Community Outreach & Environmental Education Specialist 4 - Permanent - *10291-21

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Sunday, September 26, 2021, 11:45pm


Spokane Valley, WA
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WDFW Wildlife Program - Hunter Education Division
Spokane Valley, Washington

Are you an effective and experienced hunter educator looking to instruct and train the public on safe and proper firearm and hunting practices and range techniques? Looking to build partnerships and outreach programs to inform the public? If so, apply to become a Hunter Education and Volunteer Field Coordinator!

The WDFW Hunter Education Division strives to provide high quality public service and build partnerships with the public and other organizations while fulfilling the department’s mission to preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities.

With that in mind, 

Picture yourself developing and strengthening strategic partnerships by serving as a primary point of contact and developing and implementing strategies to support staff and volunteers participating in the Hunter Education Program, Master Hunter Permit Program, and Volunteer Program.

This is an opportunity for you to serve as a statewide lead and perform regionally based work in a broad range of areas including training and certification, hunter education instructor and volunteer recruitment, supervision, management, and recognition, outreach, education.

This is a dynamic role where you will be the primary point of contact for hunter education instructors, students, and parents. You will dive into public volunteer projects and respond to master hunters seeking information on the various services offered or supported by the Hunter Education Division.

With your experience you will take part in assisting in the development and implementation of strategies to meet public demand for hunter education classes, thus contributing to hunter recruitment.

The optimal applicants will possess skills to effectively coordinate and support volunteers, lead and participate in outreach and education events and implement agency strategies geared toward hunter recruitment, retention, and reactivation.

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


Our Hunter Education & Volunteer Field Coordinator,  

Serves as the statewide lead, responsible for developing, refining, and implementing required firearm safety training, qualification, and requalification of WDFW employees. 
Leads training and certifying other WDFW employees as firearm instructors.
Is responsible for Range Safety Officer (RSO) training and certification of volunteer hunter education instructors and WDFW staff.
Heads and coordinates planning and implementation of the National Hunting and Fishing Day outreach event. 
Supervises, coordinates, and assists volunteer Hunter Education instructors in successfully implementing the Hunter Education program.
Conducts hunter education instructor inventory verification.
Recruits, trains, and certifies new Hunter Education instructors.
Assists with development, refinement and implementation of other training programs and materials for Hunter Education instructor use during classes.
Plays an active role in the Hunter Education instructor Advisory Committee (IAC) and Master Hunter Advisory Group (MHAG) and advises the Hunter Education Division Manager on prioritization and resolving issues identified by the IAC and MHAG.
Independently hosts and coordinates other outreach and education events.
Plans, coordinates, and facilitates volunteer opportunities and activities including recruitment, screening, volunteer management, recognition, and reporting.



Work Setting, including hazards:    

Duties are performed in an office setting (Region 1) and in the field (Region 1 & 2). 
There may be frequent periods of strenuous physical activity associated with the facilitation of volunteer projects and with Hunter Education field courses, outdoor range instruction/live-fire, managing supplies and equipment including loading and unloading trucks and utility trailers, and hunter education teaching team evaluation which normally occur in areas of mild-terrain.


Typically, work schedule is 40 hours per week.
When working primarily with volunteers, the schedule may vary at different times to include evenings and weekend days.

Travel Requirements: 

There will be travel to large geographic areas, and overnight stays may be required to effectively reach and supervise volunteers and volunteer projects.
Occasional attendance at trade shows, fair events, or assisting with WDFW approved volunteer training exercises throughout the state.

Tools and Equipment: 

Computer hardware and software.
WDFW issued vehicle, hunter education utility trailer.
WDFW assigned hunter education firearms and bows, general volunteer equipment such as shovels, power saws, axes, and other volunteer training equipment.

Customer Interactions:

Will routinely be working with the general public, professional staff, WDFW police officers, certified hunter education instructors, certified Master Hunters, other state/federal agencies, tribes, non-profit organizations, and individuals interested in providing volunteer service. 
May occasionally encounter frustrated constituents and will need to be skilled at defusing such situations in a professional manner.



Bachelor’s degree or higher degree in environmental, physical, or natural science, education, communications, or related field.


Four (4) years professional experience involving environmental analysis or control, environmental planning, environmental education, community outreach, or communications activities.


Comparable combination of education and experience. Professional equivalent experience may substitute, year for year, for the education requirement if that experience is in one of the fields listed above.


Valid Driver’s License.
Certification as a Washington Hunter Education instructor or the ability to obtain such certification within three (3) months of employment.
Certification as a NRA firearm instructor in rifle, shotgun and handgun, or the ability to obtain such certification within six (6) months of employment.
Certification as a NRA Range Safety Officer, or the ability to obtain such certification within six (6) months of employment.


Ability to successfully pass a criminal background check.
No prior arrests, convictions, or pending legal proceedings related to sexual abuse, child abuse, domestic violence, or that preclude the possession or handling of firearms.
Some positions and incumbents within the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife may be required to carry and utilize a department-issued firearm as a condition of employment. This position has been designated as one for which possession and use of a department-issued firearm is required and essential to performing the job duties. Effective September 1, 2018, and as a condition of employment, the incumbent of this position must successfully meet all requirements of agency firearm policy (Policy 7011) and maintain eligibility to possess and use agency-issued firearm(s) at all times while in this position.


Job knowledge and experience in:

Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
Managing and prioritizing workload using good time management skills.
Solving complex issues and concerns positively and constructively.
Handling public complaints and questions in a professional, diplomatic, and positive manner.
Working effectively in a team setting and in providing leadership.
Communicating professionally and effectively with a wide variety of audiences in both written and spoken word.



Certification as a NRA Training Counselor in rifle, shotgun, and handgun. 

Certification as a Chief Range Safety Officer
Certification as a Washington Master Hunter or comparable experience working with the Master Hunter Permit Program.
Possession of a Federal Firearms License (FFL) or comparable experience and knowledge of firearms and hunting equipment.


Job knowledge and experience in:

Developing and implementing training programs.
Working with and managing volunteers, especially hunter education instructors, Master Hunters, and other natural resource volunteers.
Working as a natural resource volunteer.
Hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation.
Developing policies and procedures.
Understanding of navigating through WDFW policies, procedures, rules, and laws,
Using standard office equipment and computer software including Outlook, Word, Power Point, Excel, Internet Explorer, and other search engines.
Following policies and procedures when resolving disciplinary and accountability issues with volunteers.

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. 


On Monday August 9, 2021, Governor Inslee enacted Proclamation 21-14 which requires that all employees of all state agencies not headed by an elected official be fully vaccinated with a recommended COVID-19 vaccine by October 18, 2021 as a condition of employment. Fully vaccinated includes the two-week waiting period after the last shot in each series, or single shot, is given. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide verification of COVID vaccination. A list of acceptable documents to provide verification can be reviewed here. Vaccination acceptable documents link (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader)

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:

The Department of Fish and Wildlife’s priority during the Covid-19 health crisis is to keep our staff, candidates, and the public safe.  We are hiring and encourage you to apply to open positions. We have transitioned to a virtual recruitment process, to include web-based interviews.


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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Salary: $4,509.00 - $5,913.00 Monthly

More than Just a Paycheck!
Employee benefits are not just about the kind of services you get, they are also about how much you may have to pay out of pocket. Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.

We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career and that your priority is making sure that you and your family will maintain health and financial security. That's why choice is a key component of our benefits package. We have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits that you can mix and match to meet your current and future needs.
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The following information describes typical benefits available for full-time employees who are expected to work more than six months. Actual benefits may vary by appointment type or be prorated for other than full-time work. Check with the agency human resource office for specific benefit information.
Insurance Benefits
Employees and families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance.  There are multiple medical plans with affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout the state.  Staff are eligible to enroll each year in a medical flexible spending account which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care expenses.  Employees are also covered by basic life and long term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional coverage amounts.  To view premium rates, coverage choice in your area and how to enroll, please visit the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) website.
Retirement and Deferred Compensation
State Employees are members of the Washington Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS).  New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs.  For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems' web site.
Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP).  This is a supplemental retirement savings program (similar to an IRA) that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options.
Vacation (Annual Leave)
You begin accruing vacation starting your first month of employment. Since we value your loyalty, the amount of vacation you can accrue increases the longer you work with us. Washington State supports members of the armed forces with 21 days paid military leave per year. Vacation accrues for full-time employees per WAC 357-31-165.
Full-time employees are entitled to eleven* paid holidays:
New Year's Day
January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday
Third Monday in January
Presidents' Day
Third Monday in February
Memorial Day
Last Monday in May
Independence Day
July 4
Labor Day
First Monday in September
Veterans' Day
November 11
Thanksgiving Day
Fourth Thursday in November & Friday after
Christmas Day
December 25
Personal Holiday
Employee's selection each calendar year
*Employees who are members of certain Unions are entitled to an additional personal leave day of their choice. Please refer to specific Collective Bargaining Agreements for more information.
Social Security
All state employees are covered by the federal Social Security and Medicare systems. The state and the employee pay an equal amount into the system.
Sick Leave
Full-time employees earn eight hours of sick leave per month. Paid sick leave may be used for reasons included in WAC 357-31-130.
Please visit the State HR Website for more detailed information.

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