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.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill a full-time permanent Fish and Wildlife Biologist 4 position working for the Habitat Program Protection Division. The duty station is the Natural Resources Building in Olympia, Washington, although a regional office duty station may be considered.
The position serves as a statewide biologist providing support to the Regulatory Services Section. Primary duties include:
Develop and implement HPA program internal and external training
Provide technical support to the Regulatory Services Section
Coordinate Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) appeals
HPA Program Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA|QC)
Serve as back-up to headquarters HPA biologist
Review Hydraulic Project Approval applications for completeness
Process HPA applications and issue hydraulic project approvals for a subset of project types
Compile and analyze data from the HPA database.
Required Education and Experience B.S. degree in fish, wildlife, or related natural resource science field. Skills and experience necessary for this work include experience in fish and wildlife habitat management, with a focus on habitat concerns, mitigation and state and federal regulatory requirements; and good communications, negotiation/dispute resolution and computer skills.
Knowledge of: Functionally proficient in environmental permitting and regulatory processes. Expertise and functional proficiency in the Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) program, including statutes, rules, and policy guidance, and knowledge of and experience with HPA technical issues to effectively identify project impacts and potential mitigation measures for those impacts is preferred.
Functional proficiency in the use of the Hydraulic Permit Management System (HPMS), the web-based database application for HPAs. Knowledge of fish and wildlife habitat and life history needs and requirements. Additional knowledge of impacts of construction projects on aquatic and riparian habitat and resources, and measures to mitigate those impacts.
Ability to organize, coordinate, or lead program or process activities.
Functional knowledge of the requirements of other environmental permitting and review processes, such as the Growth Management Act, Shoreline Management Act, State Environmental Policy Act, etc. A valid Washington or other State Driver’s License.
Preferred Experience & Skills Experience developing and implementing training and presentations. Effectively communicate in individual and group discussions, independently analyze and weigh the risks verses benefits in decisions and recommendations related to fish and wildlife resources, and habitat issues. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Negotiation and conflict resolution skills. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to maintain good working relationships particularly when working with a diverse team of coworkers. Ability to interact with others in a positive manner.
Work is performed almost exclusively indoors in an office environment. Standard business hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m, but the incumbent may need to adjust the work schedule to meet business needs. The department will consider a flexible work schedule at the incumbent’s request, however this is subject to the supervisor’s approval. Some travel is required to meet with regional staff or conduct other business, or attend training. 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.
How to Apply: 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:
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 (3) 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 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.
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