Implementation Strategy Lead – Habitat Strategic Initiative Lead – EP4 – Project – *08259-21: Olympia, Washington

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Olympia, Washington
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Full time Positions
$5,494.00 - $7,207.00 Monthly
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FULL-TIME/PERMANENT PROJECT ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNER 4 (EP4) IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY LEAD HABITAT STRATEGIC INITIATIVE LEAD (HSIL) WDFW Habitat Program Olympia, Washington Anticipated project length is contingent upon continued U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding allocations under the cooperative agreement. 7 Year Project Approximately: September 1st, 2021 - June 30th, 2028 We strongly encourage those applying for this position to apply to the Department of Natural Resource’s HSIL recruitment as well when it is posted. The Habitat Strategic Initiative Lead (HSIL) is the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) co-lead program to advance habitat protection and restoration in Puget Sound under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Explore the Strategic Initiatives of the Puget Sound National Estuary Program: Co-lead HSIL’s implementation and adaptive management program for the Habitat Implementation Strategies: Floodplains and Estuaries Land Development and Cover Shoreline Armoring Marine Vegetation (potentially in development) Build and uphold effective relationships with Implementation Strategy partners and implementers. Ensure implementation integrates climate change, environmental justice, socio-ecological resilience, and human dimensions. If this sounds like the perfect opportunity for you then apply today and join the WDFW Team! With that in mind, Picture yourself leading the implementation and operationalization of an Implementation Strategy by connecting and engaging recovery partners throughout Puget Sound. This is an opportunity to guide Habitat Strategic Initiative Lead (HSIL) grant investments to advance Implementation Strategies through Request for Proposal (RFP) development, statement of work guidance, and review of technical products. The optimal applicants thrive on building collaboration and teamwork, are motivated, honest, transparent, professional, tactful, and politically sensitive. We are seeking a candidate who respects and values the opinions of others, creating an inclusive team environment where every member feels they contribute value to the team and WDFW. Duties Our Implementation Strategy Lead, Leads a Habitat Implementation Strategy through activities such as workshops: Convening stakeholders to advance specific management of policy objectives. Assembling technical and policy experts to identify priorities. Engaging Management Conference Boards to advance research, policy, or financial objectives. Piloting and institutionalizing ongoing programs. Facilitates an interdisciplinary team to integrate concepts such as Human Dimensions, Environmental Justice, or Climate Change more robustly into an Implementation Strategy. Communicates and coordinates Habitat Implementation Strategy activities with relevant state agency ongoing programs. Leads the coordination of HSIL Subject Matter Experts and other HSIL-funded implementers ensure a cooperative approach to Implementation Strategy. Coordinates with Implementation Strategy Leads in the Habitat, Stormwater, and Shellfish SILs, Puget Sound Partnership, and EPA on Implementation Strategy planning, implementation, and adaptive management. Leads and supports cross-SIL coordination (Habitat, Stormwater, Shellfish) on topics such as Marine Water Quality, Land Use, Climate Change, Environmental Justice, Socio-Ecological Resilience, and Communications. Provides Implementation Strategy vision and guidance for Request for Proposal (RFP) processes and expert review for subaward development and management. WORKING CONDITIONS Work Setting, including hazards: Work is almost exclusively performed indoors in an office environment. Due to the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order due to the pandemic, many of our positions are currently working remotely, or a combination of office and remote. When the Governor lifts the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order for state employees, combinations of office or telework may be considered. Schedule: Typically, Monday – Friday - 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Workload demands may require work outside the assigned work hours/days and adjustment of work schedules. Travel Requirements: Travel is required and is typically local or regional (Puget Sound-wide), to meet with partners, conduct business, or to attend/provide trainings. Tools and Equipment: Standard office furniture and equipment - desk, filing cabinet, computer, printer, telephone, copy machine, etc. Customer Interactions: Frequent contact with clients, including some contact with those who may be frustrated.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor’s degree in natural resource or environmental science, natural resource or environmental planning, or public administration or public policy with an environmental emphasis, or a closely related field. AND At least three (3) years of professional experience in natural resource or environmental science, natural resource or environmental planning, or public administration or environmental policy. OR One year of experience as an Environmental Planner 3. Please Note: Professional equivalent experience may substitute, year-for-year for the education requirements. Must demonstrate experience and strong competence in these skills and abilities: Strong interpersonal skills and verbal/written communications skills - including the ability to present complex or controversial information in a way that is understandable and non-confrontational. Leading and facilitating an interdisciplinary team or work groups to achieve desired and productive outcomes. Managing multiple work assignments and priorities on varied time scales. Demonstrated organization and time management skills to effectively prioritize workload and maximize efficiency. Ability to seek and act on opportunities to improve, streamline, and re-invent work processes. Basic use of Microsoft Office programs (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: A Master’s degree in natural resource or environmental science, natural resource or environmental planning, or public administration or public policy with an environmental emphasis, or a closely related field. AND Three (3) years of professional experience in these areas OR one year of experience as an Environmental Planner 3. AND Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain collaborative working relationships, to build rapport and partner with local, state, and federal governmental agencies, tribes, regarding issues pertaining to habitat protection and restoration. Demonstrated ability to apply negotiation and conflict resolution skills. Experience applying knowledge of Puget Sound fish and wildlife biology, habitat science, and ecology to anticipate fish, wildlife, and habitat needs, potential impacts, and likely remedies. Knowledge of: The Puget Sound Action Agenda and Puget Sound recovery goals. Natural resource laws, policies, and programs and how this affects and/or enables fish, wildlife, and habitat conservation in Washington State, and the ability to interpret and apply them in order to achieve expected results. 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: 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. 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. 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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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