$59,688.00 – $78,408.00 Annually
Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type
Project (limited duration)
Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Job Number
11/21/2021 11:59 PM Pacific




WDFW Habitat Program
Olympia, Washington
Anticipated Project Length: 4 Years
December 1st, 2021 – June 30th, 2025

Do you have an aptitude for promoting and managing environmental restoration? Do you have the expertise to provide guidance and direction for the implementation of a new law that enables and encourages habitat recovery throughout Washington State? If so, then apply to become WDFW’s Habitat Recovery Pilot Program Coordinator!

As our Habitat Recovery Pilot Program Coordinator, you’ll be responsible for the implementation of a streamlined Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) permitting process for qualifying projects. As an expert-level biologist, you’ll direct, develop, evaluate, and manage statewide implementation of the Pilot Program; review, interpret, and apply research, resource assessments, policies, legislation, regulation, and legal strategies.

With that in mind, 

Picture yourself serving as the point of contact in the Protection Division for Pilot Program applicants, restoration groups, and other interested parties and stakeholders.

This is an opportunity to regularly work with interdisciplinary teams of biologists, engineers, planners, resource managers, and other professionals to evaluate proposed habitat restoration projects against qualifying criteria and procedural requirements.

This is a dynamic role where you’ll facilitate, coordinate, and manage projects and provide input into project design. You’ll have the opportunity to develop and provide guidance for environmental permitting and review of requirements related to habitat restoration activities. 

With your experience you’ll accept and integrate field expertise from regional staff into Pilot Program implementation. Additionally, you may be responsible for supervising a junior-level biologist to assist with Pilot Program implementation.

The optimal applicants can develop positive, productive, respectful working relationships with co-workers and collaborators, and are sensitive to the concerns of customers and staff.

We are seeking a candidate with demonstrated values matching those of WDFW: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).


Our Habitat Recovery Pilot Program Coordinator, 

  • Provides statewide coordination and technical assistance to regional staff, applicants, agencies, local governments, tribes, restoration partners, and others for implementation of the Pilot Program.
  • Works with regional biologists and project-related entities to issue Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) permits according to Pilot Program process and rule.
  • Evaluates projects and collects data; coordinates technical exchange meetings with applicants, consultants, landowners, and resource stakeholders to develop project issue identification and approach.
  • Works in coordination with the Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) and Puget Sound Partnership (PSP); participates in the multiagency permitting team’s consideration of proposed Pilot Program projects.
  • Tracks spending plan budget for Pilot Program bill proviso.
  • Develops and implements outreach strategies that promote Pilot Program goals; manages communications regarding the Pilot Program.
  • Serves as department representative at meetings of a wide variety of citizen organizations; designs and delivers presentations.
  • Works closely with various department programs/divisions and with tribes, other state and federal agencies, counties, cities, restoration groups, and others to assist in habitat recovery project planning.
  • Manages staff workloads.
  • Mentors staff and provides a productive and positive work environment.
  • Conducts critical evaluations of staff using constructive feedback to enhance performance.
  • Participates in professional research studies and special workgroups on salmon habitat recovery and other interrelated natural resource conservation efforts.


  • Work Setting, including hazards:    
    1. Work is performed almost exclusively indoors in an office or classroom environment – frequent sitting/standing, constant use of a personal computer and telephone.
    2. May face regular concurrent issues and stressful situations, often involving internal or external conflicts.
    3. Field trips sometimes necessary to observe or develop program implementation – field work is estimated at less than 10% of work hours, depending upon season, and may require working outdoors during inclement weather, walking over rough terrain (typically less than a mile but occasionally over long distances of several miles) while carrying a light load.
  • Schedule:   
    1. Typically, scheduled business hours are 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, although there may be needs to work additional hours, evenings, and weekends as necessary to meet work needs.
  • Travel Requirements: 
    1. Frequent travel – day trips to attend meetings located offsite – there may be significant drive time with this position to attend meetings and conduct trainings to various groups.
    2. Some work assignments are in the field with occasional overnight travel.
  • Tools and Equipment: 
    1. Standard office furniture and equipment (computer, printer, telephone, copy machine, etc.), Microsoft Word processors, spreadsheets, and relational databases.
    2. Agency vehicles, large pickup trucks or 4-wheel drive vehicles.
  • Customer Interactions:
    1. Frequent interaction with the public, city, county, state, and tribal natural resource personnel customers.




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


  • Five (5) years of professional experience in fish management or fish research, wildlife management or wildlife research, or habitat management or habitat research.


  • Additional qualifying experience will substitute year over year for the degree.


Demonstrated combination of knowledge, skills, and experience with:

  • Fish and wildlife habitat and life history needs and requirements.
  • Impacts of construction projects on aquatic and riparian habitat and resources, and measures to mitigate those impacts.
  • Creating and nurturing a performance-based culture that supports efforts to accomplish the organizational mission and goals.
  • Organizing, coordinating, or leading program or process activities.
  • Communicating effectively in individual and group discussions, independently analyzes and weighs the risks verses benefits in decisions and recommendations related to fish and wildlife resources, and habitat issues.


  • Valid Driver’s License.


  • A Master’s degree in the applicable science will substitute for one year of the required experience.
  • A Ph.D. in the applicable science will substitute for two years of the required experience.


  • Four (4) years as a Fish & Wildlife Biologist 3.

Experience and training in the following:

  • Environmental permitting and regulatory processes.
  • Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) program, including statutes, rules, and policy guidance, and knowledge of and experience with HPA technical issues to effectively identify project impacts and potential mitigation measures for those impacts.
  • Use of the web-based Aquatic Protection Permitting System (APPS), the database applications for HPAs.
  • Requirements of other environmental permitting and review processes, such as the Growth Management Act, Shoreline Management Act, State Environmental Policy Act, etc.
  • Developing, implementing, and evaluating effective training to adult learners.
  • Applying negotiation and conflict resolution skills when communicating with difficult people under difficult circumstances.
  • Using excellent written and verbal communication skills when communicating with individuals and groups and to present complex or controversial information in a way that is understandable and nonconfrontational.
  • Balances quality of work with ability to meet deadlines by making efficient and effective use of available time, equipment, and resources.

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 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.