Wildlife Area Technician - Cowlitz Wildlife Area - Natural Resource Technician 3 - Perm -*06922-24 description image

Wildlife Area Technician – Cowlitz Wildlife Area – Natural Resource Technician 3 – Perm -*06922-24

Salary: $3,294.00 – $4,385.00 Monthly
Location: Lewis County – Other, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Job Number: 2024-06922
Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Opening Date: 06/11/2024
Closing Date: 06/25/2024 11:59 PM Pacific
Category:  Environmental Services / Facility Management / Parks and Beaches / Recreation / Parks and Recreation / Land Use / Parks / Natural Resources / Wetlands / Maintenance / Grounds & Landscaping / Forestry / Geology/Hydrology / Sciences / Green-Collar/Environmental / Wildlife



 Wildlife Program – Land Division
Morton, Washington – Lewis County

Implement projects aimed at protecting, maintaining, and enhancing habitats, species, and recreational opportunities within the Cowlitz Wildlife Area. 

Conduct technical maintenance of facilities, equipment, and infrastructure to ensure the safety of the public, and preservation of the wildlife area. 

Photo captures a large pond filled with tall grasses sprouting from the water. Grass covers the majority of the water. Background has a evergreen tree line and hillside. Sky is cloudy and blue.

Spears Pond – Credit: WDFW 

Picture yourself, 

Implementing Wildlife Area projects and will restore, enhance and maintain wildlife habitats.

With your experience, 

Operate a variety of small and heavy equipment to include brush cutters, chainsaws all-terrain vehicles (ATV), tractors, and excavators.

The optimal applicants, 

Will have knowledge of wildlife agricultural enhancement programs and farming practices.

We are seeking a candidate, 

Who models WDFW values: Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).




Here is what you will be doing, 

Implement projects to protect, maintain, and improve habitats, species, and recreational opportunities on the Wildlife Area: 

  • Implement Wildlife Area projects
  • Restore, enhance and maintain wildlife habitats
  • Create, manage, and maintain moist soil management projects. 
  • Implement Integrated Vegetation Management activities and apply herbicides as needed.
  • Assist and manage land-use lease agreements.
  • Conduct agricultural activities such as mowing, disking, seeding, and trimming trees. 
  • Inspect, manage, and maintain access areas and public use resources on the wildlife area to ensure the health and safety of the public, compliance, and the aesthetics of the wildlife area.


Maintain capital facilities, wildlife area infrastructure, vehicles, and equipment: 

  • Maintain Wildlife Area buildings, information kiosks and signage.
  • Assist and manage the implementation of capital improvement projects.
  • Maintain roads, culverts, gates, fences, parking lots and other capital improvements. 
  • Maintain wildlife area vehicles, equipment, and maintenance records.
  • Monitor, assess and ensure safety of Wildlife Area facilities and equipment.



  • Work Setting, including hazards:
    • Primarily field work, which includes exposure to inclement weather including extreme heat or snow, difficult terrain including slippery rocks, steep banks and sticky mud, and water. Some work is performed in an office or shop setting.
    • Walk, lift, bend, and stoop – sometimes on uneven terrain and at times carrying up to 40 pounds of tools and/or equipment.
    • Fieldwork hazards may include tripping/falling, working with small and large equipment in an outdoor setting or while working from boats or around water. 
    • Must be able to safely drive on primitive roads during all weather conditions. Use 4 x 4 trucks, utility and large frame tractors, construction equipment, ATVs, UTVs, and must be able to load and transport heavy equipment.
    • Must be able and willing to safely operate a boat and perform tasks around water.
    • Must be able to negotiate water in emergency situations.
  • Schedule:
    • Typically, Monday – Friday 8:00 A.M. – 5:30 P.M. 
    • Available for non-scheduled workweek and to work long irregular hours.
  • Travel Requirements:
    • Travel up to 10% of time. This includes travel from their duty station in Morton to the wildlife area unit. Approximately 40 miles from one end of the wildlife area to the other.
  • Tools and Equipment:
    • Standard field tools such as shovels, spray equipment, chain saws, other power tools, farm machinery, backhoes, excavators, dozers, ATV’s, trucks, trailers, boats.
  • Customer Interactions:
    • Communicate with the public during field work, via email, telephone, and at public meetings.






  • High school graduation or GED. 


  • Two (2) years of experience as a Natural Resource Technician 2.


  • Three (3) years of related professional equivalent experience, including:
    1. Working on a farm/ranch.
    2. Conducting agricultural enhancement/farming activities. 
    3. Operating heavy equipment
    4. Conducting wildlife habitat enhancement activities.
    5. General repairer.


  • Equivalent Education/Experience. 

Please Note: College level course work in one (1) or more of the following fields may substitute year-for-year for experience: Fish, wildlife, habitat, agriculture, forestry, aquatic land studies, or natural resource science


  • Valid Driver’s License.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

  • ATV certification (agency provided).
  • Maintain First Aid/CPR/AED Training Certification (agency provided). 
  • Hold or obtain a Washington State Public Operator Pesticide license within six (6) months of hire.
  • CDL A with air brake endorsement – may be required after hire.



In addition to those required qualifications, our ideal applicant will also have some or all of the following: 

  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
  • Experience in the use of agricultural practices and equipment.
  • Experience managing and manipulating wetland plant communities (moist soil management).
  • Experience in identifying Western Washington native plant species.

Knowledge of: 

  • Wildlife agricultural enhancement programs/farming practices.
  • Wildlife habitat enhancement and restoration.
  • Basics of carpentry, mechanical and facility repair. 
  • Small, large, and heavy equipment operation, maintenance, repair, and troubleshooting.
  • Small engine tools such as pumps, chainsaws, and brush cutters. 
  • Computer software – Microsoft Office, Geographic Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS). 
  • Managing projects. 

Ability to: 

  • Perform habitat management activities.
  • Safely mix and apply pesticides.
  • Repair and maintain buildings, fences, facilities, and equipment.
  • Follow all safety guidelines and identify hazards while proficiently operating motor vehicles, trailers, heavy equipment including excavators, backhoes, tractors with agricultural implements, small power equipment (tillers, mowers, chainsaws and grass/brush trimmers, etc.), shop equipment, ATVs and boats. 
  • Perform basic troubleshooting, repair, and maintenance on motor vehicles, trailers, heavy equipment including excavators, backhoes, tractors, agricultural implements, small power equipment (i.e. tillers, mowers, chainsaws and grass/brush trimmers, etc.), shop equipment, ATVs and boats.
  • Identify wildlife and plant species and ability to visually distinguish biological and physical features.
  • Oversee volunteers to include working with inmate work crews.
  • Conduct field surveys to collect data. Use critical thinking in collecting, recording, compiling, and summarizing data. 
  • Use GPS, GIS software (ArcGIS), computer with Microsoft Office software for collaborating, communications, word processing, spreadsheet applications, web-based tools, email, and calendar events.



Supplemental Information


Please note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification.


Experience and education selected, listed, and detailed in the Supplemental Questions must be verifiable in the application.


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. 


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: Benefits

Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave types. 

Eleven (11) Paid Holidays per year and one (1) personal holiday if the employee is scheduled to be, or has been, continuously employed by the State of Washington for at least four (4) months. 

Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), and an Employee Assistance Program.


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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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 Elizabeth.Bullard@dfw.wa.gov.
  • Subject line must 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 Elizabeth.Bullard@dfw.wa.gov.  
  • Subject line must 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. 


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.

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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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