Marine Salmon Fisheries Policy Coordinator – WMS Band 3 – Permanent – *13227-22

Department of Fish and Wildlife
Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Category
Full time Positions
$74,628.00 - $103,787.00 Annually
Last Date to Apply
FULL-TIME/PERMANENT MARINE SALMON FISHERIES POLICY COORDINATOR WMS BAND 3 Fish Program - Intergovernmental Salmon Olympia, Washington - Thurston County This recruitment is posted until December 12, 2022. First review of applications will be October 12, 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. The Intergovernmental Salmon Unit is responsible for development, implementation, and evaluation of freshwater and marine salmon fisheries and leads the Agency’s role representing Washington State in various co-management, international, and national salmon management forums. With that in mind, The Marine Salmon Fisheries Policy Coordinator has responsibility for making decisions affecting conservation and use of Washington's chinook, coho, sockeye, pink and chum salmon resources in commercial and sport fisheries in coastal and Puget Sound Washington. Fishing seasons are developed that have direct influence on the livelihood of businesses that support recreational fishing as well as of commercial and tribal fishers. Coastal salmon fisheries are managed concurrently with federal fishery managers under the Magnusson- Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Picture yourself, Providing policy development and scientific leadership support for the intergovernmental salmon unit within the Fish Program In this dynamic role, You will Oversee a team of biologists and technicians that implement monitoring programs that are vital for ensuring salmon and bottomfish fisheries adhere to strict conservation and management objectives. With your experience, You will collaborate with a team of scientists, managers, and analysts to ensure marine area recreational and commercial fisheries are consistent with applicable law, fishery management plans, co-manager agreements, ESA requirements, and F&W Commission policies. Duties Our Marine Salmon Fisheries Policy Coordinator, Evaluates Marine Sampling programs to ensure they maintain consistency and accuracy with agreed to methods of data collection and estimation of effort, harvest, and associated impacts of fisheries directed at salmon and marine fish. Ensure that decisions and regulatory actions on fishery management are consistent with ESA, Washington State policies, Federal Court Orders and comanager agreements. Presents scientific and monitoring information to agency leadership, tribal co-managers, state and federal regulatory partners and the public. Contributes to policy position papers, correspondence with legislators, F&W Commission presentations, news releases, etc. Provides leadership and direction to a large work unit encompassing a broad geographic area. Supports agency administrative actions within the work group. Ensures all polices and laws are adhered to, follows collective bargaining agreements, facilitates employee development and performance. Communicates the agency's policy positions and scientific basis supporting fishing and conservation issues to tribal policy and technical representatives, using written and oral media. Confers with non-Indian commercial and recreational fishing industry representatives, government representatives and with the general public presenting and interpreting agency policies Leads discussions and presentations for the agency at public meetings and during the pre-season fishery planning process known as "North of Falcon". WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: Work is typically conducted in an office or meeting group setting. Schedule (i.e., hours and days): 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: This position is expected to travel as part of the positions responsibility to participate in the Pacific Fishery Management Council, and Agency’s North of Falcon salmon season setting process. Travel to other fishery management meetings, conferences, and/or workshops are also expected periodically. Customer Relations: Extensive external communication and coordination with public, Tribal Governments and Representatives, other state entities (Oregon and California departments of Fish and Wildlife) and Federal entities (NOAA/USFWS).
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 (5) five years of progressively increasing responsibilities and experience in Natural Resource management. Required Knowledge: 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. Tribal law. Administration skills. 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. IMPORTANT NOTES: 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: 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. 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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