Ungulate Section Manager

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Olympia, Washington

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $6,260.00 – $8,216.00 Monthly
Required Experience 2 – 6 years



Wildlife Program
*Olympia, Washington – Thurston County 

*The preferred duty station for this position is Olympia, Washington. However, other duty stations may be considered.

The first review of applications will take place on November 7th, 2022.

Represent the agency in statewide, regional, federal, tribal, and international forums on issues regarding the game species or guild of species they manage in the State of Washington. Formulate and coordinate statewide policies and procedures for all issues associated with hunted ungulates, including but not limited to: Species management plans, developing a coordinated approach to data collection and management across the state. 

Play a critical role in meeting the agency’s statewide resource conservation and management mandates related to ungulates Species. Provide statewide leadership by formulating statewide policies and procedures, and works with other Section Managers, Regional Program Managers, Division Managers, District Wildlife Biologist, and other staff to implement annual work plans to achieve the Wildlife Program strategic vision.

With that in mind, 

Picture yourself, having statewide responsibility for the preservation, perpetuation, and management of ungulates throughout Washington State.

In this dynamic role, you will lead the development and implementation of the long-term strategic vision for ungulates in Washington State.

The optimal applicants have experience logically integrating various ideas, intentions, and information to form effective goals, objectives, timelines, action plans, and solutions. 

You are excited to preserve, protect, and perpetuate fish, wildlife, and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities.


Our Ungulate Section Manager is responsible for:


  • Responsible for developing the strategic plan and providing direction for ungulate management in Washington State. It accomplishes this by working with a broad range of internal and external parties to translate the vision into on-the-ground actions that accomplish the vision.
  • Writes ungulate management plans, guidelines, and scientific peer reviewed reports.
  • Evaluates, compiles, and quality checks regional hunting season recommendations.
  • Formulates and justifies conclusions and recommendations for conservation and management of ungulates.


  • Using expertise and knowledge, the position reviews regulation proposals and recommends actions to the Game Division Manager based on potential conservation actions and whether regulation should be accepted and implemented.
  • Provides consultation to natural resource managers within and outside WDFW related to game species or guild management.
  • This position is responsible for reviewing and recommending appropriate ungulate regulations for recreational hunting.


  • Supervises ungulate specialists in the ungulate section.
  • Plans, assigns, and reviews work of staff.
  • Adjust assignments and schedules, evaluates performance, and prepare performance appraisals. 
  • Resolve staff issues, disciplines, and recognizes employees. 


  • Prioritizes and manages the budget to ensure optimum use of fiscal resources
  • Seeks additional funding. 
  • Monitors budget and meets budget submittal deadlines and reporting requirements as needed.


  • Work Setting, including hazards:
    • This is primarily office work, driving, and occasional field work. 
    • Work in an open, office environment up to 90% of the time.
  • Schedule:
    • Typically, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday with some evening and weekend work possible. 
    • Work hours may be extended beyond the core hours of 8 am – 5 pm, Monday through Friday, including evenings and weekends.
  • Travel Requirements:
    • Travel on a frequent basis. 30%, about 5 days a month, requires travel to meetings, site visits, and workshops and forums throughout the State. 
  • Tools and Equipment:
    • Use a PC up to 75% of the work day. 
    • Computers, cell phones, highway vehicles, hand tools and minimal use of wildlife related equipment. 
  • Customer Interactions:
    • Responsible for legislative, contentious issue resolution and leaders of major stakeholder interaction. 
    • Provide technical direction to internal and external program and Agency professional staff involving complex or controversial studies or projects. 
    • May have policy level negotiation, interaction, and discussion with other Agencies at both the State and Federal level.

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

  • A Master’s degree or above with major emphasis in wildlife science, wildlife management, outdoor recreation, land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field. 


  • Five (5) years of professional work experience in the field of game species research and/or management, Land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development. 


  • Equivalent education/experience.


  • Valid Driver’s License.


Experience in:

  • Game research or management. 
  • Designing and conducting public opinion surveys and development of monitoring techniques to determine the effectiveness of management strategies.
  • Presenting original scientific findings at peer conferences.
  • Managing Projects and Programs – Effectively organizes multiple assignments, sometimes of a complex nature or involving competing priorities, to produce work products that are accurate, thorough, and on time.
  • Verbal and Written Communications – Effectively conveys ideas and information using spoken language and written language that is appropriate to both the complexity of the topic and the knowledge and understanding of the audience/reader.
  • Writing 5–10-page executive summaries for general, non-technical audience.
  • Facilitating Others – Coordinates and leads small groups, creating a cooperative and productive environment in which to resolve problems or develop and implement plans.
  • Analysis – Uses data and information in a clear and rational thought process to assess and understand issues, evaluate options, form accurate conclusions, and make decisions.


As a result of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader) issued on August 9, 2021, all Washington State Agencies are requiring employees to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of your employment. Pursuant to this mandate, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination as a 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 prior to your first day of 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 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. 


The Department of Fish and Wildlife’s priority during the Covid-19 health crisis is to keep our staff, candidates, and the public safe.  We are hiring and encourage you to apply to open positions. We have transitioned to a virtual recruitment process, to include web-based interviews.

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


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.


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.


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.  

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