Job Title: Fish & Wildlife Sergeant
Opening Date/Time: Tue. 08/01/17 12:00 AM Pacific Time
Closing Date/Time: Tue. 08/08/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $5,493.00 – $7,209.00 Monthly
Job Type: Agency Internal – Permanent
Location: Multiple Locations Statewide, Washington
Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife




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 protecting native fish and wildlife, and providing sustainable fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities for millions of residents and visitors. Working throughout the state, WDFW’s employees–field biologists, enforcement officers, land stewards, lab technicians, customer service representatives and others–manage hundreds of fish and wildlife species, maintain nearly a million acres of public wildlife lands, provide opportunities for recreational and commercial fishing, wildlife viewing and hunting, protect and restore habitat and enforce laws that protect fish and wildlife resources.

The mission of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Enforcement program is: “To protect our natural resources and the public we serve.”

This recruitment is open on a promotional basis only to permanent employees of the Department of Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement Program.  Any permanent Fish & Wildlife Officer who would meet the minimum qualifications during this application cycle may apply. However, applicants will not be eligible for open Sergeant positions until they meet the minimum qualifications.

The Sergeant locations will be Detachments 9, 12 and 17.

Sergeants manage all enforcement activities within a detachment. Detachments, in general, consist of 4-7 officers. Each officer may also be assigned or volunteer for specialty positions, instructor positions or leadership positions such as Field Training Officer. For each officer within the detachment, the Sergeant helps to develop his/her individual work plan, monitors his/her activity, evaluates his/her performance, provides career and performance counseling, and recommends corrective disciplinary action as necessary.

Sergeants coordinate with their supervisor to develop detachment work plans, and they conduct detachment meetings to prepare work assignments and ensure coverage in the detachment’s geographical area. They provide regular reports to their supervisor on important issues and accomplishments. They organize training for their officers, and they implement region-wide mandatory training.

Sergeants serve as the primary point of contact for local tribal law enforcement in their geographic area of responsibility. They are responsible for training and implementing response protocols for trial enforcement interactions.

Sergeants perform patrols, issue citations and infractions, carry out investigations, take part in emphasis patrols, collect evidence, write reports, create and execute search warrants, testify in criminal court and at administrative hearings, and collaborate with local, county, state, and federal enforcement agencies in areas of joint jurisdiction or for special cases.

Sergeants work closely with the Fish and Wildlife Program staff and review statewide resource-management recommendations, and they respond to regional and statewide requests for information and project assistance. They also initiate or participate in public outreach and education activities.

Sergeants are responsible for the first line supervision of all Fish and Wildlife Officers within the detachment and among other law enforcement responsibilities are accountable for the successful enforcement of all Washington State laws, all rules and regulations of the Fish and Wildlife Commission within an assigned geographic area of responsibilities. They may have other unique skills, knowledge, and abilities that are pertinent to the unique characteristics and operational needs of their assigned detachment.

Minimum Qualifications to apply for F&W Sergeant register:

  1. Five (5) years of full-time law enforcement experience and status as a Fish & Wildlife Officer 2.
 Supplemental Information:
To apply for this position you MUST complete your profile at

  • You must submit the answers to the supplemental questions as an attachment to this application. The answer to each question should be no more than two (2) pages in length.

Please note:  Failure to follow the above application instructions will result in disqualification.  E-mailed documents will not be accepted 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  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. All information will be verified and documentation may be required.

A panel interview is scheduled to be conducted August 14-15, 2017..

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.