Fish & Wildlife Biologist 3 – Habitat Biologist – Two (2) Openings – Permanent – *13789-21

Agency
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Location
Clark County – Ridgefield, WA
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
$56,856.00 - $74,604.00 Annually
Last Date to Apply
01/09/2022
Website
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/3318757/fish-wildlife-biologist-3-habitat-biologist-two-2-openings-permanent
Description
TWO (2) OPENINGS FULL-TIME/PERMANENT FISH & WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST 3 (BIO3) HABITAT BIOLOGIST WDFW Habitat Program Ridgefield, Washington ***PLEASE NOTE: This job is posted until January 9th, 2022. We encourage you to submit your application materials as soon as possible - the first review of applications will be December 13th, 2021. The Hiring Manager reserves the right to close the posting at any time once a selection has been made.*** If you are an experienced biologist who is passionate about supporting our organizational efforts to protect and conserve habitat to support healthy, diverse, and sustainable fish and wildlife populations 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 Southwest Washington. 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 a diversity of partners and stakeholders to protect some of Washington’s most threatened habitats and the fish and wildlife populations they support. The optimal applicants will have 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 that will contributed to an inclusive and professional work environment by valuing a diversity of backgrounds and experiences, promoting empathy, and respecting their co-worker's perspectives. Duties Our Habitat Biologists, Administer the Hydraulic Project Approval process Tasks include: Providing permit assistance to applicants requiring an HPA – recommending alternative project designs and techniques, Best Management Practices (BMPs), and measure to reduce or eliminate impacts to fish life. Conducting field reviews to assess proposed projects and assist applicants. Issuing HPA’s in accordance with the Revised Code of Washington, Washington Administrative Code, agency policy, and procedures manual. Conducting project compliance and monitoring field review during and after construction. Work to promote forest management practices that protect fish and wildlife Tasks include: Collaborating with state and federal partners to review Forest Practice Applications (FPA’s) for impacts to fish and wildlife habitat. Providing provisions for the protection of fish life using the Forest Practice Hydraulic Permit (FPHP) Concurrence Review process. Foster and promote salmonid recovery and restoration efforts and provide technical assistance to protect Priority Habitat and Species (PHS) Tasks include: Serving as PHS expert for geographic coverage area – presenting and promoting use of PHS data by local jurisdictions in land use planning and permitting. Providing guidance and expertise to assist Salmonid Recovery activities for fish recovery within geographic area. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: Work is performed in an office and outdoor environment – office work includes reading, writing, phone, and computer use – fieldwork includes the operation of field equipment (GPS, maps, clinometer, range finder, compass, etc.). Activities can consist of 8-to-10-hour days, for several days in a row with consistent walking over rough terrain for short distances (? 1 mile) regularly or occasionally over long distances (several miles). Schedule: Typically, work schedule is Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm – these hours are flexible to accommodate seasonal workload or additional duties as assigned by the regional program manager. Travel Requirements: Occasional travel in the field or to meetings throughout the state 25-50% of the time. Periods of overnight travel may be required, and work hours may exceed the standard workday. Tools and Equipment: Standard field gear (e.g., boots, GPS, clinometer, waders, state-assigned work vehicle). Customer Interactions: Frequent interactions with agency staff, other government agencies, tribal, private stakeholders, and the general public. Qualifications REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor’s Degree in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science, or environmental science for one year of the required experience. AND Three (3) years of professional experience in a natural resource agency working with diverse stakeholder groups to achieve conservation goals or general experience working in fish management or fish research, wildlife management or wildlife research, or habitat management or habitat research. OR Two years as a Fish and Wildlife Biologist 2 or similar. Please note: Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education. A Master’s Degree in the applicable science will substitute for one year of the required experience. Certifications/Licenses: Valid Driver’s License. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Job knowledge and experience with: Ecological processes pertinent to the Northwest including natural history of Washington Salmonids. Collaborating with the public, government entities, and non-profits to promote the conservation and protection of natural resources. Regulatory processes in Washington, including the Hydraulic Code, Growth Management Act (GMA), State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), and Shoreline Management Act (SMA). 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 why you are interested in the position and how your previous experiences have prepared you for this job (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 for one year of the required experience. AND Three (3) years of professional experience in a natural resource agency working with diverse stakeholder groups to achieve conservation goals or general experience working in fish management or fish research, wildlife management or wildlife research, or habitat management or habitat research. OR Two years as a Fish and Wildlife Biologist 2 or similar. Please note: Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education. A Master’s Degree in the applicable science will substitute for one year of the required experience. Certifications/Licenses: Valid Driver’s License. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Job knowledge and experience with: Ecological processes pertinent to the Northwest including natural history of Washington Salmonids. Collaborating with the public, government entities, and non-profits to promote the conservation and protection of natural resources. Regulatory processes in Washington, including the Hydraulic Code, Growth Management Act (GMA), State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), and Shoreline Management Act (SMA).
Contact Person
Salyse Duckworth
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