Job Announcement - WDFW Environmental Planner

Employment Opportunity With the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
This position is located within the Habitat Program, Restoration Division. The duty station is negotiable between Olympia and Vancouver.
Environmental Planner 5
$4513.00 – $5922.00 Range: 63
Recruitment #1566-11 Opens: October 26, 2011 Closes: November 18, 2011
The salary range listed above reflects a 3% salary reduction for state employees over the 2011 - 13 biennium, which was passed by the Legislature effective July 1, 2011 through June 29, 2013.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is dedicated to protecting native fish and wildlife, and providing sustainable fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities for millions of residents and visitors. Working throughout the state, WDFW’s employees–field biologists, enforcement officers, land stewards, lab technicians, customer service representatives and others—manage hundreds of fish and wildlife species, maintain nearly a million acres of public wildlife lands, provide opportunities for recreational and commercial fishing, wildlife viewing and hunting, protect and restore habitat and enforce laws that protect fish and wildlife resources.

Job Summary
On behalf of the agency, serves as the senior planner and principle agency contact responsible for implementation of the Fish & Wildlife Program of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NPCC). This position is funded by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). Successful implementation of the NPCC Fish and Wildlife Program is central to protecting and restoring habitat, recovering fish and wildlife species, and mitigating for the effects of the hydro system in the Columbia River. Primary duties include:
• Coordinating and facilitating agency participation in NPCC Fish and Wildlife Program project review processes and committees.
• Representing the agency at NPCC council meetings and at other regional coordination forums, providing briefings to WA Council members and Council staff, and assisting the Director’s Office, Program Assistant Directors, and Regional Directors with agency policy development.
• Working collaboratively to ensure that the implementation of the NPCC Fish and Wildlife Program is consistent with agency priority policies and initiatives such as 21st Century Salmon and Steelhead, the Conservation Initiative, and Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.
• Working with agency senior managers and policy staff to ensure agency involvement and activities are consistent with agency policy positions in United States v. Oregon and the Federal Columbia River Power system Biological Opinion.
• Coordinating agency efforts with other state, tribal, and federal fish and wildlife managers and partners (e.g., regional salmon recovery organizations) in the region to maintain and develop key partnerships and relationships.
• Developing project management approaches and long range work plans to ensure the agency’s successful participation in the implementation of the NPCC Fish and Wildlife Program.

Working Conditions
The successful candidate must be willing and able to:
• Work in an open office environment with noise distractions.
• Work long, irregular hours outside of the regular business hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm including evenings and weekends.
• Travel frequently throughout the Northwest to attend NPCC meetings and other regional forums.


A Bachelor’s degree or above with major emphasis in environmental or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field; AND, three years of professional experience in regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.

A valid Washington State Driver’s License.

A Master’s degree with major emphasis in environmental or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field.

The best qualified applicants will demonstrate competencies in the following areas:
1. Strong understanding of natural resource management principles, planning principles, environmental laws, policies, programs, methods, and objectives of natural resources planning.
2. Moderate understanding of state resource development; governmental administrative structure at local, tribal, state, and federal levels; environmental, social and other problems affecting development of federal, tribal, and state natural resource management programs.
3. Moderate knowledge of Columbia Basin natural resources, Northwest Power Act, mitigation science, monitoring and evaluation regional forums, United States v. Oregon litigation, and Federal Columbia River Power System Biological Opinion requirements.
4. Ability to accept responsibility for major program activities; interpret and apply agency policy; develop long-range work plans, think conceptually, observe and interpret trends, analyze data, identify key relationships, draw logical conclusions, and maintain effective working relationships with governmental officials; address large groups and write effectively.
5. Ability to act independently and communicate high level policy, management, or funding implications from BPA, the NPCC, or similar forums to senior managers, Regional Directors, and Assistant Directors with little or no time for analysis.
6. Project management skills; ensure effective participation and organization of materials, tasks, and timelines associated with the coordination and agency participation in the NPCC Fish and Wildlife Program.
7. Provide oversight and assistance to agency staff in contract administration, and monitor contract performance at the agency-level.

How to Apply:
To apply, go to our homepage and download the state application at Fill out the state application thoroughly, listing all relevant employment and explaining the duties performed. The information you provide on this application will be used to determine whether you meet the qualifications for the position.

In addition to the state application, also submit on a separate document a description of how you meet each one of the competencies (1-7) listed above. Provide a response for each competency separately. Describe your work experience, completed training, and other accomplishments that demonstrate that you have the competency. Indicate with whom you worked, issues involved, and your role in the process. Specify job titles, employers, and schools attended. If you have no training or experience relative to a particular competency, just write “N/A” for that competency.

Send these materials to If you have questions about this recruitment, you may contact Jan Bacon, Human Resource Consultant, at (360) 902-2280.

Should you be selected for interview, please be prepared to provide a list of professional references.