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Salary: $4,188.00 – $6,534.00 Monthly
Job Number: 2020-05636
Closing: 8/23/2020 11:59 PM Pacific


Olympia, WA

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.  WDFW employees protect and restore critical habitat, strive to facilitate species recovery when necessary, and manage hundreds of fish and wildlife species.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife’s priority during the Covid-19 health crisis is to keep our staff, candidates, and the public safe.  We are hiring and encourage you to apply to open positions.  Many of our staff are currently working from home; we have transitioned to a virtual recruitment process, to include web-based interviews.


Dive into field work all summer, getting your boots dirty and your hands wet while relocating fish.  Enjoy the fall and winter from the comfort of your desk, a best of both worlds! 

Come join a close-knit, collaborative team that values diversity and each member for their strengths and works together to solve challenges and issues with consistent results!

The Capitol Asset Management Program within the Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking to fill a permanent Environmental Planner 3 position to serve as an advocate for WDFW projects.

The Environmental Planner 3 manages the permitting and compliance of construction projects funded by the Capital Budget and other funding sources, supporting WDFW activities statewide in all counties based on budget allocations.

We are seeking applicants with strong communication, organizational, time management, and decision-making skills.

Strong candidates have creative and innovative thinking skills, emotional intelligence, and enthusiasm.

Our ideal candidate would have a strong technical background in wetland science and management.



  • Determine permit requirements for CAMP projects and seek peer review.
  • Follow allocated scheduling of supervisor for project goals.
  • Prepare and submit permit application packages.
  • Prepare supporting permit documents and secure final permits in a timely manner.
  • Review projects for environmental and ESA impacts.
  • Provide project manager with options to meet environmental requirements.
  • Write Biological Assessments and Evaluations, Critical Areas Reports, Habitat Management Plans, Wetland reviews/reports, and other biological documents required for permitting and seek peer review.
  • Contact federal, state, and local regulatory agencies to determine permitting requirements.
  • Communicate project needs to regulators and regulator’s requirements to project managers.
  • Coordinate with project manager, reviewing project design, determining mitigation needs and designing mitigation needs.
  • Review research, contact technical experts, perform site visits, analyze data and write reports.
  • Coordinate with project managers, federal, state, and local officials.
  • Maintain knowledge of current environmental regulations and shoreline plans.
  • Oversee, facilitate, and ensure compliance with environmental elements of project implementation including permit requirements, species evaluations and BMP usage.


Work Setting, including hazards:

  • Typically performed in an office setting, at times on construction sites and at Hatcheries/Wildlife Areas.  Teleworking options are available.
  • Walking on uneven, slippery and muddy terrain including steep slopes and working in inclement weather conditions.
  • Must be able to climb ladders, work from boats and elevated locations.

In-Training Plan:

  • The Environmental Planner 3 (EP3) is designated as an in-training position. Depending on qualifications, the selected candidate may be appointed at the Environmental Planner 2 (EP2) level, or directly at the Environmental Planner 3 (EP3) level.
    • At the Environmental Planner 2 (In-Training) – Pay Range: 52
      • $4,188.00 – $5,494.00
    • At the Environmental Planner 3 (Goal Class) – Pay Range: 59
      • $4,974.00 – $6,534.00


  • 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Monday through Friday.  However, a varied schedule may be required, including working Saturday and Sunday.

Travel Requirements:

  • Travel will be required throughout the state for trainings, meetings, conferences, fieldwork and site visits.  Agency vehicles are provided and per diem is earned.

Interesting aspects of the position:

  • The ever-changing and ever-evolving nature of this position requires analyzing complex deviations on a regular basis.
  • Opportunity to work all over the state with regulators in federal, state, and local jurisdictions.
  • No day is ever the same, an established and knowledgeable team will help you navigate your schedule.


  • Job Knowledge:
    • Planning principles, techniques, current trends, environmental laws, policies, and programs concerning all phases of state resource development.
    • Methods and objectives of natural resource planning.
    • County planning regulations, shoreline master programs, restoration, and mitigation techniques.
    • Wetland delineations, stream hydraulics, land management/development, soil conservation, and contamination.
    • Fish and wildlife rules and regulations.
    • Principles of natural production.
    • Lake and stream management.
    • Principles and procedures of wildlife, fish, and habitat management.
    • Biological research, methods of biological data collection, interpretation, and presentation.
    • Research theory and techniques.
    • Population measurement techniques.


  • A Bachelor’s Degree in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science, or environmental science.
  • Three years of professional experience in fish management or fish research, wildlife management or wildlife research, habitat management or habitat research, natural resource planning, or equivalent field.  (A Master’s degree in the applicable science will substitute one year of the required experience.  A Ph.D. in the applicable science may be substituted for two years of the preferred experience).
  • Subject Matter Expert in wetland science and management including ecology, delineation and rating, regulation, mitigation, enhancement and restoration.


  • Valid Driver’s License

Supplemental InformationPlease note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification.

In order to successfully 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

Important Note:

Pursuant to the Governor’s Directive, 20-08, this position will be subject to one furlough day per month beginning August 1, 2020, through November 30, 2020.


Learn about our agency and the perks of working for WDFW!

The Washington 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. We value demonstrated skill in living WDFW values of professionalism, accountability, empathy, integrity, service, and respect.

WDFW employees may be eligible for the following:

Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS),  Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver,  Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth.


This position is in the bargaining unit represented by the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Professionals and is subject to the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Professionals.


To take advantage of veteran preference, please do the following:

  • Email a copy of your DD214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22 or USDVA signed verification of service letter to
  • Subject line should include recruitment number, position and Vet (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – Veteran)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in


To take advantage of military spouse preference, please do the following:

  • Notify us of your military spouse status by email at 
  • Subject line should include recruitment number, position and MS (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – MS)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in
As part of WDFW’s efforts to advance respectful and inclusive work environments, the Agency expects inclusivity as part of our professional interactions and communications.  Therefore; we want to ensure that all individuals feel welcome, are treated fairly and respectfully.  All staff are empowered to fully contribute to serving their work unit, Agency, and the citizens of Washington.

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.