The Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill one full time, permanent, Puget Sound Shellfish Manager (WMS3) position. The position is located in the Fish Program and the duty station is located at Port Townsend Office , Located at 375 Hudson Street, Port Townsend, WA. 98368
The Puget Sound Shellfish Manager provides resource management leadership and is responsible for planning, development, administration, and implementation of the Puget Sound shellfish program and the statewide program for shellfish disease and pest control. Specifically this position leads, supervises, directs, and exercise administrative, policy, and technical control over an interdisciplinary team of biologists and technicians, to successfully manage, regulate, monitor and enhance shellfish resources in Washington State. Functions as Department lead in collaborative resource management forums with Washington Treaty Tribes, and other state natural resource agencies including Department of Natural Resources, State Parks, and Department of Health. The end result is to develop and implement strategic agency policies that provide sustainable recreational and commercial opportunities that maximize the economic benefit to local communities and the shellfish industry. This position is key to moving the agency a significant distance toward meeting these objectives. This position supervises WMS 03 – Puget Sound Policy Coordinator, Biologist 4 – Sound Dungeness Crab Manager, Biologist 4, Biologist 4 – Puget Sound Shrimp Manager, and Biologist 1 – Boat Operator/Field Biologist.
These responsibilities address the Department goals to 1) Achieve healthy, diverse and sustainable fish and wildlife populations and their habitats, and 2) Ensure sustainable fish and wildlife opportunities for social and economic benefit. This position reports to the Fish Management Division Manager.
This position is critical to the agency due to the special nature of co-managing shellfish resources in Puget Sound with other state agencies and the affected treaty tribes. The department director delegates authority to this position to lead the process for management of shellfish fisheries and associated resource management strategies with other state agencies and western Washington treaty tribes, including negotiation and development of 25 annual state-tribal shellfish harvest and management agreements for Dungeness crab, shrimp, geoduck clam, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, squid, octopus and intertidal clams and oysters. The position has overall responsibility for agency oversight and implementation of these agreements. This position has direct oversight and responsibility for statewide shellfish aquaculture disease and pest control.
Decisions from this position directly impact state recreational and commercial fishing industries, fisheries conducted by Puget Sound treaty tribes, and the shellfish aquaculture industry.
The incumbent is directly responsible for the management, regulation, research, and enhancement of shellfish resources in Puget Sound. Supervision of a work unit of 25 employees at 4 Department offices, and administration of annual operational and capital budgets.