Subaward Manager - Habitat Strategic Initiative Lead - EP3 - Project - TWO (2) openings *22-13964

Department of Fish And Wildlife

Olympia, Washington

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $5,136.00 - $6,746.00 Monthly
Deadline Dec 31, 2022
Shoreline Armoring Removal – Photo Credit: Theresa Mitchell






WDFW Habitat Program

Olympia, Washington – Thurston County

Anticipated project length is contingent upon continued U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding allocations under the cooperative agreement.

Approximately 5.5 Years through June 30, 2028

The Habitat Strategic Initiative Lead (HSIL) is the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) co-led program to advance habitat protection and restoration in Puget Sound under a cooperative agreement with the EPA.

Learn more about the Habitat Strategic Initiative:

Co-manage the HSIL subaward grant program to ensure federal funds from EPA implement the four Habitat Implementation Strategies: 

Floodplains and Estuaries

Land Development and Cover   

Shoreline Armoring

Marine Vegetation

Negotiate Statements of Work and Budgets with subrecipients to support strong outcomes from subawards linked to Implementation Strategy goals. 

Develop the grant program policies and standards while managing the resulting award agreements. 

If this sounds like the perfect opportunity for you then apply today and join the WDFW Team! 

With that in mind, 

Picture yourself developing the grant program policies and standards, negotiating Statements of Work and budgets with subrecipients to support strong outcomes linked to Habitat Implementation Strategy goals.

This is an opportunity to complete EPA required reporting for the subaward program and organize subaward records to ensure record retention and EPA requirements are met.

The optimal applicants thrive on building collaboration and teamwork, are motivated, honest, transparent, professional, tactful, and politically sensitive. 

We are seeking a candidate who respects and values the opinions of others, creating an inclusive team environment where every member feels they contribute value to the project and WDFW.


Our Habitat Strategic Initiative Lead,

  • Coordinates and implements the subaward program.
  • Leads the negotiation of Statements of Work and budgets with successful Requests for Proposal (RFP) applicants (i.e., staff at government agencies, tribes, special districts, or non-profit organizations) that highlight the connections to the Habitat Implementation Strategies. 
  • Manages the Habitat Strategic Initiative Lead (HSIL) subawards and contracts.
  • Facilitates technical content review of subaward deliverables by HSIL team members or Subject Matter Experts (technical staff from government agencies, local jurisdictions, and non-profits, etc.).
  • Works with HSIL Communications Lead to share outputs from the subawards on the Strategic Initiative Lead (SIL) website or other appropriate avenues.
  • Completes EPA required reporting for subaward program and organize subaward records to ensure record retention and EPA requirements are met.
  • Supports the development of Requests for Proposal (RFP) application and evaluation materials on specific topics following EPA funding guidance.
  • Supports the overall HSIL EPA workplan through supporting team activities and providing situational awareness.


  • Work Setting, including hazards: 
    • Work is almost exclusively performed in an office environment. 
  • Schedule: 
    • Typically, Monday – Friday - 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Workload demands may require work outside the assigned work hours/days and adjustment of work schedules.
  • Travel Requirements:
    • Some travel within the Puget Sound region will be required to meet with partners, conduct business, or attend/provide training.
  • Tools and Equipment: 
    • Standard office furniture and equipment - desk, filing cabinet, computer, printer, telephone, copy machine, etc.
  • Customer Interactions:
    • Daily contact with clients, including some contact with those who may be frustrated.

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

  • A Bachelor’s degree in natural resource or environmental science, natural resource or environmental planning, or public administration or public policy with an environmental emphasis, or a closely related field.


  • At least four (4) years of professional experience in natural resource or environmental science, natural resource or environmental planning, or public administration or environmental policy.


  • One year of experience as an Environmental Planner 2.


Must demonstrate experience and strong competence in these skills and abilities:

  • Strong interpersonal skills and verbal/written communications skills. 
  • Demonstrated organization and time management skills to effectively prioritize workload and maximize efficiency. 
  • Managing the administrative aspects of a program, including contract management and reporting requirements. 
  • Demonstrated ability to apply negotiation and conflict resolution skills. 
  • Ability to seek and act on opportunities to improve, streamline, and re-invent work processes. 
  • Basic use of Microsoft Office programs (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Must exemplify: critical thinking, independent good judgement, ability to take interest in and understand others' perspectives; easily recognize when others have important information, perspectives, or ideas; appropriate assertiveness; and be committed to the service of the public, mission and team.


  • A Master’s degree in natural resource or environmental science, natural resource or environmental planning, public administration or public policy with an environmental emphasis, or a closely related field. 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain collaborative working relationships, to build rapport and partner with local, state, and federal governmental agencies, tribes, regarding issues pertaining to habitat protection and restoration.
  • Leading and facilitating a team or work groups to achieve desired and productive outcomes.
  • Experience applying knowledge of Puget Sound fish and wildlife biology, habitat science, and ecology to anticipate fish, wildlife, and habitat needs, potential impacts, and likely remedies.

Knowledge of: 

  • The Puget Sound Action Agenda and Puget Sound recovery goals.
  • Natural resource laws, policies, and programs and how this affects and/or enables fish, wildlife, and habitat conservation in Washington State, and the ability to interpret and apply them in order to achieve expected results.


WDFW requires all employees to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment.
You will be required to provide proof of vaccination as part of the hiring process. Please do not upload your vaccination documentation with your application materials - your vaccination status will be verified by your supervisor before you will be allowed to work. Exemptions may be granted for religious or medical purposes.

Supplemental Information

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

In order to successfully apply for this position, you MUST complete your profile at 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:


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.


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
  • Subject line should include recruitment number, position, and Vet (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – Veteran)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in


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

  • Notify us of your military spouse status by email at  
  • Subject line should include recruitment number, position, and MS (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – MS)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in

Note: Please blackout any PII (personally identifiable information) data such as social security numbers. For further information, please contact us at

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.  

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