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Regional Habitat Biologist - Fish & Wildlife Bio 3 - Permanent - *06571-24

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Ridgefield, Washington

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $5,088.00 - $6,838.00 Monthly
Deadline Jun 23, 2024

FULL-TIME/PERMANENT
REGIONAL HABITAT BIOLOGIST
FISH & WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST 3 (BIO3)

Habitat Program – Region 5
*Ridgefield, Washington – Clark County

*This position has the option to work out of either the Ridgefield Office, or the Natural Resource Building in Olympia, Washington

Reporting to the Assistant Regional Habitat Program Manager, this Biologist position will coordinate multi-agency external permitting reviews for aquatic habitat restoration projects, ensuring designs align with permit requirements and habitat restoration goals. Responsibilities include implementing the Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) permitting process, reviewing environmental documents, and providing technical assistance to support healthy, diverse, and sustainable fish and wildlife populations. The position emphasizes a conservation approach that integrates ecological, social, economic, and institutional perspectives to manage and restore ecosystems for long-term benefits.

Here is what you will be doing, 

  • Support the advancement of ASRP funded restoration projects throughout the Chehalis Basin. 
  • Provide technical support for and coordinate with WDFW and other organizations sponsoring reach-scale and smaller scale restoration projects, including providing biological support for WDFW- sponsored projects, serving as a permitting and biological resource for project sponsors, and working in close coordination with the ASRP team. 
  • Serves as salmon recovery and restoration expert in the Chehalis Basin.
  • Administer the Hydraulic Project Approval process in accordance with Chapter 77.55.RCW, 77.57.RCW, and Chapter 220-110 WAC (Hydraulic Code Rules) in the Chehalis Basin in Lewis County.
  • Provide biological expertise to the Department of Natural Resources for Forest Practice activities.
  • 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).

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Work Setting, including hazards:
    • Work is performed in an office and outdoor environment.  
    • Office work includes reading, writing, phone and computer use. 
    • Fieldwork requires knowledge of operation of field equipment (GPS, maps, clinometer, range finder, compass, etc).  Knowledge of electroshocking equipment and procedures may be required.  
    • Physical, environmental, or mental demands of key work: 
      • Operate vehicle in off-road driving conditions.  
      • Working in remote forested and aquatic environments, conducting fish and wildlife surveys and other related tasks.  These activities can consist of 8-to-10-hour days, for several days in a row and during inclement weather and rough terrain.  
      • Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations.
      • Position requires walking over rough terrain for short distances (? 1 mile) regularly or occasionally over long distances (several miles).
  • Schedule:
    • Monday – Friday 8:00 a.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 8:00 a.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.  

Qualifications:

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

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/wildlife/habitat management or research.

Or

A bachelor’s degree in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science, environmental science, or related field AND two (2) years of experience as a Fish & Wildlife Biologist 2 (or higher).

Please 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.

Certifications/Licenses: 

  • Valid driver’s license

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

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. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: 

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

JOIN THE WDFW TEAM:

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.

UNION - WAFWP:

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

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 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.

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 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.  

Request an accommodation: 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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HOW TO APPLY

To be considered for the position, please apply using the link below:

 

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/4528931/regional-habitat-biologist-fish-wildlife-bio-3-permanent-06571-24 

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Category Hydrology, Restoration
Tags Permitting