Intertidal Shellfish Biologist (Fish and Wildlife Biologist 3); Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Job Title: 
Intertidal Shellfish Biologist (Fish and Wildlife Biologist 3)
Job Location: 
Port Townsend, WA
Full time, permanent
$4,600.00 - $6,036.00 Monthly
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, October 20, 2019

Washington is America's Top State according to U.S. News (2019) and we provide one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.

The Washington 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  

Full-Time/Permanent Fish and Wildlife Biologist 3

We are recruiting to fill one (1) full-time, permanent F&W Biologist 3 within the Fish Program. This position is located in Port Townsend, WA. 


The primary duty of this position is the management of public intertidal shellfish resources in Puget Sound (Regions 4 and 6) to provide recreational harvest opportunities to the citizens of the State of Washington and to meet the agency's co-management obligations. This position is responsible for overseeing and directing a team of biologists and technicians to assess the status of intertidal clam and oyster stocks on public beaches; to establish annual bivalve harvest quotas; to monitor and account for the recreational harvest of intertidal bivalves; to participate in harvest management planning processes with the treaty tribes; and to develop and implement seasons designed to target the state's share of shellfish resources in order to maximize recreational opportunity and economic benefit. This position also develops data management systems and analyzes data to inform harvest management decisions. These responsibilities link most closely to the Fish & Wildlife Goal of the WDFW Strategic Plan, "Achieve healthy, diverse and sustainable fish and wildlife populations and their supporting habitats," and the People Goal, "Ensure sustainable fish and wildlife opportunities for social and economic benefit."   


Required Qualifications: A Bachelor's degree in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science, or environmental science (twelve semester hours or eighteen-quarter hours of course work is required in Fisheries, Marine Biology, Invertebrate Biology, Zoology, Oceanography, or related fields). AND Three years of professional experience in fish management or fish research, wildlife management or wildlife research, or habitat management or habitat research. OR Two years as a Fish & Wildlife Biologist 2.

Please Note: A Master's degree in the applicable science will substitute one year of the required experience.  A Ph.D. in the applicable science may be substituted for two years of the required experience.

Knowledge of principles of harvest management and natural population dynamics; principles and procedures of wildlife, fish, and habitat management and biological research; methods of biological data collection, interpretation and presentation; statistical and research theory and techniques; and proficient use of software packages such as ArcGIS, statistical analysis programs such as "R", and database programs such as Access.

A proven ability to identify and define research problems; develop experimental designs; implement research; and clearly and objectively summarize and describe research findings; report results identifying assumptions and biases; and recommend subsequent areas of inquiry.  Proven experience in planning, organizing and supervising the work of others; resolving complex disputes; providing staff with professional development opportunities; presenting reports; and writing at a professional level.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of intertidal bivalve biology and application of fishery management principles or experience in marine resource population surveys or research.
  • Familiarity with state/tribal co-management process in Washington, including federal court orders and rulings from the Rafeedie Decision.
  • Experience in database design and management.

Supplemental Information

Working Conditions: Work Setting, including hazards: Work occurs both in the field and in an office environment. Fieldwork occurs on Puget Sound beaches and on boats in inland waters. Requires the ability to lift and carry up to 60 lbs on a periodic and infrequent basis.  Must be able to safely transit on foot in intertidal areas which may include rough terrain, slippery rocks, sticky mud and steep banks, and be able to sit for extended periods of time over an 8-hour workday.  Must be able to dig holes in rough terrain and perform physical labor, including stooping (up to 4 hours per day), sometimes in inclement weather.  Ability to ride in fixed wing aircraft and count shellfish harvesters in sometimes turbulent conditions and abide by agency aerial safety policies. Must be willing to work within an organizational infrastructure of shared responsibilities and authorities, and accept supervision and direction. Required to understand and adhere to regulations and policies, and to be able to follow written and verbal instructions.  Required to make mathematical and essential statistical calculations commonly used in natural resource management.  Required to compose written documents to professional standards in a timely manner and efficiently process and respond to a large volume of email messages and correspondence.

Schedule (i.e., hours and days):Position is required to work 40 hours per week as an overtime exempt employee.  Duties of this position often require work schedule flexibility including irregular workweeks and irregular workday start and end times.  Irregular work schedule and workday hours will be facilitated through shared field schedules and regular communication with direct supervisor.

Travel Requirements:Infrequent and irregular overnight travel is required. 

Tools and Equipment:Must be able to operate motor vehicles, outboard skiffs, boat trailers, scientific measuring instruments, hand and power tools and office equipment. Required to successfully complete MOCC training prior to operating agency vessels. Expected to operate personal computers at a moderate to expert skill level.  Ability to use handheld compass and GPS in a field setting.  Ability to interpret, update and quality check maps in a variety of formats.

Customer Interactions:Required to cordially and effectively communicate in interpersonal and group settings, and with members of the public.  Communication may be verbal or written and may include public presentations and meeting.  Required to work independently with minimal supervision and constructively participate in internal and external groups, teams and meetings. 

Other:Requires a valid Washington driver's license.   Union: This position is in the bargaining unit represented by the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Professionals and is subject to the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Washington Association of Fish & Wildlife Professionals.

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
  • Degree Transcript(s)

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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