NATURAL RESOURCE WORKER 2 (NRW2)
OAK CREEK WILDLIFE AREA
WDFW Wildlife Program
Career Season Length: 9 Months
October 1 to June 30
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) mission is to preserve, protect, and perpetuate fish, wildlife, and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities.
This career seasonal position assists the supervisor in performing maintenance and habitat management activities on the Oak Creek Wildlife Area for 9 months during winter, spring, and summer.
The position will assist with weed control, signs installation, fence maintenance and other habitat management activities across the wildlife area. The position will also perform winter feeding duties. Primary duties include equipment operation and herbicide application.
With that in mind,
With your experience, you will assist with general maintenance of building and grounds using hand tools, power tools and equipment.
The optimal applicant has experience using farm equipment.
Our Natural Resource Worker,
Uses truck, ATV, and backpack sprayers to assist in herbicide application.
Pulls weeds by hand and digs up weeds using hand tools as needed.
Mixes and applies herbicide following Washington State Department of Agriculture pesticide license requirements.
Uses GPS equipment to record new weed locations and navigate to past sites.
Works in remote locations individually or as part of a crew.
Assists with winter feeding operations.
Loads feed trucks with hay using tractors.
Drives trucks to and from on feed sites and feed hay using automated feeders or by hand as part of crew.
Accurately counts elk and big horn sheep daily and records numbers on data sheet.
Installs signs and kiosks. Work includes digging with shovels, using cordless screw guns, hammering nails, cutting lumber, painting, weed eating, sweeping, etc.
Patches holes, replace staples, brace old posts, install new posts, and build rock jacks, primarily on elk fence.
Safely uses a variety of hand tools including hammer, shovel, wire cutters, tamping bars, and saws to accomplish these tasks.
Assists with other habitat maintenance and restoration projects including soil preparation, mowing, seeding using tractor or ATV and implements.
Answers questions from wildlife area users about the wildlife area, wildlife, etc.
Work Setting, including hazards:
Outside including inclement weather exposure, walking and driving in uneven terrain, carrying/lifting/moving loads up to 50 pounds on a backpack or loading materials, use of herbicides, and typical workshop hazards that include loud noises, and other mechanical hazards.
October – March: 5/8's.
March – June: Monday - Thursday, 4/10's.
Schedule will vary and may include weekends and mandatory overtime based on business needs.
Minimal travel with overnight stays possible, but not frequent.
Tools and Equipment:
Herbicide spraying equipment, vehicles, farm equipment, ATV, trailers, hand tools and power tools.
Some interaction from the public.
Please note: Education in a related field may substitute for the education.
High school graduation or GED.
3 months natural resource experience.
One (1) year as a Natural Resource Worker 1.
(Natural Resource Worker – Definition: Under close supervision and as a member of an organized crew, performs unskilled forest, agriculture, and/or aquatic land management labor.)
Valid driver’s license.
Obtain a WA State Pesticide Applicators License within 3 months of hire.
Farm equipment experience.
Herbicide application experience.
Commercial Driver’s License.
CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:
As a result of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 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.