Real Estate Services Section Manager - WMS Band 3 - Permanent - *04674-24

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Olympia, Washington

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $105,000.00 - $117,000.00 Annually
Deadline May 29, 2024




Wildlife Program - Lands Division

Olympia, Washington - Thurston County 

This recruitment is posted until May 29, 2024.  Application review is ongoing, submit your application materials as soon as possible. This recruitment may be closed at any time. 

Are you a visionary conservation leader with a passion for conservation real estate; can you lay out a clear path and inspire and guide your team along it?

With your experience, you will establish, lead, and implement policy for the acquisition, disposal, and real property management of the Department of Fish and Wildlife's statewide real property assets. 

This work of your team provides the critical link between agency objectives (species and habitat conservation, public recreation, hatcheries, department facilities) and realized outcomes where real property interests are a component of the outcome.

In this dynamic leadership role, 

You will develop and implement effective real property management strategies for nearly 1.1 million acres of owned and controlled lands and 450 water access areas that achieve fish and wildlife resource management goals and assure protection and enhancement of the state's real property asset value.

You thrive on collaboration and teamwork, 

Ensure coordination of real property strategies, policies, and actions with other WDFW programs, Regional Directors, user groups, land trusts and other non-profit partners, legislators and federal, state and local officials, and the Fish and Wildlife Commission.  

Provide the vision and direction for your team members,  

While advancing agency policy and priorities for short and long-term, real property ownership.  This includes work associated with compliance in legal and fiduciary obligations, permitting and leasing processes, and water rights management.

Motivate and provide leadership for staff,

Foster and contribute to a respectful and inclusive work environment where all individuals feel safe and empowered to contribute to the work of the larger team.


Here is what you will be doing as our Real Estate Services Section Manager, 

  • Plan and manage the development of and implementation of the $2.2+ million annual operating budget and $50+ million annual capital acquisition budgets.
  • Lead and direct the work performed by the Real Estate Services section including 3-4 direct reports and a total team of over 14 statewide. 
  • Assure appropriate and optimum use of the department’s resources and enhance the effectiveness of employees through compassionate and adaptive leadership. 
  • Support effective communications throughout the organization including staff appreciation and recognition. 
  • Maintain the highest standards of personal/professional and ethical conduct and support the State's goals for a diverse workforce.
  • Develop and recommend strategic and tactical actions for approval and implementation by the Director and/or the Fish and Wildlife Commission. 
  • Build and maintain relationships with key internal and external state and federal agencies, funders, and non-profits partners.  


  • Work Setting, including hazards:    
    • Work is primarily conducted in an office environment, options for remote work may be available.
  • Schedule:   
    • 40 hours per week, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Flexible schedule may be available upon approval from supervisor. 
    • Schedule adjustments are expected to meet business demands, needs and deadlines. 
  • Travel Requirements:   
    • Field visits to potential acquisitions sites/willing sellers and in regional offices to meet with lands agents and other regional staff as needed.
  • Customer Relations:     
    • Public with concerns and questions about real property management and acquisitions, Legislators, Grant Sources, Acquisition Partners, Regions, Regional Facility Managers (Wildlife Areas, Hatchery's, Access Sites), Permittees and Lessees.



  • Bachelor's degree involving major study in business or public administration, real estate, economics, accounting, natural resource management, public lands recreation or related field. 


  • At least five (5) years of experience in real property appraising, property negotiations, public property management, selling, leasing or buying real estate, or fish and wildlife habitat conservation and/or public lands recreation management.

Please Note: Four (4) years of related professional experience may substitute for a bachelor’s degree provided the time is in business or public administration, real estate, economics, accounting, natural resource management, fish and wildlife habitat conservation and/or public lands recreation, or related field.


  • Embodies and has a proven track record of working in alignment with WDFW’s Agency Values of: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect and Empathy. 


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

  • Master's in Business Administration (MBA) or related field. 


  • Ten (10) years of experience in selling, leasing or buying real estate, real property appraising, property negotiations, real estate law or public property planning and/or management. 


  • Proven ability and demonstrated success solving problems and resolving issues in a dynamic environment. 
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and accurately in a timely manner. 
  • Proven success building teams and facilitating partnerships in a diverse environment. 
  • Leadership ability based on trust, respect, and integrity.

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.

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 kaila.daudt@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 kaila.daudt@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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