Marine Nearshore Ecologist – Research Scientist 1 – Permanent – *10739-22: Olympia, Washington – Thurston County

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife,
Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Category
Full time Positions
$63,216.00 - $82,896.00 Annually
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Last Date to Apply
FULL-TIME/PERMANENT MARINE NEARSHORE ECOLOGIST RESEARCH SCIENTIST 1 (RS1) WDFW Habitat Program Olympia, Washington - Thurston County Become WDFW’s expert on the conservation, restoration, and enhancement of marine nearshore habitats! Provide internal and external scientific products and services that are essential to achieving WDFW’s goal of protecting, restoring, and enhancing fish and fish habitats that are vital to salmon and orca recovery. Design, conduct, and manage research studies to improve understanding and management of nearshore habitats and species! With that in mind, Picture yourself being responsible for budgeting, proposal writing, data analysis, reporting, publishing peer-reviewed research, and advising managers and staff regrading experimental design and statistical methods. This is an opportunity to become an acknowledged expert on the structure, function, and ecology of marine nearshore environments of Washington. You thrive on building collaboration and teamwork, collaborate with other permitting, nearshore, and research experts within and outside WDFW. We are seeking a candidate with demonstrated values matching those of WDFW: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE). Duties Our Marine Nearshore Ecologist, Identifies research needs and opportunities and develops a collaborative research program that procures funding for nearshore research that addresses key uncertainties related to the Department’s mission. Uncertainties include those related to planning and implementing nearshore restoration actions as well as project permitting and compliance, implementation, and effectiveness monitoring of overwater structures, shoreline armoring, and other nearshore activities for which permits are issued by WDFW. Reads and understands scientific literature related to nearshore processes, structures, functions, and species needs. Reviews permits/permitting processes, and nearshore restoration science/practice, summarizes results, and identifies uncertainties. Successfully competes for grant funding. Supervises staff: Assists staff - plans, assigns, and reviews work of staff. Conducts collaborative research with other state, federal, tribal, and private organizations. Manages budgets, develops, and completes data collection, management, and analyses. Authors scientific and management reports, peer reviewed publications, and presentations. Organizes and authors reports and manuscripts. Develops and provides scientific presentations for science and policy audiences. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: Substantial time in office and field settings - collecting scientific data under adverse environmental conditions. Field work is likely to be necessary during portions of all seasons and might include exposure to harsh weather and rough boat travel. Sampling can require regularly relocating gear weighing 50 lbs. and the use of hand tools such as shovels. Schedule: Fieldwork and travel for meetings is likely to be necessary during portions of all seasons and might require occasional alternative work schedules, including nights or weekends. Travel Requirements: Travels throughout Puget Sound and outer coast areas of Regions 4 and 6 including overnight travel up to 5 days per month. Travels to scientific meetings. Tools and Equipment: Operates sophisticated GPS unit, mobile devices, multiple types of small watercraft up to 21 feet in length, and hand tools for sampling. Customer Interactions: Interacts with diverse groups including private landowners, restoration practitioners, planners, and researchers from state, federal, and tribal agencies, academia, and the private sector in the field, office, and in meetings. Interacts with legislators, policymakers, and managers about funding and research priorities.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A Master's degree in wildlife, habitat, or fisheries science, biology, zoology, or a closely allied field with an emphasis in mathematics or statistics. AND Two (2) years of professional experience designing, conducting, and supervising multidisciplinary wildlife, habitat-or fish-related research. AND Two (2) articles published or in press refereed literature, (one article must be as senior author, the second article must be as senior or secondary author.) OR A Doctoral degree in one of the above fields of study will substitute for the required experience. Certifications/Licenses: A Valid Driver’s License. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: A Doctoral degree in wildlife, habitat, or fisheries science, biology, zoology or in mathematics or statistics with emphasis on estuary ecology or restoration ecology. Knowledge of fish ecology, population dynamics, statistical theory, computer techniques, including simulation modeling, experimental design appropriate to the field, aquatic ecology, nearshore processes, and fish habitat requirements. Experience safely using vehicles to transport boats. Expert knowledge: Of marine nearshore ecology, especially structure and function of beaches and estuaries. And experience using sampling techniques, including snorkel surveys, beach seining, trawls, sieves, RTK-GPS, and acoustic telemetry. Of marine nearshore restoration, structure, function, and ecology. And ability to safely operate small craft in marine waters during inclement conditions. CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: As a result of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader) issued on August 9, 2021, all Washington State Agencies are requiring employees to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of your employment. Pursuant to this mandate, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination as a 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 prior to your first day of work. Exemptions may be granted for religious or medical purposes. A list of acceptable documents to provide verification can be reviewed here. Vaccination acceptable documents link (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader) 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. Writing/research samples. Three professional references. IMPORTANT NOTES: 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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