Wildlife Area Assistant Manager - Fish & Wildlife Biologist 2 - Permanent - *14888-23 - Tenders Global

Wildlife Area Assistant Manager – Fish & Wildlife Biologist 2 – Permanent – *14888-23

Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife



Wildlife Program – Region 5
Goldendale, Washington – Klickitat County

Serve as an Assistant Manager of the Klickitat Wildlife Area (KWA), which includes approximately 25,000 acres within Klickitat County!

Assist with implementation of the KWA Management Plan, including management of fish and wildlife habitat, and recreational use activities on the Wildlife Area.

This is an opportunity to practice habitat stewardship and enhancement techniques for deer and other game species as well as non-game wildlife including the state-listed western gray squirrel.

With your experience, you will assist in evaluation of habitat protection infrastructure and strategies, and prioritization and implementation of actions to advance conservation objectives.

We are seeking a candidate to blend the use of modern tools with on-the-ground knowledge to plan and execute management activities, and interact with the public to promote responsible recreation within important fish and wildlife habitat on the Wildlife Area.

Here is some of what you will be doing:

Responsible for monitoring, restoring, and/or managing habitat on Wildlife Areas. Performs habitat management work through weed control, forestry, and farming activities: 

  • Conducts or oversees wildlife/habitat surveys, data collection, and habitat improvement.
  • Performs habitat maintenance activities.
  • Lead, manage, and provide technical input to update and develop projects.
  • Performs weed control utilizing mechanical, cultural, or chemical means and maintains records to meet WSDA standards.
  • Cultivates native vegetation and food plots for benefit of wildlife using predefined methodologies.
  • Conducts field reviews of restored sites and recommends future management activities.
  • Cuts trees and brush, and prunes limbs from trees according to project prescription
  • Assists with purchases of seed, fertilizer, herbicides, etc.

Conducts studies, field reviews, and surveys on habitat, wildlife, and recreation on Wildlife Area: 

  • Surveys Wildlife Areas for invasive vegetation, native T&E plants, and general habitat conditions; and uses predefined methodologies to implement appropriate management.
  • Surveys Wildlife Areas for priority wildlife species.
  • Reviews and/or studies fish, wildlife, plants, habitats, and recreational use on Wildlife Areas. Implements Wildlife Area plan activities, including habitat and recreation management. Plans, coordinates, and monitors ecosystem/habitat enhancement projects on Wildlife Area to benefit fish and wildlife.
  • Monitors gazing and agricultural leases and other land-use permits and keeps appropriate records.
  • Observes public use and interacts with the public to educate and guide user experience to match WDFW’s objectives for the property.
  • Assures compliance with applicable laws, label restrictions, and record keeping associated with agricultural chemical applications to wildlife areas.

Conduct outreach and communicate with neighbors, stakeholders, land-use permit holders, and general public regarding Wildlife Area activities, permits, and plans:

  • Contributes to the development, updating, and implementing of Wildlife Area Plans.
  • Assists with development of forest plans, timber harvest permits, and other land-use permits. Monitors permits and keeps appropriate records.
  • Stays current on habitat management research/literature and maintains knowledge of agency policies.
  • Responds to public inquiries and concerns.

Maintain facilities, infrastructure, and equipment operation and maintenance and public trust responsibilities:

  • Evaluates and assures safety of facilities.
  • Maintains and repairs equipment inventory (e.g., vehicles, farm equipment, ATVs, and other tools) used for program activities, and constructs and/or assists with repair and maintenance of Wildlife Area infrastructure, including buildings, grounds, roads and culverts, diking systems, fences, wildlife water structures, public use facilities, etc.

Principle assistant to Wildlife Area Manager:

  • This position is the secondary contact (primary is the Wildlife Area Manager) for emergencies, issues, and questions, and is primary contact when Wildlife Area Manager is on leave.
  • Assumes duties of Wildlife Area Manager in his/her absence.


  • Work Setting, including hazards:
    • Work is performed in an office and in the field.
    • Work in difficult terrain, independently and often with little supervision.  Work in inclement weather, including extreme heat or snow, over difficult terrain, including slippery rocks, steep banks, water, and sticky mud up to 60-70% of the time.
    • Walk, bend, stoop, while at times carrying up to 50 pounds.  Load and transport equipment and gear weighing over 50 pounds over uneven terrain.
    • Perform routine and repetitive work in a safe and efficient manner.
    • Work independently and as a team member.
    • Safely operate motor vehicles, trailers, farm machinery, shop equipment, and ATV’s in field situations.
    • Perform aerial and/or marine surveys.
    • Dispatch animals.
    • Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations.
  • Schedule:
    • Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. At times work may be off-schedule due to seasonal demands, emergencies, and time-critical assignments.
    • Available for non-scheduled work week and travel, and to work long irregular hours.
  • Travel Requirements:
    • Travel up to 10% of time.
    • Be available for non-scheduled work week and travel.
    • Occasional travel required for training or meetings.
    • Travel in the duty area occasionally requires use of small boats such as canoes or a drift boat, hiking, or flight (as a passenger) in a motor aircraft.
  • Tools and Equipment:
    • Personal computer hardware and software (MS/Office/Outlook), GPS and software, radio telemetry equipment (transmitters and attachment, receivers, antennas, tracking methods), binoculars and spotting scopes, radios, pickup truck, flatbed truck, utility trailer, ATV, chipper, fire suppression equipment, wheeled tractors, implements used with a tractor, boat, boat trailer, sprayers.
    • Fieldwork also requires knowledge of the operation of a GPS, clinometer, and digital camera.
    • Work also requires standard hand tools such as shovels, jacks, bow saws, pruning saws, backpack sprayer, fence post drivers, wire stretchers, and tools used in carpentry. Power and hand tools used include chain saws, brush cutters, mowers, electric herbicide sprayer, and standard shop tools such as grinders, drills, tablesaw and bandsaw, and handheld circular saw and saber saws. Work includes use of implements mounted on tractors, small boats, lawnmowers, and drills.
  • Customer Interactions:
    • Interacts with recreationists in the field. Routine public response via phone and e-mail. Incumbent will be required to communicate with the public, employing:
      • Ethics and integrity.
      • Communications effectiveness.
      • Initiative, situational awareness, and respect for others.
      • Patience and professionalism
    • Reports and interacts with agencies and non-government organizations (NGOs).
    • Regular interactions with WDFW personnel; other local, state, and federal government personnel; consultants, contractors, private non-profit agency representatives, tribal representatives, and project applicants.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in wildlife management, wildlife biology, wildlife ecology, natural resource science, or environmental science.


  • One (1) year of professional (paid) experience in fish/wildlife/habitat management or research.

Please note:

  • Closely related qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-by-year basis.
  • A Master’s or Ph.D. in the applicable science will substitute for the required experience.


  • Valid driver’s license.

Job Knowledge:

  • Fish and wildlife habitat relationships and management requirements.
  • Habitat management activities.
  • Wildlife and habitat survey methods and techniques (e.g., conduct field surveys to collect data, identify wildlife and plants species.
  • Wildlife population relationships and ecology.
  • Operate motorized and non-motorized equipment and tools.
  • Computer with Microsoft software (e.g., word processing, spreadsheet creation, and other applications; use web-based tools, e-mail, and calendar clients).

Ability to:

  • Drive a 4-wheel drive pick-up truck.
  • Operate ATV’s and farm equipment such as flatbed truck, utility trailer, chipper, fire suppression equipment, wheeled tractors, implements used with a tractor, boat, boat trailer, jacks, bow saws, pruning saws, fence post drivers, wire stretchers, shovels, chain saws, other power tools, mowers, and hand tools.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

  • First Aid Training (must be obtained within 6 months of hire).
  • Pesticide license (must be obtained within 1 year of hire).
  • Obtain and maintain Wild Land Firefighter Red Card (must be obtained within 1½ year of hire).



  • With biological data collection is highly desired.
  • Identifying Eastern Washington native plant species is highly desirable.
  • Diagnosing and correcting basic issues with equipment performance, as well as facilities and building systems such as plumbing.
  • Identifying nongame species; big and small game species; waterfowl, songbirds, birds of prey, and shorebirds, etc., in the field.
  • Working with forest management, as well as habitat enhancement and restoration for big and small game and listed species is highly desirable.
  • Performing basic carpentry.

Knowledge of:

  • Implementation of Wildlife Area Plan activities.
  • Wildlife management tools and field techniques.
  • Principles of wildlife harvest management.
  • Agricultural practices and equipment is highly desirable.
  • Weed/Noxious plant identification.
  • Weed/Noxious plant management using pesticides and integrated pest management.
  • Management of plant communities.
  • General state procedural policies and rules governing work activities.

Ability to:

  • Tow a trailer.
  • Operate backpack and ATV mounted sprayer used in herbicide application.
  • Operate saws and other equipment used in forest habitat management.
  • Perform proper care and maintenance of motorized and non-motorized equipment.
  • Coordinate and organize activities.
  • Manage projects and workloads.
  • Organize and prioritize work for self and others.
  • Develop effective objectives, timelines, and action plans.
  • Communicate effectively in writing and orally.
  • Follow prescribed protocols and procedures.
  • Work independently and as a team member.
  • Train and supervise temporary and volunteer staff.
  • Negotiate effectively, appropriately, and respectfully, representing the agency with the intentions of a good faith partner.
  • Conduct data analyses and make inferences from data for management recommendations.
  • Use critical thinking in collecting, recording, compiling, and summarizing data.
  • Learn applicable state, federal, and local environmental regulations and policies.

Supplemental Information

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

Experience and education selected, listed, and detailed in the Supplemental Questions must be verifiable in the application.

In order to successfully apply for this position, you MUST complete your profile at www.careers.wa.gov 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:  https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/form-i-9-acceptable-documents


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

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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 [email protected].
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  • Include your name as it appears on your application in careers.wa.gov.


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  • Notify us of your military spouse status by email at [email protected].  
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  • Include your name as it appears on your application in careers.wa.gov.

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