$3,612.00 – $5,632.00 Monthly
Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type
Full Time – Permanent
Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Job Number
5/3/2018 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

Fish & Wildlife Biologist 3
(In Training)
The Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill one full time, permanent, Fish & Wildlife Biologist 3 (in-training) position located in the Habitat Program, Fish Passage Division, in the Inventory & Assessment Section. The duty station is Olympia, Washington, with travel Statewide. The position will be filled as a Fish & Wildlife Biologist 2 or 3 depending on experience and qualifications.  If hired as a Fish & Wildlife Biologist 2, the employee will be promoted to Fish & Wildlife Biologist 3 after successfully completing a 12-month training plan.  Note: If the employee completes all elements of the training steps in a shorter amount of time, we may waive the remainder of the time required at that training step.

The Fish and Wildlife Biologist 3 (In Training) is a senior level professional Biologist working under the general direction of a Fish and Wildlife Biologist 4. The incumbent is a program specialist working on fish passage projects that include planning, developing, and designing biological studies, projects, and resource assessments. The incumbent provides the analysis and interpretation of data and prepares final written reports that have a direct impact to the Fish Passage Division’s Inventory and Assessment Unit, largely funded by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

The anticipated start date is June 1, 2018.

This position conducts and evaluates detailed biological assessments on a variety of fish barriers and makes recommendations for high priority fish passage and screening projects. This position regularly prepares, assesses, and interprets resource information involving inter-program or external coordination.This position leads field data collection projects by coordinating with WDFW fish passage staff, the Science team, and regional biologists (Regions 3, 4 5, & 6), in addition to supporting Regions 1 and 2 when necessary.

This position is responsible for the supervision of a FW Biologist 1, five (5) permanent Scientific Technician 3s, and  two (2) to eight (8) nonpermanent Scientific Technician 3s (up to 14 direct reports). Other responsibilities include hiring (screening applicants, interviewing, selecting, training), field crew training on sampling protocols, development of data collection protocols, preparation for field data collection, fieldwork implementation and data collection, data management, data analysis and report preparation.This position independently plans, develops, designs, and implements small studies and projects as needed, including overseeing field data collection, summarizing study results, and preparing reports and final deliverables for contracts and project work.

This position coordinates with external entities, including state and local governments, to build and maintain partnerships that result in new and continued projects and funding sources.

The activities of this position support the goals and objectives of the Habitat Program Business Plan and the Agency Strategic Plan.

Principal activities include:

  • Plan, assign, and review the work of field staff, adjusting assignments and schedules to respond to fluctuating workloads
  • Supervise and mentor field staff to support an effective and motivated team
  • Train, set goals and objectives, and evaluate work performance of technicians
  • Monitor and inspect work in progress to ensure continuity and timely completion of work
  • Establish employee expectations and evaluate employee performance
  • Manage personnel issues relating to staff conflicts, performance issues, etc. in a positive manner for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit
  • Organize team meetings, communicate status of ongoing projects, coordinate work schedules with the team and maintain open communication
  • Purchase/acquire and maintain field gear, including vehicles.
  • Organize, analyze, and interpret data for the development of conclusions and recommendations for management, research, and mitigation needs
  • Create maps using GIS software
  • Review requests for field data collection and assign work to field staff
  • Respond to data requests
  • Communicate with landowners for site access
  • Write detailed biological assessments as they pertain to fish passage barriers
  • Create summary reports for project scientists and managers and make recommendations for program improvements and efficiencies
  • Review and edit reports created by others
  • Review inventory and biological data to ensure accuracy and completeness in fish passage database
  • Assist with the development of forms for mobile electronic data collection
  • Enter, download, organize, and maintain electronic data – includes data QA/QC
  • Summarize data in tabular form for analysis and development of maps and figures
  • Develop surveying protocols for field data collection, and assist with the development and design of fish passage studies
  • Conduct barrier assessments and stream surveys to collect physical measurements and evaluate man-made barriers and stream reaches
  • Conduct HPA monitoring field protocols
  • Independently evaluate complex site-specific fish passage conditions (biological and physical)
A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in biological, environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, engineering or allied fields, and three years of professional level experience in biology, environmental engineering, and/or project management.
A Master’s degree in one of the above fields will substitute for one year of the required experience.
A Ph.D. in the applicable science may be substituted for two years of the required experience.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:
Professional or scholarly experience conducting field research, preferably in the Pacific Northwest; knowledge of principles and procedures of research; familiarity with the use of GPS or other devices for collecting data in the field; experience with Microsoft Word and Excel and familiarity with Windows driven computer programs; ability to encourage and maintain team cohesiveness; ability to act safely and decisively in the field; ability to adapt to challenges in order to complete project objectives.

Ability to: think critically; collect, record, and compile data; perform work in a safe manner; work independently and as part of a team; accept supervision; follow prescribed protocols and procedures; follow oral and written direction; develop and maintain positive, productive, respectful working relationships with coworkers, collaborators, and local landowners; make independent judgments in the field; perform a variety of outdoor work in inclement weather; tolerate difficult and sometimes tedious work conditions; abide by all applicable agency policies.

Well-qualified applicants will demonstrate knowledge and competencies in the following areas:

  • Coordinate and lead technical staff, train & mentor others, also seek and act on opportunities to improve, streamline and re-invent work processes
  • Demonstrable leadership qualities
  • Communicate effectively and professionally, both verbally and in writing
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Fish passage requirements of salmonids
  • Habitat enhancement/restoration techniques for salmonids
  • Habitat requirements of salmonids
  • Fish passage & screening assessment protocols
  • Physical & biological data collection techniques in freshwater and tidal systems
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage multiple work assignments
  • Follow directions and work efficiently with minimal supervision
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office software, especially MS Word and Excel
  • Proficiency in the use of GIS
  • Ability to quickly switch tasks to meet new priority needs and then return to previous tasks in an efficient manner
  • Must be self-motivated, reliable, punctual, and demonstrate good scientific ethics and integrity. Must be able to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team. Must be able to complete all tasks to satisfaction and in a professional manner. Must be accessible, timely and responsive to internal and external entities’ requests.
Supplemental Information
Working Conditions
The work schedule will typically be Monday through Thursday, 40 hours per week, but applicants must be able and willing to work alternative work schedules including nights, weekends, and overnight stays.

The successful candidate must be willing and able to:

  • The position demands a mix of office and field work.
  • Safely work in all weather conditions including extreme heat or snow and sometimes over difficult terrain and surfaces up to 50% of the time.
  • This job is physically demanding and the incumbent must be able to work year round in varying weather conditions, hike streams and through rugged, steep terrain carrying moderately heavy loads.
  • Work schedule is typically 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM, Monday – Thursday, though may include some evening and weekend hours and travel on fairly short notice, with travel up to 50% of the time.
  • Transport equipment weighing up to 30 pounds over long distances and uneven terrain.
  • Travel by vehicle up to 200 miles per day to survey locations.
  • Safely operate motor vehicles.
  • Work both independently and in a team environment.
  • Communicate effectively with co-workers, other agency staff, and the public.
  • Must be able to work comfortably and safely along busy roadways.

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
If you do not fill out the application profile employment history section and provide references in the application profile, then please 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 ATTACH a cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (generic cover letter will not be accepted). Failure to attach a cover letter will eliminate you from continuing to compete for the position.

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 Diploma or GED
  • Associates degree
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Master’s degree
  • None of the above
What is your major area of study? If multiple degrees, please list each degree and major.
What best describes your field experience working specifically with collecting aquatic Habitat data? (This is the total amount of time spent participating in field study(ies) that specifically involved collecting aquatic Habitat data). 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 do not have this type of experience
  • I have less than 12 months of experience
  • I have 13 to 23 months of experience
  • I have 24 to 36 months of experience
  • I have 36 or more months of experience
What best describes your field experience working specifically with collecting fish passage data? (This is the total amount of time spent participating in field study(ies) that specifically involved collecting fish passage data for barrier assessments). 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 do not have this type of experience
  • I have less than 12 months of experience
  • I have 13 to 23 months of experience
  • I have 24 to 36 months of experience
  • I have 36 or more months of experience
Please briefly describe your supervisory experience and demonstrated ability to lead a data collection team. Include the type of project, what your responsibilities were in the study, the number of people directed, and whether you did any training of field staff.
Please briefly describe your work experience speaking to, informing and/or interacting with the public (including private landowners), government, tribes, and nongovernment agencies.
Please describe your experience using Microsoft Access and Microsoft Excel. Please include discussion of your experience writing and running queries, creating and running reports, filtering and sorting data, and generating pivot tables.
Please describe your experience using ArcGIS software. Please include discussion of your experience using GIS for spatial data analysis.
Do you have experience writing summaries and reports in which you reported on research methods (field and analytical) and results, and discussed the findings of those results? If yes, please provide complete examples of the type of research conducted and the year it was conducted.
Are you willing and able to work in all weather conditions including extreme heat, cold, and rain, and over difficult terrain and/or in streams up to 80% of the time?

  • Yes
  • No
Are you willing and able to work alternative work schedules, including nights and weekends?

  • Yes
  • No
Are you willing and able to travel up to 200 miles each day to survey locations?

  • Yes
  • No
Are you willing and able to travel up to 4 days per week with overnight stays?

  • 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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