Fish & Wildlife Biologist 3 – Fisheries Stock Assessments – Project – *10024-21; Olympia or Montesano Washington

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Olympia or Montesano Washington
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Full time Positions
$4,738.00 - $6,217.00 Monthly
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FULL-TIME/PROJECT FISH & WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST 3 (BIO3) FISHERIES STOCK ASSESSMENT BIOLOGIST WDFW Fish Program - Coastal Steelhead Proviso Olympia or Montesano, Washington Anticipated Project Length: 24 Months October 1st, 2021 - October 1st, 2023 Combine your career with your passion - we are seeking a sport fishing enthusiast! Independently plan, develop, design, and direct fisheries monitoring and assessments in South Puget Sound, Hood Canal, and Washington Coast! Gather information that is used to make in-season management action recommendations, season/regulation recommendations, and reports of harvest and encounters of both ESA (Endangered Species Act) and non-ESA listed fish species. If this speaks to you then come join a close-knit, collaborative team that values each member for their strengths and works together to provide sound resource management! With that in mind, Picture yourself representing WDFW in discussions and at meetings with co-managing tribes, State, Federal, County and hydropower utility biologists, and stakeholders. This is a dynamic role you will report observed and predicted catch to make informed decisions on resource issues that impact fish stocks and their habitats. The optimal applicants are leaders that thrive on building collaboration and teamwork and have professional experience working with Pacific Salmonids. We are seeking a candidate with demonstrated values matching those of WDFW: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE). Duties Our Fisheries Stock Assessment Biologist, Collaborates with area and district biologists on planned or emergent fisheries monitoring needs. Helps design, plan, develop, implement, direct, and participate in statistically defensible fishery monitoring studies and assessments. Works with and organizes collection of data coming in from numerous personnel spread over a large area. Analyzes data and estimates numbers of target and bycatch species caught. Reports potential bycatch problems in season to senior agency staff. Maintains line of communication with agency enforcement to keep them informed of fishery violations observed during the fishery. Annually reports total handlings of Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed species designees. Assesses efficacy of monitoring and designs/evaluates potential tweaks or changes to the study design that could improve results of future creel studies and incorporate those results. Writes or presents in-season and post season reports. Plans, directs, and adapts activities of staff for collection of fishing effort and catch. Hires, trains, and supervises biologists and technicians necessary to perform statistically valid creels in one or more watersheds within Region 6. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: Work setting will be a combination of approximately 40% office work and 60% field work - telework/remote options may be available for office work. Field work will include working in all weather conditions, hiking long distances over difficult terrains in/out of moving water while carrying gear, flying in fixed wing and helicopter aircrafts, boating in rivers, streams, lakes, and marine areas – including class 3 whitewater and snorkeling in moving water. Schedule: Typically, Monday – Friday – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Workload demands may require work outside the assigned work hours and adjustment of work schedules. Travel Requirements: Travel for meetings – this will include overnight stays in hotels and possibly camping for remote field work. Tools and Equipment: 4-wheel drive pickup or SUV, radio telemetry, GPS, ATV’s, ArcGIS, Microsoft Office software, SAS, and R. Customer Interactions: Regular interactions with the public, WDFW staff, State/County/Federal biologists, researchers, tribal administration, and public utility staff.
Qualifications REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor's degree in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science, or environmental science. AND Three (3) years of professional experience in fish management or fish research, wildlife management or wildlife research, or habitat management or habitat research. OR Two (2) years as a Fish & Wildlife Biologist 2. Please Note: Professional equivalent experience may substitute, year for year, for education requirement. A Master’s degree in the applicable science will substitute one (1) year of the required experience. A Ph.D. in the applicable science may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience. Ability to: Differentiate all life stages of pacific salmonids. Locate, handle, and sample salmonid carcasses regardless of the severity of state of decay. Effectively report and/or present results and resource information in writing or verbally. Experience: Directly supervising and directing subordinate staff for at least one year. Working in Microsoft Excel and Word. Certifications/Licenses: Valid Driver’s License. Ability to obtain WDFW snorkel training and certification, with completion/renewal expected annually or as required by policy (Policy 2008 Snorkeling Safety and WDFW Snorkeling Safety Procedures Manual). PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Five (5) or more years of professional experience in fish management or research. Experience: Sport fishing or experience working with sport fishers - this includes extensive familiarity with sport fishing methods for salmon and trout, gear, and the angler community. Operating jet boats/sleds. Using “R”. Working on computers - comfortable learning new software. Rowing/Rafting in rivers and streams. Conducting redds surveys. Snorkeling in moving water. AND Familiarity or experience working with statistics. Familiarity of principles of scientific study design. First aid certified. Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment: First Aid certification (to be obtained within one year of hire and maintained throughout employment). Ability to obtain WDFW snorkel training and certification, with completion/renewal expected annually or as required by policy (Policy 2008 Snorkeling Safety and WDFW Snorkeling Safety Procedures Manual). If position is to operate a power boat, position will obtain motorboat certification if not already certified, at the earliest possible training. If position is to fly in charted aircraft for studies, position will obtain flight safety training at earliest possible training, if not already trained. 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. 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: 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. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Employer 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 Note: Please blackout any PII (personally identifiable information) data such as social security numbers. For further information, please contact us at 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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