Assistant Regional Habitat Program Manager – Environmental Planner 4

– Permanent – *05968-24

Salary: $5,900.00 – $7,932.00 Monthly
Location: Clark County – Ridgefield, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Job Number: 2024-05968
Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Opening Date: 06/11/2024
Closing Date: 07/16/2024 11:59 PM Pacific
Category: Environmental Services / Management / Miscellaneous / Natural Resources / Program Management / Wildlife
Wildlife Area Technician - Cowlitz Wildlife Area - Natural Resource Technician 3 - Perm -*06922-24 description image



Habitat Program – Region 5
Ridgefield, Washington – Clark County

This recruitment has been reopened to expand the candidate pool. Review will be ongoing, and the hiring manager reserves the right to close the recruitment at any time once a decision has been made. If you have already applied to this position, you do not need to reapply.


The Assistant Regional Habitat Program Manager (ARHPM) oversees a team of professional Habitat Biologists , guiding them to  collaborate  with various stakeholders  to influence decisions regarding fish and wildlife habitat conservation. Emphasizing open collaboration and customer service, the ARHPM ensures that their team’s efforts contribute to positive impacts on habitat conservation and management across multiple jurisdictions.

Additionally, the ARHPM  implements policies and initiatives related to Forest Practices, Land Use Planning, Restoration (Salmon Recovery), Energy/Major Projects, and Hydraulic Projects within their supervised District(s). Acting as the primary liaison for their Program at the district level, they forge partnerships with federal, state, local, and Tribal entities to ensure the successful development and execution of these policies and initiatives. The ARHPM collaborates closely with the Regional Habitat Program Manager  and district teams to devise comprehensive strategies for policy implementation, ensuring alignment with Program and Agency directives.

Assistant Regional Habitat Program Manager - Environmental Planner 4 - Permanent - *05968-24 description image

Deer in teasel – Photo credit: WDFW




Some of the roles you will assume: 

District Policy Lead and Liaison: 

  • Assist Regional Habitat Program Manager   implementing new policies, new direction of existing policies and significant initiatives.
  • Work within the Mid-Management Team (MMT) or other identified entity to develop and maintain a consistent state-wide approach to new policies, new direction on existing policies and significant initiatives. 
  • Serve as Liaison and Policy Lead within the District(s) for projects/issues/processes that are impacted by new or redirected policies or significant initiatives. 
  • As District Policy lead contribute new ideas to improve implementation of existing policies. 
  • Communicate and/or present strategic analysis information to the RHPM for coordination with Senior Management.


  • Provides guidance, direction and information to staff regarding Program/Agency policies, procedures and directions in a clear and timely manner. 
  • Works with staff to develop strategic approach to accomplishing goals, addressing issues, and successfully implementing assignments. 
  • In collaboration with Division staff develops and provides training for regionally based professional staff. 
  • Provides mentoring to staff to promote and support professional development 
  • Works with individual staff and the regional team to provide guidance and direction regarding workload control and prioritization. 

Strategic Thinker:

  • Position actively engages with the MMT to develop short-term and long-term strategic ideas.
  • Position works with RHPM and other ARHPM’s in region to develop and bring regional perspective to Program/Agency strategic planning.
  • The ARHPM is responsible for the implementation of appropriate aspects of the strategic plan within the district that they supervise.
  • The ARHPM, with RHPM, is responsible for communicating and encouraging support for the strategic direction identified by the Program and/or Agency in the District. 



Work Setting, including hazards:

  • Work is performed in an office and outdoor environment.  
  • Office hazards include working under fluorescent light, repetitively entering data into computer, looking at computer monitor for long periods of time, sitting or standing for long periods of time.
  • Fieldwork requires the operation of a GPS, clinometer, and digital camera.  
  • Employee will drive a vehicle to conduct field review of project sites.  
  • Work performed in remote forested and aquatic environments, conducting fish surveys and other related tasks.  
  • Hiking over rough terrain for short distances (? 1 mile) regularly or occasionally over long distances (several miles).        
  • Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations.


  • Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  Although schedule varies with work seasonally and travel requirements. 
  • Occasional evening meetings are required.  
  • Incumbent may work a flexible work schedule subject to supervisory approval

Travel Requirements:

  • In the field 25% doing ride-alongs, field work, or traveling to meetings throughout the state.   
  • Periods of overnight travel may be required, and work hours may exceed the standard work day.      

Tools and Equipment:

  • Electroshocking equipment, boots, GPS, clinometer, digital camera, state-assigned work vehicle.

Customer Interactions:

  • Agency staff, other government agencies, tribal, private stakeholders, and general public.   






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


Five (5) years of professional experience in one (1) or more of the following: 

Please Note: 

  • Closely related qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-by-year basis.
  • A Master’s degree in the applicable science will substitute for one year of required experience.
  • A Ph.D. in the applicable science will substitute for two years of the required experience.


Valid Driver’s License


In addition to those required qualifications, our ideal applicant will also have some or all of the following: 

  • A master’s degree or above with major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field  
  • Three (3) years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development. 
  • One (1) year of experience as an Environmental Planner 3 or similarly allied position.



Supplemental Information


Please note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification.


Experience and education selected, listed, and detailed in the Supplemental Questions must be verifiable in the application.


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. 


All new employees must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 Form) on their first day of work. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide documentation proving you are eligible to work in the United States. For a list of acceptable documents, please use the following link:  https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/form-i-9-acceptable-documents


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 Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).

WDFW employees may be eligible for the following: Benefits

Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave types. 

Eleven (11) Paid Holidays per year and one (1) personal holiday if the employee is scheduled to be, or has been, continuously employed by the State of Washington for at least four (4) months. 

Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA),  and an Employee Assistance Program.


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.

yesvets.org say yes to those who served

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Employer


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 diana.humes@dfw.wa.gov.
  • Subject line must include recruitment number, position, and Vet (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – Veteran)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in careers.wa.gov.



To take advantage of military spouse preference, please do the following:

  • Notify us of your military spouse status by email at diana.humes@dfw.wa.gov.  
  • Subject line must include recruitment number, position, and MS (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – MS)
  • Include your name as it appears on your application in careers.wa.gov.


Note: Please blackout any PII (personally identifiable information) data such as social security numbers. 


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.

Assistant Regional Habitat Program Manager - Environmental Planner 4 - Permanent - *05968-24 description image

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 please contact Jayme Chase by phone 360-902-2278 or email Jayme.Chase@dfw.wa.gov, or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at 800-833-6388.

If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing, or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or support@neogov.com.

Follow us on social media: 
LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram



State of Washington
View Job Posting for Agency Information

View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504
View Posting for Agency Contact