Fish & Wildlife Biologist 3 – Skagit Wildlife Area Manager – Permanent – *13946-21: Mt Vernon, Washington

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 14 Dec 2021

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Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
Skagit County - Mt. Vernon, WA
Job Category
Full time Positions
$56,856.00 - $74,604.00 Annually
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FULL-TIME/PERMANENT FISH & WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST 3 SKAGIT WILDLIFE AREA MANAGER Wildlife Program - Lands Division Mount Vernon, Washington - Skagit County As a leader in your field, you will provide oversight, management, and direction for the Skagit Wildlife Area and implement Wildlife Program goals, objectives, and assignments! Get your boots dirty and assess, design, and implement habitat, species, and recreation projects. You thrive on building collaboration, become the primary internal and external liaison for the Wildlife Area. If this speaks to you then come join a close-knit team that values each member for their strengths and works together to provide sound resource management! With that in mind, Picture yourself, developing and implementing activities to maintain/improve habitat, species, and recreational opportunities compatible with fish and wildlife and their habitats. In this dynamic role you will create wildlife area plans and plan updates that guide habitat, wildlife, and recreation management while monitoring and reporting on progress toward plan goals and objectives. The optimal applicants are leaders that can develop positive, productive, respectful working relationships, take initiative, are hard-working and result oriented. We are seeking a candidate with demonstrated values matching those of WDFW: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE). Duties Our Skagit Wildlife Area Manager, Plans, coordinates, designs, implements, and monitors habitat enhancement, species, maintenance, and recreation management projects. Develops, restores, enhances, and maintains wildlife habitats. Creates, manages, maintains, and monitors public recreational use and opportunities. Negotiates, implements, and monitors agricultural and grazing leases and contracts for wildlife enhancement or habitat restoration projects - evaluates the benefits to fish and wildlife. Ensures projects and activities are consistent with the WA plan, real estate deed restrictions, fund source requirements and are in compliance with all applicable rules and regulations. Prepares and submits permit applications or other clearances as required. Monitors results to include collecting, analyzing, and presenting data to document wildlife and habitat response and factors associated with public use. Operates/maintains and transports large equipment, power tools, and hand tools. Maintains fences, roads, parking areas, public use facilities, buildings and other systems and structures to assure safety, function, and attractive appearance. Oversees/coordinates the planning and implementation of habitat enhancement and maintenance projects on the Wildlife Area to benefit Fish & Wildlife recreation or operations. Provides outreach and communication as the primary point of contact for the Wildlife Area with internal staff, other agencies, tribes, non-governmental organizations, and the public. Prepares, manages and monitors budgets, prepares internal and external funding/grant requests. Recruits, mentors, and directs staff - maintain and contribute to a respectful, rewarding, and friendly work environment. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: This position works in an office setting, travels for field duties, and conducts field work up to 50% of the time in coastal floodplains and foothills where inclement weather is common. Field work includes working with power equipment, tractors and other equipment in an outdoor setting, over difficult terrain including slippery rocks, steep banks, and sticky mud - at times requiring the ability to walk, bend, stoop, while seldomly carrying up to 50 pounds of gear, equipment, and tools - some infrequent tasks may require the ability to lift and carry or load items in excess of 50 pounds. Schedule: Typically, Monday – Friday - 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with frequent long or irregular hours and weekend work. Workload demands may require work outside the assigned work hours and adjustment of work schedules. Travel Requirements: Frequent travel to/from field sites and meetings - requiring the ability to operate vehicles safely on highway, dirt roads, and across uneven terrain. Available for non-scheduled workweek/overnight travel and ability to travel up to 10% of time. Tools and Equipment: Vehicles, heavy trucks requiring commercial license, power boats, farm equipment, ATV's, common power and hand tools, welding equipment, GPS and other field data gathering equipment, cameras, binoculars/spotting scopes, computers, and associated software/systems. Customer Interactions: Respectful and effective written and oral communication or negotiation with the general public, local government officials, agriculture, forest, and special interest groups.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor's degree in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science, or environmental science. AND Three (3) years of professional experience in fish management or fish research, wildlife management or wildlife research, or habitat management or habitat research. OR Two (2) years as a Fish & Wildlife Biologist 2. Please Note: A Master’s degree in the applicable science will substitute one (1) year of the required experience. A PhD. in the applicable science may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience. Professional equivalent experience may substitute, year for year, for education requirement. Experience: Technical report writing methods and strong writing skills. Conducting basic research and field investigations. Data gathering. Understanding of: Applicable state, federal and local environmental/wildlife regulations, and policies. Methods and techniques of field sampling. Agricultural equipment and practices. Principles, practices, and methods of environmental and land resource management. Certifications/Licenses: Valid Driver’s License. First Aid Training Certification. Complete Washington Boat Safety Training and have the ability to operate a boat within 12 months of employment. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Job knowledge: Plan development and implementation. Fish and wildlife habitat management requirements. Active management and restoration of wetlands, riverine/floodplain, riparian, and estuary systems. Habitat management activities. Agricultural practices. Operation and maintenance of large farm equipment and power boats. Wildlife and habitat survey methods and techniques. Wildlife habitat relationships. Wildlife population relationships and ecology. Principles of wildlife harvest management. Identification of wildlife and plant species. Personal computer software and hardware (Microsoft/Office). Safety procedures. Supplemental Information Please note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification. In order to successfully 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. Three professional references. IMPORTANT NOTES: On Monday August 9, 2021, Governor Inslee enacted Proclamation 21-14 which requires that all employees of all state agencies not headed by an elected official be fully vaccinated with a recommended COVID-19 vaccine by October 18, 2021 as a condition of employment. Fully vaccinated includes the two-week waiting period after the last shot in each series, or single shot, is given. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide verification of COVID vaccination. A list of acceptable documents to provide verification can be reviewed here. Vaccination acceptable documents link (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader) The Department of Fish and Wildlife’s priority during the Covid-19 health crisis is to keep our staff, candidates, and the public safe. We are hiring and encourage you to apply to open positions. We have transitioned to a virtual recruitment process, to include web-based interviews. All new employees must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 Form) on their first day of work. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide documentation proving you are eligible to work in the United States. For a list of acceptable documents, please use the following link: JOIN THE WDFW TEAM: Learn about our agency and the perks of working for WDFW! The Washington 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. We value demonstrated skill in living WDFW values of Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE). WDFW employees may be eligible for the following: Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth. UNION - WAFWP: This position is in the bargaining unit represented by the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Professionals and is subject to the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Professionals. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Employer VETERAN PREFERENCE NOTICE: To take advantage of veteran preference, please do the following: Email a copy of your DD214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22 or USDVA signed verification of service letter to Subject line should include recruitment number, position, and Vet (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – Veteran) Include your name as it appears on your application in MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE NOTICE: To take advantage of military spouse preference, please do the following: Notify us of your military spouse status by email at Subject line should include recruitment number, position, and MS (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – MS) Include your name as it appears on your application in Note: Please blackout any PII (personally identifiable information) data such as social security numbers. For further information, please contact us at As part of WDFW’s efforts to advance respectful and inclusive work environments, the Agency expects inclusivity as part of our professional interactions and communications. Therefore, we want to ensure that all individuals feel welcome, are treated fairly and respectfully. All staff are empowered to fully contribute to serving their work unit, Agency, and the citizens of Washington. 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. If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing, or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or *Images shown are Pre-COVID, WDFW Staff follow current COVID Safety Protocol including the use of face masks. Follow us on social media: LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram
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