Salary: $108,739.00 Annually
Location: Snohomish County – Other, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Closing Date: 10/16/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Habitat Program – Region 4 

Mill Creek, Washington – Snohomish County 

North Puget Sound Region 4: Island, King, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom Counties. 

This recruitment has been re-opened and extended.   If you applied previously your application is still under consideration and you do not need to re-apply.

This recruitment will be posted until October 16th, 2023 – application review is ongoing, submit your application materials as soon as possible. This  recruitment may be closed at any time.

Envision yourself in a leadership position, implementing Habitat Program policy in the Region and providing support and supervision to a diverse regional team. Engage and facilitate cross-program and program-wide communications, providing consistency in delivery of services as a member of the Habitat Program Senior Management Team.

Picture yourself, 

As the Habitat Program policy lead, representing program policy to the public for the protection of fish and wildlife habitat while providing field-level and public perspective to the Habitat Program for guidance in the implementation of policy and procedures.  

In this dynamic opportunity, 

You will make decisions that influence the protection and conservation of fish and wildlife habitat of the state, in partnership with resource-based industries (e.g., the timber and fish industries), tourism, agriculture, and population growth within the affected areas of the state.

Manages work and delivery of services in key program areas, 

Including Forest Habitats, Aquatic Systems, Priority Habitat and Species, Growth and Shoreline Management, Regulatory Services, Renewable Energy, Salmon Recovery, Watershed Management, and program administration.

Builds a culture of collaboration and teamwork, 

On the regional team by holding self and others accountable to behaving consistent with the agency ASPIRE values: accountability, service, professionalism, integrity, respect, and empathy.

Some of what you will do as our Regional Habitat Program Manager, 

  • Plan, lead, organize and manage the work performed by the regional habitat unit. 
  • Assure appropriate and optimum use of the unit’s resources and enhance the effectiveness of employees through timely appraisals and professional development opportunities.
  • Plan for and actively manage the budget allocated to the Region, including timely assessment of changes that will affect the regional budget; ensuring follow-through on regional contract, grant, proviso, or other budget commitments; and proactively identifying options to avoid over- and under-spending.
  • Maintain professional development opportunities.
  • Support effective communications throughout the agency.
  • Maintain the highest standards of personal/professional and ethical conduct and support the State’s goals for a diverse workforce.
  • Develop and administer regional budgets and work plans derived from the agency strategic plan.
  • Serve as the initial point of contact for other agencies in the region and organize periodic coordination meetings as required by various agreements.
  • Coordinate with other governmental agencies and landowners to influence their land use planning decisions for the protection of fish and wildlife.
  • Oversee issuance of Hydraulic Project Approvals in the region and review and seek resolution of agency field staff decisions. 
  • Serve as a vital communication hub among the supervised staff, the various Habitat Divisions, the six regions and programs within DFW.


  • Work Setting, including hazards:    
    1. 75% of time at meetings conducting general management and coordination activities or in the office reviewing or creating documents, writing memos, responding to emails, and answering phone inquiries.  
    2. Some telework options may be available. 
    3. 25% in the field occasionally in rough weather conditions, traveling throughout the region or participating in evening meetings.
  • Schedule:   
    1. Monday – Friday – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Travel Requirements:   
    1. Periods of overnight travel may be required, and work hours may exceed the standard workday.
  • Tools and Equipment:   
    1. Computer, phone, and other field equipment as needed.


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

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

Skills and abilities in the following: 

  • Proven ability to lead a team, manage programs, policies, and procedures.
  • Demonstrated effective negotiation skills.
  • Ability to excel as a member of a management team.
  • Proven ability to clearly communicate with management, regulatory bodies, and employees.


Five (5) years of experience supervising professional staff.

Knowledge in the following: 

  • Principles of marine, fresh water, and terrestrial ecology and natural resource management. 
  • Principles of stream dynamics and aquatic resource needs and impact analysis from development. 
  • Biology and life history of fish and wildlife species in Washington State. 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage sensitive species habitat needs and impact assessment.
  • State and federal statutes and administrative rules. 
  • Growth Management Act and its implementation in relation to protection of fish and wildlife resources.

Skills and abilities in the following: 

  • Proficiently utilize agency contract management system, budget allotment systems, and statewide Enterprise Reporting and AFRS.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in managing a complex budget.

Application Information

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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