Washington State Ecosystem Services Division Manager (WMS3) *09219H in Olympia, Washington


The Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) 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.

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. Find out more about us and the important work we are a part of at www.wdfw.wa.gov.

Ecosystem Services Division Manager WMS3 (Permanent)

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill a position as the Ecosystem Services Division Manager located in the Habitat Program. The position is located at the Natural Resources Building, Olympia, Washington.

The Ecosystem Services Division is one of six Divisions in the Habitat Program - each with a unique set of policy, administrative, and management responsibilities. This position supervises three Section Managers and is responsible for managing and implementing all aspects of the Ecosystem Services Division.


This position has delegated authority for the following Division responsibilities:

  • Lead, organize, and account for the work performed by the Ecosystem Services Division.
  • Supervise and evaluate the effectiveness of three Section Managers (with - 13 FTEs) in implementing Division roles and responsibilities.
  • Manage the Division budget of approximately $3.96M per biennium (includes state and federal funds, local and interagency agreements).
  • Represent the Director and agency or supervise staff that represents the Director on state boards associated with natural resource policy and landscape conservation forums (Forestry, Agriculture & Mitigation Forums).
  • Represent the agency when interfacing with the public, legislators, tribes, and other state, federal, and local governments when Division activities become elevated above section manager level of responsibility. Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree in a natural resource science or related field AND;

  • Five years of progressive management experience with managerial skills for managing a group that provides statewide services that are central to the department mission and business purpose.
  • Advanced principles of management including staff supervision and leadership, conflict resolution, personnel and merit system rules and regulations, collective bargaining agreements, cultural diversity, policy analysis development and implementation, and budget development and expenditures.
  • Proven leadership skills that model the way, inspire a shared vision, and enable others to act.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced knowledge of principles of marine, fresh water, and terrestrial ecology and natural resource management;
  • Ecosystem management principles.
  • Multiple state and federal conservation laws.
  • Demonstrated effective negotiation skills;
  • Three years of experience supervising professional staff;
  • Proven ability to clearly communicate with management, the Legislature, regulatory bodies, and employees.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in managing a complex budget;

Leadership Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Leading Change

  • Creative and Innovative
  • External Awareness
  • Flexible
  • Resilient
  • Strategic Thinker
  • Visionary

Results Driven

  • Accountable
  • Customer Service Oriented
  • Decisiveness

Building Coalitions

  • Technical Credibility
  • Partner
  • Politically Savvy
  • Influencer and Negotiator

Business Acumen

  • Financial Manager
  • Technology Manager
  • Problem solver

Leading People

  • Human Capital Manager
  • Performance Manager
  • Conflict Manager
  • Leverages Diversity
  • Develops Others
  • Team Building Supplemental Information

Working Conditions The position is located in the Natural Resources Building in Olympia. Work is performed almost exclusively in an office environment. The working environment is fast paced with changing priorities and conflicting deadlines. The position is overtime exempt. Incumbent is expected to schedule their time within a typical 40 hour work week; typical work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. However, the incumbent is expected to adjust schedule and work additional hours as needed to meet business demands and deadlines. Some occasional travel may be required.

How to Apply To apply for this position you MUST complete your profile at www.careers.wa.gov. If you do not fill out the application profile employment history section and provide references in the application profile, then please attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

  • A current resume (please make it succinct)
  • A cover letter describing how meet the level of responsibility outlined in the job duties.
  • Three professional references (personal references do not count as professional)

Please ATTACHa cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (generic cover letter will not be accepted). Failure to attach a cover letter will eliminate you from continuing to compete for the position.

Please note: _Failure to follow the above application instructions will lead to disqualification_. Please do not include any attachments other than the ones requested above. E-mailed documents will not be accepted after the closing of the recruitment or 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 www.careers.wa.gov. 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.

Please note that initial screening will be solely based on the completeness of application materials submitted and the contents and completeness of the "work experience" section of your application in NeoGov. A resume will not substitute for the "work experience" section of the application. The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the supplemental questions. Responses not supported in your application may disqualify you from consideration for employment in this position. All information will be verified and documentation may be required.

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.

Salary: $7,017.00 - $7,796.00 Monthly

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Job Number: 2017-09219H

Closing: 10/25/2017 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Phone: View Posting for Agency Contact

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov