Washington State FISH AND WILDLIFE RESEARCH SCIENTIST 1 *03747W in Spokane, Washington


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–field 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 www.wdfw.wa.gov.


The Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is recruiting to fill one full time, permanent, Fish & Wildlife Research Scientist 1 position located in the Wildlife Program, Science Division. The duty station for this position is the Spokane Regional Office with travel throughout eastern Washington.

This position serves as lead ungulate ecologist for work in eastern Washington including supervision of temporary field staff involved in research projects. The incumbent will assess the need for and take a lead role in completing new studies on population dynamics, population estimation, resource selection, and other aspects of the ecology and management of wild ungulates. The successful candidate will collaborate with other agency and university researchers as a member of ongoing work on the dynamics of predator-prey systems involving wolves, cougars, and native ungulates in eastern Washington.


  • Designs and implements research studies to answer questions of relevance to management and conservation of wild ungulates.
  • Communicates results of scientific studies both to lay and to professional audiences through presentations at meetings and conferences and publishing in professional journals.
  • Writes grant proposals to secure external research funding.
  • Provides expertise in specialized research areas.
  • Manages the development and implementation of research studies on ungulates including supervising field staff and managing project budgets.
  • Applies findings of scientific studies of various ungulate species to guide management decisions. Qualifications

Desirable Qualifications A Doctoral degree with a major in quantitative ecology, wildlife biology, or a closely allied field with emphasis in animal population ecology, resource selection, or wildlife management. OR A Master's degree in quantitative ecology, wildlife biology, or a closely allied field with emphasis in animal population ecology, resource selection, or wildlife management. AND Two years of professional experience designing, conducting and supervising multidisciplinary research in population biology or management or resource selection, in addition to two articles published or in press in the refereed literature, (one article must be as senior author, the second article must be as senior or secondary author.) Desirable Experience Two years' experience as a lead researcher conducting field research on wild ungulates.

Two years' experience as a lead researcher conducting collaborative research involving multiple principle investigators.

One years' experience capturing wild ungulates on the ground and from the air.


  • Field Research--Strong research skills in quantitative ecology, population biology, or resource selection.
  • Verbal and Written Communications – Effectively conveys ideas and information using spoken language and written language that is appropriate to both the complexity of the topic and the knowledge and understanding of the audience/reader.
  • Analysis – Uses data and information in a clear and rational thought process to assess and understand issues, evaluate options, form accurate conclusions, and make decisions.
  • Managing Projects and Work Assignments – Effectively organizes multiple assignments, sometimes of a complex nature or involving competing priorities, to produce work products that are accurate, thorough, and on time.
  • Teamwork - Successfully works with co-workers and within interdisciplinary teams by creating a cooperative and productive environment in which to resolve problems or collaborate on projects. Demonstrates interpersonal communication and conflict resolution skills.
  • Work Ethic – Efficiently works with minimal supervision and is self-motivated; willing to train and mentor others if needed. Seek and act on opportunities to improve and streamline work processes. Well qualified applicants will demonstrate competencies in the following areas:
  • Experience as a principle investigator studying population ecology and/or resource selection of wild ungulates.
  • Experience using GIS software, conducting resource selection analyses and population modeling.
  • Professional experience communicating results of research studies and general scientific principles to both lay and professional audiences including peer-reviewed papers, research reports, scientific presentations, and presentations to general audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to make critical decisions affecting ongoing research studies to ensure that project objectives and data collection are on target to meet project goals.
  • Demonstrated ability and success in securing funding for research projects.
  • Experience safely capturing and handling wild ungulates.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and interpret research data using frequentist and/or Bayesian statistical methods. Supplemental Information

Working Conditions This is a lead research position and involves work in both field and office environments. Field work includes travel to and from field sites, collecting data in harsh weather conditions, and walking over rough terrain while carrying up to 40 pounds of equipment. Requires handling of wild ungulates, survey and capture work from fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft, use of prescription drugs for chemical immobilization. Office work may include exposure to hazards mostly limited to those commonly found in government office environments. Office work includes extended work with personal computers. Standard business hours are Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the incumbent must be willing to work a non-scheduled work week including working weekends and holidays as dictated by fieldwork.

Union This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Washington Association of Fish and Wildlife Professionals (WAFWP). As a condition of employment you must either join the union and pay union dues, or pay the union a representational or other fee within 30 days of the date you are put into pay status.

How to Apply: To 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 (please make it succinct)
  • Three professional references (personal references do not count as professional) Please note: Failure to follow the above application instructions will lead to disqualification. E-mailed documents will not be accepted in lieu of attaching your documents to the online profile.

Upon submission of your online application, you will immediately receive a confirming e-mail. You will then be notified via e-mail of your status during the process. In addition to the e-mail notifications, you can check the status of your application at any time by visiting your online profile at www.careers.wa.gov. Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we ask your understanding and encourage you to use the online process and avoid calling for information.

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.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-03747W

Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $4,532.00 - $5,943.00 Monthly

Location: Spokane County – Spokane, WA