Natural Resource Scientist 4 – Ungulate Section Manager – Permanent – *10543-21: Olympia, Washington

Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
Thurston County – Olympia, WA
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$67,560.00 - $88,644.00 Annually
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FULL-TIME/PERMANENT NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENTIST 4 UNGULATE (HOOFED MAMMAL) SECTION MANAGER WDFW Wildlife Program - Game Division Olympia, Washington The preferred duty station is Olympia, Washington, however, we are also considering other duty stations within Washington State. This recruitment has been reopened to increase the applicant pool. If you applied previously your application is still under consideration and you do not need to reapply. **** PLEASE NOTE: This job is posted continuously and will remain open until a selection is made - this will allow us to obtain a larger more diverse candidate pool. Application review will be ongoing, and therefore we encourage you to submit your application materials as soon as possible. First review of applications will be November 30, 2021. The Hiring Manager reserves the right to close the posting at any time once a selection has been made. **** Formulate and present conclusions and recommendations related to ungulate management. Showcase your ability to make both strategic and tactical decisions that can have a far-reaching impact. Become WDFW’s expert for ungulate ecology and management! 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 evaluating research, harvest, and survey data for Washington State’s ungulate populations. In this dynamic role you will write ungulate management plans, guidelines, scientific peer reviewed reports, and prepare and provide presentations. The optimal applicants thrive on building collaboration and teamwork and have excellent personal interaction and diplomatic skills to bridge the science and policy divide. We are seeking a candidate with demonstrated values matching those of WDFW: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE). Duties Our Ungulate Section Manager, Evaluates, compiles, and quality checks regional hunting season recommendations. Assists with the development and production of the Big Game Hunting Seasons and Rules Pamphlet. Prepares and gives presentations to the public, advisory councils, the Fish and Wildlife commission, executive management, agency staff, and peers at ungulate workshops. Supervises the statewide ungulate Specialist positions. Provides consultation to natural resource managers related to ungulate management and responds to the public’s input on items related to ungulate management. Defines or identifies original research and adaptive management projects related to ungulates. Assists staff in developing scientific protocols to survey and assess ungulate populations. Analyzes and applies related research work conducted by other professionals in the ungulate field. Plans and directs agency programs and projects related to ungulate management and research, including hiring, training, and supervision. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: Work setting will be approximately 90% office work, regular travel, and some field work - field work includes working outdoors in all weather conditions. The preferred duty station for this position is in Olympia, WA. Due to the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, 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 and adjustment of work schedules. Travel Requirements: Travel is required on a frequent basis about 5 days a month, this includes traveling to meetings, site visits, workshops, and forums throughout the State. Tools and Equipment: Computers, cell phones, highway vehicles, hand tools, and minimal use of wildlife related equipment. Customer Interactions: Responsible for legislative, commission presentations, contentious issue resolution, and leaders of major stakeholder interaction.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A Bachelor’s degree with major study in wildlife science, wildlife management, or outdoor recreation. AND Six (6) years of professional work experience in the field of wildlife, to include ungulate research and management. Please Note: Professional equivalent experience may substitute, year for year, for the education requirement. Certifications/Licenses: Valid Driver’s License. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: A Master's degree in wildlife management or closely related field will substitute for one year of the required experience provided the field of major study was in wildlife science, wildlife management, or outdoor recreation. A PhD. degree will substitute for two years of the required experience provided the field of major study was in wildlife science, wildlife management, or outdoor recreation. Experience with: Ungulate research or management. Designing and conducting public opinion surveys and development of monitoring techniques to determine the effectiveness of management strategies. Presenting original scientific findings at peer conferences. AND Managing projects and programs – effectively organizes multiple assignments, sometimes of a complex nature or involving competing priorities, to produce work products that are accurate, thorough, and on time. Verbal and written communications – effectively conveys ideas and information using spoken language and written language that is appropriate to both the complexity of the topic and the knowledge and understanding of the audience/reader. Writing 5 - 10 page executive summaries for general, non-technical audience. Facilitating others – coordinates and leads small groups, creating a cooperative and productive environment in which to resolve problems or develop and implement plans. Analysis – uses data and information in a clear and rational thought process to assess and understand issues, evaluate options, form accurate conclusions, and make decisions. Planning – logically integrates various ideas, intentions, and information to form effective goals, objectives, timelines, action plans, and solutions. 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. 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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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