Natural Resource Technician 2 - Scotch Creek Wildlife Area - Career Seasonal- *05573-23 description image

Natural Resource Technician 2 – Scotch Creek Wildlife Area – Career Seasonal- *05573-23

Salary: $2,940.00 – $3,883.00 Monthly
Location: Okanogan County – Okanogan, WA
Job Type: Seasonal
Season Length: Nine (9) months – March 1 – November 30
Job Number: 2024-05573
Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Opening Date: 06/29/2023
Closing Date: Continuous
 
 
 
 

Description

FULL-TIME/CAREER-SEASONAL
 NATURAL RESOURCE TECHNICIAN 2 (NRT2)

Scotch Creek Wildlife Area
 
Okanogan, Washington – Okanogan County 

Season Length: Nine (9) months

March 1 – November 30

 

This recruitment has been reopened to expand the candidate pool. If you have previously applied to this position, you do not need to reapply. 

 

Provide field support on the Scotch Creek Wildlife Area by maintaining the facility and structures, using and maintaining equipment, recommending (to supervisor) and implementing projects that will maintain or improve habitats, species, or recreation on the wildlife area.  

 View of a deer from behind standing in tall brown grass.

Mule deer at sunset – Photo credit: Susan Jensen

 

Duties

 

Our Natural Resource Technician will,

Establish and maintain fish and wildlife habitat restoration projects:

  • Apply herbicides on State listed noxious weeds and undesirable weeds to improve habitat conditions and comply with State Law.
  • Plant, fertilize, mow, and prune herbaceous cover and riparian to improve habitat conditions.
  • Assess field and vegetation conditions to determine the timing of herbicide applications, mowing, seeding, and pruning to achieve desired habitat improvements in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Operate a variety of equipment and vehicles to accomplish work activities:

  • Utilize trailers for hauling equipment and materials including safely loading, securing, and transporting.
  • Safely use hand-held power tools (e.g., chain saws, hedge trimmer, brush cutters, etc.) and other gas-powered equipment (e.g., generator, pump) to accomplish work activities.
  • Utilize ATV and UTV vehicles in a safe manner to accomplish work activities.
  • Drive 50hp-400hp tractors with attached implements to mow, disc, cultivate, harrow, or spray fields to establish or maintain restored habitats.

Conduct maintenance and repairs: 

  • Maintain and make repairs to buildings to increase useful life and provide safe working conditions.
  • Replace or repair worn or damaged parts on tractor implements, tractors, vehicles, and other essential equipment as needed to extend the life of the item and for safe operation.
  • Change motor oil, spark plugs, and air filers on small gas power tools to extend the life of the item and for safe operation.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Work Setting, including hazards:
    • Position functions both in the field, shop and office.
    • Hazards include: exposure to inclement weather; including extreme heat or snow, rough terrain and surfaces, hiking while carrying up to 50-pounds, exposure to various chemicals and chemical solvents, tripping/falling, high noise level, operating various vehicles, machines, equipment, and power tools. 
    • This position will occasionally perform duties in and around water. This position will be operating a boat to access work site.  Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations.
    • May lead Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) crews or Volunteers.
  • Schedule:
    • Monday-Thursday, 6:00 am – 4:30 pm, 10 hours/day. 
    • During peak workloads hours may be long and irregular.
  • Travel Requirements:
    • Wildlife area units are in various areas of Okanogan County. Travel may include daily round trips of up to 100 miles.
  • Tools and Equipment:
    • Mini excavators, dozers, backhoes, trucks of various sizes (e.g., 1/2 to 1-ton pickup trucks), trailers, tractors, farm implements, ATV’s, disk, harrow, cultivator, chisel plow, mower, seed drill, and irrigation pumps and lines, fire suppression pumps and tools, chain saw, welder, drill, various hand tools, etc. 
  • Customer Interactions:
    • Occasional interactions may occur while on the work site with the public in both field and office settings.

 

Qualifications

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Three years of experience in fish and wildlife habitat management, habitat development and protection, irrigation systems, facilities and grounds maintenance, tractor and other equipment operation and maintenance, pesticide applications, and general farming

OR 

  • College level work in agriculture, life science, or a closely related natural resource field.

Competencies: 

  • Knowledge and experience with farming practices
  • Knowledge of fire management practices
  • Proficient at using GPS equipment to determine project area
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team on assigned tasks
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office software programs including Word and Excel
  • Knowledge of wildlife habitat relationships. 
  • Knowledge and experience in weed control.

 

LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Washington State Pesticide Applicators License (to be obtained within 6 months of hire)
  • First Aid (training will be provided – to be obtained within 6 months of hire)
  • ATV certification (training will be provided – to be obtained within 6 months of hire)
  • Successful completion of agency training and/or certification for assigned watercraft dependent on supervisory direction, position need and training availability

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Working knowledge of weed management techniques.
  • Working knowledge of heavy equipment and farm implements.
  • Experience working with volunteers and elementary school science classes.
  • Working knowledge of welding and metal work.
  • Experience conducting prescribed burning operations.
  • Knowledge of vehicle maintenance and repairs.
  • Wildland Firefighter Red Card
  • Commercial Driver’s License (Class A)

 

 

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 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. 

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:  https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/form-i-9-acceptable-documents

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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VETERAN PREFERENCE NOTICE:

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 RecruitmentTeam@dfw.wa.gov.
  • Subject line should 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.

 

MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE NOTICE: 

To take advantage of military spouse preference, please do the following:

  • Notify us of your military spouse status by email at RecruitmentTeam@dfw.wa.gov.  
  • Subject line should 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. For further information, please contact us at RecruitmentTeam@dfw.wa.gov.

 

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.  

Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-2276 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (800) 833-6388.

If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing, or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or support@neogov.com.

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