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Fish & Wildlife Biologist 4 - Pollinator Biologist - Permanent - *02888



WDFW Wildlife Diversity Division 
Olympia, Washington 

Are you an experienced, expert level Biologist that is eager to lead WDFW actions and partner efforts for pollinator conservation? 

Become the state-wide species lead for pollinators and other invertebrate Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) including Western Bumble Bee, Mardon Skipper, Island Marble, and Monarch Butterflies.

Join a great team that shares your interests and influence sound resource management!

(Two-Formed Bumblebee on Flower – Photo Credit: Jim Cummins) 

With that in mind, 

Picture yourself directing the efforts of partners, scientists, and analysts to plan, prioritize, coordinate, and implement pollinator conservation actions.

This is an opportunity to prepare recovery and management plans, implement recovery actions, and lead data collection projects on pollinator and insect species of greatest conservation need.

The optimal applicants are passionate and skilled in insect ecology, conservation actions, and able to provide sound technical expertise and guidance leading to statewide conservation and rare species recovery.

Strong candidates are team players and leaders that exemplify integrity, have excellent people skills and respectful communication skills. 

We are seeking a candidate, who respects and values the opinions of others, creating an inclusive team environment where every member feels they contribute value to the project and WDFW.

(Monarch Butterfly – Photo Credit: Justin Haug) 

Our Pollinator Biologist,  

  • Initiates and facilitates state-wide working group meetings. 
  • Seeks funding for the conservation of pollinators and other insects. 
  • Manages grants to implement conservation, recovery, survey, and monitoring actions. 
  • Serves as the Diversity Division species lead and information conduit for pollinators and other insects informing on the ground management and policy decisions.
  • Provides technical expertise for policy and management decisions regarding pollinators. 
  • Participates in conservation, surveys and monitoring actions with partners and regional staff.
  • In coordination with internal partners, provides public outreach around species needs and public actions to conserve pollinators and other Species of Greatest Conservation Need.
  • Compiles and reviews available data to draft status assessment documents and make listing recommendations for candidate and pollinator Species of Greatest Conservation Need.
  • Compiles and composes foundational reports and periodic status reviews, makes status recommendations, presents to Fish and Wildlife Commission. 
  • Reviews internal and external plans and proposals for impacts to pollinator species and habitats.

(Peck’s Skipper – Photo Credit: WDFW Archives) 


  • A Bachelor's degree in wildlife management, wildlife biology or wildlife ecology. 
  • Five (5) years of professional experience in wildlife management, wildlife conservation, or wildlife research with emphasis on insect and/or pollinator conservation. 
Pollinator and/or insect conservation work must be evident within the resume.

Please Note: 
  • A Master's degree in the applicable science will substitute for one year of the required experience.
  • A Ph.D. in the applicable science will substitute for three years of the required experience. 
  • Year for year experience can substitute for the education requirements, as long as it is in wildlife management, wildlife ecology, or wildlife biology.

  • Washington State Driver's License.


Knowledge of:
  • Ecology and biology of insect and pollinator species of Washington, including species distributions.
  • Population biology, wildlife-habitat associations, and conservation biology.
  • Wildlife survey, monitoring, and research techniques.
  • Data management, statistical analysis, and spatial data analysis.
  • Resource management agencies, missions, approaches, and means of cooperating/collaborating.
  • Conservation planning, endangered species recovery and management, game species management.
Ability to:
  • Effectively communicate with agency representatives, colleagues, and the public to gain assistance and cooperation with Department conservation planning and species recovery programs.
  • Conduct effective oral presentations at scientific conferences, agency meetings, and public meetings.
  • Write, edit, and publish professional documents and reports.
  • Cooperate and participate with conservation planning teams.
  • Lead and coordinate efforts of scientific expert teams in research and planning projects.
  • Develop successful research designs and conservation and management approaches.
  • Produce basic GIS maps.
  • Budget/project management.
Behavioral Competencies:
  • Communications effectiveness.
  • Coordination and planning.
  • Professional and scientific integrity.
  • Results orientation and initiative.
  • Team leadership.
  • Versatility/resourcefulness.