Manager – South Coast Fishery Policy Lead *04885-18


Manager – South Coast Fishery Policy Lead *04885-18

$4,706.00 – $7,269.00 Monthly
Grays Harbor County – Montesano, WA
Job Type
Full Time – Permanent
Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
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Do the words self-motivated, strong leader and problem solver describe you? Are you a seasoned professional who is ready for your next challenge? If so, then this opportunity may be the one for you!  The Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking to find a Manager – South Coast Fishery Policy Lead to join our Fish Program Management Team.

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

Applications will be reviewed and interviews held as qualified applicants are identified, and the position may be filled and the recruitment closed. The first review will be May 29, 2018.  Therefore, you are encouraged to submit your application materials as soon as possible.


The Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill one full time, permanent, Manager – South Coast Fishery Policy Lead (WMS3) position. The position is located in the Fish Program and the duty station in located at the Southwest Washington Regional Headquarters Office at 48 Devonshire RD, Montesano Washington or the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St SE, Olympia, WA

The South Coast Fishery Policy Lead is the Fish Program policy lead for the Grays Harbor Basin Salmon Management Policy (C3621) and the Willapa Bay Salmon Management Policy (C3622) and is responsible for developing recommending policies revisions for Fish and Wildlife Commission (Commission) consideration. This position manages the commercial and recreational finfish fisheries in Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay consistent with the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), Washington State policies, Federal Court orders and comanagers agreements. This position facilitates cross program and cross regional communication to develop solutions to address Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay fisheries and management issues.

The South Coast Fishery Policy Lead the representative of the Department policies and positions in various decision-making forums, such as State/tribal negotiations for Grays Harbor and North of Falcon (NOF) meetings. The incumbent is expected to ensure that decisions and regulatory actions on fishery management are consistent with ESA, Washington State policies, Federal Court orders and comanagers agreements. The incumbent will coordinate activities and decisions with other agency programs within the Department including Enforcement. Habitat, Director’s Office and Regional operations. The incumbent is expected to interact directly with the Commission for development and implementation of policies concerning fish recovery and management of harvest in Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay.

The South Coast Fishery Policy Lead will develop and oversee the analysis and submission of technical information used in the annual fisheries season setting processes. The incumbent will develop permanent and emergency rules for commercial and recreational fisheries and work with tribal governments to develop rules that are consistent with Department rules and policies.
The South Coast Fishery Policy Lead is the department lead for Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay recreational and commercial fishery advisory groups. Provide written and oral responses to the Legislature, Governor’s office and stakeholders.

  • Reports to the Statewide Salmon and Steelhead Manager and is the Fish Program policy lead for commercial and recreational finfish fisheries In Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay.
  • Represents the department in fisheries negotiations with Tribal comanagers. This position is also the lead spokesperson regarding these fisheries with stakeholders and the public.
  • Serve as a key Policy representative in state-tribal negotiations during the North of Falcon and Pacific Fisheries Management Council salmon fishery season-setting process.
  • Provide information on the status of populations and fisheries in Southwest Washington for WDFW and other governmental planning and policy teams.
  • This is a critical position for meeting the Agency’s resource management mandates related to salmon and steelhead resources, the information needed to manage these species, and permits for fisheries targeting these species.  The position requires constant exercise of strategic planning and critical decision making with outcomes affecting information used to manage over five species and ten races of salmon.
  • The position provides and coordinates key information used to manage recreational and commercial fisheries which generate millions of dollars in economic activity in Washington State.  Carrying out the duties and responsibilities of this position is challenged by budget reductions, the ever-increasing demands of the public, expanding regulatory demands, ESA issues, and scrutiny by the public and legislature.  Incumbent is expected to stick a balance across these competing demands.

Working conditions
Generally 40 hours/wk, M-F from 8am-5pm.  Seasonal evening and weekend work may be needed. Work is typically conducted in an office or meeting group setting.  This position is expected to travel as part of and participate in the Pacific Fishery Management Council and associate North of Falcon salmon season setting process.  Travel to other fishery management meetings, conferences, and/or workshops are also expected periodically.  Extensive external communication and coordination with the public, Tribal Governments and Representatives, other state and Federal entities (NOAA/USFWS) is expected.

A Bachelor’s degree with major study in a natural science (Fish Science, Fish Management, Biology, etc.).  A minimum of five years of progressively higher responsible management experience in the area of natural resources.  Well-developed communication skills (written and verbal) are required.  An in-depth understanding of fish conservation and fisheries management principles, Endangered Species Act law, Tribal law, and administration skills.  This position also requires excellent leadership, interpersonal communication, and conflict resolution skills.

Preferred/Desired Education, Training, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated leadership, team-building, and supervisory skills;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently to proactively solve problems and make critical decisions in a fast-paced environment;
  • Advanced computer, data processing, and analytical skills, across multiple hardware and software environments;
  • Ability to produce and/or evaluate salmon and steelhead run size forecasts, run reconstructions, coded-wire tag analyses, escapement estimates, and exploitation rates relative to conservation objectives;
  • Knowledge of:  program management; budget development and management; natural resource management issues; methods of biological data collection, interpretation, and presentation; development of cooperative relationships internally and with other agencies; principles of negotiating; recreational and commercial salmon fisheries; and oral presentations skills to communicate effectively when presenting complex information to professional, technical, and public audiences.
  • Expertise in: Treaty Case Law in Washington State; salmon and steelhead life histories; fishery management principles; biometric/statistical analysis; negotiating and developing State-Tribal fishery agreements, Pacific Fishery Management Council activities and responsibilities, and Pacific Salmon Commission activities and responsibilities.

To be competitive for this position, an applicant should demonstrate the following competencies: 
Competencies – Strong skills sets in the following:

Leading People

Human Capital Management: Builds and manages a diverse, talented workforce based on organizational goals, budget considerations, and staffing needs. Ensures that employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded.
Performance Management: Gives clear direction, sets performance expectations, and holds staff accountable for accomplishing. Takes timely corrective action to improve staff performance issues. Writes effective performance evaluations.
Conflict Management: Encourages creative tension and differences of opinions. Anticipates and takes steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations. Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner.
Leverage Diversity: Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization.
Developing Others: Develops the ability of others to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and by providing opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods.
Team Building: Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust. Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals.

Results Driven

Accountability: Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.
Customer Service: Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers. Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement.
Decisiveness: Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data are limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.
Problem Solving: Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations.
Technical Credibility: Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise.

Leading Change

Creativity and Innovation: Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourage new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting edge programs and processes.
External Awareness: Understands and keeps up-to-date on local, national, and international policies and trends that affect the organization and shape stakeholders’ views; is aware of the organization’s impact on the external environment.
Flexibility: Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.
Resilience: Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.
Strategic Thinking: Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with long-term interests of the organization in a global environment. Capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks.
Vision: Takes a long-term view and builds a shared vision with others; acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Influences others to translate vision into action.

Supplemental Information
To apply for this position you MUST complete your profile at and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

  • A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (generic cover letter will not be accepted)
  • A current resume
  • Three professional references (personal references do not count as professional)

Please note:  Failure to follow the above application instructions will lead to 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.

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.

  • Associates degree
  • Bachelors degree
  • Master’s degree
  • Ph. D
  • None of the above.
What is your major area of study? If multiple degrees, please list each degree and major.
Do you have a valid Washington State, or other state, driver’s license? (If selected for an interview, you will be required 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.

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