Fish & Wildlife Biologist 3 (F&WBIO3) – Habitat – Permanent – *00256 State of Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife State of Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife 283 reviews




Habitat Biologist

Hydraulic Project Approval
WDFW Habitat Program
Mill Creek – Snohomish County – Washington

This recruitment is essential to maintain operations and fulfill WDFW’s legal obligations: HPA Processing.

Are you a talented, personable, and compassionate Biologist with strong technical knowledge?

Do you have effective communication/negotiation skills in regulatory restoration and conservation?

Do you demonstrate resilience and feel rewarded by influencing sound resource management?

If so, then join a great team that shares your interests!

(Hydraulic Project Approval Compliance – Photo Credit: Allison Cook)

With that in mind,

Picture yourself
as the Department expert regarding habitat preservation, conservation, restoration and environmental permitting requirements.

This is an opportunity
to be a part of a multi-disciplinary team, conducting habitat enhancements and acquisitions.

With your experience
, you be performing project development/management, grant-writing, and can get your boots dirty with fieldwork.

We are seeking a team player
with demonstrated talent representing WDFW values of professionalism, accountability, empathy, integrity and respect.


(Early Morning Forrest – Photo Credit: Mark Tracy)

Our Habitat Biologist

  • Administers the Hydraulic Project Approval process in accordance with Chapter 77.55.RCW, 77.57.RCW, and Chapter 220-110 WAC (Hydraulic Code Rules).
  • Serves as the lead for forest habitats by providing office/field review of plans, permits and actions conducted in the forested environment.
  • Serves as Department expert in their geographic area of coverage regarding fish and wildlife habitat preservation, protection, conservation, restoration, enhancement, and environmental permitting requirements.
  • Provides review of County or City environmental protection ordinance implementation under the Shoreline Management Act and Growth Management Act.
  • Promotes and updates the Priority Habitat and Species (PHS) Management Recommendations and data base.


  • Work Setting, including hazards:

    • Office and fieldwork – percentages vary throughout the year, summer construction season generally requires greater fieldwork that can exceed 50 percent.
    • Fieldwork includes travelling to/working in remote forested and aquatic locations during inclement weather.
    • Walking over rough terrain for short distances (? 1 mile) regularly and occasionally over long distances (several miles).
    • Teleworking options may currently be available for office work due to Covid.

  • Schedule:

    • Monday – Friday – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • May be called out on weekends, holidays, or after hours for emergency permitting of flood related, or other emergency projects.
    • Workload demands may require work outside the assigned work hours and adjustment of work schedules.
    • Occasional attendance at evening meetings is required.

  • Travel Requirements:

    • Periodic travel – statewide and regionally.
    • Possible extended travel and evening or overnight trips.

  • Tools and Equipment:

    • Field equipment, electro-shocker, survey equipment, computers, tablets and GPS locators.

  • Customer Interactions:

    • Effective negotiation with clients, local government officials, agriculture, forest and special interest groups.



  • A Bachelor's Degree in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science, environmental science, or a related field.


  • Professional equivalent experience may substitute, year for year, for education requirement as long as that experience is in fish management or fish research, wildlife management or wildlife research, or habitat management or habitat research.


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


  • One (1) year as a Fish & Wildlife Biologist 2 will substitute for the required experience.


  • A Master’s Degree in an applicable science, may substitute for one year of the required experience. A PhD. in an applicable science, may substitute for two years of the required experience


  • Valid Driver’s License.


Knowledge of:

  • Stream ecology and restoration techniques.
  • Fish passage barrier assessments, fish passage requirements for road crossing structures.
  • Logging processes, heavy equipment operation/limitations, environmental review processes, and similarly applicable fields of study or training.
  • Familiarity with the Growth Management Act, Shoreline Management Act and the WDFW Priority Habitat and Species.

Experience with:

  • Working through difficult or complex situations involving multiple parties with differing opinions and expectations.
  • Providing superior customer service.
  • Developing and presenting biological information to diverse groups of people.

Ability to:

  • Take interest in and understand others' perspectives.
  • Easily recognize when others have important information, perspectives, or ideas.
  • Demonstrate appropriate assertiveness.
  • Be committed to the service of the public, mission and team.

Resume must indicate experience in these requirements and years of experience.

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
  • Contact information for three professional references.


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. Many of our staff are currently working from home; 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.

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 [email protected].
  • 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 [email protected].
  • 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

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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