FARMER 1 *07755W


FARMER 1 *07755W

$2,130.00 – $2,718.00 Monthly
Lewis County – Centralia, WA
Job Type
Full Time – Non-Permanent
Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Job Number
9/4/2017 11:59 PM Pacific
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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 preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable recreational and commercial opportunities dependent on viable fish and wildlife populations. Each day, WDFW employees facilitate fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities for millions of residents and visitors. WDFW’s employees–field and laboratory biologists, geneticists, research scientists, hatchery professionals, policy experts, fully commissioned law enforcement officers, land stewards, lab technicians, property acquisition specialists, customer service representatives and others work throughout the state. WDFW employees protect and restore critical habitat, strive to facilitate species recovery when necessary, and manage hundreds of fish and wildlife species. WDFW employees maintain nearly a million acres of public wildlife lands. They interpret, apply and enforce state and federal laws and collaborate with stakeholders to protect fish and wildlife resources. Find out more about us and the important work we are a part of at

Farmer 1
(Fulltime, Non-permanent)

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill one (1) full time, non-permanent, Farmer 1 position located in the Wildlife Program. The duty station for this position is located at the Bob Oke Game Farm, 3302 Mount Vista Rd. Centralia, WA. Lewis County. The employment period is four (4) months starting in September and ending late December 2017, possibly March 2018.

The purpose of this position is to assist the Farmer 6 Supervisor in the maintenance of WDFW’s Bob Oke game farm for outdoor hunting recreation through the propagation of ring-necked pheasants in Western Washington. The incumbents perform a variety of assignments in general farming work which may include work on a farm, game farm, assisting in the care and management of livestock, operating a variety of light, medium, and heavy farm equipment.

This is an entry level position that performs unskilled farm labor under close supervision and specific assignments:

  • Maintain and make small pressure washer repairs, such as replacing broken or leaking hoses, replacing leaking gaskets, and changing spark plugs.
  • Maintains equipment and facilities. Operates, cleans, greases, oils, services, and makes repairs to tools and equipment.
  • Pressure wash and sanitize feeders and brood barns.
  • Collect and transport pheasants to flight pens, then to release areas throughout Western  and Eastern Washington.
  • Fills feed buckets and loads them on a tractor; drives the tractor to the fields to distribute feed.
  • Using a pressure washer washes and sanitizes feeders and brood barns.
  • Fence construction and removal, builds and maintains fences; grades and maintains roads; operates and maintains trucks, tractors, plows, disks and harrows;
  • Install/remove posts, stretch / or remove wire, build stretch points and patch broken wires.
  • Replace and mend netting.
  • Repair and/or replace gates.
  • Check and maintain boundary fences. Construct new fences as required. Remove old interior fences as time allows.
Required Qualifications:
Valid Washington State Driver’s License. Critical for transporting pheasants to release destinations.
Must be able to use an ATV and tractor, safely utilize hand and power tools.

Well qualified applicants will demonstrate competencies in the following areas:

  • Use sound judgment when completing assigned tasks;
  • Follow written and oral directions;
  • Ability to work independently and safely in remote locations.
  • Safely operate small and large equipment including trucks, tractors, mini-excavators, and ATV’s.
  • Respectful and tactful with/to coworkers and the public.
  • Safely operate hand and power tools and equipment.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with WDFW staff, other agencies, private landowners, and the general public;
  • Repair barbed wire fences and netting including gates, H-braces and rock jacks.
  • Use and maintain vehicles, equipment and tools including: hand tools, chainsaws, drills, welders, grinders, saws, pumps, sprayers, mowers, pickup trucks, pull and maneuver trailers, ATV’s, and heavy equipment.

Desired Qualifications:
One year experience on a tractor, All-terrain vehicle and full size pick-up trucks.
6 months experience of full time animal husbandry.
Some welding and minor repairs on farm machinery, hand tools, and other metal equipment.
Knowledge of: ferrous and non-ferrous metals under welding conditions; welding equipment; fluxes and hardening agents; fundamentals of heat treatment.

Supplemental Information
Working Conditions:

  • Work in all weather conditions and sometimes over difficult terrain and surfaces up to 90% of the time.
  • Walk, bend, and stoop, often on uneven terrain while at times carrying up to 30 pounds.
  • Load and transport equipment and gear.
  • Works alone in remote locations.
  • Works with live birds; repeatedly lifts and carries up to 30 pound buckets; operates vehicles, equipment and hand tools; walks, runs, bends, squats and reaches to gather birds and eggs, carry birds and feed buckets, and place bird pens on vehicles.
  • 8 Hour, 5 days a week. 2 days off and may vary during high work load periods. Work hours outside of the regular hours of 8:00 am–5:00 pm including weekends;
  • Travel between wildlife areas in both Eastern and Western Washington to complete job tasks. Travel may include daily round trips of up to 150 miles. Must travel up to 8 hours once a week during the months of September through November.

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Washington Association of Fish and Wildlife Professionals (WAFWP).  As a condition of employment you must either join the union and pay union dues, or pay the union a representational or other fee within 30 days of the date you are put into pay status.

How to Apply:
To 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 (please make it succinct)
  • Three professional references (personal references do not count as professional)

Please note:  Failure to follow the above application instructions will lead to disqualification. Please do not include any attachments other than the ones requested above. E-mailed documents will not be accepted after the closing of the recruitment or 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. A resume will not substitute for the “work experience” section of the application. The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the supplemental questions. Responses not supported in your application may disqualify you from consideration for employment in this position. All information will be verified and documentation may be required.

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.

More than Just a Paycheck!
Employee benefits are not just about the kind of services you get, they are also about how much you may have to pay out of pocket. Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.

We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career and that your priority is making sure that you and your family will maintain health and financial security. That’s why choice is a key component of our benefits package. We have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits that you can mix and match to meet your current and future needs.

Read about our benefits:
The following information describes typical benefits available for full-time employees who are expected to work more than six months. Actual benefits may vary by appointment type or be prorated for other than full-time work. Check with the agency human resource office for specific benefit information.
Insurance Benefits
Employees and families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance.  There are multiple medical plans with affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout the state.  Staff are eligible to enroll each year in a medical flexible spending account which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care expenses.  Employees are also covered by basic life and long term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional coverage amounts.  To view premium rates, coverage choice in your area and how to enroll, please visit the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) website.
Retirement and Deferred Compensation
State Employees are members of the Washington Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS).  New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs.  For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems‘ web site.
Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP).  This is a supplemental retirement savings program (similar to an IRA) that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options.
Vacation (Annual Leave)
You begin accruing vacation starting your first month of employment. Since we value your loyalty, the amount of vacation you can accrue increases the longer you work with us. Washington State supports members of the armed forces with 21 days paid military leave per year. Vacation accrues for full-time employees per WAC 357-31-165.


Full-time employees are entitled to eleven* paid holidays:

New Year’s Day
January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday
Third Monday in January
Presidents’ Day
Third Monday in February
Memorial Day
Last Monday in May
Independence Day
July 4
Labor Day
First Monday in September
Veterans’ Day
November 11
Thanksgiving Day
Fourth Thursday in November & Friday after
Christmas Day
December 25
Personal Holiday
Employee’s selection each calendar year

*Employees who are members of certain Unions are entitled to an additional personal leave day of their choice. Please refer to specific Collective Bargaining Agreements for more information.

Social Security
All state employees are covered by the federal Social Security and Medicare systems. The state and the employee pay an equal amount into the system.
Sick Leave
Full-time employees earn eight hours of sick leave per month. Paid sick leave may be used for reasons included in WAC 357-31-130.
Please visit the State HR Website for more detailed information.
Which of the following best describes your highest completed level of education:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Associate’s degree
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • None of the above
If you have a Bachelor’s degree or higher, which of the following was your major area of study? Natural Resources, Business Administration, Zoology, Communication, Animal Science, Wildlife, or None of the above.
Which of the following best describes your field experience in raising game birds or poultry?

  • I do not have that type of experience.
  • I have less than 3 months experience.
  • I have 3-12 months of experience.
  • I have 13-24 months of experience.
  • I have over 24 months of experience.
Do you have field experience welding and fabrication? (Answering no will not automatically bar you from employment consideration).

  • Yes
  • No
Are you willing and able to work in all weather conditions up to 90% of the time, including snow and extreme heat or cold, and over difficult terrain including slippery rocks, steep banks, and mud?

  • Yes
  • No
Are willing and able to work an 8 Hour, 5 days a week with 2 days off schedule? (Answering no will not automatically bar you from employment consideration)

  • Yes
  • No
Are you able to lift 30lbs repetitively?

  • Yes
  • No
Are you willing and able to work hours outside of the regular hours of 8:00 am–5:00 pm including weekends schedule? (Answering no will not automatically bar you from employment consideration)

  • Yes
  • No
Are you willing and able to walk, bend, squat, twist, stoop, and reach arms over head often on uneven terrain while at times carrying or operating heavy equipment or tools?

  • Yes
  • No
Are you willing to work alone in remote locations? (Answering no will not automatically bar you from employment consideration)

  • Yes
  • No
Please use the field below to list any animal husbandry experience obtained through education or field work. List the type, what animals and duties performed.
Please describe your experience maintaining service vehicles, small welding projects, fabrication, and small maintenance projects. List the type and how you obtained your experience.
Please describe your experience with general carpentry, electrical and plumbing. List the type and how you obtained your experience.
Do you currently own greater than 8 fowls of any kind or have frequent contacts with back yard flocks greater than 8 birds?

  • Yes
  • No
Do you possess a valid Washington State, or other state, driver’s license? (If selected for an interview, you may be asked to furnish your license and driving record.)

  • Yes
  • No
Please verify that you have included the following information in your online application: 1) A chronological resume OR a completed online profile that includes education and employment history 2) A detailed cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications for this position. 3) Detailed responses to all supplemental questions. 4) Three professional references.

  • Yes
  • No

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