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Fish & Wildlife Biologist 2 - Habitat Biologist - Permanent - *02618


Hydraulic Project Approval 

WDFW Habitat Program 
North Bend, Washington 

*Salary listed does not include the 5% premium pay granted to all King County employees.

Are you a talented, personable, and compassionate Biologist with strong technical knowledge? 

Do you have effective communication/negotiation skills in regulatory restoration and conservation? 

Do you demonstrate resilience and feel rewarded by influencing sound resource management?  

If so, then join a great team that shares your interests!

*(Hydraulic Project Approval Compliance – Photo Credit: Allison Cook) 

With that in mind, 

Picture yourself utilizing established procedures to collect, organize, provide analysis and assessment of fish, wildlife, lands, or habitat management data. 

With your experience, you will use predefined methodologies/predetermined criteria, to interpret data in relation to laws, rules, and regulations. 

This is an opportunity to get your boots dirty while making sound decisions in response to emerging situations in the field. 
We are seeking a team player with demonstrated talent representing WDFW values of professionalism, accountability, empathy, integrity, and respect.

(Hydraulic Project Approval Compliance – Photo Credit: Allison Cook)

Our Habitat Biologist, 

  • Assists with the responsibility of assigned Hydraulic Project Approval reviews/processing in accordance with Chapter 77.55.RCW, 77.57.RCW, and Chapter 220-660-WAC (Hydraulic Code Rules).
  • Reviews residential or commercial development projects to assess potential impacts on fish, wildlife, and habitat. 
  • Reviews mitigation plans and recommends mitigation measures. 
  • Provides agency comment of permit applications to other government agencies. 
  • Ensures that fish, wildlife, and habitat protection regulations (e.g., SEPA, NEPA, Hydraulics Code, Shorelines Management Act, Growth Management Act, etc.) are properly applied and implemented.
  • Reviews Hydraulic Permit Applications and Forest Practice Applications and provides recommendation(s). 
  • Prescribes conditions of operation and issues permits. 
  • Investigates and resolves citizen reported complaints.
  • Assists with the responsibility of assigned SEPA/NEPA documents. 

  • One year of experience as a Fish & Wildlife Biologist 1.
  • A Bachelor's Degree in fisheries, wildlife management, natural resource science, environmental science, or a related field AND One (1) year of professional experience in fish management or fish research, wildlife management or wildlife research, or habitat management or habitat research.
  • Professional equivalent experience may substitute, year for year, for education requirement as long as that experience is in fish management or fish research, wildlife management or wildlife research, or habitat management or habitat research.

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.  

  • Valid Driver’s License. 


Knowledge of:
  • Stream ecology and restoration techniques, fish passage barrier assessments, fish passage requirements for road crossing structures, logging processes, heavy equipment operation and limitations, environmental review processes, and similarly applicable fields of study or training.
  • Growth Management Act, Shoreline Management Act and the WDFW Priority Habitat and Species. 
  • The biology, life histories, and habitat requirements of fish and wildlife species of Washington
  • Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel and Access, and familiarity with ArcMap.
Experience with: 
  • Working through difficult or complex situations involving multiple parties with differing opinions and expectations. 
  • Providing superior customer service. 
  • Developing and presenting biological information to diverse groups of people.
  • Collecting and identifying data.
  • Ability to work within the regulatory environment including reviewing, issuing, monitoring, or complying with federal, state or local environmental permits.
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong relationship building and conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to closely follow standard protocols and perform work under moderate to low supervision.
  • Must be able to adapt to a flexible work schedule and travel on fairly short notice.