The Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill one full time, permanent, Natural Resource Scientist 4. The duty station for this position is 1111 Washington St. SE., Olympia, Thurston County.
This position oversees the Wildlife Program Diversity Division's Landscape Conservation Section, including the supervision of up to 6 personnel and budget/contract management. The position is responsible for the development and maintenance of expertise in biodiversity conservation, landscape ecology, collaborative landscape conservation, habitat connectivity, spatial conservation prioritization, multi-species landscape level management, and key funding and policy implementation mechanisms. This position is responsible for directing the Section to ensure that work is focused on agency needs and priorities with an emphasis on implementation of landscape level actions to benefit Washington's Species and Habitats of Greatest Conservation Need including recovery actions and keeping common species common. The position is responsible for ensuring that the work of the Section is coordinated with and integrates into the other relevant WDFW work units within both headquarters and the regions. The position serves as the Wildlife Program lead for strategic partnerships and policies related to landscape conservation.
Landscape Conservation Implementation:
- Responsible for implementing the State Wildlife Action Plan to conserve Washington's Species and Habitats of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN and HGCN), including supporting existing landscape efforts in Washington's prairies, forests and shrub-steppe habitats. Land conservation and management to support priority SGCNs and suites of SGCNs on WDFW, other public, and private lands. Other landscape conservation implementation work may include:
- Supporting the development of new and delivery of existing federal Farm Bill programs to provide opportunities for conservation on private lands
- Developing private landowner conservation incentive tools for SGCN conservation (e.g. Safe Harbor Agreements, Candidate Conservation Agreements)
- Supporting the continued advancement of wildlife connectivity science for SGCN and the utilization of existing connectivity information for conservation planning and on-the-ground actions.
- Working closely with colleagues in the Habitat Program, ensuring the State Wildlife Action Plan and related technical assistance for SGCN and HGCN are considered and integrated into local land use policy, planning and other decisions (e.g. through the Conservation Priorities Project).
- Working with the Lands Division, ensure that the agency's landscape conservation and recreation goals are addressed in the Wildlife Area Plans.
- Messaging internally and externally about ongoing landscape (place-based) conservation work and facilitating the selection of geographic focus areas to increase landscape efforts with partners
Staff Supervision and Section Guidance:
- Responsible for direct supervision of up to 6 personnel, project management, and assisting in directing the work of ~50 regional WDFW staff throughout the State of Washington.
- Working with the other Section Managers and Division Manager, responsible for evaluation of data to determine status of state wildlife species and implementation of the listing and/or down/delisting process as defined by Washington Administrative Codes (WAC) 220-610-110, 220-610-010, 220-200-100
Statewide Land Strategy and Policy:
- Responsible for WDFW Habitat easement or acquisition priorities and strategy, including working across work units statewide in the agency to develop priorities, and collaborating with Lands Division to manage the land acquisition process and outreach. Support land acquisition policy development and implementation work with external partners.
Division Administration and Leadership:
- Responsible for all administration of the Division's Landscape Conservation Section, including budget/contract administration. Works with Division Manager and other Section Managers to create, support, and implement Division Visioning and Wildlife Program Conservation Initiatives both within the Department and through interactions with external partners.
Councils and Committees:
- Represents WDFW on committees and panels focused on collaborative landscape conservation efforts in order to implement on-the-ground priority actions.
Education: A Bachelor's degree with major study in environment, conservation, natural resource management, human dimensions of natural resource management, wildlife science or closely related field.
Professional: Three years of professional experience in wildlife conservation, human dimensions of natural resource management, or management.
- Ability to evaluate and draw conclusions from data; support recommendations with facts and analysis; interpret and apply rules, laws, policies and procedures.
- Ability to convey complex ideas and facts orally and in writing using language the audience will best understand.
- Ability to coordinate and lead groups of partners to identify and resolve complex, sensitive issues or develop and implement plans.
- Ability to develop positive, productive, respectful working relationships with clients and co-workers.
A Master's degree in environment, conservation, natural resource management, human dimensions of natural resource management, wildlife science or closely related field will substitute for one year of the required experience.
A Ph.D. degree will substitute for two years of the required experience provided the field of major study was in wildlife management or conservation, human dimensions of natural resource management or closely related field.
The most qualified applicants will have experience and training that demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:
- Direct experience with landscape-scale conservation, research, or management.
- Ability to effectively organize multiple assignments, sometimes of a complex nature or involving competing priorities, to produce work products that are accurate, thorough, and on time.
- Ability to use data and information with a clear and rational thought process to assess and understand issues, evaluate options, form accurate conclusions, and make decisions.
- Ability to integrate various ideas, intentions, and information to form effective goals, objectives, timelines, action plans, and solutions.
- Leadership competencies including interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, ability to lead change, ability to produce results, and the ability to build coalitions.
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