Washington State FISH AND WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST 2 *03837W in Vancouver, Washington


The Department of Fish and Wildlife has some of the most talented people in the natural resource field. We celebrate and value diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community, and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfilling the agency's mission.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable recreational and commercial opportunities dependent on viable fish and wildlife populations. Each day, WDFW employees facilitate fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities for millions of residents and visitors. WDFW's employees–field and laboratory biologists, geneticists, research scientists, hatchery professionals, policy experts, fully commissioned law enforcement officers, land stewards, lab technicians, property acquisition specialists, customer service representatives and others work throughout the state. WDFW employees protect and restore critical habitat, strive to facilitate species recovery when necessary, and manage hundreds of fish and wildlife species. WDFW employees maintain nearly a million acres of public wildlife lands. They interpret, apply and enforce state and federal laws and collaborate with stakeholders to protect fish and wildlife resources. Find out more about us and the important work we are a part of at www.wdfw.wa.gov.



The Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill one full time, permanent, Fish & Wildlife Biologist 2. This position serves as the Assistant Manager for the Shillapoo Wildlife Area and is located in the Region 5 Wildlife Program. The duty station for this position will be at 5525 S. 11th St. Ridgefield, WA, Clark County.

The Shillapoo Wildlife Area is around 2,300 acres and is primarily managed for wintering waterfowl along with 200 other wildlife species. The Assistant Manager assists the Wildlife Area Manager in providing oversight, management, and direction for the Shillapoo Wildlife Area and implements Wildlife Program goals, objectives, and assignments.

This professional biologist receives general supervision and conducts professional biological studies; and/or is responsible for monitoring, restoration, management or research of fish, wildlife, lands or habitat. Duties

This position directly supports the WDFW mission of protecting, restoring and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats, while providing sustainable fish and wildlife-related recreational and commercial opportunities through habitat protection and enhancement activities. This position serves as an Assistant Manager of the Shillapoo Wildlife Area. This position assists with planning, developing priorities, and implementing the Shillapoo Wildlife Area Management Plan, including implementation of all habitat, fish and wildlife, and recreational use management activities on the Wildlife Area. In the absence of the assigned Wildlife Area Manager, the Assistant Wildlife Area Manager assumes the routine responsibilities of the Wildlife Area Manager.

Responsible for monitoring, restoring, and/or managing habitat on Wildlife Areas. Tasks include:

  • Lead, manage, and provide technical input for projects to update and develop.
  • Enhances and restores native and beneficial wildlife habitats.
  • Implements Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM) on Wildlife Areas.
  • Performs habitat maintenance activities.
  • Cultivates native vegetation and food plots using predefined methodologies.
  • Conducts field reviews of restored sites and recommends future management activities
  • Operation and maintenance of heavy farm equipment. Conducts studies, field reviews, and surveys on habitat, wildlife, and recreation on Wildlife Areas. Tasks include:

  • Reviews and/or studies fish, wildlife, plants, habitats, and recreational use on Wildlife Areas. Implements Wildlife Area plan activities, including habitat and recreation management. Plans, coordinates and monitors ecosystem/habitat enhancement projects on Wildlife Area to benefit fish and wildlife.

  • Participate in interagency projects that contribute to the restoration and conservation of fish and wildlife habitat via Wildlife Area use plans, regulations and actions.
  • Surveys Wildlife Areas for invasive vegetation, native T&E; plants, and general habitat conditions; and uses predefined methodologies to implement appropriate management.
  • Surveys Wildlife Areas for priority wildlife species.
  • Facilitates and monitors public use on Wildlife Areas.
  • Assures compliance with applicable laws, label restrictions, and record keeping associated with agricultural chemical applications to Wildlife Areas.
  • Analyzes and reports results of surveys.
  • Writes reports and plans for review by Wildlife Area Manager. Conduct outreach and communicate with neighbors, stakeholders, land-use permit holders, and general public regarding Wildlife Area activities, permits, and plans. Tasks include:

  • Contributes to the development, updating, and implementing Wildlife Area Plans;

  • Works with other WDFW staff, Federal, State and/or local agencies, non-governmental organizations and the public to develop and implement ecosystem/habitat management and public access projects on Wildlife Area lands. Provides information to public, either written or via presentation, regarding wildlife species, habitat enhancement and management, and recreational opportunities.
  • Provides consultation to neighboring landowners and agricultural business on grazing and agricultural land-use permits, and to other agency staff on fish, wildlife, habitat, and recreation on WDFW lands.
  • Attends meetings with external groups/constituents.
  • Coordinates management activities with adjacent landowners.
  • Assists with development of grazing plans, agricultural permits, and other land-use permits. Monitors permits and keeps appropriate records.
  • Develops presentations
  • Stays current on habitat management research/literature, and maintains knowledge of agency policies. Principal assistant to Wildlife Area Manager. Tasks include:

  • This position is secondary contact (primary is the Wildlife Area Manager) for emergencies, issues, and questions, and is primary contact when Wildlife Area Manager is on leave.

  • Assumes duties of Wildlife Area Manager in his/her absence.
  • Assists with grants to maintain/improve Wildlife Area.
  • Assist in developing Wildlife Area spending plans; and manages and monitors budgets. Identifies and develops capital improvement projects (e.g., fencing, water control structures, and facilities) on the Wildlife Area.
  • Assists in monitoring for operations and capital budgets and projects.
  • Analyses data and write reports.
  • Assists with management planning, budget development, reporting, and other requirements of funding sources (BPA and others)
  • Prepares and submits applications for permits and other approvals for Wildlife Area projects. Maintain facilities, infrastructure, and equipment operation and maintenance and public trust responsibilities. Tasks include:

  • Assists in development of capital improvement projects.

  • Maintains existing capital facilities and project equipment on Wildlife Area.
  • Analyzes and assures safety of facilities.
  • Monitors public use on the Wildlife Area and manages a network of digital car counters, ensuring access and recreational uses of the Wildlife Areas are consistent with wildlife and habitat goals;
  • Repairs and maintains infrastructure, and maintains and operates small and large equipment; maintains equipment in proper working order.
  • Maintains vehicles, farm equipment, ATVs and other tools.
  • Attends required training.
  • Recovers injured wildlife and collects and submits specimens. May supervise staff. Tasks include:

  • Assists in recruiting and coordinating in hiring of staff. Trains, mentors, direct, and evaluate staff performance. Directs work of seasonal or permanent staff on Wildlife Area.

  • Directs the efforts of volunteers or Master Hunters on Wildlife Areas. Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree in wildlife management, natural resource science, biology, environmental science, or a related field, AND one year of professional experience in fish/ wildlife/ habitat management or research.

Note: A Master's or Ph.D. in the applicable science will substitute for one year of the required experience.


Equivalent education/experience.

Must demonstrate comprehensive understanding of the principles, practices, and methods of environmental or resource management, methods and techniques of field sampling, testing, data gathering, basic research and field investigations; applicable state, federal and local environmental & wildlife regulations and policies; technical report writing methods. Additionally, must have experience that demonstrates thorough working understanding of: Job Knowledge

  1. Implementation of Wildlife Area Plan activities.
  2. Fish and wildlife habitat relationships and management requirements.
  3. Habitat management activities.
  4. Wildlife and habitat survey methods and techniques.
  5. Wildlife management tools and field techniques
  6. Wildlife population relationships and ecology.
  7. Principles of wildlife harvest management.
  8. Weed/Noxious plant identification and management using pesticides and integrated pest management
  9. Management of plant communities
  10. Personal computer software and hardware (MS/Office).
  11. General state procedural policies and rules governing work activities
  12. Accountability in managing budgets, staff time, and other state-owned resources
  13. Safety procedures.
  14. Equipment operation and maintenance. Ability to:

  15. Coordinate and organize activities.

  16. Manage projects and workloads.
  17. Organize and prioritize work for self and others.
  18. Communicate effectively in writing and orally.
  19. Train and supervise temporary and volunteer staff.
  20. Provide constructive correction, redirection, and discipline when needed.
  21. Follow prescribed protocols and procedures.
  22. Work independently and as a team member
  23. Conduct field surveys to collect data.
  24. Identification of wildlife and plants species
  25. Negotiate effectively, appropriately, and respectfully, representing the agency with the intentions of a good faith.
  26. Conduct data analyses and make inferences from data for management recommendations
  27. Use critical thinking in collecting, recording, compiling, and summarizing data
  28. Learn applicable state, federal, and local environmental regulations and policies
  29. Use Computer with Microsoft software for word processing, spreadsheet creation, and other applications; use web based tools, e-mail, and calendar clients
  30. Effectively and safely operate motorized and non-motorized equipment and tools, as well as perform proper care and maintenance of this equipment.
  31. Effectively and safely operate firearms and ability to dispatch animals.
  32. Perform basic carpentry. Behavioral Competencies:

  33. Creative and innovative thinking.

  34. Communication effectiveness.
  35. Organizational and political awareness.
  36. Adaptability and flexibility.
  37. Accountability.
  38. Performance leadership.
  39. Ethics and integrity.
  40. Results orientation and initiative.
  41. Safety awareness and self-sufficiency in a wide variety of situations. Well qualified applicants will demonstrate competencies in the following areas: Knowledge of: basic methods of problem solving, research methods, logic and grammar; the Agency's purposes, objectives and activities, methods and practices of land management; soil conservation, habitats, food and habits of fish and wildlife; technical knowledge of habitat processes and elements of habitat for fish and wildlife, fish and wildlife habitat management techniques; environmental regulations; principles and procedures of fish, wildlife, lands recreation, or habitat management; standard negotiating practices; principles and procedures of biological research, standard laboratory and field methods and statistical analysis relating to fish and wildlife; knowledge of fish and wildlife species, habits, and life histories; fishing and hunting regulations.

Ability to: reason logically, draw valid conclusions and make appropriate recommendations; gather and analyze data; write and speak clearly and effectively; synthesize research findings and formulate fish and wildlife management recommendations; coordinate, lead, or supervise technical or nontechnical volunteers or staff; negotiate resolution of disputes between competing parties; perform a variety of outdoor work in inclement weather; apply research and statistical methods and techniques to a project or program; utilize microcomputers for routine data analysis and word processing tasks; gain cooperation of interested groups or landowners in Department fish and wildlife management programs; supervise use and maintenance of land, buildings, and equipment; perform a variety of outdoor work in inclement weather; analyze environmental information; participate in conferences and interviews; establish and maintain effective working relationships; prepare written reports and make oral presentations; interpret environmental regulations and related laws.

Preferred/Desired Experience: A strong working knowledge and experience working with management and manipulation of wetland plant communities (moist soil management) is highly desirable. Previous experience identifying waterfowl, and shorebirds in the field. Background in the use of agricultural practices and equipment is highly desirable (including maintenance of equipment). Experience with biological data collection is highly desired. Experience in identifying Western Washington native plant species is highly desirable.

Special Requirements: Valid Driver's License First Aid Training Does require a Pesticide license, which may be obtained after hiring.

May require a CDL in the future. Supplemental Information

Working Conditions:

  • Ability to work in inclement weather, including extreme heat or snow, over difficult terrain, including slippery rocks, steep banks, and sticky mud up to 60-70% of the time.
  • Ability to walk, bend, stoop, while at times carrying up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to load and transport equipment and gear weighing over 50 pounds over uneven terrain.
  • Ability to use critical thinking in collecting, recording, compiling, and summarizing data.
  • Ability to follow oral and written directions.
  • 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.
  • Willingness to accept supervision and correction.
  • Ability to complete required administrative paperwork in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Ability to safely operate motor vehicles, trailers, farm machinery, shop equipment, and ATV's in field situations.
  • Ability to travel up to 10% of time.
  • Available for non-scheduled work week and travel.
  • Willingness and ability to work long irregular hours.
  • Willingness to perform aerial surveys.
  • Ability to safely operate firearms
  • Ability to dispatch animals Union 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, ensuring you complete the Work History experience section of the online application 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_. Please do not include any attachments other than the ones requested above. E-mailed documents will not be accepted after the closing of the recruitment or 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.

Please note that initial screening will be solely based on the completeness of application materials submitted and the contents and completeness of the "work experience" section of your application in NeoGov. A resume will not substitute for the "work experience" section of the application. The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the supplemental questions. Responses not supported in your application may disqualify you from consideration for employment in this position. All information will be verified and documentation may be required.

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.

Salary: $3,612.00 - $4,737.00 Monthly

Location: Clark County – Vancouver, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Job Number: 2018-03837W

Closing: 4/30/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504

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Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov