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Permanent Fish Biologist 4 *02907-20

State of Washington Olympia, WA
  • Expired: March 19, 2020. Applications are no longer accepted.
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Washington is America's Top State according to U.S. News (2019) and we provide one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.

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 professionalism, accountability, empathy, integrity, service, and respect.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable recreational and commercial opportunities dependent on viable fish and wildlife populations.  Each day, WDFW employees facilitate fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities for millions of residents and visitors.  WDFW's employees-field and laboratory biologists, geneticists, research scientists, hatchery professionals, policy experts, fully commissioned law enforcement officers, land stewards, lab technicians, property acquisition specialists, customer service representatives and others work throughout the state.  WDFW employees protect and restore critical habitat, strive to facilitate species recovery when necessary, and manage hundreds of fish and wildlife species.  WDFW employees maintain nearly a million acres of public wildlife lands. They interpret, apply and enforce state and federal laws and collaborate with stakeholders to protect fish and wildlife resources. The Department of Fish and Wildlife has some of the most talented people in the natural resource field.  Find out more about us and the important work we are a part of at 

Fish Biologist 4
This recruitment is for one (1) permanent, full-time Fish Biologist 4 position in the Fish Program, Fish Management, Region 4.  The duty station is the La Connor Field Office located at 111 Sherman Street, La Connor, WA. 98257.
The District 14 biologist is part of the Regional Fish Management team in Region 4.  The position supervises Area Biologist and technicians on fish management activities.  The position also works closely with hatchery staff in District 14 on issues that cross Fish Management/Hatchery boundaries.  Leadership and supervision
Tasks include:
This position is a leadership position in Region 4 fish management, responsible for the staff that
conduct surveys for salmon and steelhead, other survey and creel work as needed, work with other regions and headquarters to support agency research needs, support for agency initiatives. In this role, this position is expected to work within the agency leadership and management structure to implement agency policies, work within co-management and provide services to internal and external customers. Supervisor duties include ensuring staff safety, meeting contractual obligations such as completing employee evaluations on time (by July 31 each year), ensuring that work activities of her staff and their staff are consistent with job classifications, and prioritizing work according to management's needs.

Fish management planning
Tasks include:
Assess fish abundance and allowable catch, forecast abundance for harvest models, develop
recreational fishery regulations by evaluating fishing proposals to ensure they are consistent with conservation, allocation and other management objectives, update information for the District on Fish Washington website, take active management role in trout planting/fishing schedules. Engages in the North of Falcon salmon season setting process.

Stock assessment
Tasks include:
Evaluating effects of hatchery programs on wild fish populations and developing management
recommendations to reduce risks; monitoring fish abundance and productivity to assess the
effectiveness of habitat, harvest, and hatchery management actions; obtain necessary federal ESA permits; ensure compliance with aquatic invasive species protocols; participate in development of HGMP's, in particular monitoring requirements.

Co-management and external communications
Tasks include:
Work with tribal staff to provide technical information needed to negotiate fishery plans with tribal comanagers,
lead for the District in public meetings for developing, adopting and publishing permanent rules; lead development of co-manager annual steelhead management plan; develop all species fishing opportunities with consistent with conservation objectives.
Working conditions
Work schedule is Monday - Friday 8-5 and work long and irregular hours.  May require working evenings and weekend and travel is 25%.  Work in inclement weather, over difficult terrain, including slippery rocks, steep banks and sticky mud.  Walk, bend stoop, kneel and dig while at times carrying up 40 pounds. Wear respirators, personal floatation devices and hearing protection.  Ability to perform routine and repetitive manner.  Operate motor vehicle and small boats.  A valid driver's license
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.Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college in fish management or related field and a minimum of three years of professional experience n fish management or fish research (an M.S. degree in the applicable science may be substituted for two years of experience).
Preferred experience
  •  Agency processes and procedures, especially all policy and collective bargaining agreement material relates to supervision.
  • Basic biometrics and principles of statistical sampling and the scientific method.  Understanding of sampling bias and implications in biological sampling.
  • Spreadsheets, word processing, and commercial application
  • Tribal perspective and sport/commercial fisher's needs.
  • Operations and proper maintenance of sampling such as CWT detector, otolith removal, DNA sampling, scale sampling, small boats.
  • Life history and behavior of all aquatic species of interest/responsibility and relationships in natural aquatic systems and relationships between physical, chemical and biological components of natural aquatic ecosystems.
  • Ability to use critical thinking in collection, recording compiling and summarizing data.
  • Ability to work independently as a team manager.
To 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

Please note:  Failure to follow the above application instructions may lead to disqualification.  E-mailed documents will not be accepted in lieu of attaching your documents to the online profile.

Upon submission of your online application, you will immediately receive a confirming e-mail.  You will then be notified via e-mail of your status during the process.  In addition to the e-mail notifications, you can check the status of your application at any time by visiting your online profile at 

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 (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 (Example:#10155 Biologist 1 - MS)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in

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.  Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-2276 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (800) 833-6388. Employment Type: Full Time - Permanent

State of Washington


Olympia, WA
98504 USA