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Fish and Wildlife Biologist 3

State of Washington
Olympia, WA
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May 15, 2022

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Fish and Wildlife Biologist 3Recruitment #2022-5-A126Full-time, Permanent, Represented position.Location: The duty station is flexible. This is a Statewide position; the duty station will depend upon the Region of residence for the successful candidate. POSITION UPDATED! Want to join something GREAT and make a difference?The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has an exciting opportunity within our Forest Regulation Division. Are you someone who loves the outdoors, and is passionate about being a wildlife biologist working for Washington State? If you love working in the outdoors, appreciate a remote natural environment, enjoy providing assistance to the public, and have good practical wildlife biology skills with a proven ability for working as part of a team, then this is the job for you.

Responsibilities: The primary duties of the position are to provide guidance to Small Forest Landowner Office (SFLO) staff and small forest landowners related to the effects of forestland management activities on fish and wildlife, and fish and wildlife habitats.Using professional judgment, knowledge, and expertise, this position provides guidance and technical assistance to help small forest landowners prepare to conduct forest practice activities on their forestland. This position will help them understand and apply the Forest Practices riparian rules and assist with the preparation of Forest Practices Applications (FPAs). This includes those with landowner alternate plans, long-term applications, alternate plan templates, and other forest practice related issues.Assist small forest landowners with water typing of their streams and wetland delineation and determining RMZ width associated with a Forest Practices Application.Tasks include: Assist small forest landowners with water typing of their streams and wetland delineation and determining RMZ width associated with a Forest Practices Application.Tasks include: This position is an expert for the small forest landowners regarding stream typing and wetlands identification. Provides onsite expertise to SFLO staff and landowners when determining stream typing and wetland delineation.Assist in the determination of stream width and identification of bankfull width and the end of fish habitat.Determine the site class for the riparian management zone.Assist in the small forest landowner riparian management zone harvest options.Participate in discussions of small forest landowner Forest Practices Applications with other agency and non-agency personnel, including Regulation Assistance Foresters, Forest Practices Foresters, engineers, interested stakeholders, and other biologists.Conduct permitted electro-fishing, when appropriate to determine fish presence.Tasks include: Obtain electro-fishing Scientific Collection Permit from WDFW, NOAA/NMES, and USFWS. Obtain a federal permit for electrofishing in waters containing bull trout.Determine when/where electro-fishing is appropriate.Complete Water Type Modification Forms after on-site habitat assessments.Tasks include: Based on habitat assessments, determines if the recommendations for habitat change between fish waters (F and S Waters) and non-fish use waters (Np and NS Waters) are accurate;Conduct habitat assessments for unmapped waters.Conduct stream surveys and fish barrier assessments.Tasks include: Use visual methods to survey streams such as walking the stream bank and visually observing fish, snorkeling, feeding, and hook and line sampling to show presence at a particular site along a stream segment.Perform level A or level B fish barrier assessments according to WDFW's Fish Passage Inventory, Assessment, and Prioritization Manual.Other duties as assignedTasks may include: Review scientific papers and reports, attends scientific conferences, and serves on scientific working groups to maintain technical proficiency.The position will fill in for staff assigned to fires, as needed. Ensure that there is adequate staffing in the workgroup when staff are dispatched to fires. Attend SFLO, and division meetings and other formal training sessions on a periodic basis.Deliver professionally designed presentations and instruct classes to the public, small forest landowners, industry professionals, NGOs and cooperating agencies regarding forest practices rules, technical forestry, landowner assistance programs and forestry related technology.

Required Qualifications: A Bachelor's degree in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science, or environmental science AND Two years of professional experience in fish management or fish research, wildlife management or wildlife research, or habitat management or habitat research. Twelve semesters or eighteen-quarter hours of Ichthyology course work is required.ORA Master's degree in the applicable science will substitute one year of the required experience.ORA Ph.D. in the applicable science may be substituted for two years of the required experience.Working knowledge of riparian and/or wetland management areas for wildlife habitat.Demonstrated successful professional experience in fisheries biology/applied fisheries management and electrofishing techniques.Experience in wetland plant and soils identification and wetland delineation.Excellent oral and written communication skills, including teaching or public presentation experience.Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and effectively with other agencies and organizations.Knowledge of and ability to use GIS technologies, including preparing, viewing, and printing maps.Demonstrated ability to work independently with little supervision.Maintain electrofishing permits from WDFW, NOAA/NMES, and USFWS, or acquire permits within first 6 months of employment.Ability to lift/carry up to 40 lbs. when electrofishing.A valid driver's license and have two years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function. Finalists and/or interview candidates will be asked to provide a driving record from all states in which they have held a license during the past three years.DNR Core Competencies: Personal Accountability Value Others Compassionate Communication Inspire Others Commitment to Excellence Ability to walk over steep, uneven terrain under a variety of weather conditions year-round is required. Field work: Walking on uneven ground and in stream work, driving on paved and unimproved gravel roads.Frequent travel over a multi-county area is required, including occasional overnight travel. The ability to drive significant distances in a variety of weather conditions, year-round, is requiredEmployees of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. This position is based in an office/fieldwork setting and requires in-person attendance/interactions with no option for full-time telework. Please note that any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing verification of your vaccine status. No start date will be approved until you verify your status.Desired Qualifications: Demonstrated successful experience providing technical assistance and educational programs to small forest landowners.Previous experience working with small forest landowners.Working knowledge of WA Forest Practices Rules.College course or six (6) months experience in both cartography using ARC/INFO or ARG/GIS and in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

About the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). At DNR we approach our work through the lens of making Washington a better place environmentally and are dedicated to serving Washington's lands and communities through diversity, equity and inclusion. With nearly 1,500 employees in locations throughout Washington, we manage and protect more than 5 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands.Our Vision - Our actions ensure a future where Washington's lands, waters, and communities thrive.Our Mission - Manage, sustain, and protect the health and productivity of Washington's lands and waters to meet the needs of present and future generations.Our Core Values: Safety and Well-Being -Our top priority is the safety of the public and our employees.Public Service -We value and respect the public we serve, and we value and respect the people of the Department of Natural Resources who step up to serve.Innovation and Creative Problem-Solving - We solve our state's most pressing challenges through innovative thinking, dedication, and bold and creative vision.Leadership and Teamwork -We are committed to building leaders at all levels and building teams for success.DNR provides excellent benefits, a few of those include: Commitment to organizational health and wellnessWork/life balanceDNR Employee Resource Groups (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, Women's Employee Resource Group, Veterans Employee Resource Group, etc.)Statewide Employee Business Resource Groups, visit here to learn more Leadership that empowers and supports employeesProfessional development opportunitiesEducational and career development aidPublic Service Loan Forgiveness EligibilityOpportunities to participate in wildland fire suppression assignmentsA comprehensive benefit package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave and vacation days. Visit for more information.Application Requirements: To be considered you must apply online at (Click on the APPLY button above). You must complete the entire online application to be considered for the position. Attach a letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile and the position required, desired and special requirements. Attach a resume describing your experience and qualifications.Provide three to five professional references - you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include with resume.Attach a copy of your college degree certificate or an unofficial copy of your transcripts.Complete all supplemental questions. Additional Information: This recruitment may be extended and may also be used to fill future similar vacancies for up to sixty (60) days. Veterans wishing to claim Veteran's preference please attach a copy of your DD-214, NGB-22 or other verification of military service. Please black out your social security number prior to attaching. We thank you and are grateful for your service!The Department of Natural Resources 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, veterans, military spouses or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation during the screening process or this announcement in an alternative format may contact DNR Recruiting staff at (360) 522-2500 or (360) 522-0143 or by email at Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) at 1-800-833-6388 or Check us out on: DNR's website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | WordPress Questions? Please contact Todd Olson at, 360-742-6825 or e-mail us at DNRrecruiting@dnr.wa.govOnce you submit your online application, you can check your status by logging into your account. If you experience technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application call NEOGOV toll-free at (855)524-5627 or email
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