Salary: $3,167.00 – $4,216.00 Monthly
Location: Lewis County – Other, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Job Number: 2023-02134
Closing: 3/9/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Wildlife Program – Lands Division 
Morton, Washington – Lewis County 

This recruitment is posted until March 9, 2023 – first review of applications will take place on February 23, 2023.  We encourage you to submit your application materials as soon as possible. The Hiring Manager reserves the right to close the posting at any time when a selection has been made. 

Provide technical support and implement assigned activities within the Cowlitz Wildlife Area. 

Effectively contribute to WDFW’s goals of providing healthy and diverse fish and wildlife populations and habitats and sustaining fish and wildlife-related opportunities to Washington citizens!

Picture yourself implementing projects to protect, maintain, and improve habitats, species, and recreational opportunities on the Cowlitz Wildlife Area.

This is an opportunity to perform technical activities to maintain wildlife area facilities, equipment, and infrastructure. 

With your experience you will conduct integrated vegetation management activities and apply herbicides to control invasive or unwanted species.

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

Our Cowlitz Wildlife Area Technician, 

Implement projects to protect, maintain, and improve habitats, species, and recreational opportunities on the Wildlife Area: 

  • Implement Wildlife Area projects. 
  • Restore, enhance, and maintain wildlife habitats. 
  • Create, manage, and maintain moist soil management projects.
  • Implement Integrated Vegetation Management activities and apply herbicides as needed.
  • Assist and manage land-use lease agreements.
  • Conduct agricultural activities such as mowing, disking, seeding, and trimming trees.
  • Operate a variety of small and heavy equipment to include brush cutters, chainsaws ATVs, tractors, and excavators.
  • Inspects, manage, and maintain access areas and public use resources on the wildlife area to ensure the health and safety of the public, compliance, and the aesthetics of the wildlife area.

Maintain capital facilities, wildlife area infrastructure, vehicles, and equipment: 

  • Maintain Wildlife Area buildings, information kiosks, and signage.
  • Assist and manage the implementation of capital improvement projects.
  • Maintain roads, culverts, gates, fences, parking lots and other capital improvements.
  • Maintain wildlife area vehicles, equipment, and maintenance records.
  • Monitor, assess, and ensure safety of Wildlife Area facilities and equipment.


  • Work Setting, including hazards: 
    1. Primarily fieldwork, which includes exposure to inclement weather including extreme heat or snow, difficult terrain including slippery rocks, steep banks and sticky mud, and water.
    2. Hazards include tripping/falling and other things consistent with working with small and large equipment in an outdoor setting or while working from boats or around water.
    3. Fieldwork includes walking, lifting, bending, and stooping, sometimes on uneven terrain and while occasionally carrying up to 40 pounds and frequently carrying 10 pounds – 20 pounds of tools and/or equipment.
    4. Safely drive on primitive roads during all weather conditions – using 4 x 4 trucks, ATVs. 
    5. Frequently load, safely secure, and transport items with heavy equipment.
    6. Safely operate a boat and perform tasks around water. Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations. 
    7. Some work is performed in an office or shop setting.
  • Schedule: 
    1. Typically, Monday – Friday – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    2. Willingness and ability to work long irregular hours and available for non-scheduled workweek. 
  • Travel Requirements: 
    1. Travel up to 10% of time.
  • Tools and Equipment: 
    1. Standard field tools such as shovels, spray equipment, chain saws, other power tools, farm machinery, backhoes, excavators, dozers, ATV’s, trucks, trailers, and boats.
  • Customer Interactions: 
    1. Communicate with the public during field work, via email, telephone, and at public meetings. 


  • High school Graduation or GED. 


  • Two (2) years of experience as a Natural Resource Technician 2. 


  • Three (3) years of related professional equivalent experience, including:
    1. Working on a farm/ranch.
    2. Conducting agricultural enhancement/farming activities.
    3. Operating heavy equipment.
    4. Conducting wildlife habitat enhancement activities.
    5. General repairer.

Please Note: College level work in the field of fish, wildlife, or habitat management, agriculture, forestry, or a natural resource science may substitute year-for-year for experience. 


  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).


  • In the use of agricultural practices and equipment.
  • Managing and manipulating wetland plant communities (moist soil management).
  • Identifying Western Washington native plant species.

Knowledge of:

  • Wildlife agricultural enhancement programs / farming practices.
  • Wildlife habitat enhancement and restoration.
  • Basics of carpentry, mechanical and facility repair. 
  • Small, large, and heavy equipment operation, maintenance, repair, and troubleshooting.
  • Small engine tools such as pumps, chainsaws, and brush cutters.
  • Computer software –Microsoft Office, Geographic Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS). 
  • Managing projects.
  • Managing workloads.
  • Safety procedures.

Ability to: 

  • Perform basic troubleshooting, repair, and maintenance on motor vehicles, trailers, heavy equipment including excavators, backhoes, tractors, agricultural implements, small power equipment (i.e., tillers, mowers, chainsaws, and grass / brush trimmers, etc.), shop equipment, ATVs, and boats.
  • Identify wildlife and plant species and ability to visually distinguish biological and physical features.
  • Oversee volunteers to include working with inmate work crews.
  • Use GPS, GIS software (ArcGIS), computer with Microsoft Office software for collaborating, communications, word processing, spreadsheet applications, web-based tools, email, and calendar events.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment: 

  • Valid Driver’s License. 
  • ATV certification (agency will provide training. 
  • Maintain First Aid/CPR/AED Training Certification (agency will provide training). 
  • Hold or obtain a Washington State Public Operator Pesticide license within six (6) months of hire.
  • Class A CDL with air brake endorsement – may be required after hire.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: WDFW requires all employees to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment.  You will be required to provide proof of vaccination as part of the hiring process. Please do not upload your vaccination documentation with your application materials – your vaccination status will be verified by your supervisor before you will be allowed to work. Exemptions may be granted for religious or medical purposes.

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 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. 

To Apply:

IMPORTANT NOTE: 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:

JOIN THE WDFW TEAM: 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: 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.

UNION – WAFWP: 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.

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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.

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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