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Habitat Deputy Program Director of Divisions – WMS Band 3 – Permanent – *04815-24

Salary: $133,400.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Job Number: 2024-04815
Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Opening Date: 04/17/2024
Closing Date: 05/29/2024 11:59 PM Pacific
Category: Administration / Environmental Services / Planning and Development / Management / Executive Management / Natural Resources / Organizational Development / Program Management





Habitat Program 
Olympia, Washington – Thurston County 


This recruitment will be posted until May 29, 2024 – application review is ongoing, submit your application materials as soon as possible. This recruitment may be closed at any time.

Bring your deep understanding of natural resource management along with your love of working with people to further conservation and restoration of Washington’s fish and wildlife and their habitats.

Direct the Habitat Program’s divisional functions and ensure the effective implementation of federal and state statues, court orders, and Fish and Wildlife Commission policies.  

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Waking up Above the Clouds – Photo Credit: Kayla Sulak

This dynamic and critical position,

Is responsible for managing all aspects of the Ecosystem Services, Protection, Energy Water and Major Projects, Restoration, Compliance, Fish Passage and Screening, and Science Divisions. 

In this leadership role, 

You will make recommendations to the Program Director and other Executive Management regardingthe implementation and effectiveness of various fish and wildlife protection regulations and agreements. 

Build a culture of collaboration and teamwork, 

Serve as the Habitat Program liaison between headquarters divisions and the Deputy Program Director of Regional operations, specifically providing management expertise and policy guidance.

Motivate and provide leadership and vision for staff,

Oversee the seven Division Managers that supervise approximately 220 Full-Time Employees in all aspects of Habitat Program activities and initiatives including developing priorities, performance standards, goals, objectives, and work plans. 





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Cooper Lake – Photo Credit: Pat Steele 

Here is what you will be doing as our Habitat Deputy Program Director of Divisions, 

  • Represent the Agency in state and national habitat management forums and stakeholder groups as designated.
  • Direct Program divisional functions in budget, personnel, facilities, staff and external communications, legislative affairs, regulations, and contracts.
  • Lead, organize, and account for the work performed by the staff within seven of Habitat Program’s eight divisions. 
  • Ensure appropriate and optimum use of resources and enhance the effectiveness of employees through timely appraisal and professional development opportunities.
  • Maintain the highest standards of personal/professional and ethical conduct and support the state’s goal for a diverse workforce.
  • Represent the Program Director at Management Team meetings, on committees, and at other functions as assigned in their absence.
  • Provide management expertise and policy guidance on Habitat Program issues.
  • In cooperation with the Deputy Program Director of Regions, resolve operational issues that elevate above divisional and/or regional manager level of responsibility.


  • Work Setting, including hazards:    
    • Majority of the time is spent at meetings or in the office. 
    • Limited work is performed in the field, occasionally in rough weather conditions, and includes traveling throughout the region or participating in evening meetings.
  • Schedule:   
    • Position is overtime exempt.  Expected to schedule time within a typical 40-hour work week – adjusting schedule and working additional hours as needed to meet business demands and deadlines.
  • Travel Requirements:   
    • Periods of overnight travel may be required, and work hours may exceed the standard workday.





  • Bachelor’s Degree in a natural resource science or a related field.


  • Five (5) years of experience supervising professional staff.

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


  • Demonstrated experience managing large, diverse budgets.
  • Experience with performance-based management.
  • Demonstrated experience applying advanced principles of management including staff supervision and leadership, conflict resolution, personnel and merit system rules and regulations, collective bargaining agreements, cultural diversity, policy analysis development and implementation, and budget development and expenditures.



  • Exercise strategic planning and visioning.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely across managerial, professional, and legislative levels in both oral and written form.
  • Work effectively with the public and diverse interests and professions.
  • Negotiate and resolve complex and conflicting issues with short timelines.
  • Prioritize and make decisions on diverse issues.
  • Organize, motivate, and provide leadership and vision for staff.
  • Manage programs, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team. 



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

  • Advanced knowledge of principles of marine, fresh water, and terrestrial ecology and natural resource management.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage sensitive species habitat needs and impact assessment.
  • Demonstrated effective negotiation skills.

Knowledge of: 

  • Ecosystem management principles.
  • Multiple state and federal conservation laws.
  • State and federal statues and administrative rules.
  • Demonstrated effective negotiation skills.



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 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: 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.

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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 kaila.daudt@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 kaila.daudt@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.Habitat Deputy Program Director of Divisions - WMS Band 3 - Permanent - *04815-24 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.

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