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Description The 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. \u00a0 The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable recreational and commercial opportunities dependent on viable fish and wildlife populations. Each day, WDFW employees facilitate fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities for millions of residents and visitors. WDFW's employees\u2013field and laboratory biologists, geneticists, research scientists, hatchery professionals, policy experts, fully commissioned law enforcement officers, land stewards, lab technicians, property acquisition specialists, customer service representatives and others work throughout the state. WDFW employees protect and restore critical habitat, strive to facilitate species recovery when necessary, and manage hundreds of fish and wildlife species. WDFW employees maintain nearly a million acres of public wildlife lands. They interpret, apply and enforce state and federal laws and collaborate with stakeholders to protect fish and wildlife resources. Find out more about us and the important work we are a part of at . \u00a0 FISH & WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST 3 \u00a0 The Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill one full time, permanent, Fish & Wildlife Biologist 3 position located in the Habitat Program, Region 6. The duty station for this position is located in Port Orchard\u00a0with work performed throughout Kitsap and Mason\u00a0County. Reporting to the Assistant Regional Habitat Program Manager, the Habitat Biologist is a senior level position that serves as the Department expert regarding Fish & Wildlife habitat preservation, protection, conservation, restoration, enhancement, and environmental permitting requirements within their assigned area of coverage and within the specific objectives listed below. This position is also responsible for providing internal and external technical assistance within their assigned area that support other organizational efforts to achieve healthy, diverse and sustainable fish and wildlife populations and their supporting habitats. Duties Specific position objectives: Implement the Hydraulic Project Approval process in accordance with Chapter 77.55.RCW, 77.57.RCW, and Chapter 220-660-WAC (Hydraulic Code Rules). Reviewing HPA applications for completeness and compliance with other permit requirements, Technical review of project proposals to determine if correct information on resources present on or near the project site are identified and inventoried and that appropriate mitigation is provided for identified impacts to these resources, Conduct field reviews and participate in preconstruction meetings, Coordinate reviews with other state agencies as well as local and federal agencies, Provide review of County or City environmental protection ordinance development and implementation under the Shoreline Management Act and Growth Management Act. Updates and maintains Priority Habitat and Species (PHS) data and provides assistance in utilizing this information. Represents the Department on technical committees; writes and reviews plans; presents study results and serves as expert witness or negotiator before various commissions, review boards, or in court cases; works with other programs to formulate regulatory recommendations for management of fish and wildlife and their habitats. Serves as lead for forest habitats by providing office and field review of plans, permits and actions conducted in the forested environment. Conducts habitat enhancement or acquisition as lead or part of a multi-disciplinary team. Serves as WDFW lead for assigned irrigation and reservoir projects by negotiating, developing and implementing protection, mitigation and enhancement plans associated with federal, state or local licensing or permitting. Qualifications A Bachelor's degree in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science, or environmental science. AND three (3) years of professional experience in fish management or fish research, wildlife management or wildlife research, or habitat management or habitat research. OR A Master's degree in the applicable science will substitute one year of the required experience. A Ph.D. in the applicable science may be substituted for two years of the required experience. OR Two years as a Fish & Wildlife Biologist 2. \u00a0 A valid Washington or other State Driver's License \u00a0 Preferred\/Desired Education, Training, Skills and Abilities\/Competencies: Knowledge of stream and marine ecology and restoration techniques, fish passage barrier assessments, fish passage requirements for road crossing structures, logging processes, heavy equipment operation and limitations, in-water construction techniques, environmental review processes, and similarly applicable fields of study or training. General knowledge of Pacific Northwest fish and wildlife, their habitats and life histories; Species identification; Familiarity with ArcGIS and Priority Habitats and Species mapping. Familiarity with local government planning processes, including the Growth Management Act and the Shoreline Management Act. Demonstrated ability to work within the regulatory environment including reviewing, issuing, monitoring or complying with federal, state or local environmental permits. Demonstrated functional knowledge of the biology, life histories, and habitat requirements of fish and wildlife species of Washington. Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate (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; Demonstrated ability to build rapport and partner with the public, tribes, and local, state, and federal governmental agencies regarding issues pertaining to fish and wildlife protection; Demonstrated organization and time management skills to effectively prioritize workload and maximize efficiency; Demonstrated ability to apply negotiation and conflict resolution skills; Demonstrated skill in writing and group presentations and the ability to present complex or controversial information in a way that is understandable and non-confrontational. Key Competencies -- the best qualified applicants will demonstrate abilities in the following areas: Facilitation and negotiation skills \u2013 The ability to serve as both as a regulator and as a non-regulatory technical expert on regional fish and wildlife issues is required. Being tactful and sensitive when dealing with people with strongly held opposing viewpoints and when addressing \politically sensitive\ matters are very important qualities for this position. Exemplary social and verbal communication skills are needed to ensure requests and actions are professional, objective, and not perceived by others as adversarial or unprofessional. Written Communication \u2013 Exceptional writing skills are a requirement. Writing (letters, memos and email) should be organized, clear and concise, use principles of \plain talk\, and be effective, yet tactful. Writing should be professionally written with the understanding that they are public records and as such may be read by others than the intended recipient(s). Working with WDFW Management \u2013 This position must ensure to keep management timely apprised of controversial issues in the region, especially politically sensitive matters, and consult with supervisor and management prior to acting on particularly sensitive or controversial matters or representing the Department on such matters so that WDFW management can participate in deciding positions or actions to be taken. The successful candidate must be willing and able to: Work in the field in all weather conditions, walk streams and over rugged terrain up to 50% of the time. Ability to work in inclement weather over difficult terrain, including slippery rocks, steep banks, and sticky mud. Ability to walk, bend, stoop, while at times carrying up to 40 pounds. Ability to load and transport machinery, equipment, and gear. Ability and knowledge to work safely and efficiently around agricultural equipment, ATVs, and hand tools (e.g. shovels, box cutters). Ability to use critical thinking in collecting, recording, compiling, and summarizing data. Ability to follow oral and written directions. Ability to visually discriminate when identifying and distinguishing biological and physical features. Ability to complete required administrative paperwork in an accurate and timely manner. Ability to work independently and as a team member. Willingness and ability to perform routine and repetitive work. Willingness and ability to perform in a punctual and dependable manner. Willingness to accept supervision. Occasional work hours outside of the regular 8:00 am \u2013 5:00 pm, Monday \u2013 Friday work hours including evenings and weekends, occasional early morning, evening, and weekend duties. Safely operate motor vehicles.

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