$2,480.00 – $3,203.00 Monthly
Okanogan County – Okanogan, WA
Job Type
Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Job Number
2/4/2018 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

(Career Seasonal)
The Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill one (1) full-time, career seasonal, Natural Resource Technician 2 position located in the Wildlife Program.  The duty station for this position is the Scotch Creek Wildlife Area, 1514 Conconully Road, Okanogan, WA  98840, Okanogan County with work performed primarily to support the wildlife area management plan. Employment period is March thru November, annually.

Under direction of the Wildlife Area Manager, the incumbent carries out tasks and duties identified in the wildlife area plan that supports the mission and goals of WDFW within the constraints of policy and applicable legal requirements by implementing wildlife area management activities.

The incumbent implements projects to maintain or improve habitats, species, and recreation on the Scotch Creek Wildlife Area, in addition to maintaining equipment/facilities necessary for completing planned activities.  The incumbent, at times, will lead other professional, skilled technicians and supervise seasonal crews. The incumbent will support the Wildlife Area Manager in prioritizing and implementing wetland and upland habitat management on the wildlife area.

  • Establish/maintain fish/wildlife/habitat restoration project improvements.
  • Maintain existing recreational developments.
  • Operate/maintain a variety of equipment and vehicles to accomplish work activities.
  • Load, haul, and operate heavy equipment and/or farm machinery.
  • Utilize farming practices to manipulate and improve native habitat.
  • Control noxious weed infestations by chemical, mechanical, and biological prescription.
  • Stock and deer fence maintenance.
  • Assists in gathering detailed resource inventory data on plant communities;
  • Assesses forage production capabilities of native habitats.
Graduation from high school or GED, including 1 year of high school science.
Desire: An Associate Degree in agriculture, or a closely related natural resource field. 3 years of experience as a Natural Resource Technician 1.

  • Knowledge and experience with farming practices;
  • Knowledge of wetland management practices for eastern Washington;
  • Knowledge of fire management practices;
  • Proficient at using GPS equipment to determine project area;
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team on assigned tasks;
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office software programs including Word and Excel;
  • Working knowledge of weed management techniques;
  • Working knowledge of heavy equipment and farm implements;
  • Experience working with volunteers and elementary school science classes;
  • Working knowledge of welding and metalwork;
  • Experience conducting prescribed burning operations;
  • Knowledge of vehicle maintenance and repairs.

*Experience is based on full time equivalency (i.e., 40 or more hours/week). Part time work is prorated (e.g., 20 hours/week for 6 years = 3 years of experience). Do not count experience that was a part of your educational requirements.

A valid Washington or other State Driver’s License
First Aid (training provided)
ATV certification (training provided)
Washington State Pesticide Applicator License, training will be provided upon employment.

Behavioral competencies:

  • Creative and innovative thinking.
  • Communication effectiveness.
  • Organizational and political awareness.
  • Adaptability and flexibility.
  • Accountability.
  • Leadership.
  • Ethics and integrity.
Supplemental Information
Working Conditions
This position is a combination of field and office work. The incumbent must be willing to work alone in all weather conditions. The employee is expected to spend their time working in the field under sometimes-difficult conditions.  Weather conditions can vary from freezing to over 100 degrees F, and conditions can be dusty or muddy.  Other hazards include poisonous reptiles and biting insects.  Employees must be capable of lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds over uneven ground and terrain in hot or cold weather.

The position requires the ability to drive a vehicle on primitive roads during all weather conditions in 4 wheel drive trucks and ATV’s. The incumbent utilizes agency radio equipment and/or cell phone for communication in the field. Office duties require the use of standard office furniture and equipment (e.g. desks, files, cabinets, computers, telephones, fax machines, copy machines, etc.). Field duties require frequent use of heavy machinery and hand or power tools.  Field duties also require use of farm implements such as seed drill, disc, harrow, plows, PTO driven mowers. May also require use of bulldozers, mini-excavators, and 12-yard dump trucks.

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, ensure either completely filling out the Work Experience portion of the online application or provide/attach the following to your profile:

  • 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.
What best describes your level of education:

  • High School or GED
  • Attending College
  • Associates degree
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • None of the above
*If you have a college degree what is your major area of study? If multiple degrees, please list each degree and major.
Do you have a high school diploma or GED? (Y/N)

  • Yes
  • No
Do you have one-year experience as a Natural Resource Worker 1 or 2? (Y/N)

  • 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? (Y/N)

  • Yes
  • No
Are you willing and able to work hours outside of the regular 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday schedule? (Y/N)

  • Yes
  • No
What best describes your experience performing natural resource related labor activities? Experience is based on full time equivalency (i.e., 40 or more hours/week). Part time work is prorated (e.g., 20 hours/week for 6 years = 3 years of experience)

  • I have less than 3 months of experience
  • I have 3 to 6 months of experience
  • I have 7 – 12 months of experience
  • I have 13 – 24 months of experience
  • I have 24 or more months of experience
  • I do not possess this type of experience
Please describe your qualifications and experience controlling noxious weeds
Please describe your experience developing and implementing upland habitat projects.
Please describe your experience operating heavy machinery and farming equipment.
Please describe your experience or knowledge of vehicle maintenance and repairs.
Are you willing and able to work in all weather conditions and sometimes over difficult terrain and surfaces up to 80% of the time? (Y/N)

  • Yes
  • No
Are you willing and able to perform work requiring you to lift up to 50 pounds? (Y/N)

  • 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) Detailed responses to all supplemental questions. 3) Three professional references.

  • Yes
  • No

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