Natural Resource Specialist 2- Region 3 Offroad Vehicle (ORV) Educator- Career Seasonal- *10708-22: Washington

Department of Fish & Wildlife
Yakima, Washington
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$4,013.00 - $5,268.00 Monthly
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FULL-TIME/CAREER SEASONAL REGION 3 OFFROAD VEHICLE (ORV) EDUCATOR NATURAL RESOURCE SPECIALIST 2 WDFW Wildlife Program Yakima, Washington Career Season Length: 9 Months March 15 to December 15 Do you enjoy working outdoors and educating others? Do you have experience safely operating ORVs? This position will work across the region to provide education and outreach to motorized recreation users. In this role, you will coordinate with regional enforcement staff and wildlife area managers to reduce impacts from motorized recreation to habitat and infrastructure, while maintaining motorized recreation opportunities compatible with WDFW’s Mission. You will provide professional-level education and monitoring duties for Region 3. This position will be highly visible to the public and will act as a primary point of contact in the field for visitors. This is accomplished by investigating, educating the public, and recreational users about motorized recreation opportunities, appropriate behavior, applicable rules and regulations, and passing on enforcement information to WDFW law enforcement response. With that in mind, With your experience, you will develop and implement education and enforcement program for motorized use of roads and motorized trails on Region 3 wildlife areas to respond to public use issues. You thrive on building collaboration and teamwork, working with user groups to develop and implement volunteer projects for road and trail maintenance. DUTIES: Our Region 3 ORV Educator will, Routinely patrol roads and trails using ATV/ ORV or motorized vehicle, contacting wildlife area motorized users and providing education. Analyze areas of concern, then develop outreach and education plan that emphasizes resource protection and user safety to address issues. Document rule violations and noncompliance, and provide information to enforcement for follow up as necessary. Document accomplishments, provide reports to wildlife area staff and regional enforcement staff on issues and compliance. Collect and report on visitor use data. In coordination with regional staff, develop and submit grant applications. Assist with all aspects of awarded grants including project development, presentation, tracking compliance and reporting. Attend user group and club meetings. Attend meetings and trainings as needed. Assist wildlife area staff with recreation and habitat restoration projects as needed and available. Participate in agency committees related to recreation management. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work Setting, including hazards: This position is primarily a field position, working approximately 85% in the field and 15% in the office. Traverse and drive on uneven terrain under all weather conditions. Vehicle operation for long periods of time. Sustain outdoor work in adverse weather conditions. Operating a four-wheel drive vehicle on highway and forest roads, operating an ATV/ORV on roads and trails in moderate to difficult terrain. Some hiking is expected. Office work will be in a normal office setting. Schedule: 40 hours per week, 24/7 schedule. The position must work a flexible work schedule that will include some evening and primarily weekend work and seasonal schedule adjustments which reflect recreation use patterns. Travel Requirements: Position requires daily travel from office to field in the region. Travel and overnight stays are minimal but will be required for training. Tools and Equipment: Position uses an agency vehicle, ATV/ORV. Agency radio and cellphone for communication in the field. Office duties require standard office furniture and equipment (i.e., desk, file cabinets, computer, telephone, copy machine). Field duties include use of standard size vehicles, trailers, ATV/ORV, GPS. Customer Interactions: Position requires contact with the public, volunteers, external customers, stakeholders daily, and contact with, tribes, various state and local governments, and environmental groups weekly to monthly. Position may contact angry or distraught customers and stakeholders.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Closely related qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-by-year basis. Bachelor’s degree involving major study in forestry, agriculture, aquaculture, geology, recreation, or related natural science. And One (1) year of professional experience in a related natural resources specialty area. License: Valid driver’s license. Certifications: ATV and ORV Certifications (Training provided. Obtain within 6 months of hire date). First Aid/CPR (Training Provided. Obtain within 6 months of hire date) PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum of 1 year experience as Natural Resource Specialist 1 or related Natural Resources field. Experience in recreation management. Public outreach/communication experience. ATV/ORV operation experience. Computer software and hardware (MS/Office). Safety procedures. Conflict Resolution. 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. 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. 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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