Climate and Ecosystem Fisheries Research Scientist - RS1 - Permanent - *2024-04802 description image

Climate and Ecosystem Fisheries Research Scientist – RS1 – Permanent – *2024-04802

Salary: $6,046.00 – $8,133.00 Monthly
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Job Number: 2024-04802
Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Opening Date: 04/17/2024
Closing Date: 05/15/2024 11:59 PM Pacific
Category: Environmental Services / Parks and Beaches / Miscellaneous / Natural Resources / Research / Sciences / Green-Collar/Environmental / Wildlife



Fish Program – Intergovernmental Ocean Policy Division
 Olympia, Washington – Thurston County

Play a crucial role in advancing the agency’s mission by leveraging scientific expertise to understand and address the impacts of climate-driven changes on ocean conditions and activities.

This role serves as the Intergovernmental Ocean Policy division’s primary scientific advisor for integrating climate science into shellfish fishery monitoring and ecosystem-based management plans. These plans align with state and federal management objectives including those created by the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The incumbent collaborates closely with internal agency teams as well as external partners including NOAA Fisheries Science Centers, universities, and other relevant experts to inform strategic decision-making and enhance scientific understanding in fisheries management.

Climate and Ecosystem Fisheries Research Scientist - RS1 - Permanent - *2024-04802 description image

Back to shore at sunset – Photo credit: Micky Faulk





Here is what you will be doing, 

  • Direct and conduct research, synthesize existing research, and provide expert scientific advice necessary to inform the development of a fishery monitoring and adaptive management program for avoiding, minimizing, and mitigating marine life entanglements in the coastal Dungeness crab fishery and other state-managed fisheries. 
  • Responsible for all aspects of research studies including determining the design, writing proposals, managing budget, and coordinating staff.
  • Provide expert scientific advice and guidance on climate driven processes (e.g., species distribution changes, ocean acidification, harmful algal blooms) necessary to inform the development and evaluation of fishery management plans and fishery monitoring programs.
  • Confer and collaborate internally and with representatives of other state, interstate and international agencies and organizations for resolution of scientific aspects of climate change information and its application to marine life migration and fishery adaptation strategies and responses, with emphasis on coastal shellfish fishery management.



  • Work Setting, including hazards:
    • 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.
    • May on occasion include ocean beaches, commercial or recreational fishing vessels, docks, or commercial fish processing facilities. Hazards may include rough seas, inclement weather, wet, slippery vessel decks and docks, and exposure to diesel fumes, fishing gears, machinery, or forklifts. 
    • Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations. 
  • Schedule:
    • Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; may vary with travel or when participating in field work.
  • Travel Requirements:
    • Occasional travel to attend meetings, training, conferences, or participate in field work. 
  • Tools and Equipment:
    • Laptop, office supplies.
  • Customer Interactions:
    • Position interacts with recreational and commercial fishermen, environmental groups, fish buyers/processors, federal and other state agency biologists, scientists and managers, and the public.






Closely related qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-by-year basis. 

  • A Master’s degree in wildlife, habitat, fisheries science, biology, or in mathematics with emphasis on animal population biology, or closely allied field.


  • Five (5) years of professional experience as a Fish and Wildlife Biologist 4 or equivalent experience in Fish/Wildlife/Habitat management or research.


  • Specialized coursework (at least 15 quarter or 10 semester credits) in statistical inference, research and sampling design, data science and management, advance statistics, or statistical modeling and programming and a completed thesis demonstrating the ability to apply quantitative tools.


  • Two (2) years of professional experience designing statistical or mathematical research in population biology or population management or designing and conducting wildlife, habitat, or fish-related research studies. 
    1. Note: Experience can be gained concurrently with the Fish/Wildlife/Habitat management or research experience.


  • Valid driver’s license


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

  • A Doctoral degree with a major in mathematics or statistics with emphasis in animal population or management, natural resource science or management with an emphasis in mathematics or statistics relative to animal population biology or management.             
  • Two or more articles published or in press in refereed literature (one article must be as senior author, the second article must be as senior or secondary author).
  • GIS skills.
  • Proficiency in the R statistical programming language.
  • Experience in fisheries and natural resource policy. 
  • Knowledge of monitoring and adaptive management principles. 



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 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:


Learn about our agencyand the perksof 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:

Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth.


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. say yes to those who served

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

  • Notify us of your military spouse status by email at
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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.

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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.  

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