Natural Resource Operations Supervisor 1 - Wildlife Program - Permanent - *10624-21

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Sunday, October 10, 2021, 11:45pm


Olympia, WA
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WDFW Wildlife Program
Olympia, Washington

If you have expertise in coordinating, managing, and conducting the operation and improvement of natural resource access areas in the Puget Sound region, then this is the job for you!

We are looking for a skilled professional who excels at providing sustainable recreational opportunities, utilizing sound business practices and provides high quality customer service. 

As our Natural Resource Operations Supervisor, you will also work to enhance conditions of fish and wildlife recreation by maintaining safe, sanitary, and ecologically sound public water access sites.

With that in mind, 

Picture yourself directing maintenance, operations, and security for natural resource access facilities.

This is an opportunity for you to write work plans for staff and crews responsible for natural resource recreation site construction and maintenance, including associated facilities and grounds.

This is a dynamic role for you to coordinate with Regional Program Managers, the Regional Director, and local government personnel, as well as representatives from non-governmental organizations when developing work plan priorities.

With your experience you will identify and apply for grants and permits to help fund and complete operations and management.

The optimal applicants will be effective communicators with the public, neighboring landowners and other agencies on diverse natural resource issues and resolving conflicts within the assigned area.

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 Natural Resource Operations Supervisor, 

  • Travels between sites, cleans facilities on a rotating schedule, and prioritizes site visits.
  • Mows/trims grass and brush, posts signs, applies herbicides, maintains roadways and parking areas.
  • Routinely repairs in the areas of carpentry, electrical, and plumbing.
  • Coordinates the work of engineering crews and contractors.
  • Recruits, makes hiring recommendations, mentors, trains, and evaluates performance of staff.
  • Works with neighboring landowners and user groups to explain agency land management policy or work toward mutually agreeable resolutions.
  • Writes reports and applies for grants.
  • Prepares permit applications and interacts with permitting agencies.



Work Setting, including hazards:    

  • Most work occurs outdoors in any weather conditions and around the public – sites include uneven ground and slippery surfaces. 
  • Frequent walking, bending, stooping, and occasional carrying/lifting objects or equipment – routinely picking up, lifting or loading litter and other discarded items sometimes in excess of 40 pounds such as couches, appliances or other large items. 
  • Some work occurs in a shop and office setting.


Typically, four ten-hour days/week, but sometimes unscheduled work week with occasional long or unusual hours, including working at night or split days.

Travel Requirements

Frequent daily travel, sometimes overnight, within the region to and between various access sites in all types of weather conditions.
Occasional travel outside region to attend meetings and training.

Tools and Equipment: 

Hand and power tools (gas and electric) including, but not limited to, chainsaws, brush cutters, blowers, welders. 
Heavy equipment: one-ton pickup with utility bed, trailers, tractors/farm equipment, forklifts, backhoes, and loaders. 
Cell phones to respond in a timely manner to agency, public or partner inquiries and requests via email, phone or text.

Customer Interactions:

Frequent direct in-person interactions with the public in the field on a daily basis as well as over the phone and through written correspondence. 
Contact with customers may be contentious and complaint in nature. 
May occasionally attend neighborhood, sports club, or public meetings.



A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in agronomy, horticulture, forest science, or a closely related field. 


Five (5) years of experience as a supervisor of crews performing natural resource labor management activities.


One (1) year of experience as a staff assistant performing professional natural resource management projects or tasks. 


Equivalent years of demonstrated experience may be considered.


Please note: College education in a natural resource field or equivalent professional or technical experience will substitute, year-for-year, for up to four (4) years of the crew supervision experience AND one (1) year of experience as a staff assistant performing professional natural resource management projects or tasks.



Valid Driver’s License.
First Aid Training (may be obtained after hire)
Public Pesticide Applicators License (may be obtained after hire)



Two (2) years of technical or professional experience in a forest nursery.

Knowledge of:

Natural resource access site operation and maintenance.
State and federal permitting related to building and work in and around water.
Fishing, hunting, and other natural resource related recreation.
Chemical herbicide application.
Personal computer hardware and software (Microsoft Office).


Experience with:

Effectively supervising employees.
Developing work plans for multiple employees.
Speaking and writing effectively.
Following prescribed protocols and procedures.
Using and instructing others on the safe use of power equipment, tractors, and hand tools.
Effectively communicating with employees and the public orally and in writing.

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)

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)
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.  

Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-2276 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (800) 833-6388.

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Salary: $3,792.00 - $4,974.00 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

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