Fish & Wildlife Biologist 3 – Habitat Biologist – Three (3) Openings – Permanent – *13731-21

Agency
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Location
Multiple Locations - Eastern Washington, WA
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
$56,856.00 - $74,604.00 Annually
Last Date to Apply
12/19/2021
Website
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/3317191/fish-wildlife-biologist-3-habitat-biologist-three-3-openings-permanent
Description
THREE (3) OPENINGS FULL-TIME/PERMANENT FISH & WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST 3 (BIO3) HABITAT BIOLOGIST WDFW Habitat Program Duty Station Options - Region 1: Colville, Washington - Stevens County (1 Position) Spokane Valley, Washington - Spokane County (2 Positions) If you are an experienced senior-level biologist who is passionate about supporting our organizational efforts for healthy, diverse, sustainable fish and wildlife populations and their habitats then this is the job for you! As a Habitat Biologist, you’ll be a steward of the environment and serve as an expert regarding habitat preservation, protection, conservation, restoration, enhancement, and environment permit requirements within your geographic coverage area in Eastern Region. WDFW’s Habitat Program works across disciplines to solve problems and work collaboratively with our conservation and community partners, integrating ecological, social, economic, cultural, and institutional perspectives into our decision-making. With that in mind, Picture yourself working with the public, industry, and tribal, local, state, and federal governments to promote restoration and protection of some of Washington’s most threatened lands This is a dynamic role where you will serve as the Department expert regarding Fish & Wildlife habitat preservation, protection, conservation, restoration, enhancement, and environmental permitting. 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 Habitat Biologists, Administer the Hydraulic Project Approval process. Tasks include: Providing pre-application assistance to project proponents by providing technical data, interpreting Washington Administrative Code (WAC) application to project, and facilitating the HPA permitting process. Reviewing permit applications and conducting field reviews to provide project assistance to applicants. Coordinating participation and discussion of project proposals to assess field reviews of construction project sites and participating in preconstruction meetings. Issuing, processing, conditioning, or recommending denial of standard, expedited and emergency HPA’s in accordance with the Revised Code of Washington, Washington Administrative Code, agency policy, and procedures manual. Providing a technical review of project proposals to determine if correct information on resources present on or near the project site is provided and that appropriate mitigation is identified for impacts to these resources. Evaluating potential adverse impacts of project proposals on fish resources and recommending alternatives or plan modifications as indicated. Represent the Department on Technical Committees. Tasks include: Authoring and providing review of technical, planning, and other documents. Presenting study results and serving as expert witness or negotiator before various commissions, review boards, or in court cases. Provide review of environmental protection ordinance development and implementation; review Land Use planning documents and decisions; and update and maintain Priority Habitat and Species (PHS) data. Tasks include: Reviewing environmental protection ordinance development and implementation under the Shoreline Management Act and Growth Management Act. Providing review and comment to local jurisdictions on Habitat Management Plans in accordance with local Critical Areas Ordinances – coordinating with the local jurisdiction to assist landowners to comply with local land use ordinances. Serving as Priority Habitat and Species (PHS) lead and expert for geographic coverage area – presenting and promoting use of PHS data as Best Available Science by local jurisdictions in land use planning and permitting. Providing technical assistance in the use and application of PHS information by local, state, and federal governments as well as the general public and private organizations – pursuing strategies to maintain and update information within the PHS database. Provide office and field review of plans, permits and actions conducted in the forested environment. Tasks include: Working collaboratively with the Washington Dept. of Natural Resources (WDNR) and forest landowners regarding Forest Practice Applications to address impacts to fish and wildlife. Providing review of Forest Practice Hydraulic Projects (FPHPs) in accordance with RCW, WAC and Policies/Procedures developed by the Department. Providing review and comment on Water Typing and Water Type Modifications. Conduct Habitat Enhancement or Acquisition as lead or part of a multi-disciplinary team. Tasks include: Facilitating and coordinating WDFW input to Salmonid Recovery activities for fish recovery within geographic area. Participating in the identification and prioritization of habitat enhancement projects. Conducting habitat restoration or acquisition as lead/part of a multi-disciplinary team – including field review and assessments of potential projects or acquisition properties, researching, and applying for grants, development of formal presentations and project implementation management. Negotiate, develop, and implement protection, mitigation and enhancement plans associated with federal, state, or local licensing or permitting. Tasks include: Serving as a lead during the three phases of energy project licensing or permitting by representing positions developed in collaboration with the Department's Fish, Wildlife and Enforcement Programs. Working proactively and seeking partnerships with federal, state, and local governments as well as tribal entities, conservation groups and the utilities or other organizations seeking licensing or permitting. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: Work is performed periodically in the field, sometimes in remote locations and during inclement weather. Occasional driving to conduct field review of project sites. Periodic work in remote forested and aquatic environments, conducting fish surveys and other related tasks. Activities can consist of 8-to-10-hour days, for several days in a row. Frequent walking over rough terrain for short distances (? 1 mile) regularly or occasionally over long distances (several miles). Schedule: Typically, work schedule consists of an 8-hour day, 40 hours per week. May work weekends, holidays, or after hours for emergency permitting of flood related, or other emergency projects. Office and fieldwork percentages vary throughout the year – the summer construction season generally requires greater fieldwork that can exceed 50 percent. Travel Requirements: Periodic statewide or regional travel and occasional attendance at evening meetings is required. Tools and Equipment: Field equipment, electro-shocker, survey equipment, computers, tablets, GPS locators. Customer Interactions: Effective negotiation with clients, local government officials, agriculture, forest, and special interest groups. 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. Certifications/Licenses: Valid Driver’s License. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Job knowledge and experience in: Stream ecology and restoration techniques, fish passage barrier assessments, fish passage requirements for road crossing structures, logging processes, heavy equipment operation and limitations, environmental review processes, and similarly applicable fields of study or training. Working through difficult or complex situations involving multiple parties with differing opinions and expectations. Providing superior customer service. The Growth Management Act, Shoreline Management Act and the WDFW Priority Habitat and Species. Developing and presenting biological information to diverse groups of people. 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 (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. 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. If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing, or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or support@neogov.com. Follow us on social media: LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram
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. Certifications/Licenses: Valid Driver’s License. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Job knowledge and experience in: Stream ecology and restoration techniques, fish passage barrier assessments, fish passage requirements for road crossing structures, logging processes, heavy equipment operation and limitations, environmental review processes, and similarly applicable fields of study or training. Working through difficult or complex situations involving multiple parties with differing opinions and expectations. Providing superior customer service. The Growth Management Act, Shoreline Management Act and the WDFW Priority Habitat and Species. Developing and presenting biological information to diverse groups of people.
Contact Person
Salyse Duckworth
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