Area Habitat Biologist - Fish & Wildlife Bio 3 - Permanent - *06378-24

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Port Orchard, Washington

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $5,088.00 - $6,838.00 Monthly
Deadline Jun 16, 2024


Habitat Program – Protection Division
Port Orchard, Washington – Kitsap County

Consistent with the Agency’s Conservation Principles, this position practices conservation by managing, protecting, and restoring ecosystems for the long-term benefit of people, and for fish, wildlife, and their habitats by embracing new knowledge and best available science to adaptively manage changing and complex conditions.  We work across disciplines to solve problems and work collaboratively with our conservation and community partners, integrating ecological, social, economic, and institutional perspectives into our decision making.

Reporting to the Assistant Regional Habitat Program Manager, this position implements the Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) permitting process, and reviews and comments on environmental documents including Forest Practices, Growth and Shoreline Management Acts, and State Environmental Policy Act/National Environmental Policy Act documents.  As a senior level Biologist working under general direction, this position provides internal and external technical assistance in their assigned area to support organizational efforts for healthy, diverse, and sustainable fish and wildlife populations and their habitat.


Here is what you will be doing, 

Administer the Hydraulic Project Approval process in accordance with Chapter 77.55.RCW, 77.57.RCW, and Chapter 220-660-WAC (Hydraulic Code Rules): 

  • Review permit applications and conduct field reviews to provide project technical assistance to applicants. Recommend Best Management Practices; measures to avoid, reduce or eliminate impacts to fish life; and/or alternative project designs and/or techniques.
  • Coordinate participation and discussion of project proposals with other agency personnel, including biologists, scientists, and environmental engineers, in assessing project compliance with agency policies and impacts to fish and wildlife habitat.
  • Issue, process, condition, or deny standard, expedited and emergency HPA’s in accordance with the Revised Code of Washington, Washington Administrative Code, agency policy, and procedures manual.
  • Conduct project compliance and monitoring field review during and after construction.

Provide review and comment on County/City Critical Areas Ordinances and Shoreline Master Program updates and implementation activities, as authorized under the Growth Management Act (GMA) and Shoreline Management Act (SMA): 

  • Foster open collaborative partnerships with City and County planners to incorporate best available science into land use ordinances.
  • Provide written comments to local government planning staff during the land use decision-making process as part of the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), City/County Shoreline Management Plans, and Critical Area Ordinances.
  • Assist City and County planners and the public in using and interpreting Priority Habitats and Species (PHS) management recommendations and mapping.
  • Provide review and comment to local jurisdictions on Habitat Management Plans in accordance with local Critical Areas Ordinances. Coordinate with the local jurisdiction to assist landowners to comply with local land use ordinances.

Provide biological expertise to the Department of Natural Resources for Forest Practice activities:

  • Collaborate with state and federal forest management agencies when reviewing Forest Practice Applications (FPA’s) for impacts to fish and wildlife habitat.
  • Provide provisions for the protection of fish life using the Forest Practice Hydraulic Permit (FPHP) Concurrence Review process.
  • Participate in Water Type Modification Interdisciplinary teams, applying expert advice on fish habitat conditions.
  • Assist with the review and development of wildlife plans associated with forest practice applications.


  • Work Setting, including hazards:
    • Work is performed in an office and outdoor environment.
    • Office hazards include working under fluorescent light, repetitively entering data into computer, looking at computer monitor for long periods of time, sitting or standing for long periods of time..
    • Fieldwork requires operation of field equipment (GPS, maps, clinometer, range finder, compass, etc.). Use of electroshocking equipment and procedures may be required.
    • Will operate vehicles in off-road driving conditions.
    • Position requires working in remote forested and aquatic environments, conducting fish and wildlife surveys and other related tasks. 
    • These activities may consist of 8-to-10-hour days, for several days in a row and during inclement weather and rough terrain.
    • Position requires of hiking over rough terrain for short distances (<1 mile) regularly or occasionally over long distances (several miles).
    • Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations.
  • Schedule:
    • Monday-Friday, 8:00a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Employee may be called out on weekends, holidays or other after hours for emergency permitting.   
    • Occasional evening meetings are also required.   
    • Percentages of office and field work vary seasonally and can reach as much as 80% field work during busy times of the year and less than 30% during other times of the year.  
    • Incumbent may work a flexible work schedule subject to supervisory approval.
  • Travel Requirements:
    • Periods of overnight travel may be required, and work hours may exceed the standard 8:00a.m. – 5:00 p.m. workday.
  • Tools and Equipment:
    • Boots, GPS, clinometer, waders, rain gear, computer, phone, state-assigned work vehicle.
  • Customer Interactions:
    • Agency staff, other governmental agencies, tribal, private stakeholders, special interests, and the public.  



A Bachelor's Degree in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science, environmental science, or related field and three (3) years of professional experience in fish management or fish research, wildlife management or wildlife research, or habitat management or habitat research. 


A Bachelor's Degree in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science, environmental science, or related field and two (2) years as a Fish & Wildlife Biologist 2.

Note: A Master’s in applicable science will substitute for one year of required experience. A Doctorate degree in applicable science will substitute two years of required experience. Closely related qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-by-year basis.


Valid driver’s license


In addition to those required qualifications, our ideal applicant will also have some or all of the following: 

  • Knowledge of ecological processes pertinent to the Pacific Northwest.
  • General understanding of regulatory processes, including the Hydraulic Code, Growth Management Act (GMA), State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), and Shoreline Management Act (SMA).

Supplemental Information:

Please note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification.

Experience and education selected, listed, and detailed in the Supplemental Questions must be verifiable in the application.

In order to successfully 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. 
  • Three professional references. 


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:  https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/form-i-9-acceptable-documents


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: Benefits

Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave types. 

Eleven (11) Paid Holidays per year and one (1) personal holiday if the employee is scheduled to be, or has been, continuously employed by the State of Washington for at least four (4) months. 

Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA),  and an Employee Assistance Program.


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.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Employer


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 diana.humes@dfw.wa.gov.
  • Subject line must include recruitment number, position, and Vet (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – Veteran)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in careers.wa.gov.


To take advantage of military spouse preference, please do the following:

  • Notify us of your military spouse status by email at diana.humes@dfw.wa.gov.  
  • Subject line must include recruitment number, position, and MS (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – MS)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in careers.wa.gov.

Note: Please blackout any PII (personally identifiable information) data such as social security numbers. 

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.  

Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format please contact Jayme Chase by phone 360-902-2278 or email Jayme.Chase@dfw.wa.gov , or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at 800-833-6388.

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Category General / Stewardship, Hydrology
Tags Permitting, Environmental Planning