Fish & Wildlife Biologist 4 – Ungulate Specialist – Permanent – *09749-21; Spokane Valley, Washington

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Spokane Valley, Washington
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Full time Positions
$59,688.00 - $78,408.00 Annually
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FULL-TIME/PERMANENT FISH & WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST 4 (BIO4) UNGULATE (HOOFED MAMMAL) SPECIALIST WDFW Wildlife Program - Game Division Spokane Valley, Washington As a leader in your field, you will serve as an internal expert species specialist for white-tailed deer, mule deer, and moose. Conduct field work, database management, analysis, and report-writing associated with the monitoring and management of Washington’s ungulates. 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 and serving as a species expert at various meetings, workshops, and as a member of professional working groups. This is a dynamic role where you will estimate population trends, estimate population abundance, determine demography, and review habitat assessments. The optimal applicants thrive on building collaboration and teamwork and have professional experience working with North American ungulates. We are seeking a candidate with demonstrated values matching those of WDFW: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE). Duties Our Ungulate Specialist, Is actively involved in the development and refinement of monitoring designs, protocols, and management recommendations. Consults and coordinates with Regional staff and acts as an important conduit for management consistency across Regions. Collaborates with Regional and Science Division staff on database development. Assists with the implementation of monitoring efforts (e.g., serving as an observer on survey flights, investigating mortalities, etc.). Uses population models and parameters (e.g., abundance, trend, ratios, survival, recruitment) to inform management. Develops, guides, and provides technical advice on ungulate studies and research, and at times, may be assigned a lead role in completing projects. Serves as primary author or co-author on peer-reviewed publications, status reports, and final reports for major projects. Prepares correspondence, fact sheets, and other information for WDFW, the public, and for other state/federal agencies. Assists, provides advice, or leads the capture and marking of animals when appropriate. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: Work setting will be a combination of office work and field work, telework/remote options may be available for office work. Field work will include hiking over rough terrain, working in inclement weather conditions, encountering all forms of plants, insects, wildlife, and will also include survey/telemetry flights in helicopters or small fixed-wing aircrafts. Capture work will require restraining large mammals and safely using immobilization drugs, this requires WDFW immobilization training, WDFW aircraft safety training and wearing of appropriate safety gear. 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: This is a statewide position that will require travel throughout the state of Washington - travel will vary with seasons and annual priorities. Tools and Equipment: 4-wheel drive pickup or SUV, radio telemetry, GPS, ATV’s, ArcGIS, Microsoft Office software, SAS, and R. Customer Interactions: Frequent encounters with citizens and stakeholders who are interested in wildlife management. Must be able to interact with the public in a positive manner and effectively articulate the Department’s policies and procedures.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor's degree in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science, or environmental science. AND Five (5) years of professional experience in fish management or fish research, wildlife management or wildlife research, or habitat management or habitat research. OR Four (4) years as a Fish & Wildlife Biologist 3. Please Note: Professional equivalent experience may substitute, year for year, for the education requirement. A Master’s degree in the applicable science will substitute for one (1) year of the required experience wildlife science, wildlife management, or similar natural resource-related field. A PhD. in the applicable science will substitute for two (2) years of the required experience. Experience: Working with North American ungulates. Programming in SAS, R, and/or other statistical software or packages. Using radio-telemetry to monitor wildlife. Conducting field surveys to collect data. Conducting data analyses and make inferences from data for management recommendations. Writing scientific reports. Working with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook). Certifications/Licenses: Valid Driver’s License. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s Degree or a higher-level degree in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science, or environmental science. Experience: Performing research or management of North American ungulates. Working with ArcGIS software. Conducting work in an aircraft. Job Knowledge: Wildlife population relationships and ecology. Wildlife habitat relationships. Wildlife survey methods. Wildlife management tools and field techniques. Principles of wildlife harvest management. WDFW hunting and fishing regulations. Personal computer hardware and software (Microsoft Office). Basic spatial analyses techniques and statistics. Applicable state, federal, and local environmental regulations, and policies. 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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