Natural Resource Technician 2 – Wenas Wildlife Area – Two (2) Openings – Permanent – *14105-21: Yakima County, Washington State

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 13 Dec 2021

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Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
Selah, Washington - Yakima County
Job Category
Full time Positions
$32,856.00 - $42,420.00 Annually
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TWO (2) OPENINGS FULL-TIME/PERMANENT NATURAL RESOURCE TECHNICIAN 2 (NRT2) WILDLIFE PROGRAM - LANDS DIVISION ONE (1) POSITION - WENAS WILDLIFE AREA 312 Mtn. Vale, Selah, Washington - Yakima County ONE (1) POSITION - OAK CREEK & WENAS WILDLIFE AREAS Oak Creek: December 16th - March 15th 16601 Hwy. 12, Naches, Washington - Yakima County Wenas: March 16th - December 15th 312 Mtn. Vale, Selah, Washington - Yakima County Are you passionate and dedicated to promoting the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) conservation mission? Do you have a strong work ethic and are you eager to provide field support on the Wenas Wildlife Area, which includes more than 120,000 acres of WDFW owned and managed lands within Yakima and Kittitas Counties? If this speaks to you then come get your boots dirty, work in the great outdoors, and 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, assisting with the implementation of habitat, fish, wildlife, and recreational use management activities on the Wenas Wildlife Area. These are opportunities to inspect, repair, install, and maintain the physical facilities of the wildlife area, including signs, reader boards, kiosks, and maintenance and repair of 46 miles of elk fence. The optimal applicants are team players that can develop positive, productive, respectful working relationships, take initiative, are hard-working and result oriented. We are seeking candidates with demonstrated values matching those of WDFW: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE). Duties A large group of bull and cow elk standing together - large antlers showing. Snowy hill in the background. Elk – Photo Credit: Scott McCorquodale Our Wenas Wildlife Area Natural Resource Technician 2, Implements and monitors habitat enhancement and maintenance projects - projects often include activities such as mowing, disking, seeding, limbing trees, installing gates, spreading gravel, and herbicide application. Safely uses heavy equipment such as tractors, skid steers, mowers, disks, seeders, herbicide sprayers, the use of hand tools and power tools such as brush cutters and chainsaws. Controls weeds using integrated pest management, applying herbicides as needed. Assists Assistant Wildlife Area Manager with operation and maintenance of facility and equipment. Maintains and utilizes a variety of small and large equipment such as chainsaws, welders, ATV’s, trucks, tractors, trailers, spray systems, backhoes, and dozers. Removes structures and litter on wildlife area and monitors public use. Assist with supplemental feeding activities for wintering wildlife. Performs administrative tasks including responding to the public, weekly reporting, purchasing materials, training, meeting with other agencies and non-governmental organizations. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: Primarily fieldwork, which includes exposure to inclement weather and difficult terrain, working with power equipment, tripping/falling, and other things consistent with working with tractors and other equipment in an outdoor setting – some work is performed in the office and shop setting. Must be able to safely drive a vehicle on primitive roads during all weather conditions, utilize 4x4 trucks and ATV’s - walk, lift, bend, and stoop on uneven terrain, while frequently carrying up to 40 pounds of tools and/or equipment. Schedule: Typically, Monday – Thursday - 6:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Oak Creek Wildlife Area from December 16th - March 15th is typically, Saturday – Sunday, un-scheduled, 24/7. At times work may be off-schedule due to seasonal demands, emergencies, and time critical assignments. Travel Requirements: Overnight travel is very seldomly required. Tools and Equipment: Standard field tools, such as shovels, fence post drivers, spray equipment, chain saws, other power tools, ATVs, tractors, mowers, skid steers, backhoes, dozers, large trucks, attachments, agency vehicle, GPS, smart phones, digital cameras, and standard office equipment. Customer Interactions: Communicate with public during field work, via e-mail and telephone, and at public meetings.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Three (3) years of experience as a Natural Resource Worker 1 or related professional equivalent experience, including working on a farm/ranch, conducting agricultural enhancement/farming practices, operating heavy equipment, conducting wildlife habitat enhancement practices. Please Note: College education in the field of fish, wildlife, habitat management, agriculture, forestry, or other natural resource related field, may substitute year-for-year for the required experience. Certifications/Licenses: Valid Driver’s License. Washington State Public Operators State Pesticide License must be obtained within six (6) months of employment. ATV Certification (training provided). First Aid (training provided by WDFW). PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Commercial Driver’s License CDL. Firefighter Type 2. Job Knowledge: Wildlife agricultural enhancement programs/farming practices. Wildlife habitat enhancement and restoration. Heavy equipment operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting. Small engine tools such as pumps, chainsaws, brush cutters. Operating small hand and power tools (drills, hammer, etc.). Basics of carpentry, mechanical and facility repair. Small and large equipment troubleshooting, repair, and maintenance. Welding and fabrication. Computer software - Microsoft Office, GIS, and GPS. 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 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. Yes Vets Image - Say Yes to those who served. 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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