Motorized Recreation Education Specialist - Natural Resource Specialist 2 - Seasonal - *14699-23

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Yakima, Washington

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $4,174.00 - $5,615.00 Monthly
Deadline Nov 29, 2023


Wildlife Program - Lands Division
Yakima, Washington - Yakima County

Season Length: 9 months
March 15 – December 15 

Serve as a key ambassador for motorized recreation in the region, fostering education and outreach initiatives to the public. 

Collaborating closely with enforcement staff and wildlife area managers, your primary focus will be minimizing the impact of motorized recreation on habitat and infrastructure. 

Picture yourself, 

Educating the public and recreational users about appropriate behavior, rules, and regulations of motorized vehicles, ensuring balance between motorized recreation opportunities and WDFW's mission.

This is an opportunity to, 

Demonstrate creative thinking by analyzing areas of concern and developing an outreach and education plan that emphasizes resource protection and user safety. 

We are seeking a candidate,

Who models WDFW values: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).


Some of what our Motorized Recreation Education Specialist will enjoy doing, 

In collaboration with the Regional Land Operations Manager, wildlife area managers and regional enforcement staff, develop and implement an education and outreach program for recreational motorized use of roads on Region 3 wildlife areas to respond to public use issues:

  • Routinely patrol roads and trails using a utility task vehicle (UTV), or motorized vehicles, contacting wildlife area motorized users and providing education. 
  • Analyze areas of concern, then develop an outreach and education plan that emphasizes resource protection and user safety.
  • Document rule violations and noncompliance and provide information to enforcement for follow up as necessary.
  • Provide reports to wildlife area staff and regional enforcement staff related to issues and compliance. Collect and report on visitor use data.
  • Attend user group and club meetings, and following, develop and implement volunteer projects for road and trail maintenance.


  • Work Setting, including hazards:
    • This position is primarily a field position, working approximately 85% in the field and 15% in an office setting. 
    • Will work outdoors in adverse weather conditions, and some hiking may be required.
    • Operate vehicles for long periods of time, on uneven terrain and under all weather conditions. This will include four-wheel drive vehicles on highways and forest roads, and UTV’s on roads and some trails in moderate to difficult terrain. 
  • Schedule:
    • Typically, 40 hours per week. The position must work a flexible work schedule that will include some evenings, weekend work and seasonal schedule adjustments which reflect recreation use patterns.
  • Travel Requirements:
    • Position requires daily travel from the office to the field. Travel and overnight stays are minimal but will be required for training. 
  • Tools and Equipment:
    • Agency vehicle, utility task vehicle (UTV), chainsaw, other hand tools, and a radio and cellphone for communication in the field.
  • 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 be in contact with frustrated users and stakeholders.



  • Bachelor’s degree involving major study in forestry, agriculture, aquaculture, geology, recreation, or related natural science.


  • One (1) year of professional experience in a related natural resources specialty area.
    • Examples of related natural resource experience may include working on a farm/ranch, conducting agricultural enhancement/farming practices, operating heavy equipment, and conducting wildlife or habitat enhancement practices.

Please Note: Closely related qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-by-year basis.


  • Valid Driver’s license.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

  • All-terrain vehicle (ATV) and utility task vehicle (UTV) certifications - training will be provided and must be completed within six (6) months of hire. 
  • First Aid and CPR training – agency provided and must be completed training within six (6) months of hire.


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

  • Minimum of one (1) year of experience as Natural Resource Specialist 1 or in a related natural resources field. 
  • Experience in recreation management. 
  • Public outreach and communication experience. 
  • All-terrain vehicle (ATV) and utility task vehicle (UTV) operation experience. 
  • Experience with computer software and hardware (Microsoft Suite).   

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:

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.


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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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 Elizabeth.Bullard@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 Elizabeth.Bullard@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 at 360-902-2278 or email JaymeChase@dfw.wa.gov  or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at 800-833-6388.

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Category Environmental Education, Outdoor Recreation
Tags Outreach