Fish & Wildlife Biologist 4 (In-Training) – Solar & Wind Energy Biologist – 2 Openings- Perm- *15381-22- Washington State

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Olympia, Washington
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TWO (2) OPENINGS/FULL-TIME/PERMANENT SOLAR & WIND ENERGY BIOLOGIST FISH & WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST 4 Habitat Program Olympia, Washington – Thurston County **Please note: Olympia, Washington is the current duty station, however, depending on the successful candidate, other duty stations may be considered. Are you a biologist interested in preserving and protecting habitats while supporting renewable energy projects? In this role, you will work with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure that solar and wind projects and policies are compatible with protecting and restoring vulnerable habitats and species. We are recruiting to hire at the Fish & Wildlife Biologist 3 or 4 level, and we will train a F&W Biologist 3 up to the F&W Biologist 4 level. Depending on which level you are hired at, your salary will be as follows: Fish & Wildlife Biologist 3 - $4,892.00 - $6,419.00 Monthly Fish & Wildlife Biologist 4 - $5,136.00 - $6,746.00 Monthly Picture yourself providing environmental reviews and mitigation negotiations for solar and wind power project proposals. You thrive on building collaboration and teamwork, working to identify and maintain relationships key to the success of policies and initiatives. You are excited to ensure internal coordination with management regarding energy project proposals within the state. DUTIES Our Solar & Wind Energy Biologist, -Serves as the WDFW point of contact and field-level expert for multiple solar and wind projects state-wide and provides consistent guidance and recommendations based on agency policy and best available science. -Independently assess projects for potential impacts to wildlife and habitat using various GIS platforms and data that range from species-specific to regional and landscape perspectives and coordinates internal project review with appropriate regional staff and agency subject matter experts. -Reviews documents, assesses impact, and prepares all project-related correspondence. Ensures that information regarding impacts is conveyed through regular correspondence and formal meetings. Serves as the WDFW technical representative to EFSEC for solar and wind projects, as assigned. -Negotiates mitigation with project proponents and permitting authorities by assessing impact and collaborating with team to ensure consistency with policies and agency mission. Actively engages management to identify wind and solar energy issues that are common across regions and/or the state and look to utilize this resource to find broad solutions and support for engagement. Assist in ensuring strong preparation for relevant siting forums and processes, e.g., WSU Least Conflict Solar Siting process. -In consultation with supervisory chain, engage in project-based and general outreach to project proponents, renewable energy associations, tribes, conservation groups, and others regarding project specific impacts as well as potential policies and practices to improve siting and mitigation processes. -Collaborate with internal WDFW team and interested parties to develop best practices in solar and wind facility siting. -Assist supervisor/Energy Section team in developing and update solar siting guidelines and wind siting guidelines. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, Including Hazards: -Work is performed in an office and outdoor environment. -Office work includes reading, writing, phone, and computer use. -Must have the ability to operate a vehicle and hold a valid driver’s license. -Fieldwork comprises 20-25% of the work, and requires knowledge of the operation of a GPS, clinometer, and digital camera. -Must be able to drive a vehicle to conduct field review of project sites. -Physical capacity to work in remote environments and other related tasks. These activities can consist of 8- to 10-hour days, for several days in a row. -Capable of walking over rough terrain for short distances (? 1 mile) regularly or occasionally over long distances (several miles). Schedule: -Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM. These hours are flexible to accommodate seasonal workload or additional duties as assigned by the regional program manager. -Willingness and ability to work extended hours as necessary to complete assignments. -May include extended travel and evening or overnight trips. Travel Requirements: -Field work or traveling to meetings throughout the state, primarily in south central and eastern Washington. -Periods of overnight travel may be required, and work hours may exceed the standard 8am to 5pm work-day. Tools and Equipment: -Boots, GPS, digital camera, state-assigned work vehicle. Customer Interactions: -This position will interact with renewable project proponents, tribal and non-government organization (NGO) staff, other state and federal agency staff, and others. CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: WDFW requires all employees to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. You will be required to provide proof of vaccination as part of the hiring process. Please do not upload your vaccination documentation with your application materials - your vaccination status will be verified by your supervisor before you will be allowed to work. Exemptions may be granted for religious or medical purposes. 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: 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, 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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QUALIFICATIONS This Fish & Wildlife Biologist (In-Training) series provides mentoring and career development opportunities for candidates with limited related experience. Candidates will be hired as a Fish & Wildlife Biologist 3 or Fish & Wildlife Biologist 4, dependent on skills and experience. Required Qualifications for the Fish & Wildlife Biologist 3: -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. Twelve semesters or eighteen-quarter hours of specific course work is required for certain positions. Please note: -Master’s degree in the applicable science will substitute one year of the required experience. -Ph.D. in the applicable science may be substituted for two years of the required experience. OR Two years as a Fish & Wildlife Biologist 2. Required Qualifications for the Fish & Wildlife Biologist 4 (Goal Class): -A Bachelor's degree in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science, environmental science, or related field. AND -Five (5) years of professional experience in fish management or fish research, wildlife management or wildlife research, or habitat management or habitat research. Please note: -A Master’s degree in the applicable science may substitute for one year of the required experience. -A Ph.D. in the applicable science may substitute for two years of the required experience. License: -A valid Washington or other State Driver’s License. In addition to the above: -Solid understanding of fish and wildlife ecology and habitat requirements, especially for shrubsteppe and shrubsteppe species. -Strong knowledge of state and local laws related to energy facility permitting. -General understanding of state-tribal governmental relations and tribal rights. -Effective oral and written communication skills, and an ability to translate technical jargon into plain language. -General knowledge of budget management. -Adaptable organizational and political awareness. -Ability to achieve consensus in complex political and sociological settings. -Remain open to creative problem solving, coordinate and lead groups, creating a cooperative and productive environment to resolve problems or develop and implement plans. -Strong teamwork and collaborative decision-making skills. -Builds credibility as a WDFW representative, acting as a persistent advocate for fish and wildlife. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: -Professional experience in land use planning, habitat biology, ecology, or similar fields. -Demonstrated ability to build rapport and partner with the public, tribes, and local, state, and federal agencies. -Knowledge of ecological processes pertinent to the Northwest with emphasis on shrubsteppe habitat. -Familiarity with ArcGIS and general familiarity or ability to learn Priority Habitats and Species (PHS) mapping. -General understanding of various regulatory processes, including the Hydraulic Code, Growth Management Act (GMA), State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), and Shoreline Management Act (SMA). -Demonstrated organization and time management skills to effectively prioritize workload and maximize efficiency. -Demonstrated ability to work within the regulatory environment including reviewing, issuing, monitoring, or complying with federal, state, or local environmental permits.
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