Fish & Wildlife Biologist 3 - Habitat Biologist - Permanent - *11011-21

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Sunday, October 10, 2021, 11:45pm


Port Orchard, WA
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WDFW Habitat Program
Port Orchard, Washington

If you are an experienced biologist who is passionate about protecting and restoring fish and wildlife habitats, land use regulation, and working with multiple stakeholders to help do the same, then this is the job for you!

As our Habitat Biologist, you will be a steward of the environment and serve as an expert regarding habitat preservation, protection, conservation, restoration, enhancement, and environment permit requirements within Kitsap and Mason Counties.

If this speaks to you then come join a close-knit, collaborative team that values each member for their strengths and works together to provide sound resource management!

With that in mind, 

Picture yourself working with applicants throughout the Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) process to minimize project impacts and serve as an agency expert performing technical reviews of project proposals.

This is a dynamic role where you will serve as a lead for the agency on review of Salmon Recovery Projects and eventually conduct habitat enhancement/acquisition as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

The optimal applicants will use their expertise to provide technical assistance to the public, governmental agencies, tribes, and other WDFW programs. 

We are seeking a candidate with demonstrated values matching those of WDFW: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).


Our Habitat Biologist, 

Reviews Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) applications for completeness and compliance with other permit requirements.
Performs technical reviews of project proposals about resources present on or near the project site and mitigation for identified impacts to these resources.
Evaluates potential adverse impacts of project proposals on fish resources; and recommends alternatives or plan modifications.
Reviews and comments on State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) declarations and determinations.
Serves as Priority Habitats and Species (PHS) lead and expert for geographic coverage area – provides technical assistance in the use and application of PHS information by local, state, and federal governments as well as the general public and private organizations. 
Reviews large and small-scale project plans to determine potential impacts on fish, wildlife, and habitats.
Serves as a lead for forest habitats by providing office and field review of plans, permits and actions conducted in the forested environment.
Reviews of Road Maintenance and Abandonment Plan (RMAP) projects conducted under the Forest and Fish Law – reviews and comments on Water Type Modifications.
Facilitates and coordinates WDFW input to Salmon Recovery activities with lead entities and Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups (RFEG's) within geographic area of responsibility.
Works on outreach and education projects to teach and influences a passion for Habitat protection and restoration.



Work Setting, including hazards: 

Work is performed in the field, often in remote locations and during inclement weather – frequent driving to conduct field review of project sites.
Occasional work in remote forested and aquatic environments, conducting fish surveys and other related tasks – these activities can consist of 8-to-10-hour days, for several days in a row.
Frequent walking over rough terrain for short distances (? 1 mile) regularly or occasionally over long distances (several miles).


Typically, work schedule is 8 hours/day, 40 hours per week – may be required to work occasional weekend, holiday, or after hours for emergency permitting of flood related, or other emergency projects. 
Office and fieldwork schedules vary throughout the year – spring/summer/fall construction season generally requires greater fieldwork.

Travel Requirements: 

Periodic statewide or regional travel and occasional attendance at evening meetings.

Tools and Equipment: 

Field equipment, survey equipment, computers, tablets/smart phone, GPS locators.

Customer Interactions: 

Effective communication and negotiation with clients, local government officials, agriculture/irrigators, forest and special interest groups.



A Bachelor's degree in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science, or environmental science. 


Three (3) years of professional experience in fish management or fish research, wildlife management or wildlife research, or habitat management or habitat research. 


Two (2) years as a Fish & Wildlife Biologist 2.

Please Note:

Professional equivalent experience may substitute, year for year, for education requirement.   
A Master’s degree in the applicable science will substitute one (1) year of the required experience. 
A Ph.D. in the applicable science may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience. 


Valid Driver’s License. 


Job knowledge and experience in:

Marine and Stream ecology and restoration techniques, fish passage barrier assessments, and fish passage requirements for road crossing structures.
Pacific salmonid life histories in marine and freshwater habitats, the requirements for juvenile fishes in those habitats, general forage fish biology in Puget Sound, and general knowledge of local intertidal submerged vegetation. 
Utilizing heavy equipment operations, environmental review processes, fish screening requirements, and similar applicable fields of study or training.
Local government planning processes, including the Growth Management Act, the Shoreline Management Act and the WDFW Priority Habitat and Species.  
Working within the regulatory environment including reviewing, issuing, monitoring or complying with federal, state or local environmental permits.
Effectively communicating (one-on-one and participation in group discussions), independently analyze and weigh the risks verses benefits in decisions and recommendations related to fish and wildlife resources, and habitat issues.
Building a rapport and partnership with the public, tribes, local, state, and federal governmental agencies regarding issues pertaining to fish and wildlife protection.
Organization and time management to effectively prioritize workload and maximize efficiency.
Applying negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
Writing and group presentations and the ability to present complex or controversial information in a way that is understandable and non-confrontational.
Providing superior customer service. 

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 and why you want to be an Area Habitat Biologist (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)

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.

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)
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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: $4,738.00 - $6,217.00 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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Salyse Duckworth