Statewide Salmon & Steelhead Manager - WMS Band 3 - Permanent - *06828-24

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Olympia, Washington

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $100,000.00 - $117,300.00 Annually
Deadline Jul 22, 2024


Fish Program - Intergovernmental Salmon Management Unit
Olympia, Washington - Thurston County 

This recruitment will be posted until July 22, 2024 - application review is ongoing, submit your application materials as soon as possible. This recruitment may be closed at any time.

Are you a forward-thinking leader with a passion for conservation and sustainable fisheries management? 

We are seeking an inspiring and innovative individual to lead the development and implementation of long-term strategic vision for all salmon and steelhead fisheries for the Fish Program.

In this critical and dynamic role, you will have the opportunity to ensure the sustainable growth and preservation of our aquatic resources for generations to come.

With your knowledge and innovation, 

You will be responsible for policy implementation and coordination for regional implementation of salmon fisheries in the marine waters of Puget Sound, and salmon and steelhead fisheries in freshwater.

Bring your deep understanding of Fisheries Management to, 

Ensure that all salmon and steelhead management activities are aligned with the agency mandate for preservation, protection, and perpetuation of these populations in Washington State.

Critical issues this position manages include:

  • Development and implementation of fishery and conservation and recovery plans for salmon and steelhead throughout Washington State.
  • Address and ensure compliance with the Endangered Species Act.
  • Accountable to maximize recreational and commercial harvest opportunities in a dynamic landscape of competing interests.

You excel in fostering collaboration and cultivating a strong sense of teamwork, 

Represent the State of Washington in International Pacific Salmon Commission forums – Southern Panel, Fraser River Panel – which will require timely, dynamic fishery decisions affecting commercial and sport fishing interests in Washington State.


Here is what you will be doing as our State Salmon & Steelhead Manager, 

  • Develops and implements long-term statewide salmon and steelhead strategic plans, including annual operational plans to meet conservation goals while providing sustainable recreational and commercial fishing opportunities.
  • Provides strategic direction for recovery, protection and conservation planning of ESA-listed salmon and steelhead populations (e.g. Puget Sound Chinook, Puget Sound Steelhead, etc.).
  • Leads the Fish Program team of Managers and Biologists through the annual interjurisdictional salmon season setting process known as the Pacific Fishery Management Council / North of Falcon Process.
  • Leads development of key agency publications including the Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet with a distribution of nearly one million paper copies in addition to electronic downloads.
  • Senior manager representing the State of Washington and/or supporting state representatives in numerous forums including the Pacific Salmon Commission, Pacific Fishery Management Council, etc.
  • Represents the Agency in international, federal, tribal, regional, local and media forums on anadromous issues statewide.  
  • Oversees permitting and reporting for commercial and recreational fisheries and research take of listed anadromous species to ensure compliance with Federal permit guidelines.
  • Develops, reviews, recommends, and presents draft legislation, policies and technical information to the Fish and Wildlife Commission, technical groups, advisory committees, and the public.
  • Collaborates with the Fish Management Division Manager, Regional Fish Program Managers, and other regional staff to develop strategies to implement priority Fish Program activities.


  • Work Setting, including hazards:    
    • Work is performed in an office or meeting setting. 
  • Schedule:   
    • Typically, Monday – Friday – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., with periodic weekends and evenings. 
  • Travel Requirements:   
    • Travel throughout Washington, Oregon, California, and British Columbia. 
    • Up to 20% of work time is spent traveling and includes out of area overnight travel. 
  • Customer Relations:     
    • Extensive external communication and coordination with international entities, Tribal governments and representatives, legislators, the public, and other State and Federal entities.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries, Biology, Natural Resources Science or a related field.


  • Five (5) years of progressively higher responsible management experience in the area of natural resources.  


  • Well-developed communication skills (written and oral). 
  • An in-depth understanding of fish conservation and fisheries management principles, Endangered Species Act law, Tribal law, and administration skills.  
  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal communication, and conflict resolution skills.

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

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment: 

  • Valid State Driver’s License. 
  • Valid Passport or Enhanced Driver's License must be obtained within six (6) months of hire. 


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

Working knowledge and skills in: 

  • Strategic planning, comprehensive management systems, total quality management, risk assessment, team building, and conflict resolution. 
  • Negotiations, citizen participation strategies, research, and evaluation design.
  • Fishery resource management principles. 
  • Grant acquisition and administration, personnel rules and regulations, budget development and management. 
  • Cultural diversity, tribal interactions, staff motivation/supervision/mentoring, and communication strategies.

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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