Scatter Creek Wildlife Area Technician – Natural Resource Technician 2 – Project – *16624-22

$2,827.00 – $3,650.00 Monthly
Thurston County – Other, WA
Job Type
Full Time – Permanent
Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Job Number
12/12/2022 11:59 PM Pacific


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Wildlife Program – Lands Division  
Rochester, Washington – Thurston County 

Anticipated Project Length: 25 Months 
February 1, 2023 – March 31, 2025 

Create, enhance, and maintain habitat for federal and state endangered Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies and other sensitive prairie/oak fish and wildlife species on the Scatter Creek Wildlife Area!

Assist the Wildlife Area Manager and work with Diversity Division Biologists while contributing to the recovery of Puget lowland prairies, oak woodlands, and the fish and wildlife species that rely on them.

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Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterflies – Photo Credit: Anita McMillan 

With that in mind, 

Picture yourself implementing existing programs to create, enhance, and maintain habitat.

This is an opportunity to conduct habitat and/or population surveys as needed following established protocol under guidance of WDFW Biologists.

With your experience you will facilitate the propagation of native plant species through seeding (hand sowing and tractor/UTV/ATV-mounted seed spreaders) and planting plugs using gasoline-powered augers.

We are seeking a candidate with demonstrated values matching those of WDFW: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).




Two WDFW employees performing Mardon Skipper Surveys at Scatter Creek Wildlife Area.  Grass is green, trees line the forest, mountain in the background, bright blue clear skies.

Mardon Skipper Surveys at Scatter Creek Wildlife Area – Photo Credit: Taylor Cotten

Our Scatter Creek Wildlife Area Technician,  

Habitat Enhancement: 

  • Implement vegetation control methods that include mechanical (tractor mowing, brush cutting, walk-behind mowers, chain saw, hand tools), chemical (backpack sprayer, UTV-and/or tractor-mounted boom sprayer, cut stump treatment), and prescribed fire methods.
  • Manage woody debris by constructing and burning piles and/or using chippers.
  • Identify native and non-native prairie/oak plant species using field guides and taxonomic keys.
  • Interpret aerial maps and follow written protocols and verbal instruction.


  • Follow standardized survey protocol to accurately collect data onto electronic data forms. 

Project Tracking: 

  • Document completed habitat enhancement actions using GIS technologies and maintain herbicide application records.

Maintain Equipment: 

  • Conduct routine maintenance, minor repairs, and make emergency adjustments of equipment to keep in safe operating condition.


  • Work Setting, including hazards: 
    1. Outdoors up to 8 hours a day under various weather conditions and natural settings away from developed facilities.
    2. Hazards include exposure, heat stress, uneven terrain, and stinging insects – work will often involve bending, twisting, squatting, frequently lifting, and carrying up to 50 lbs. of equipment such as fire gear, backpack sprayers, and bags of native seeds.  
    3. Prescribed fire activities will occur near burning vegetation and involve smoke exposure.
  • Schedule: 
    1. Flexible schedule, Monday – Friday, 8 to 10 hours/day, 40 hours per week.
  • Travel Requirements: 
    1. Daily local travel to work sites. 
    2. Occasional regional travel up to 200 miles.
  • Tools and Equipment: 
    1. Power tools (e.g., brush cutters, augers, chain saws), tractor with front end (e.g., grapple, bucket) and rear (e.g., brush mower, box scrapper) attachments, trailers, backpack, and UTV/ATV/tractor-mounted sprayers. 
    2. Type VI and Type VII wildland firefighting units, pumps, hoses, drip torches, bladder bags, and firefighting hand tools (flapper, council rake, Pulaski).
  • Customer Interactions:
    1. May interact with public while executing duties.





Three (3) years of experience in the field of fish, wildlife, habitat management, agriculture, forestry, or a natural resource science.

Please Note: College level coursework in the same fields may substitute year-for-year for required experience. 


  • Valid, current, and unrestricted (other than corrective lenses) driver’s license. 

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment: 

  • Washington State Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator’s license, or ability to acquire – training provided.
  • Wildland firefighter qualifications (Fire Fighter Type II minimum) from a valid certifying agency, or ability to acquire – training provided.



  • Identifying flora and fauna of Puget lowland prairies.
  • Proficient in the safe operation and maintenance of power equipment such as brush cutters, augers, and chainsaws.
  • Safely operating tractors, UTVs, and ATVs in a natural setting while conducting habitat restoration work.
  • Safely trailer and transport tractors, UTVs, ATVs and other equipment.
  • Proficient in use of GPS and GIS technologies; as well as Microsoft Office products.
  • With implementing restoration techniques including seeding, planting, vegetation control, and prescribed fire.

Ability to: 

  • Follow scientific protocol and accurately collect field data.
  • Closely follow standard protocols and perform work under moderate or low supervision.


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.


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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