Salary: $4,892.00 – $6,419.00 Monthly
Location: Skagit County – Other, WA
Job Type: Part Time – Permanent
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Job Number: 2022-18159


Habitat Program
La Conner, Washington – Skagit County

As a leader in your field, you will review and provision permits under the Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) process in accordance with Hydraulic Code Rules.

Serve as a habitat expert for salmon recovery projects! 

This is an opportunity to conduct project compliance and monitoring field review during and after construction.

In this dynamic role, you will recommend alternative project designs and/or techniques, BMP’s, and measures to avoid, reduce or eliminate impacts to fish life.

With your experience you will provide technical assistance to the public, governmental agencies, tribes, and other WDFW programs.

You are excited to foster open collaborative partnerships with City and County planners to incorporate best available science into land use ordinances.


Our Habitat Biologist will,

  • Develop effective working relationships with emphasis on clear communication and a cooperative approach to resolving issues related to fish and fish habitat conservation.
  • Review permit applications and conduct field reviews to provide project assistance to applicants. 
  • Coordinate participation and discussion of project proposals with other agency personnel, including biologists, scientists, and environmental engineers, in assessing project compliance with agency policies and impacts to fish and wildlife habitat.
  • Issue, process, condition, or deny standard, expedited and emergency HPA’s in accordance with the Revised Code of Washington, Washington Administrative Code, agency policy, and procedures manual.
  • Assist Enforcement in identification and resolution of Hydraulic Code violations including serving as an expert witness in court cases involving non-compliance of HPA’s or appeals.
  • Serve as habitat restoration and enhancement projects lead for assigned coverage area. Assist in permitting, coordination of WDFW expertise, and ensuring consistency with WDFW strategic goals and objectives. 
  • Provide information on fish life histories and habitat requirements, terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem functions and values, and promote conservation of fish and wildlife resources to stakeholders.
  • Pursue funding by writing and presenting grant proposals and formal presentations for approved projects.
  • Provide written comments to local government planning staff during the land use decision-making process as part of the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), City/County Shoreline Management Plans, and Critical Area Ordinances.
  • Collaborate with state and federal forest management agencies when reviewing Forest Practice Applications (FPA’s) for impacts to fish and wildlife habitat.
  • Provide provisions for the protection of fish life using the Forest Practice Hydraulic Permit (FPHP) Concurrence Review process.
  • Participate in Water Type Modification Interdisciplinary teams, applying expert advice on fish habitat conditions.
  • Assist with the review and development of wildlife plans associated with forest practice applications.


  • Work Setting, including hazards:
    1. Work is performed in an office and outdoor environment.
    2. Office work includes reading, writing, phone and computer use.
    3. Fieldwork requires knowledge of operation of field equipment (GPS, maps, clinometer, range finder, compass, etc.). Knowledge of electroshocking equipment and procedures may be required.
    4. Physical, environmental, or mental demands of key work:
      • Must be able to hold a valid driver’s license and operate vehicles in off-road driving conditions.
      • Physical capacity to work in remote forested and aquatic environments, conducting fish surveys and other related tasks. These activities may consist of 8 to 10 hour days, for several days in a row.
      • Capable of walking 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.
  • Schedule:
    1. Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
    2. These hours are flexible to accommodate seasonal workload or additional duties as assigned by the Regional Program Manager.
    3. Incumbent may request and work a flexible work schedule, subject to supervisory approval.
  • Travel Requirements:
    1. In the field 50% doing field work or traveling to meetings throughout the state.
    2. Periods of overnight travel may be required, and work hours may exceed the standard 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM workday.
    3. Willingness and ability to work extended hours as necessary to complete assignments.
    4. May include extended travel and evening or overnight trips.
  • Tools and Equipment:
    1. Boots, GPS, clinometer, waders, rain gear, state-assigned work vehicle.
  • Customer Interactions:
    1. Agency staff, other governmental agencies, tribal, private stakeholders, and general public.
    2. An interest in fish and wildlife resource management and working with others in a collaborative manner to reach consensus on fish and wildlife issues.

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

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


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


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

Please Note:

  • A Master’s degree in the applicable science may 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.


  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • Demonstrated ability to build professional rapport and partner with the public, colleagues, tribes, and local, state, and federal agencies.
  • Knowledge of ecological processes pertinent to the Pacific Northwest.
  • General understanding of regulatory processes, including the Hydraulic Code, Growth Management Act (GMA), State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), and Shoreline Management Act (SMA).
  • Demonstrated organization and time management skills to optimize work efficiency.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within the regulatory environment including reviewing, issuing, or monitoring environmental permits.
  • Become an engaged team member where collaboration and consensus are everyday practices.
  • Capacity and willingness to engage in crucial conversations with agency staff and stakeholders to execute the duties of this position.
  • Provide leadership and ideas that continuously improves program processes and be adaptive to changes in the work environment.
  • Keep the “big picture” in mind at all times though pragmatic implementation of environmental regulations.
  • Being aware of your emotions and personality, understanding how to best leverage those with a variety of constituents and stakeholders.
  • Ability to accept and participate in supervisory direction, including seeking and accepting constructive feedback on performance and making improvements.
  • Exhibit self-initiative in developing or upgrading knowledge and skills, and applying that new knowledge or skill in the work environment.

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. 

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IMPORTANT NOTES: 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:

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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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