Fish and Wildlife Biologist 4 *10740W
State of Washington - Pasco, WA

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THE DEPARTMENT 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. Learn more about us at

This position serves as the District Wildlife Biologist in Region 3 covering the Benton and Franklin counties with the duty station located in the Pasco District Office; Franklin County. Primary responsibilities are to inventory and monitor diverse wildlife populations, develop recommendations for wildlife management and recreation opportunities, implement wildlife management conservation and recreation activities, communicate and build partnerships with the public and other agencies on diverse wildlife issues, and supervise and develop a staff of professionals.

Develop and conduct wildlife surveys for the district and as part of a statewide effort.
Review and/or write wildlife plans for state and federal lands.
Recommend regulation changes (e.g., WAC, RCW) and condidtions of permits (scientific collection permits).
Prepare and present acquisition and habitat restoration proposals.
Capture and handle wildlife species for purposes of banding, studying, and augmenting populations.
Recommend actions for recovery plans, wildlife are plans and restores habitats. Evaluate habitat quality and quantity and assess population response to habitat changes.
Protect sensitive wildlife from disturbance and observe and assess health of wildlife populations.
Participate in tribal co-management activities.
Participate in and lead technical committees.
Present technical data with options, orally and in written form, to public groups to increase public knowledge.
Assign, train, coach, and direct work of permanent and temporary professional staff.
Carry out harvest monitoring and recommend hunting regulations.


A Bachelor's degree in wildlife management, wildlife biology or wildlife ecology AND three years of professional experience in wildlife management or wildlife research ,of which two years must have been professional field experience working with game or nongame wildlife .


A Master's degree in the applicable science will substitute for one year of the required experience. A Ph.D. in in the applicable science will substitute for two years of the required experience. Note: There is no substitution for the two years experience working with game or nongame wildlife .


Experience working in the shrub-steppe ecosystem. Experience with grant applications and/or grant administration. Experience with wetland management. Experience doing aerial wildlife surveys, either by helicopter or fixed wing.

Experience with providing public access or habitat developments on private land. Experience with providing public access or habitat developments on private land.

Knowledge of:
Wildlife population relationships and ecology.
Wildlife habitat relationships.
Wildlife survey methods.
Species identification.
Principles of wildlife harvest management.
Environmental rules and regulations.
Wildlife management tools and field techniques.
Contract development and administration.
Personal computer hardware and software, especially with Microsoft Office products.

Ability to:
Conduct data analysis and make inferences from data.
Operate computers.
Implement wildlife surveys, radio tracking, wildlife capture/processing and translocations.
Develop effective objectives, timelines, and action plans.
Communicate clearly in writing and orally.
Negotiate effectively.
Effective hiring and training of staff.
Organize and prioritize work for self and staff.
Provide effective performance management through setting expectations, constructive feedback, coaching, and discipline as needed.
Traverse difficult terrain, including slippery rocks, steep banks, and sticky mud while at times carrying up to 40 pounds of equipment or wildlife.

Supplemental Information:
How to Apply: 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 . 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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