Compliance Team Leader (NRS2)

  • Washington Department of Natural Resources
  • Olympia, WA, USA
  • Jan 08, 2019
Full time Biology - Ecology Environmental Science - Engineering Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology

Job Description

These Compliance Team Leader positions, Natural Resource Specialist 2 (NRS2), report to the Dive Team Safety Supervisor (NRS5) within the Geoduck Fishery Compliance section of the Natural Resources Police unit, and leads four (4) Compliance Officers (NRS1's) who perform daily contract compliance and diving activities. 
The incumbent leads one of two field oriented work units that monitor the Commercial Wildstock Geoduck Fishery for DNR.  Each of these work units is comprised of a Compliance Team Leader (NRS2) and the Compliance Officers who collectively perform daily activities as Compliance Officers and Divers in overseeing the state's enforcement of contractual agreements for the Wild Stock Commercial Geoduck Fishery.  This position routinely transitions between work units as lead and functions cohesively as part of a single compliance team and accomplish assigned tasks and perform operations.  Performs professional and skilled technical functions and contract administration duties throughout Puget Sound and other navigable marine waters of the state.  All diving is conducted under the established DNR policies described in the DNR Dive Safety Manual.  This position is assigned responsibility to specific pieces of DNR equipment used in managing the state Geoduck Fishery (example: DNR compliance vessel).



Key Knowledge and Skills:

  • Knowledge of state personnel system.  Provides leadership, mentor's and supports employees.  Supports a diverse work force, including affirmative action, interpersonal communication, delegating responsibility and authority, mentoring and supporting employees, creating common goals and providing leadership.
  • Experienced SCUBA Diver with documented Training and Experience in scientific, commercial, technical, or advanced recreational diving activities acceptable to the DNR Dive Team Supervisors.
  • Ability to safely trailer, tow, and operate vessels in a variety of weather and traffic conditions.
  • Ability to track vessels, crewmembers & divers, record and correctly calculate weights to verify shellfish catch records (fish tickets), and to fully complete daily vessel logs.
  • Ability to think clearly, communicates effectively and concisely, and takes appropriate action under both normal working conditions and under adverse conditions or emergency response situations.
  • Ability to operate GPS-chart plotter, Radar, VHF radios and other communication devices such as cell phones or emergency beacons.
  • Ability to write reports clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to use the Microsoft Suite including Word, Excel, Access, and Power Point programs.

 These knowledge and skills are demonstrated through the ability of the incumbent to:

  • Work under minimal supervision within established procedures, methods and standards;
  • Provide direct supervision to one or more staff in a lead role as the vessel operator or DPIC;
  • Use tactful thinking to address various personnel and customer service issues; and
  • Implement management goals, strategies, policies, and resources allocation.

 The listed knowledge and skills are typically achieved by individuals that have:

  • A combination of four years of education and/or paid work experience in aquaculture, fisheries, forestry, business, criminal justice, geology or a related natural science;
  • Accomplished diver with 100 or more SCUBA dives in cold water using a dry-suit and be comfortable in low visibility conditions, 
  •  Knowledge of diving regulations (WACs, CFRs) and industry standards related to commercial diving activities and life support equipment maintenance requirements. 
  • Completed an accredited professional or commercial dive school or equivalent military dive training with a minimum of 10 logged dives within the last year.
  • Supervised dive operations in the role of Dive Supervisor / Designated-Person-In-Charge (DPIC).  Dive supervisory experience should include dive team assignments, planning and operations, personnel training, record-keeping and equipment acquisition and repair.
  • Attended manufacturer specific dive gear/support equipment repair certification courses and maintained dive equipment and associated records for an organization.

Describe any additional position-specific key behaviors required to perform the essential functions described above:

  • Demonstrates an attitude that safety and documentation are essential to the tasks getting accomplished. 
  • Maintains confidentiality on fishery enforcement issues.
  • Ability to work closely with co-workers on a vessel and maintain appropriate work relationships.
  • Maintains distant but professional relationships with all members of the Geoduck industry and known associates.  


  • Knowledge of Department of Fish & Wildlife, Department of Natural Resources, and Department of Health regulations pertaining to the harvesting and transporting of shellfish.
  • General working knowledge of Tribal Treaty Rights in Washington State as part of the "Boldt" and "Rafeedie" decisions.
  • Knowledge of USCG regulations pertaining to navigation and a minimum of at least one-year experience operating a vessel in marine waters.
  • General working knowledge of the state's Commercial Wild Stock Geoduck Fishery.
  • Knowledge of scientific principles and biology of marine and freshwater invertebrates preferably with an emphasis in shellfish.
  • Maintains a valid Class A - Commercial Driver's License;
  • Ability to tow and operates or crews vessels for geoduck fishery compliance activities, diving operations and required maintenance.
  • Background in contract administration.
  • Knowledge and experience in photography/videography (land/underwater).


  • Must pass annual dive physical exam (licensed physician with a board certification in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine).
  • Must complete a minimum number of twelve (12) dives annually to maintain Dive Team status.
  • Acquire and maintain a Class A – Commercial Driver's License (CDL); subject to random drug testing.
  • This position has been identified as "safety sensitive" and the successful candidate is subject to pre-employment and reasonable suspicion drug testing.
  • This position requires an employee to tow and operate a vessel as part of their job duties.  They must complete a DNR approved boater safety education course; complete a task book and pass a skills test within six months of employment.
  • Employee must read, understand and adhere to the DNR Dive Safety Manual, policies, and operating procedures. 
  • Diving operations may be conducted in low-visibility and haz-mat conditions.
  • Dive Time is paid for at the rate of $10.00 per hour in addition to standard salary.
  • The incumbent in this position is required to travel.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and have two years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function.  Employees who drive for state business, whether in a state or privately owned vehicle, are required to possess a valid license as defined in policy PO02-006 and abide by all other driver responsibility requirements.

Supplemental Information

This recruitment is open to anyone who meets the required qualifications for this position.

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$43,968.00 - $59,148.00 Annually