Salary: $5,268.00 – $7,085.00 Monthly
Location: Thurston County – Tumwater, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Department: Parks and Recreation Commission
Job Number: 2023-05015
Closes: First review will be May 4th.  It is in the candidate’s best interest to apply as soon as possible. The hiring manager may make a hiring decision at any time.  It is to your advantage to apply as soon as possible. 

Note: Hybrid office/telecommute is negotiable. Frequent travel is required April-June as part of the job is to prepare for, attend, conduct, or observe trainings.

Are you passionate about recreational boater safety? Do you have Marine Law Enforcement experience? Have you been an instructor of law enforcement or marine vessel operators? Do you have any grant administrator experience? Do you want to work on a small but mighty team that delivers education training to Washington State citizens and law enforcement about boating safety? If any of this resonates, this might be the job for you!

In this role you will serve as the statewide administrator of Washington’s Marine Law Enforcement (MLE) program. This position has frequent interactions with law enforcement agency personnel seeking specific information that requires a detailed knowledge of Washington’s boating laws and regulations. If you have Law Enforcement/or Marine Law Enforcement experience and desire a non-traditional position – this could be the career advancement opportunity you have been looking for, come work for Washington State Parks and Recreation!

Who We Are
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages one of the largest, most diverse — and most beautiful — parks systems in the country. With more than 120,000 acres, the system includes 124 developed parks, including 19 marine parks, 11 historical parks, 35 heritage sites, 13 interpretive centers and approximately 500 miles of long-distance recreation trails. The agency is staffed with nearly 1000 employees (including summers), who are some of the most passionate employees you’ll find anywhere; we love what we manage and what we do. For more information on Washington State Parks, click here.

What are we looking for?
We are looking for an experienced Law Enforcement/or Marine Law Enforcement professional who is well versed in Washington’s Marine regulations. We want someone who is passionate about boating safety. Who is proactive, self-motivated, and adaptable. Someone that’s flexible and can adjust to shifting priorities while meeting high priority deadlines. We’re looking for someone who has a strong sense of integrity and excellent customer service skills. You must enjoy training others while committed to promoting diversity, equity and inclusivity practices in the workplace.

The first review of applications will be May 4th.  It is in the candidate’s best interest to apply as soon as possible.  The hiring manager may make a hiring decision at any time.  It is to your advantage to apply as soon as possible. 

This position reports to the Boating Program Manager and is responsible for ensuring that local law enforcement agencies have access to marine law enforcement training, technical support, funding and recognition in their pursuit of law enforcement activities that support the State Parks’ mission of ensuring that recreational boating in Washington State is a safe and enjoyable past time.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Marine Law Enforcement Grant Administration:
    • Acts as the administrator for vessel registration fees that are allocated to eligible local agencies with a marine law enforcement program per RCW 88.02.650 and WAC 352-65.
    • Establishes Interagency Agreements with local jurisdictions who meet the requirements to become approved marine law enforcement programs and monitors the performance of agencies.
    • Conducts periodic financial and performance audits of local marine law enforcement programs receiving state Vessel Registration Fees.
    • Administers a federal grant opportunity for local marine law enforcement programs to help them meet agency and federal goals and objectives.
  • Marine Law Enforcement Data Management & Reporting
    • Supervises a Program Specialist 3 responsible for the statewide boating accident reporting system.
    • Develops an annual budget and monitors marine law enforcement program expenditures against allotments in the areas of responsibility.
    • Prepares reports, makes presentations, corresponds, and consults with marine law enforcement organizations. Represents the agency on marine law enforcement related boards and committees.
  • Marine Law Enforcement Training Coordination:
    • Serves as the expert in boating safety law enforcement to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in this state.
    • Provides for the design, development, coordination, and implementation of marine law enforcement training programs. 
    • Act as the project manager for contracts as needed for facilities, classrooms, instructors, vessels, training areas etc., and coordinates an annual marine law enforcement educational conference.


  • A Bachelor’s degree AND two (2) years of law enforcement or marine law enforcement experience.
  • A valid unrestricted (except for corrective lenses) driver’s license. 
  • Technical knowledge of marine equipment, boat handling theory.
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

**Additional years of qualifying experience may substitute year for year for education. 


  • Experience developing training as an instructor.
  • Experience acting as a lead or support instructor for law enforcement training
  • Marine law enforcement training and /or experience.
  • Budget management experience.
  • Program management experience.
  • License or certification issued for advanced boat training. 
  • WA State Boater Education Card.
  • Grant and Contract administration experience.
  • Experience acting as an instructor of specialized boating or related skills such as motorboat operation, white water rescue, drift boat handling, kayaking, canoeing, use of stand-up paddle boards, personal watercraft etc.
  • Proficiency managing multiple projects efficiently using prudent time management and deliberate prioritization.


  • Working knowledge of Washington State Boating Laws-this is normally gained by 2 years of professional boating operations.
  • Knowledge of WA State contracting policies and regulations.
  • Working knowledge of sheriff and police agency structures.

WORKING CONDITIONS: The majority of work is completed in an indoor cubicle office setting; however, the incumbent must be able to work outside on boats in inclement weather with unstable footing and possible slippery surfaces. The employee may operate equipment (such as boats or vehicles hauling boat trailers) and 4-wheel drive vehicles with manual or automatic transmissions.  

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: All Washington State Parks employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the time of hire. Please note that any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing verification of your vaccine status. No start date will be approved until you have verified your vaccine status. If you have questions about this requirement, please contact the recruitment team at

To ensure consideration, please complete the online job application and profile at:
You must attach in your application the following:

  • Cover Letter specifically addressing the qualifications listed in this announcement.
  • Current resume.
  • Three professional references.

All requested materials must be submitted. Incomplete or late application materials will not be accepted. Failure to follow application process may disqualify you from further consideration.
Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including “please see resume” may disqualify you from further consideration.

For more information and to apply:

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