The Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (WFWO) in Interior Region 9 of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service implements a broad range of programs under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and other Service authorities.  These include, but are not limited to, reviewing the status of species to determine if they should be federally protected under the ESA; recovering candidate, threatened, and endangered species; conserving coastal areas; restoring natural resources injured by hazardous substances; conducting environmental reviews of federal projects; fostering conservation; and implementing voluntary habitat conservation and restoration projects. The WFWO delivers these programs and services through three Field Offices located across the state of Washington.


Assist WFWO in carrying out its trust responsibilities for protected species, birds, fish, marine mammals and habitats.

General areas of assistance to include:

  • Conducting literature reviews;
  • Collecting, compiling and analyzing data;
  • Drafting responses, letters, reports and reviews;
  • Evaluating the effect of proposed actions on species and habitats;
  • Conducting and documenting site visits;
  • Preparing draft Service documents, such as Letters of Concurrence, Biological Opinions, Environmental Action Statements, Species Status Assessments, formal correspondence, etc.
  • Entering data and conducting quality control reviews and querying databases to extract data or determine the status of actions;
  • Attending meetings, conferences, site visits;
  • Copying documents, compiling records (including responses to Freedom of Information Requests and Administrative Records), organizing and maintaining filing systems (including electronic filing);
  • Conducting biological analysis of proposed actions;
  • Preparing maps and other geographical displays and analysis;
  • Scanning files to a PDF format and filing or uploading to a FTP site and other services as required and necessary;
  • Providing meeting support including organizing meetings, finding locations, assisting participants, preparing materials and a variety of support services during the meeting itself; taking meeting notes and other meeting products and outcomes;
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of management decisions on species and habitats.


Start Date: ASAP

Location: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington Fish and Wildlife Office, Lacey, WA

Salary: The rate of pay will be commensurate with experience. Excellent benefit package.

Travel: Travel within the state of Washington may be required.


  • College degree in biology, wildlife management, natural resource management, environmental science or related field and at least 2 years of related work experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of evaluation, planning, and analytical methodology and techniques to make in-depth evaluations and analyses of potential effects to fish, wildlife, and their habitats associated with a range of situations and issues.
  • Efficiency in using word-processing, spreadsheets, and database programs.
  • Skill in written and oral communication.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to manage and track projects.
  • Possess problem solving and critical thinking skills.

If you are interested in being considered for this position, please APPLY THROUGH OUR ADP WEB PORTAL, AT THE LINK AT THE TOP RIGHT OF THIS PAGE.

Only qualified applicants that meet minimum experience or background requirements stated above need apply. When applying for this position you will be asked to upload your resume at the end of this online application.

Applicants should submit a resume that includes the following:

  • Cover letter that briefly describes how you meet the required and preferred qualifications listed.
  • Work history for past 10 years or since last full-time education.
  • Education.
  • Previous experience or training with similar requirements.
  • Three professional references.
  • Include your name in the document file name.
  • Upload your resume in readable, not scanned, PDF or Word format (PDF is preferred).

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States, complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire, and successfully complete a federal government background check.  Ocean Associates Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law. 

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Note:  If you are not selected, your materials may be retained for present or future opportunities. We may use your resume in bidding on a project and if we are awarded the work we will contact you before seeking further applicants. If you do not wish us to retain or use your resume to seek work for you, please let us know in the “Notes” section on the second page of the online application.