgets
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically

Supplemental Information:

Working Conditions

Duties are performed within an exception workweek. Hours may be long and irregular, with travel to the most distant Wildlife Area units that may include up to 90 miles round trip. Approximately 40% of the time is spent in field work performing habitat management and maintenance. These activities involve hazards associated with hot and cold weather, agricultural chemicals, and equipment use. Work may occur during inclement weather and on difficult terrain. You must be able to walk, bend, stoop, at times carry up to 40 pounds, load and transport equipment and gear, and visually discriminate when identifying and distinguishing biological and physical features. Wildlife observation and bird call recognition are routine parts of the job. You must safely operate motor vehicles in field situations and possess or be able to acquire and maintain a valid driver’s license as well as possess or acquire a pesticide applicator’s license and possess a National Wildlife Coordinating Group (NCWCG) PM-310-1 Red Card.


This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE). 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 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 . 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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