FISH & WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST 3
The Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill one full time permanent Fish & Wildlife Biologist 3 position located in the Wildlife Program, Region 3. The duty station is negotiable with the successful candidate between the Pasco District Office (Franklin County) or the Sunnyside Wildlife Area located in Mabton (Yakima County).
This position serves as the Wildlife Area Manager for the Sunnyside/Snake River Wildlife Area complex. This complex is comprised of over 20,000 acres of WDFW owned and managed lands spread across four counties (Yakima, Benton, Franklin, and Walla Walla). The manager creates, maintains, and implements a wildlife area (WA) plan with involvement from the District Team and a Citizen’s Advisory Group (CAG). Primary duties include:
- Implement WA plan activities including habitat enhancement, maintenance, and recreation management.
- Maintain an active CAG that represents a balanced set of resource and recreational interests. Engage in and ensure success of WA planning efforts. Ensure broad-based input into plan development through District Team and CAG participation.
- Serve as the intra- and inter-agency liaison for the WA, working with other staff and agencies, tribes, non-governmental organizations, landowners, hunters, and the public. Have a clear understanding of all projects and activities that are occurring on the WA and coordinate with other staff, agencies, neighbors, etc., as required. Ensure activities are consistent with the WA plan and in compliance with all applicable rules and regulations.
- Plan, coordinate, and monitor habitat enhancement and maintenance projects on the WA to benefit fish, wildlife, and recreation. Negotiate, write, implement, and monitor agricultural and grazing leases and contracts for wildlife enhancement or habitat restoration projects; evaluate the benefits to fish and wildlife.
- Work with the District Team, the CAG, and others to develop the WA plan and annual updates; use the plans/updates to develop individual work plans for staff.
- Prepare BPA budgets, statements of work and progress reports; manage and monitor the BPA and state budgets. Develop funding and grant proposals and write project reports for successful grants.
- Recruit, train, direct, mentor, and evaluate staff. Monitor work activities and work with staff to improve performance and effectiveness.
- Maintain WA infrastructure, including buildings, grounds, roads, irrigation systems, public use facilities, equipment, etc.
The successful candidate must be willing and able to:
- Work in all weather conditions and over difficult terrain including slippery rocks, steep banks, and mud up to 25% of the time.
- Work hours outside of the regular 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday work hours including evenings and weekends.
- Walk, bend, and stoop while at times carrying up to 40 pounds.
- Travel up to 10% of the time including occasional overnight trips.
- Safely operate motor vehicles, sometimes with trailers, farm machinery, shop equipment and ATV’s.
- Load and transport equipment and gear weighing up to 40 pounds over uneven terrain.
- Visually discriminate when identifying and distinguishing biological and physical features.
- Perform work in a safe and efficient manner.
- Use critical thinking in collecting, recording, compiling, and summarizing data.
This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish & Wildlife and the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE), which contains a “union security” provision. This means that, as a condition of employment, you must either join the union and pay union dues, or pay the union a representation or other fee within 30 days of the date you are put into pay status.
A Bachelor’s degree in wildlife management, wildlife biology, wildlife ecology, natural resource science, environmental science, soil science, range ecology, or closely allied field; AND three years of professional level experience in wildlife or habitat management.
A Master’s degree in wildlife management, wildlife biology, wildlife ecology, natural resource science, environmental science, soil science, range ecology, or closely allied field will substitute for one year of the required experience.
A Ph.D. in wildlife management, wildlife biology, wildlife ecology, natural resource science, environmental science, soil science, range ecology, or closely allied field will substitute for two years of the required experience.
A valid Washington State driver’s license.
Combined Driver’s License
Well qualified applicants will demonstrate competencies in the following areas:
- Plan development and implementation
- Habitat management activities
- Computer skills (e.g., MS Office)
- Safety procedures
- Wildlife and habitat survey techniques
- Coordinate and organize activities
- Manage multiple projects
- Organize and prioritize work for work unit
- Communicate effectively in writing and orally
- Identify wildlife and plant species
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:
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.
- A cover letter describing how you meet the qualification of his position (generic cover letters will not be accepted)
- A current resume (please make it succinct)
- Three professional references (personal references do not count as professional references)
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 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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