Fish & Wildlife Biologist 4 – Ungulate Specialist – Permanent – *07961-22: Spokane Valley, WA

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Spokane, WASHINGTON
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 15 Jun 2022

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Department of Fish & Wildlife
Spokane County - Spokane Valley, WA
Job Category
Full time Positions
$4,974.00 - $6,534.00 Monthly
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FULL-TIME/PERMANENT UNGULATE (HOOFED MAMMAL) SPECIALIST FISH & WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST 4 WDFW Wildlife Program Spokane Valley, Washington Are you an, experienced biologist with a background in ungulate monitoring and management? As our Ungulate Specialist, you will function as a technical expert on ungulates (deer, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, goats, and pronghorn). You will conduct field work, database management, analysis, and report-writing associated with the management of those species to include monitoring, management plans, and research. In this role, you will coordinate monitoring population trends, estimating population abundance, determining demography, and review habitat assessments. With that in mind, Picture yourself providing guidance on collecting survey data using aircraft. This is an opportunity to assist with the implementation of monitoring efforts (e.g., serving as an observer on survey flights, investigating mortalities, etc.). With your experience, you will advise and guide the work of Regional staff related to monitoring. You thrive on building collaboration and teamwork, consulting and coordinating with Regional staff and acting as an important conduit for consistency across Regions. We are seeking a candidate who will support 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. Duties Our Ungulate Specialist, Collaborates with Regional and Science Division staff on ungulate monitoring and management. Assists with the development or refinement of hunting season rules and regulations during the Department’s annual rule making process. Collaborates with Regional staff on evaluating management and hunting season strategies. Applies population models and population parameter (e.g., abundance, trend, ratios, survival, recruitment) estimation techniques to inform statewide ungulate population and harvest management. Maintains a familiarity with available and emerging ungulate survey techniques. Collaborates with Regional and Science Division staff to identify monitoring research needs, develop study designs, and implement projects. Coordinates logistics of capture efforts including personnel and equipment necessary for capture. Manages or assists with the management of survey and GPS-collar data and associated databases in coordination with Regional and Science Division staff. Serves as primary author or co-author on peer-refereed publications, status reports, and final reports for major projects. Contributes to or takes a lead role in the development of species management plans, game management plans, and wildlife area plans. Provides policy and program recommendations to ensure ungulates and associated habitat are adequately considered in ecosystems management. Assists with correspondence and requests for information from Department staff, tribal comanagers, other natural resource management agencies, or other external entities (e.g., media outlets, non-government organizations, hunters, etc.). WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: Work setting will be a combination of office work and field work. Field work will include hiking over rough terrain, working in inclement weather (hot and cold), dealing with all forms of plant, insect, and terrestrial wildlife. Work will also include survey flights in helicopters or small fixed-wing aircraft; telemetry flights in helicopters or small fixed-wing aircraft. Capture work will require restraining large mammals and safely using immobilization drugs. Will require WDFW immobilization training. Will require WDFW aircraft safety training and wearing of appropriate safety gear. Schedule: 40 hours; Monday-Friday. Travel Requirements: Travel required throughout the state of Washington. Travel will vary with seasons and annual priorities. Tools and Equipment: 4-wheel drive pickup or SUV, radio telemetry, GPS, ATVs, ArcGIS, Microsoft Office software, SAS, and R. Customer Interactions: The incumbent will frequently encounter constituents and stakeholders who are interested in wildlife management. The incumbent must be able to interact with the public in a positive manner and effectively articulate the Department’s policies and procedures.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Closely related qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-by-year basis. A Bachelor's degree in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science, or environmental science. AND Five (5) years of professional experience in one or more of the following: Fish management or research. Wildlife management or research. Habitat management or research. OR Four (4) years as a Fish & Wildlife Biologist 3. Please note: A Master’s degree in the applicable science may substitute for one (1) year of the required experience. A Ph.D. in the applicable science may substitute for two (2) years of the required experience. License: Valid driver’s license. Experience: Working with North American ungulates. Programming in SAS, R, and/or other statistical software or packages. Using radio-telemetry. Working with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook). Conducting field surveys to collect data. Conducting data analyses and make inferences from data for management recommendations. Writing scientific reports. Training: WDFW Aircraft safety training before first flight WDFW Immobilization training within 12 months of hire PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s Degree or higher in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science, or environmental science Experience: Working with ungulates. Working with ArcGIS software. Conducting work in an aircraft. Job knowledge: Wildlife population relationships and ecology. Wildlife habitat relationships. Wildlife survey methods. Wildlife management tools and field techniques. Principles of wildlife harvest management. WDFW hunting and fishing regulations. Personal computer hardware and software (MSOffice). Basic spatial analyses techniques and statistics. Applicable state, federal, and local environmental regulations and policies. CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: As a result of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader) issued on August 9, 2021, all Washington State Agencies are requiring employees to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of your employment. Pursuant to this mandate, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination as a part of the hiring process. Please do not upload your vaccination documentation with your application materials - your vaccination status will be verified by your supervisor prior to your first day of work. Exemptions may be granted for religious or medical purposes. A list of acceptable documents to provide verification can be reviewed here: Vaccination acceptable documents link (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader) 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: 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. 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