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.
This seasonal (non-permanent) position assists District 13 Wildlife Program personnel in conducting breeding Wilson’s Snipe surveys in Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom Counties in the spring of 2013, beginning April 1 and ending June 30, 2013. This involves coordinating with private landowners to gain access, conducting surveys to locate and identify Wilson’s Snipe nests and pairs, and documenting surveys using geographic positioning systems, digital cameras, and field forms.
Assists in developing a comprehensive survey strategy and the design of site-specific snipe surveys. Conducts point count and transect surveys to locate and identify Wilson’s Snipe presence and breeding sites using previously established protocols. Collects data with geographic positioning systems, field data forms and digital cameras. Downloads, enters, and summarizes data in the form of track logs, maps, spreadsheets, photographs, and written summaries.
Education: A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in biology, wildlife management, wildlife biology, natural resource science, environmental science, or ecology.
Experience*: a minimum of one year of professional experience in wildlife management or wildlife research.
Licenses: Valid Washington State Drivers License
Competencies: Knowledge, experience, and/or fluency with: wildlife habitat requirements; standard field methods for avian surveys; motor vehicle operation;
Ability to: think critically; collect, record, compile, and summarize data; follow oral and written direction; perform work detail in a safe manner; complete required administrative paperwork in an accurate and timely manner; work independently and as a team player; accept supervision; conduct data analysis and make inferences from data; speak and write effectively; follow prescribed protocols and procedures; conduct field surveys; operate field equipment (e.g. Geographic positioning system, digital camera) to collect and download data; operate computers and use applicable software including Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, Excel), geographic information systems, emails.
A valid Washington or other State Driver’s License
- 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.
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.
- Ability to work in inclement weather over difficult terrain, including slippery rocks, steep banks, and sticky mud. Ability to hike up to 10 miles per day through shallow water/wetland conditions.
- Ability to walk, bend, stoop, while at times carrying up to 40 pounds.
- Ability to load and transport equipment and gear.
- Willingness and ability to drive up to 100 miles per day .
- Ability to use critical thinking in collecting, recording, compiling, and summarizing data.
- Ability to follow oral and written directions.
- Willingness to accept supervision.
- Ability to work independently and as a team member
- Ability to visually discriminate when identifying and distinguishing biological and physical features.
- Willingness and ability to perform routine and repetitive work.
- Willingness and ability to perform in a punctual and dependable manner.
- Willingness to perform in a safe and efficient manner.
- Ability to complete required administrative paperwork in an accurate and timely manner.
- Must be able to work at dawn & dusk in low light conditions and have excellent mid-range hearing.
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 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)
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. Union
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