Salary: $4,777.00 – $6,419.00 Monthly
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Job Number: 2023-02228
Closing: 2/26/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Human Resource Division – Learning and Development Team

  • Provide training to enhance and protect the safety of employees, volunteers, student interns and contractors who perform essential agency functions operating a variety of watercraft on or around all bodies of water. 
  • Enhance public safety and reduce liability and risk associated with damaged equipment or other hazards that may be encountered with watercraft operations.

Picture yourself, instructing a variety of comprehensive watercraft safety courses to include operator and passenger training for motorboat, paddle craft, swift water, boater education, and CPR/First Aid. 

In this dynamic role, you will research and collaborate across the enterprise to implement best practices, state and national standards for watercraft operations and training. Maintain and document training data to define the watercraft safety and training activities, incidents, deliverables, compliance, and outcomes.

With your experience, you will contribute to continuous evaluation and improvements of watercraft operations, training and organizational systems and supports.

The optimal applicants are team builders and can work independently and demonstrate emotional intelligence, particularly under stressful situations.  

Contributes to continuous development, evaluation, and improvements of agency watercraft safety and training program:

  • Participate as a member of the ongoing Watercraft Safety Committee to develop, maintain, and train agency policies and standard operating procedures that includes watercraft handling, operations, personal protective equipment, working remote and/or alone, emergency procedures, and emerging issues to address continuous program improvements.
  • Maintain constant awareness of best practice training for watercraft safety that meets state and national standards.
  • Evaluate and identify agency watercraft safety needs, such as hazards related to equipment, environment, or training and, propose investments to maintain program integrity.

Instruct and facilitate organization-wide courses:

  • Maintain agency designated instructor certifications to provide consultation, training, and evaluation of watercraft safety courses. 
  • Instruct agency watercraft safety courses to include Motorboat Operator Training Course, Washington State Boater Education, CPR/First Aide, policies, and standard operating procedures.
  • Co-facilitate training with contractors and provide Program Specialist 5 with performance/deliverable feedback.
  • Track and compile data and submit monthly reports to demonstrate training progress, noncompliance, safety incidents, budget, and organization-wide improvements. 
  • Utilize and monitor course evaluations to maintain fidelity to the training models by collecting, evaluating, and integrating feedback into courses for continuous improvement.

Manage logistics for watercraft safety training:

  • Coordinate the training facilities for classroom, pools, and marinas for open water activities.
  • Coordinate and transport as necessary all watercraft safety training vehicles, boats PPE’s and equipment for training use and maintenance.
  • Maintain storage, drying, and inventory of watercraft training PPE’s.
  • Schedule agency trainings confirm location, time, room, and trainers.
  • Maintain the agency training calendar to continuously update available courses. 


  • Work Setting, including hazards:
    • Work is performed in an office, pool, on and around water; requires operating watercraft and trailering watercraft.
  • Schedule:
    • Typically, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday
    • Workload demands may require work outside the assigned work hours and adjustment of work schedules.
  • Travel Requirements:
    • Frequent statewide travel and out of state travel as needed. 
  • Tools and Equipment:
    • Watercraft, truck, trailer, personal protective equipment. Office equipment, including computers and communication devices.
  • Customer Interactions:
    • Executive Management Team, Supervisors/Manager and employees, volunteers, student interns, contractors, external partners and public interaction.

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

  • A Bachelor’s Degree, in Education, Organizational Development, Training, Occupational Health and Safety, Natural Resources, Recreation Resource Management, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement, Risk Management or closely allied field 


  • Two (2) years of professional, full time, paid experience in a specialized professional program in a government or private agency that included responsibility for training/education, safety, logistics coordination, and consultation with a variety of stakeholders.


  • Proficient knowledge and application of adult learning principles.
  • Develop and modify curriculum.
  • Apply and teach comprehensive policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of organizational change management and systems development.
  • Proficient knowledge of watercraft operations and best practices for safety.
  • Proficiently operate multiple forms of watercraft.
  • Perform work with the highest degree of integrity and build respectful relationships with diverse individuals and groups.
  • Evaluate safety skills and provide feedback for competency and continuous learning.
  • Solve problems with professional judgement and safety best practices. 
  • Demonstrate emotional intelligence, particularly under stressful conditions.
  • Work independently with administrative direction.
  • Problem solve and prioritize multiple work demands.
  • Facilitate group meetings.
  • Proficient in professional written and verbal communications.


  • This position must maintain Instructor Certification for identified agency safety trainings including MOTC/MOCC, CPR/First Aid, Blood Borne Pathogens and AED. (Must be obtained withing one year of hire.)
  • This position must have a Washington State Boater Education Card. (Must be obtained withing one year of hire.)


  • Two (2) years of professional, full time, paid experience instructing watercraft safety training. 
  • Current Instructor Certification with the Scientific Boating Association’s Motorboat Operator Training.
  • Course (MOTC) and/or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Motorboat Operator Certification Course MOCC).
  • Current CPR/First Aid.
  • Washington State Boater Education Card.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: 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. 

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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:

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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.

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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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