Washington State Department of Transportation Fish Passage Coordinator in Olympia, Washington
About WSDOTWashington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world's longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world's widest tunneling project. The OpportunityWSDOT seeks a Transportation Planning Specialist 4 (TPS4) – Fish Passage Coordinator to join the Fish Passage Barrier Correction Program. This position is an expert fish passage biologist who conducts critical program evaluations through the planning and support of the inventory, prioritization, scope, design, construction, and monitoring of projects, to deliver WSDOT’s Fish Passage Program. The Fish Passage Coordinator works closely with ESO’s Fish Passage Delivery Program, HQ Hydraulics, and WSDOT regional program staff on Fish Passage issues. To facilitate barrier corrections that complement those made by WSDOT, this position coordinates fish passage planning with state and local agencies, tribes, lead entities, salmon recovery regions, regional fishery enhancement groups, and others.What to ExpectAmong the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Fish Passage Coordinator will: *Maintain documentation and reports on WSDOT’s progress toward complying with the federal culvert injunction. *Participate in policy discussions and help resolve technical issues. *Assist the Fish Passage Delivery Program Manager and Stream Restoration Program Manager in developing long-range plans for the delivery of fish passage program activities. *Upkeep the fish passage database containing current information and update project information as necessary for planning and tracking fish passage projects. *Coordinate with other agencies and community organizations interested in partnering with WSDOT on fish passage and stream restoration activities. *Review and comment on consultant-prepared Preliminary Hydraulic Design (PHD) reports and the Final Hydraulic Design (FHD). QualificationsTo be considered for this opportunity, the following are required: *Bachelor of Science or graduate degree in biology, ecology, ecological restoration, fish and wildlife science, environmental studies, or a closely aligned field. *Four years of professional experience in fish passage, including barrier assessment, prioritization, design, construction, and monitoring. *Knowledge of fish ecology/biology. *Knowledge of fish passage barrier correction standards and rules in Washington State. *Knowledge of aquatic habitat restoration and fish passage barrier correction techniques and construction methods. *Experience with aquatic habitat assessment methods and the collection of biological data. *Strong oral and written communication skills. *Ability to effectively communicate complex information to diverse groups. *Good file management, organization, and documentation skills. *Experience using Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and ESRI GIS software programs. *Possession of a valid Washington State driver’s license. It is preferred that qualified candidates also have the following: *Knowledge of the WSDOT project delivery process. *Be able to read and understand construction drawings. *Understanding of fluvial and geomorphic processes. *Understanding of Federal, state, and local project environmental permit requirements.