Natural Resource Scientist 3 - Ocean Fishery Manager - Permanent - *07866-21

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 11:45pm


Montesano, WA
United States

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Join WDFW’s mission to preserve and protect native salmon and wildlife, and provide sustainable fishing, hunting, and other wildlife-related recreational and commercial opportunities!

Be part of a dynamic and diverse team that is invested in making a difference in the conservation of Washington State’s salmon population.   

As Ocean Fishery Manager, you will have the responsibility for the management of economically valuable ocean commercial and recreational salmon fisheries. You will support the representative for the State of Washington on the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (PFMC) Salmon Technical Team (STT), and represent ocean resource and fishery interests in statewide, inter-state and coast-wide forums including the federal PFMC and the state-tribal sponsored "North of Cape Falcon" forum.

With that in mind,

Picture yourself promoting a healthy economy, protecting community character, maintaining an overall high quality of life, and delivering high quality customer service.

This is a dynamic role where you will conduct fishery planning and data analysis allowing maximum fishing opportunities in economically depressed coastal communities, while assuring that conservation objectives are met for long-term fishery sustainability.

We are seeking candidates who will interact with the public both during fishing seasons and during the preseason planning processes answering questions, explaining policy, and recommending regulatory actions, and distributing catch and quota information and projections.

This is an opportunity to build an effective and efficient organization by supporting our workforce, improving business processes, and investing in technology.

If you thrive on building collaboration and teamwork, you will be excited to mentor and help develop staff and, in turn, train, mentor, and evaluate technical staff beginning their careers in natural resource management. You will help develop skills, knowledge, and positive work ethic in both professional and technical parts of our workforce.

Our Ocean Fishery Manager,

Manages ocean recreational and commercial salmon fisheries. Tasks include:

  • Designing and implementing annual ocean fishery sampling (salmon, halibut, groundfish, and albacore fisheries) and researching plans, ensuring compliance with state, federal, and tribal management agreements.
  • Analyzing and interpreting data from ocean salmon fisheries in-season to estimate catch and formulating regulatory recommendations to ensure attainment of state and federal management objectives consistent with conservation and allocation for Endangered Species Act (ESA) Listed and other critical salmon stocks, the PFMC FMP, and the management plans and needs of other affected state, tribal and federal management agencies.

Manages, leads, and administers the WDFW Ocean Sampling Program. Tasks include:

  • Leading, planning, training, supervising, and mentoring the work performed by the Ocean Sampling Program; and enhancing the effectiveness of employees through timely appraisal and professional development opportunities.
  • Managing annual budget including expenditure allocation, tracking, and grant/contract development.

Represents the agency at public and/or professional meetings as assigned, including the North of Cape Falcon salmon season setting process and regulation hearings. Tasks include:

  • Providing technical assistance and advice to members of agency administration, multi-jurisdictional colleagues and constituents and the public on ocean salmon management; and working with constituents to develop regulatory proposals.
  • Providing support to the Salmon Technical Team (STT) representative in developing reports and inputs used in modeling proposed ocean fishery regulations.

Disseminates information on ocean seasons and management actions to the public. Tasks include:

  • Interacting with the public both in person and by phone and email answering questions, explaining the pre-season planning process and sampling policy, and distributing catch and quota information.

Report writing and distribution. Tasks include:

  • Writing and distributing annual Ocean Mark Selective Fishery report, annual Ocean Fishery Sampling Plan, progress, and final reports for federal funding contracts.
  • Publishing data analysis in and contributes to writing the STT Annual Review of Ocean Fisheries, and Preseason Reports I, II, and III.


Work Setting, including hazards:   

  • Work occurs in the Office 90% and in the field 10% of the time.
  • In the field, may spend several hours standing/walking during training periods (work may be very fast paced).
  • Tasks may include lifting, handling, and manipulating fish up to 60 pounds and carrying gear up to 20 pounds; negotiating steep ramps, slippery surfaces, and unstable docks; and boarding vessels.
  • In office, long hours of computer work and time on the phone.


  • Standard workdays are Monday – Friday; business hours are 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, with occasional weekend work and long hours (frequent long hours and weekend work during March-September). 

Travel Requirements:

  • Travel to ports within Washington may include up to 8 hours driving in a day.
  • Occasional overnight stays may occur.
  • In-state and out of state travel during pre-season planning process (up to 8 consecutive days).

Tools and Equipment:

  • PC, iPad, knives, scissors, tweezers, hemostats, PFD, CWT detection equipment.

Customer Interactions:

  • Communicates frequently with the public in person, by phone, and in writing answering questions, explaining policy, regulatory processes, and distributing catch, quota, and regulatory information.
  • Coordinates with other states, tribal biologists, and federal managers and biologists.



  • A Bachelor's degree with major study in a natural science (Fish Science, Fish Management, Biology, etc.).


  • Five (5) years of progressively higher responsible management experience in natural resources.


  • Professional equivalent experience may substitute, year for year, for the education requirement – this experience must be in aquatic natural resources, fish, wildlife, or natural resource management.  

Please Note: A Master's degree with a relevant specialty may substitute for one (1) year of the required experience and a Ph.D. for two (2) years.


  • A Valid Driver's License.


  • Supervising in a natural science setting.
  • Communicating scientific information to a broad audience.
  • Writing or contributing to scientific reports based on data analysis.
  • Leading a team around a project or task.
  • Resolving conflict as a leader of a team.

In-depth understanding of:

  • Fish conservation and fisheries management principles.
  • Endangered Species Act (ESA) law.
  • Tribal Law.
  • Ocean fisheries gear groups, allocation structure, and rulemaking procedures.


Job knowledge:

  • Demonstrated leadership, team-building, and supervisory skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently to proactively solve problems and make critical decisions in a fast-paced environment.
  • Advanced computer, data processing, and analytical skills, across multiple hardware and software environments.
  • Experience in program management; budget development; management; and natural resource management issues.
  • Aptitude with methods of biological data collection, interpretation, and presentation.
  • Development of cooperative relationships internally and with other agencies; principles of negotiating; and oral presentations skills to communicate effectively when presenting complex information to professional, technical, and public audiences.
  • Experience with experimental design, sample design, creel sampling, and fishery survey methods; recreational and commercial salmon fisheries.
  • Contract development and administration.

Ability to:

  • Conduct data analysis and make inferences from data.
  • Organize and prioritize work for self and others.
  • Provide constructive correction, redirection and discipline when needed.
  • Develop effective objectives, timelines, and action plans.
  • Negotiate effectively.
  • Use critical thinking in collecting, recording, compiling, and analyzing data.
  • Coalesce team building and leadership and ability to work independently and as a team member.


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.


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 professionalism, accountability, empathy, integrity, service, and respect. (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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If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing, or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or

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Salary: $5,102.00 - $6,691.00 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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