Become part of a dynamic and diverse team that is invested in making a difference in the conservation of Washington State’s threatened and endangered populations.As the Scotch Creek Wildlife Area Manager, you will protect and restore ecological systems and preserve the ecological integrity of critical habitats on our state-owned and managed wildlife areas.If you are passionate and dedicated to promoting the WDFW conservation mission on the Scotch Creek Wildlife Area, then we have the perfect opportunity for you!
This is an opportunity to help preserve, protect, and perpetuate fish, wildlife, and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities. This is a dynamic role in which you will enhance critical habitats and work to recover threatened and endangered fish and wildlife populations to healthy, self-sustaining levels. The best suited candidate is a leader with a strong work ethic, is able to take initiative, and has excellent inter-personal communication and relationship skills. We are seeking a candidate who respects and values the opinions of others, creating an inclusive team environment where every member feels they contribute value to the project and WDFW.


  • Sets wildlife area management priorities consistent with our mission, strategic plan, wildlife area management plan and to meet Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) mitigation objectives.
  • Develops and manages a significant biennial budget to successfully implement the wildlife area plan.
  • Recommends capital budget projects and seeks to find new funding through grant opportunities and partnerships.
  • Responsible for procurement and approval of goods and services vital for the continued management of the wildlife area and is the primary contact with agency budget and contracts staff.
  • In coordination with the lands operations manager, negotiates agreements between private and public entities surrounding land management issues and coordinated meetings between parties to solve critical land management issues.
  • Serves of the primary public relations contact for the Scotch Creek Wildlife Area and as the lead WDFW representative at various local meetings. Conducts interpretive and educational events and visits school districts, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and civic organizations to discuss area management and topics of interests relating to the wildlife area.
  • Manages and is responsible for the wildlife area inventory which includes trucks, tractors, implements, ATVs/ORVs, electronics, etc.
  • Develops, implements, and administers grazing permits and agricultural leases across the wildlife area and is the primary contact for those agreement holders.
  • Develops work plans and budgets for potential habitat restoration projects on the wildlife area.
  • Supervises and assists with maintenance of all buildings, wells, and infrastructures on the wildlife area.
  • Supervises and mentors technical and professional level staff to support an effective, motivated team.



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


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


  • Two (2) years as a Fish & Wildlife Biologist 2.

Please note:

  • A Master’s degree in the applicable science will substitute one (1) year of the required experience.
  • A Ph.D. in the applicable science may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience.
  • Professional equivalent experience may substitute, year for year, for the education requirement.   


  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • Ability to obtain a WA Pesticide applicators license within the first 6 months of employment.
  • Ability to obtain NWCG PM-310-1 Red Card.


  • Familiarity with shrubsteppe ecosystems plus biology and life history of the Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise and manage budgets.
  • Skilled writing background including grant writing experience.
  • Accustomed using Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.).

Knowledge of:

  • Ecosystem processes and process-centered restoration and management.
  • Land management principles and disciplines (e.g. – agricultural practices, range management, forest management, landscape ecology, fire ecology, integrated pest management, botany, flora/fauna identification & survey techniques and cultural resources awareness).
  • ArcGIS software and experience using various GPS devices.