Marine Policy Analyst; Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Job Title: 
Marine Policy Analyst
Job Location: 
Olympia, WA
Full Time - Permanent
$4,700.00 - $7,000.00 Monthly
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
The 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.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable recreational and commercial opportunities dependent on viable fish and wildlife populations.  Each day, WDFW employees facilitate fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities for millions of residents and visitors.  WDFW's employees–field and laboratory biologists, geneticists, research scientists, hatchery professionals, policy experts, fully commissioned law enforcement officers, land stewards, lab technicians, property acquisition specialists, customer service representatives and others work throughout the state.  WDFW employees protect and restore critical habitat, strive to facilitate species recovery when necessary, and manage hundreds of fish and wildlife species.  WDFW employees maintain nearly a million acres of public wildlife lands. They interpret, apply and enforce state and federal laws and collaborate with stakeholders to protect fish and wildlife resources. The Department of Fish and Wildlife has some of the most talented people in the natural resource field.  Find out more about us and the important work we are a part of at

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Marine Policy Analyst


We are recruiting to fill one full-time, permanent Marine Policy Analyst within the Fish Program, Intergovernmental Ocean Policy Division, located at the Natural Resource Building in Olympia, WA. 

The Coastal Marine Policy Analyst provides policy support for intergovernmental resource management activities. This position represents the agency in intergovernmental management forums affecting marine resource conservation and fisheries or other harvest/use benefits. This position provides support primarily for coastal groundfish, and other marine fishery management and ocean policy issues.




  1. Represent the Department on the Pacific Fishery Management Council's Groundfish Management Team and participate in other intergovernmental management forums for groundfish, and  other marine fish
  2. Coordinate with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the states of Oregon and California, and the coastal treaty tribes to develop and analyze policy and regulatory options and recommendations for marine resource conservation
  3. Communicate with commercial and recreational fishery participants and the public regarding policy and management issues, and current federal and/or state fishing regulations and regulatory actions
  4. Work with agency policy leads to develop recommendations for federal management of groundfish, and  other marine fish
  5. Work with agency enforcement staff and the Attorney General's Office, as appropriate, in the development, adoption, and implementation of regulations for coastal marine resources
  6. Prepare management summaries and written reports on coastal marine fish fisheries, data collection, and management activities
  7. Provide policy support for the state's processes for developing ecosystem indicators for the coast and broader marine spatial planning efforts
  8. Prepare and critically evaluate briefing materials on policy and other technical aspects of marine fish fisheries, data collection, and management activities for presentation to Fish and Wildlife Commission and other state and federal forums
  9. Develop and disseminate information through various types of correspondence regarding scheduling of ad-hoc advisory meetings, regulatory changes, and policy considerations



Required Qualifications:
A Bachelor's or Master's degree in fisheries or natural resource management, biology, law, environmental science, or related field; and at least three years of experience in fisheries management or coordinating policy on natural resource management issues.
Desirable Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of federal fisheries management and Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act standards and principles including environmental impact analysis conducted under the National Environmental Policy Act.
  • Knowledge of Washington State relations with treaty tribes in fisheries management forums.
  • Understanding principles of managing fisheries for long-term sustainability, including stock dynamics.
  • Experience working collaboratively with diverse groups and building trust in these settings.
  • Experience as lead person or part of team in controversial forums with ability to make decisions to successfully achieve intended results.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience writing policy documents for broad audiences, translating complex information to clear messages for various audiences.


  • Ability to evaluate issues and make sound recommendations for conservation, use of fish and wildlife populations and associated habitats;
  • Knowledge of managing natural systems for long term sustainability
  • Knowledge of Washington state/tribal relations and applicable federal court rulings
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups of people and issues and stay focused on the objective.
  • Ability to facilitate meetings to resolve issues and make collaborative decisions; to clarify complex issues and stay focused on the desired outcome.
  • Ability to write agreements, correspondence, or summaries documenting procedures, decisions or actions in co-manager forums
  • Skilled at interpreting complex information to identify options for decision-making and problem solving.
  • Sufficient grasp of statistics and statistical information to review and draw meaning according to its intended use: comfort with statistical processes and the interpretations made from them.
  • Ability to make effective public presentations to inform about fisheries policy/resource management issues


Supplemental Information

Working Conditions:
This positions assigned duty station is Olympia, WA. Work is performed almost exclusively indoors in an office environment with frequent travel required. The incumbent is expected to schedule their time within a typical 40 hour work week; however, the incumbent is expected to adjust schedule and work additional hours as needed to meet business demands and deadlines. This position must travel to meetings of week-long and longer duration along the West Coast on average 5-6 times per year. Meetings of shorter duration, yet still requiring overnight and out-of-state travel occur 3-4 times per year.

To apply for this position you MUST complete your profile at 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

Please note:  Failure to follow the above application instructions may lead to disqualification.  E-mailed documents will not be accepted in lieu of attaching your documents to the online profile.

Upon submission of your online application, you will immediately receive a confirming e-mail.  You will then be notified via e-mail of your status during the process.  In addition to the e-mail notifications, you can check the status of your application at any time by visiting your online profile at  Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we ask your understanding and encourage you to use the online process and avoid calling for information.   

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.  Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-2276 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (800) 833-6388

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