Washington State NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENTIST 4 *09467W in Olympia, Washington


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. Find out more about us and the important work we are a part of at www.wdfw.wa.gov.

Natural Resource Scientist 4 (Permanent)

Are you an energetic and dynamic leader in a natural resource field? Do you want to lead professional teams in managing carnivore species in Washington? The Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill one full time, permanent, Natural Resource Scientist Section Manager position located in the Game Division of the Wildlife Program. The duty station for this position is the Natural Resources Building, Olympia, Washington.

This position oversees the Wildlife Program Game Division's Carnivore section, including statewide management of bear, cougar, wolf and furbearers. The incumbent is responsible for evaluating research, harvest, and survey data to inform recommendations related carnivores. Additionally, the incumbent is responsible for budget management, making rule or policy recommendations regarding hunting other management issues, and supervision of professional staff working in the Carnivore Section.


Program/Project Administration. Responsible for all administration and oversight of the Division's Carnivore, including direct supervision of 2 staff and indirect supervision of 2 staff, budget/contract administration, project management, and prioritization/planning for the implementation of species surveys and research projects throughout the State of Washington. This position is an integral member of the Game Division's management team.

Conducts and/or analyzes research. Develop and evaluate research, harvest, and survey data related to bear, cougar, wolf and furbearer management; evaluates, compiles, and quality checks regional hunting season recommendations. Provides consultation to natural resource managers related to carnivore management; responds to the public's input on items related to carnivore management.

Communicates bear, cougar, wolf and furbearer research and management options to constituents and governmental representatives. Writes and edits management plans, guidelines, and scientific peer reviewed reports for bear, cougar, wolf and furbearer; prepares and gives presentations (2-5 per year) to the public, advisory councils, and the Fish and Wildlife Commission; provides presentations to executive management, agency staff and peers. Participates in the development and production of the Big Game Hunting Pamphlet.

Supervises the statewide Bear-Cougar Specialist and Wolf Specialist positions. Strategic planning, oversight, and guidance for management-based bear, cougar, wolf and furbearer research.


A Bachelor's degree with major study in wildlife science, wildlife management, or outdoor recreation; AND six years of professional work experience in the field of bear, cougar, and/or wolf research and/or management.

Preferred Qualifications A Master's degree with a relevant specialty may substitute for one year of the required experience and a Ph.D. for two years. However, the qualifying experience must include some supervision and management duties in a professional natural sciences setting. Experience is based on full time equivalency (i.e., 40 or more hours/week). Part time work is prorated (e.g., 20 hours/week for 6 years = 3 years of experience). Do not count experience that was a part of your educational requirements.

The best qualified applicants will have experience and training that demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:

Job knowledge

  • Bear, cougar, wolf or other wildlife population relationships and ecology.
  • Wildlife habitat relationships.
  • Wildlife survey methods.
  • Applicable state, federal, and local environmental regulations and policies.
  • Principles of wildlife harvest management.
  • Personal computer hardware and software (MSOffice).
  • Must have good oral and written communication skills – conveys clear, timely, persuasive messages that positively influence the thoughts and actions of others.
  • Wildlife management tools and field techniques.
  • Contract development and administration. Ability to:

  • Conduct data analysis and make inferences from data.

  • Train staff.
  • Organize and prioritize work for self and others.
  • Provide constructive correction, redirection and discipline when needed.
  • Develop effective objectives, timelines and action plans.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively with individuals and groups within and outside of the organization, both in writing and verbally.
  • Negotiate effectively.
  • Use critical thinking in collecting, recording, compiling, and summarizing data.
  • Follow oral and written directions.
  • And willingness to perform in a punctual and dependable manner.
  • And willingness to accept supervision.
  • Complete required administrative paperwork in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Work independently and as a team member. Behavioral Competencies:

  • Ethics and integrity.

  • Communications effectiveness.
  • Results orientation and initiative.
  • Adaptability/flexibility.
  • Team leadership A valid Washington or other State Driver's License (or an ability to obtain one). Supplemental Information

Working Conditions The typical work duty is 80% indoors in a busy office environment. Standard business hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Most office duty tasks will involve sitting at a desk and working on a computer. The department will consider a flexible work schedule at incumbent's request; however, this will be the subject of the supervisor's approval and must meet business need of the program and the division. 20% of the duties involve travel to field operations/sites and may include meeting with regional staff, attend training, or conducting other business.

How to Apply: To apply for this position you MUST complete your profile at www.careers.wa.gov 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 (please make it succinct)
  • Three professional references (personal references do not count as professional) Please note:*Failure to follow the above application instructions will lead to disqualification*. Please do not include any attachments other than the ones requested above. E-mailed documents will not be accepted after the closing of the recruitment or 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 www.careers.wa.gov. Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we ask your understanding and encourage you to use the online process and avoid calling for information.

Please note that initial screening will be solely based on the completeness of application materials submitted and the contents and completeness of the "work experience" section of your application in NeoGov. A resume will not substitute for the "work experience" section of the application. The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the supplemental questions. Responses not supported in your application may disqualify you from consideration for employment in this position. All information will be verified and documentation may be required.

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.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-09467W

Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Closing: 10/25/2016 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $4,913.00 - $6,445.00 Monthly

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA