Assistant Regional Habitat Program Manager – Environmental Planner 4 – Perm – *05729-22: Olympia, Washington

Department of Fish & Wildlife
Olympia, Washington
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Full time Positions
$68,076.00 - $89,292.00 Annually
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FULL-TIME/PERMANENT ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNER 4 ASSISTANT REGIONAL HABITAT PROGRAM MANAGER (ARHPM) WDFW Habitat Program Olympia, Washington As a senior planner, this position serves as the Program’s District liaisons to, and is responsible for coordination with, federal, state, local and tribal entities during development and implementation of policies or initiatives. This position is responsible for internal coordination with senior management and district teams to develop both short and long term strategies for implementation of these policies and initiatives within the District. This position serves as a key role in Program level strategic planning and regional-district tactical implementation of agency/program policies or initiatives. Strategic planning on the District level is conducted with consultation and direction from the RHPM and in coordination with other members of the District Team. With that in mind, Picture yourself assisting Senior and Executive Management in identifying those new policies, new direction of existing policies, and significant initiatives. With your experience, you will communicate and/or present strategic analysis information to the Regional Habitat Program Manager (RHPM) for coordination with Senior Management or Executive Management, and assist in development of strategic and tactical steps to accomplish agency and partner goals that are consistent with the Agency mission. The optimal applicant possesses knowledge of ecological processes pertinent to the Northwest. You thrive on building collaboration and teamwork, providing mentorship to staff to promote and support professional development. You are excited to identify key entities within the District, and take steps to build and maintain relationships. DUTIES Our Assistant Regional Habitat Program Manager, Works within the Mid-Management Team (MMT) or other identified entity to develop and maintain a consistent state-wide approach to new policies, new direction on existing policies, and significant initiatives. Serves as Liaison and Policy Lead within the District(s) for projects/issues/processes that are impacted by new or redirected policies or significant initiatives. As District Policy lead, conducts strategic analyses concerning agency or externally developed policies, redirected policies, or significant initiatives. Works with the RHPM, District Team, and supervised staff to implement strategic direction by identifying specific actions and using a continuous strategic approach. As District Liaison, assists the RHPM to actively engage local, state, or federal agencies and other external entities important to the success of the identified strategic direction. As District Liaison, assists the RHPM in engaging Tribal governments. Provides guidance, direction, and information to staff regarding Program/Agency policies, procedures, and directions in a clear and timely manner. Works with staff to develop strategic approach to accomplish goals, addressing issues ,and successfully implementing assignments. Hydraulic Project Approval Permitting: Directs, guides, and provides information to staff for successful implementation of the Hydraulic Code. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: Work is performed in an office and outdoor environment. Office work includes reading, writing, phone, and computer use. Must have the ability to operate a vehicle and hold a valid driver’s license. Fieldwork also requires knowledge of the operation of a GPS, clinometer, and digital camera. Knowledge of electroshocking equipment and procedures may be required. Physical, environmental, or mental demands of key work: Must be able to drive a vehicle to conduct field review of project sites. Physical capacity to work in remote forested and aquatic environments, conducting fish surveys and other related tasks. These activities can consist of 8- to 10-hour days, for several days in a row. Capable of walking over rough terrain for short distances (? 1 mile) regularly or occasionally over long distances (several miles). Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8 AM – 5 PM. These hours are flexible to accommodate seasonal workload or additional duties as assigned by the regional program manager. Travel Requirements: In the field 25% doing ride-along’s, field work, or traveling to meetings throughout the state. Periods of overnight travel may be required, and work hours may exceed the standard 8am to 5pm work-day. Tools and Equipment: Electroshocking equipment, boots, GPS, clinometer, digital camera, state-assigned work vehicle. Customer Interactions: Agency staff, other government agencies, tribal, private stakeholders, and general public.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Closely related qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-by-year basis. A Bachelor's degree in one of the following: Fisheries. Wildlife management. Natural resource science. Environmental science. AND Five (5) years of professional experience in one or more of the following: Fish management or fish research. Wildlife management or wildlife research. Habitat management or habitat research. Please note: A Master’s degree in the applicable science will substitute for two years of the required experience. A Ph.D. in the applicable science will substitute for three years of the required experience. License: Valid driver’s license. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated ability to: Teach. Build rapport and partner with the public, tribes, and local, state, and federal agencies. Be organized and time management skills to effectively prioritize workload and maximize efficiency. Work within the regulatory environment including reviewing, issuing, monitoring, or complying with federal, state, or local environmental permits. Knowledge/Familiarity with: Ecological processes pertinent to the Northwest. ArcGIS and general familiarity with Priority Habitats and Species (PHS) mapping. Various regulatory processes, including the Hydraulic Code, Growth Management Act (GMA), State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), and Shoreline Management Act (SMA). CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: As a result of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 issued on August 9, 2021, all Washington State Agencies are requiring employees to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of your employment. Pursuant to this mandate, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination as a part of the hiring process. Please do not upload your vaccination documentation with your application materials - your vaccination status will be verified by your supervisor prior to your first day of work. Exemptions may be granted for religious or medical purposes. A list of acceptable documents to provide verification can be reviewed here: Vaccination acceptable documents link
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