State of Washington - Sedro-Woolley, WA

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Service, Science, Sustainability
Under the leadership of the Commissioner of Public Lands, our work at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is done with the public’s interest in mind, which means transparency and public knowledge. Our decisions are guided by sound science as we manage state trust lands, native ecosystems and natural resources. We support the vision of a sustainable future by protecting and managing the natural resources so future generations will have them.
DNR manages over 5 million acres of state-owned land that includes forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands. We generate revenue that supports public schools, state institutions and county services. But managing lands is only half of our story. We also protect other public resources such as fish, wildlife, water, and provide public access to outdoor recreation. Two of our largest and most important state-wide resource protection responsibilities are fire prevention and suppression, and overseeing forest practices.
The DNR has an annual operating budget of approximately $187 million and has over 1200 permanent employees with approximately 300 additional staff hired during the summer fire season.

Fish and Wildlife Biologist 3
Recruitment # 2013-01-6411

Salary Range: $3,631 – $4,770 per month
($3,522 – $4,627 with 3% temporary reduction)

Note: From July 1, 2011 through June 29, 2013 a 3% temporary salary reduction is in effect for most positions. For specific information on the Temporary Salary Reduction, click here . This position is represented by the WFSE. Once appointed to this position the incumbent will be required to pay union dues or other representation fees within the first 30 days of employment.

Open until January 16, 2013

This position is the designated expert and consultant for fish and wildlife issues within the Northwest Region. This position advises, mentors, and instructs state lands field foresters, engineers, and support staff, in coordination with district managers, scientists and other region and division personnel. The primary duties of the position are 1) to provide consulting services to region field and staff personnel related to the effects of forest land management activities on fish and wildlife, and fish and wildlife habitats, and 2) serve as region specialist on the integration of federal and state regulations with the department’s Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), Forest Resource Plan, and DNR policies, procedures, and guidelines as the relate to fish and wildlife, and fish and wildlife habitats and 3) serve as region representation to all fish and wildlife research conducted within the region. Work is dispersed over three districts comprising approximately 390,000 acres of trust lands within five counties. The work will be predominantly performed in Whatcom and Northern Skagit counties.

A Bachelor’s degree in a natural science and three years professional experience in wildlife biology/management OR a Master’s degree in wildlife biology/management and two years professional experience in wildlife biology/management OR a PH.D in wildlife biology/management and one year professional experience in wildlife biology/management.

Working knowledge of forest management activities, including timber sales, road construction practices and harvesting system techniques
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to both scientific and non-scientific audiences
Ability to prepare written technical reports, memos, forms, records and field notes;
Ability to work alone and independently in remote locations
Ability to and experience in evaluating, developing, implementing and monitoring site-specific “resource management plan and activities”;
Ability to and experience in evaluating SEPA documents for completeness as the relate to potential adverse impacts on earth, water, plant, and animal resources;
Ability to develop expert-level knowledge of Forest Practice Rules; HCP conservation strategies and implementation policies and procedures; and guidelines as the relate to forest management activities on state trust lands;
Ability and experience in using software to model stand growth
Knowledge of and ability to use GIS technologies, including preparing, viewing and printing maps using GIS;
Ability to and experience in using specialized field equipment, such as compass, range finder, GPS unit, clinometer, prism, reloscope, d-tape, etc.;
Ability to efficiently use word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software;
Ability to work collaboratively with all types of people and with multiple programs.

Ability to work on uneven terrain in all weather conditions.
The incumbent in this position is required to travel.
Must have a valid driver’s license and have two years of driving experience.
Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of hire.

This recruitment is open to anyone who meets the required qualifications for this position.


To be considered for this position, please submit:
A letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile, required and desired position qualifications, and special position requirements. Please indicate in your letter of interest how you learned of this opportunity.
A completed application – DNR Job Application and Resume
The names of three to five professional references.
An online voluntary Applicant Profile Questionnaire . (This form is not required and is submitted online. Please do not print out and send in with application materials).
Finalists will be asked to provide an employment/commercial driving record issued from the state in which you are currently licensed.

The first screening will be based on information contained in your candidate materials.

Submit all materials to:
Electronic method preferred. You must indicate # 2013-01-6411 in the subject line of your e-mail.
Questions? Please contact Steve Jennison at (360) 856-3500 or e-mail us at .

OR other method to:
Shesha Zavala
919 N Township St
Sedro Woolley, WA 98284

By submitting the application materials you are indicating that all information is true and correct to the best of your knowledge. You understand that the state may verify information and that untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from applicant pool or dismissal if employed. This announcement is published by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The DNR is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial, and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, veterans and disabled veterans are encouraged to apply. Persons with a disability who need assistance during the screening process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format may contact DNR Recruiting staff (360) 902-1350 or (360) 902-1097. DNR may be contacted using the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TTY) by dialing 711.

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