Fish & Wildlife Biologist 2 – Fish Passage Inventory & Assessment – Permanent – *13856-21: Thurston County – Olympia, WA

Agency
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Location
Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
$47,844.00 - $62,748.00 Annually
Last Date to Apply
12/12/2021
Website
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/3320264/fish-wildlife-biologist-2-fish-passage-inventory-assessment-permanent
Description
FULL-TIME/PERMANENT FISH & WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST 2 (BIO2) FISH PASSAGE INVENTORY AND ASSESSMENT BIOLOGIST WDFW Habitat Program Olympia, Washington Do you enjoy conducting fish, wildlife, and habitat research studies? Do you want to make a positive impact on aquatic species and their natural ecosystems? If so, then apply to this Fish Passage Inventory and Assessment Biologist opening! As a Fish Passage Inventory and Assessment Biologist you’ll provide day to day support and technical assistance, complete presurvey preparatory efforts for priority survey work and carry-out individual tasks to crews associated with fish passage inventories, barrier assessments, and the prioritization of human-made fish passage barriers and water diversions across Washington State. Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s (WDFW) mission is to preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities. See the work WDFW is doing to plan for the future of fish and wildlife conservation in Washington. With that in mind, Picture yourself providing analysis and assessment of field data collected and the study the impacts of fish passage barriers on available habitat to inform agency goals and mission objections, and other factors that affect fish conservation and habitat. This is an opportunity for you to gather and analyze data to determine the ability of salmon and steelhead to access spawning and rearing habitat that contributes to prioritization efforts. This is a dynamic role for you to prepare, summarize and report on fish passage activities, develop initial findings, and provide recommendations to Crew Supervisor. With your experience you’ll complete mapping analysis to identify potential fish passage sites on the landscape within survey boundaries to assist with project planning and to better support field staff with conducting effective and efficient survey efforts. The optimal applicants will use their knowledge of fish and wildlife habitats, together with superior communication skills and expertise in conflict resolution to work with others to develop solutions that balance the needs of people with the protection and restoration of fish and wildlife habitats. We are seeking candidates with demonstrated values matching those of WDFW: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE). Duties Our Fish Passage Inventory and Assessment Biologist, Provides support and technical assistance to internal and external entities for directed inventories, assessments, and prioritization of human-made fish passage barriers and water diversions. Participates in the organization of data activities with emphasis on managing, interpreting, and conducting QA/QC of barrier and habitat data collected during inventory and assessment activities. Uses the fish passage database and GIS software frequently for data analysis and to provide data support for Fish Passage field crew – responds to internal and external data requests. Assists with advanced hydraulic analyses using available software – analyzes data and creates products, e.g., maps, reports, and summaries. Conducts GIS mapping analysis to identify potential fish passage sites within survey boundaries to assist with project planning and to better support field staff with conducting effective and efficient survey efforts. Delegates portions of planning to crew (landowner outreach, obtaining known data site information, identifying potential species use, etc.). Creates pre-survey maps of locations for field crews to investigate. Provides initial field support for complicated surveys and for complicated manmade in-stream features. Conducts local government research, especially in urban areas, such as contacting storm/surface water Public Works personnel, determine authority for sites with overlapping ownership, etc. Ensures that all crew level data entry is finalized for data deliverables, especially for transportation reassessments and habitat surveys. Conducts fish passage barrier inventory, assessments, stream survey prioritization work for manmade barriers and stream reaches. Assists with Fish Passage Barrier Inventory, Assessment, and Prioritization training. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: Work is performed in both the office and in the field – office work includes many consecutive hours of computer work, typing and looking at a computer monitor, often sitting throughout most of the day – fieldwork includes inclement weather conditions along busy state highways and hiking off-trail up and down extremely steep slopes (road prisms and natural), through dense vegetation, climbing over and around log jams and wood debris on uneven terrain and slippery surfaces while carrying or moving up to 30lbs of field gear. Constant activities carrying/moving up to 40 lbs. over uneven terrain, and frequent bending, stooping, and climbing in and out of streams and water areas. Schedule: Typically, work schedule is 4 – 10 hour days, Monday - Thursday 7:00 am – 5:30 pm; some long workdays may be required to accomplish fieldwork in remote locations. Travel Requirements: Occasional travel for field work and training throughout Washington State – long field days and overnight stays may be required. Tools and Equipment: State vehicle, computers, and software such as ArcGIS and Microsoft Access, Word, and Excel. Customer Interactions: Frequent interaction with public and agency personnel, including habitat restoration project partners, state and local government officials, tribal representatives, agriculture and forestry industries, non-profits, special interest groups, and private landowners. Qualifications REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor's degree in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science, or environmental science. AND One (1) year of professional experience in fish research, wildlife management or wildlife research or habitat management or habitat research.. Please note: A Master’s degree in the applicable science will substitute for one (1) year of the required experience. A Ph.D. in the applicable science will substitute for two (2) years of the required experience. Professional equivalent experience may substitute, year for year, for education requirement if that experience is related to fish habitat assessments, fish passage evaluations, and/or life history of anadromous fish, particularly freshwater spawning, and rearing habitat. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Job knowledge and experience: Collecting and managing data Using Microsoft Office package including Word, Excel, Access, and ArcGIS. 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 www.careers.wa.gov 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 NOTES: On Monday August 9, 2021, Governor Inslee enacted Proclamation 21-14 which requires that all employees of all state agencies not headed by an elected official be fully vaccinated with a recommended COVID-19 vaccine by October 18, 2021 as a condition of employment. Fully vaccinated includes the two-week waiting period after the last shot in each series, or single shot, is given. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide verification of COVID vaccination. A list of acceptable documents to provide verification can be reviewed here. Vaccination acceptable documents link (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader) 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. We have transitioned to a virtual recruitment process, to include web-based interviews. All new employees must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 Form) on their first day of work. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide documentation proving you are eligible to work in the United States. For a list of acceptable documents, please use the following link: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/form-i-9-acceptable-documents 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 Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE). 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. UNION - WAFWP: 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. 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 RecruitmentTeam@dfw.wa.gov. 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 careers.wa.gov. 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 RecruitmentTeam@dfw.wa.gov. 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 careers.wa.gov. Note: Please blackout any PII (personally identifiable information) data such as social security numbers. For further information, please contact us at RecruitmentTeam@dfw.wa.gov. 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. 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Qualifications
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor's degree in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science, or environmental science. AND One (1) year of professional experience in fish research, wildlife management or wildlife research or habitat management or habitat research.. Please note: A Master’s degree in the applicable science will substitute for one (1) year of the required experience. A Ph.D. in the applicable science will substitute for two (2) years of the required experience. Professional equivalent experience may substitute, year for year, for education requirement if that experience is related to fish habitat assessments, fish passage evaluations, and/or life history of anadromous fish, particularly freshwater spawning, and rearing habitat. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Job knowledge and experience: Collecting and managing data Using Microsoft Office package including Word, Excel, Access, and ArcGIS.
Contact Person
Salyse Duckworth
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