Salary: $90,000.00 – $108,000.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Closing Date: 10/23/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Do you have experience designing and implementing habitat restoration projects?  Are you eager to put innovative ideas into action? Lead a diverse team of engineers and other restoration professionals in habitat restoration, fish passage, and technical assistance across the state of Washington! Help us deliver on priority technical guidance, recommend new work areas, provide strategic direction, and manage accountability for project delivery!

Bring your knowledge and innovation to this role, 

Lead the team as it grows to meet diverse statewide needs of technical guidance development and updates, technical assistance, and innovative design. 

In this dynamic opportunity, 

You will provide strategic guidance and recommendations to the needed involvement of engineering services for agency actions and policy discussions.

Responsible for all aspects of the Habitat Engineering Section, 

Assure the efficient, timely, and legally defensible delivery of services from staff, including statewide engineering design guidance. 

Embrace building collaboration and teamwork, 

Serve as the section lead and provide relevant consulting expertise throughout the agency and to other state, federal, and local agencies and public/private organizations.

Some of what you will do as our Restoration Guidance and Habitat Engineering Manager, 

Supervise and manage Habitat Engineering Section, including the section’s budget and priorities:

  • Represent Habitat Engineering Team at agency meetings within the Habitat Program, including participation on the Habitat Management Team and Mid-Managers Team.
  • Coordinate with Habitat senior management on development of program priorities for the Habitat Engineering Team and appropriately directing funding to agency priorities.
  • Supervise unit managers and engineering experts. 
  • Provide direction and leadership for Section work planning and workload balance.

Mentor and train staff: 

  • Set standards for staff work products and ensure certified review of engineering designs occurs. 
  • Oversee the development and execution of training on fish passage designs using stream simulation methodologies.

Direct and oversee the development of WDFW standards, techniques, and guidelines for protecting aquatic habitat: 

  • Guide and lead development of new techniques and practices for resolving broad complex habitat issues and for the development of agency technical policies and standards.

Provide or assist in senior review of complex or controversial regulatory plans and designs:

  • Review of staff analyses of geomorphic, hydraulic, and hydrological influences of projects proposed for in-water construction to advise biologists on impacts to fish life.


  • Work Setting, including hazards: 
    1. Work is performed in an office (90%) and in the field (10%). 
    2. Office work may include long hours working at a computer. 
    3. Field work hazards may include walking on steep uneven terrain, frequently walking along rivers, streams, and marine shorelines. 
    4. Field work also includes working around deep water, biting/stinging insects, traffic along highways, periodically working near heavy and noisy equipment, and occasionally working on docks and in boats.
    5. Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations.
  • Schedule: 
    1. Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
  • Travel Requirements: 
    1. Occasional travel, including overnight stays is required, but rarely exceeds 5 nights in any given month.
  • Tools and Equipment: 
    1. Standard office equipment and specialized software including Computer Aided Design Software (CAD), Geographic Information System (GIS), and Hydrologic Engineering Center’s (HEC) River Analysis System (RAS). 
    2. Field equipment may include flow meters, total stations, water chemistry equipment, and survey equipment.
  • Customer Relations: 
    1. Professional contractors, other agency engineers, biologists, and managers are communicated and coordinated with daily.
    2. Politician interactions may occur periodically.


  • A Bachelor’s degree with major study in one of the following focus areas: hydraulics, hydrology, river engineering, civil engineering, geotechnical, geomorphology, environmental, or a related field.


  • Five (5) years of experience in the field of hydraulics, hydrology, river engineering, civil, geotechnical, geomorphology, environmental, or related field.


  • Three (3) years of experience supervising professional staff. 

Please Note:

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

Technical experience:

  • In design and/or construction options for fish passage.
  • With project design/development/construction of fish passage and stream habitat restoration projects.
  • Assessing fish and wildlife habitat needs based on various technical studies. 


  • Valid Driver’s License. 


  • A Master’s degree with major study in one of the following engineering focus areas: hydraulics, hydrology, river engineering, civil, geotechnical, geomorphology, environmental, or related field.


  • Applied fish and wildlife management techniques, general ecological principles and practices, conservation, and restoration biology. 
  • Working knowledge of marine, nearshore, and freshwater ecosystems. 
  • Understanding of human influences to aquatic ecosystems.
  • Principles of supervision, performance management, employee development, and collective bargaining.


  • In design of fish passage through culverts, fishways, screening, and stream restoration, including bioengineering design techniques. 
  • With project design/development/construction of fish passage and stream habitat restoration projects using state-of-the-art environmental approaches that minimize project effects on stream function.
  • With restoration of natural processes, geomorphic function, and fish habitat enhancement.

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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