Landowner Services Division Manager – WMS Band 3 – Wildlife Program – Permanent – *16768-22

Department of Fish And Wildlife

Olympia, Washington

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $117,916.00 Annually
Deadline Feb 28, 2023
Bucks – Photo Credit: Eric Braaten

Wildlife Program Olympia, Washington – Thurston County 

This recruitment is posted until February 28, 2023 and applications will be reviewed regularly.  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.

Develop, manage, and provide policy direction for private lands wildlife management issues that affect species conservation and contribute to perpetuating recreational access for the public.

Formulate statewide policy and procedures for private lands access agreements with landowners related to habitat work, public access, and human-wildlife conflict.  

Provide long-range, strategic planning that spans multiple biennia and develop future actions and direction for the Landowner Services Division and staff across the state!

Bring your knowledge and innovation to this role,

Develop and recommend rules and regulations concerning public access to hunting, fishing, and wildlife watching on private lands and the management and/or removal of wildlife through conflict mitigation programs.  

This dynamic position,

Requires the application of complex and technical decision making on wildlife, habitat, and land use issues by maintaining balance and sensitivity with the sociological demands and political realities.

Motivate and provide leadership and vision for staff,

Directing the work of a small team and coordinating the implementation of the Division’s priority activities.  

You thrive on building collaboration and teamwork, 

With other governmental agencies, constituency groups, and the public when developing and directing agency activities and programs to improve wildlife habitat on private lands through voluntary cooperative agreements.


Our Landowner Services Division Manager will,  

  • Supervise and integrate the statewide Landowner Services Division.  
  • Develop Legislative proposals and statutory language for policy and budget decisions consistent with the priorities of the Division, Program, and Agency.  
  • Develop regulations and partner with the Diversity Division, Game Division, and Enforcement to co-develop Department hunting seasons, regulation proposals related to private land opportunities, and conflict response.  Coordinate on habitat protection, restoration, and stewardship priorities for private lands in Washington. 
  • Work with Director’s Office to develop policy recommendations and communicate with congressional offices, state legislators, State Conservation Commission, Conservation Districts, and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. 
  • Apply advanced management principles and skills in directing the Landowner Services Division while maintaining the highest standards of personal/professional and ethical conduct. 
  • Develop budget priorities based on identified needs.   
  • Prepare federal aid Grant Proposal Packages in compliance with the Pittman/Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act. 
  • Coordinate with Natural Resources Conservation Service and Farm Services Agency on contribution agreements for shared priorities. 
  • Maintain public contact and coordinate meetings with individuals, landowners, organized sportsman, and conservation groups statewide to ensure public input is received and considered on wildlife management issues, or where significant issues remain unresolved.
  • Oversee management of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Road Access Program and ensure the Division performs the necessary review requirements that involve Cultural Resources at both the state and federal levels.


  • Work Setting, including hazards:    
    • Work is performed in an office setting and may include travel for field duties. 
    • Driving a vehicle to conduct field review of sights, occasionally working in rough weather conditions, and traveling throughout the region or participating in evening meetings throughout the State of Washington. 
  • Schedule:   
    • Generally, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Monday – Friday. 
    • Regular (monthly) exceptions that include working extended hours as necessary to complete assignments.  
  • Travel Requirements:   
    • Most travel is within the state and occurs regularly throughout the year. 
    • May include extended travel and evening or overnight trips.
    • Some travel may include remote locations with limited services.


  • A solid understanding of the Commission rule making process, legislative and congressional processes, and the ability to utilize those processes to implement priorities.
  • A strong working knowledge and understanding of budget development, monitoring, and accountability.
  • Competency in developing strategic plans, applying business management techniques to manage resources to accomplish priority activities, monitor effectiveness, and making adjustments for successful implementation and completion. 
  • Strategic and tactical planning and implementation.

Knowledge of: 

  • Personnel Rules, Administrative Procedures Act rules, Chapter 77 RCW, Chapter 232-12 WAC, and the state Environmental Policy Act.
  • Agency policies, procedures, and rulemaking procedures.
  • Scientific principles of wildlife management: the sociological influences and political realities of natural resource management of hunted species.
  • Pittman/Robertson-Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act.
  • Farm Bill and it’s implementing agencies (i.e., NRCS, FSA). 
  • Wildlife and both their habitat needs as well as impacts on habitat and other resources that may be seen as conflict or create resource damage.
  • Tribal relations and coordination on land and wildlife management issues.
  • Scientific discovery and techniques.
  • Public attitudes and feelings concerning natural resource management and use opportunities.
  • Hunting and trapping trends, and changes in public attitudes and perceptions.


  • A valid Driver’s License. 


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resource Management. 


  •  Ten (10) years of experience in managing major programs.


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. 


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 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.


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  • Email a copy of your DD214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22 or USDVA signed verification of service letter to
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  • 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.

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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