Freshwater Fisheries Policy Coordinator – WMS Band 3 – Permanent – *12520-22

Department of Fish and Wildlife
Olympia, Wa
Job Category
Full time Positions
$74,628.00 - $103,787.00 Annually
Last Date to Apply
FULL-TIME/PERMANENT FRESHWATER FISHERIES POLICY COORDINATOR WMS BAND 3 Fish Program - Statewide Salmon Unit Olympia, Washington - Thurston County This recruitment is posted until December 11, 2022. Application review will be ongoing, and therefore we encourage you to submit your application materials as soon as possible. The Hiring Manager reserves the right to close the posting at any time once a selection has been made. Launch strategic direction for salmon and steelhead freshwater fishery monitoring and management while contributing to WDFW’s goal of providing sound science for management and policy decisions! Lead the implementation and coordination of freshwater fishery monitoring, data collection, and analysis to achieve sound management of salmon and steelhead resources statewide. In this dynamic role, You will recommend the actions impacting the health and conservation of salmon, steelhead, and other anadromous populations while providing for fishing opportunities in Western Washington. With your experience, You will constantly exercise your strategic planning and critical decision making with outcomes affecting information used to manage natural and hatchery populations of five species salmon, as well as summer and winter run steelhead hatchery and natural populations. You are eager to fill a critically important role at the science-policy interface, You will become a vital link in both supporting regional fishery implementation and monitoring programs and working collaboratively with agency scientists to develop policy recommendations for freshwater fisheries. You thrive on building collaboration and teamwork, You will have extensive external communication and coordination with the public, Tribal Governments and Representatives, other state entities (Oregon and California departments of Fish and Wildlife) and Federal entities (NOAA/USFWS). Duties Some of what you will do as our Freshwater Fisheries Policy Coordinator, Provide strategic direction for evaluations of freshwater salmon, steelhead, and gamefish fisheries implemented statewide. Lead and coordinate technical evaluations of freshwater salmon, steelhead, and gamefish fisheries implemented statewide. Serve as a key WDFW representative in tribal co-management forums working at the science-policy interface. Develop and implement strategic approaches for sampling designs, data analysis, and reporting of monitoring results for new and existing freshwater fisheries in Washington State, as a lead representative working at the science-policy interface. Communicate results of pre-season modeling and post-season evaluations of salmon and steelhead stocks and fisheries through written reports and oral presentations. Write and oversee completion of post-season reports and other publications containing the analysis, evaluation, and interpretation of results from intensive selective fishery monitoring studies conducted throughout Puget Sound and the Washington coast. Represent WDFW on international and inter-agency committees. Represent WDFW on the Selective Fishery Evaluation Committee (SFEC) of the Pacific Salmon Commission (PSC), working in collaboration with other policy and technical representatives from federal, tribal, Canadian, and multiple west coast state agencies. Provide information on the status of salmon and steelhead resources to planning and policy teams focused on salmon and steelhead recovery. Provide information on the status and fishery exploitation levels or patterns of Washington's statewide salmon and steelhead populations, for use by Fish Program managers, the Director, or for policy representatives of WDFW or the Governor's office in state, national and international policy forums for natural resource management. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: Work is typically conducted in an office or meeting group setting. Schedule: Generally, 40 hours per week – Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Seasonal evening and weekend work may be needed. Travel Requirements: Travel is expected as part of the positions responsibility to participate in the Agency’s North of Falcon salmon season setting process. Travel also occurs during other fishery management meetings, conferences, and/or workshops are also expected periodically.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Closely related qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-by-year basis. A Bachelor’s degree with major study in a natural science (Fish Science, Fish Management, Biology, etc.). AND A minimum of five (5) years of progressively higher responsible management experience around natural resources. Competencies: Well-developed communication skills (written and verbal) are required. An in-depth understanding of fish conservation and fisheries management principles, life histories and population dynamics of fish species especially anadromous salmonids, Endangered Species Act law, negotiation strategies, Tribal law, and administration skills. Certifications/Licenses: A valid driver’s license. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: A secondary degree (Masters or PhD.) focused on natural resource science or management. Working knowledge: Strategic planning, comprehensive management systems, total quality management, risk assessment, conflict resolution, negations, and citizen participation strategies. Research and evaluation design, fishery resource management principles, personnel rules and regulations, budget development and management, cultural diversity, and staff motivation/supervision/mentoring. 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 (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth. 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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