Chief Scientist-Wildlife -WMS-3-*00654: Washington

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
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Full time Positions
$90,000.00 - $106,608.00 Annually
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ription Chief Scientist-Wildlife -WMS-3-*00654 description image FULL-TIME PERMANENT-CHIEF SCIENTIST-WMS-3 Olympia, Washington Please Note: First application review will be February 22,2021. Screening of application materials will be on-going. It is in the applicants' best interest to submit their application materials as early as possible. The hiring manager reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time. This job posting may be closed at any time without notice. In this role you are one of three Chief Scientists. Being a Chief Scientist means that you provide leadership to the science side of our “house”. We are a science based agency, therefore we need top notch scientists who can deliver policy relevant science to support sound decision making. It is not just about experience with data/analysis, it is about a way of thinking that is inter-discipline and synthetic. Chief Scientist-Wildlife -WMS-3-*00654 description imageBanding Savannah Sparrow- Credit-WDFW Staff The Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill the Science Division Manager-Chief Scientist position located in the Wildlife Program. The position is located in the Natural Resources Building, Olympia, Washington, but is currently working remotely from home. This position reports to the Wildlife Program, Program Director. WDFW seeks an innovative and collaborative science leader to help WDFW navigate the interface between natural and social sciences in a state experiencing rapid human population growth and changes in human demography impacting natural resources. The Chief Scientist provides broad oversight and direction for wildlife science at WDFW. This position serves at the interface of science and policy to ensure relevant science is delivered with the highest standards of professionalism. Over the coming two years, this position will collaborate on the development of a statewide science/policy interface to deliver a prioritized suite of science questions and proposed studies to inform the most pressing wildlife issues. This position requires a strong science communicator with the ability to translate technical information to policy makers and the public. This position is one of three Chief Scientists who collaborate on cross discipline questions at the Agency, and as Science Division manager in the Wildlife Program supervises staff in the following major areas: Wildlife Research Wildlife Geographic Information Systems Wildlife Health Services Wildlife Statistics and Survey Design Wildlife Species Data Management Duties Chief Scientist-Wildlife -WMS-3-*00654 description imagePacific White Sided Dolphins-WA Coast- Credit-WDFW Staff The Chief Scientist has delegated authority for the following division responsibilities: With that in mind, You will lead, supervise, organize, and evaluate the effectiveness of the science program (approximately 30 FTEs) in implementing agency, program, and division roles and responsibilities. And manage the division budget of approximately $8M per biennium (includes state and federal funds, local and interagency agreements). Picture yourself, Collaborating with Wildlife Program (Divisions and Regions) to develop and promote the Wildlife Program’s long-term goals for wildlife research/monitoring, data management, and technology. Collaborating on pressing interdisciplinary science questions with Habitat and Fish Science colleagues. This is an opportunity Represent the Director, Program Director and agency or supervise staff that represents the Director on state and national boards associated with natural resource policy. With your experience, Initiate and collaborate with IT on cutting edge solutions to increase operational efficiency and take advantage of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence. Lead research projects with internal and external team of scientists. Author and support the authorship of others in peer reviewed literature. Evaluate and communicate science in support of agency management recommendations and decisions that are presented to the public, the Wildlife Commission, the state legislature, and others. WORKING CONDITIONS: The position is located in the Natural Resources Building in Olympia. Work is performed almost exclusively in an office environment. The working environment is fast paced with changing priorities and conflicting deadlines. The position is overtime exempt. Incumbent is expected to schedule their time within a typical 40-hour work week; typical work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. However, the incumbent is expected to adjust schedule and work additional hours or weekends as needed to meet business demands and deadlines. Some occasional travel in- and out-of-state may be required. Chief Scientist-Wildlife -WMS-3-*00654 description image Juvenile Grey Squirrel-Credit-WDFW Staff Supplemental Information SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Please 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. (Please make it succinct), unless you are providing a complete online profile that includes education and employment history 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. IMPORTANT NOTE: 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. JOIN THE WDFW TEAM: 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. VETERAN PREFERENCE NOTICE: 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 MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE NOTICE: 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. *This recruitment is considered essential because it maintains animal husbandry, hatchery operations for fish/animal welfare and associated testing/vet response etc., Critical information internal/external necessary to performing essential functions, Activities to address wildlife conflict, depredation, and public safety Follow us on social media: LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram
Qualifications REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s Degree in a wildlife ecology, ecology, population ecology, natural resource management, conservation biology, or closely related field AND, Five years of professional experience conducting applied ecological (or similar field) research and statistical analysis. Must have a general understanding of natural resource data management systems including relational databases, data analysis using GIS, and statistical software, and programming languages. Demonstrated ability to synthesize complex scientific information and success in publishing findings in peer reviewed literature. Strong experience and demonstrated ability to work in collaborative partnership with researchers at Universities and state and federal partner agencies. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in wildlife ecology or related field (see Qualifications above). Demonstrated leadership in chosen field of inquiry and the ability to mentor others to ensure high quality science products. Experience developing and managing complex budgets and contracts. Experience managing multiple, large, complex projects. Experience managing teams of scientists. Experience planning, organizing, supervising, and prioritizing multiple work units within the division. Experience in strategic planning. Experience working at the science-policy interface. Experience with effective science communication in both verbal and written form. Experience working in cross-disciplinary teams. Experience in working with the human dimension side of wildlife management. The ability to model and promote behavior that illustrates the value of a diverse, respectful, and inclusive workforce. The ability to convey clear, timely, persuasive verbal and written messages that positively influence the thoughts and actions of others. Demonstrated ability to live WDFW values: accountability, service, professionalism, integrity, respect, and empathy
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